Research Assistant in Archaeological Science (Fixed term)
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 May 2026 in the
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
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
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.
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
25 November 2021
16 December 2021