Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Archaeogenetics

University of York

United Kingdom

October 24, 2022


Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Archaeogenetics




£34,308 - £42,155 a year


Grade 6

Contract status

Fixed term

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University of York campus

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To be confirmed

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  • Job Description 11199.pdf (PDF, 281.94kb)
  • Role Description Department

    The Department of Archaeology at the University of York is ranked 18th in the world in the QS rankings. We are based in both the King's Manor in the heart of the historic city of York and at Heslington West campus. Our vibrant community consists of over 90 staff and over 600 students, with growing international representation. We carry out international, impact-oriented and interdisciplinary teaching and research of the highest quality through our strong network of partnerships. The student experience is of paramount importance to the Department and we maintain a high level of student satisfaction. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at our core and we promote a collegial environment in which staff and students feel supported and valued.


    This position is part of the UKRI-funded project RATTUS: Rats and the Archaeology of Trade, Urbanism, and Disease in Past European Societies, led by David Orton at the University of York. As one member in a network of collaborators, the Research Associate in Archaeogenetics will help investigate the history of black and brown rats in Europe, aiming to understand rats' association with human settlement and communications and their role in disease. This position will be focused on recovering and analysing ancient DNA from archaeological specimens. State-of-the-art methodologies will be used at the University of York's Palaeogenomic Laboratory in the BioArCh Facility, including the recovery of highly fragmented DNA, preparation of sequencing libraries, and enrichment of SNP loci. The Research Associate will analyse the sequencing data on a high performance computing server, using software designed for genome-wide palaeogenomic datasets. In collaboration with other members of the RATTUS team, the Research Associate will disseminate findings at conferences and submit manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals. The Research Associate will have the opportunity to contribute to supervising undergraduate and postgraduate projects.

    More information about the RATTUS project can be found here: https: //

    Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • PhD in Archaeology or a closely related field or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of palaeogenomics to engage in high quality research
  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • Ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination
  • Interview date: TBC

    For informal enquiries: please contact Nathan Wales on

    The University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

    We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.

    We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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