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  Exploration of the submerged palaeolandscapes of South East Asia


   Faculty of Life Sciences

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  Dr Simon Fitch, Dr Jodie Lewis  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

The University is seeking to a talented, enthusiastic, and motivated PhD candidate to undertake research on the Submerged Archaeological Landscapes of South East Asia, under Dr Fitch’s UKRI FLF funded project “Life on the Edge” (LOTE).

Building on Bradford's world leading research expertise in Submerged Prehistoric Landscapes and the resources provided by the LOTE Future Leaders Fellowship, this PhD seeks to undertake innovative archaeological research into the landscapes of South East Asia that were submerged by sea level rise following the end of the last glaciation. The goal of PhD will be to use existing survey data made available by project partners to take the first steps in exploring and confirming the presence of unexplored submerged landscapes in areas such the Yellow Sea, offshore regions of Japan and Thailand, which are vital to our understanding of the archaeology of the region. It is foreseen that the PhD’s research will contribute to interdisciplinary academic outputs, including climate modelling, environmental humanities, sustainable development initiatives, as well as informing heritage management throughout the region. This research is timely since information on the archaeology of these submerged regions will be urgently needed as offshore windfarms expand significantly in this region over the next decades as coastal nations adopt clean-energy infrastructures.

The PhD candidate will be able to draw on both the expertise at Bradford, and that of regional partners, including those in Japan, to support them and allow them to achieve this research. Successful candidates should have a track record in geographical information systems, and have strong analytical skills, however training will be provided for specialist software packages. Opportunities to train during offshore marine surveys will also be provided in conjunction with the LOTE projects ship surveys, should the candidate wish to take part in these activities. The PhD therefore provides the candidate with an unrivalled opportunity to work with international partners and use cutting edge technologies to undertake a unique piece of research into how the submerged landscapes of South East Asia, and their human populations responded to rapid changes in climate and sea-level at the end of the Last Glaciation.

The successful candidate will start their PhD in February 2024.

How to apply

Formal applications can be made via the University of Bradford web site; applicants will need to register an account and select 'Full-time PhD in Archaeology' as the course.

Environmental Sciences (13) Forensic and Archaeological Sciences (16) Geography (17) History & Archaeology (19) Politics & Government (30)

Funding Notes

The successful applicant will be awarded a studentship which covers UK tuition fees, and a stipend for living costs at UKRI rates, currently £18,622 per year. Non-UK students may be considered, but would need to be able to make up the difference between the UK and International fees if selected.

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