Research Assistant in Archaeological Science (Fixed term)

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

December 16, 2021


Research Assistant in Archaeological Science (Fixed term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 May 2026 in the first instance.

The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research invites applications for a fixed-term Research Assistant in Archaeological Science. The post holder will work primarily as part of the ERC Advanced Grant funded project: Reverse Engineering Collective Action: Complex Technologies in Stateless Societies (REVERSEACTION) led by Prof Marcos Martinón-Torres (PI), but they will also support various other projects led by the PI.

This is a unique opportunity to join a leading team of archaeological scientists and other researchers, and to be exposed to a great variety of research methods, questions and approaches in a multinational environment. We seek a reliable and dynamic individual who is interested in archaeological science, keen to learn on the job, able to work in a team, and who has initiative.

The post holder is expected to work in multiple locations (museum, laboratory, library and office), including research trips abroad. Key responsibilities will include: providing research support in the documentation of archaeological artefacts (including pXRF and 3D scanning) preparation and analysis of samples of archaeological materials (predominantly metals but potentially including ceramics, lithics, textiles and others), database and sample archive maintenance, bibliographic research, photography, and editing of graphs and figures to publication standards. Computer literacy is essential, as well as demonstrated ability to learn both new software and laboratory protocols. No candidate is expected to bring all of these skills, and a great degree of training on the job is expected.

Starting date: 10/01/2022, or as soon as possibly thereafter.

Applicants should have a degree in archaeology, materials science, or a related field, excellent organisation skills and attention to detail, ability to work on their own initiative and multi-task as part of a team, familiarity with field of archaeological science, computer skills, and excellent written and oral communication skills. Candidates should be committed to open science and to improving inclusion and diversity in research.

The role is particularly suited for an enthusiastic individual who is willing to learn on the job and interested in pursuing a career in archaeological science.

We particularly welcome applications from women and/or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Prof Marcos Martinón-Torres (m.martinon-

Please quote reference JC29072 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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    McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research








    25 November 2021

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    16 December 2021

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