A funded PhD position in micromorphology and micro-analysis to start on 14 January 2019 is available to contribute to the ERC-funded MENTICA project. The successful applicant will work with Dr Wendy Matthews and Prof Roger Matthews at the University of Reading to investigate early agricultural built environment design, use and sustainability.
The primary roles of the PhD in Micromorphology of early agricultural built environments will be to conduct research and prepare a thesis on the architectural materials and traces of activities from new excavations at Epipalaeolithic and Early Neolithic sites in Iraq and Iran. The successful applicant will conduct state-of-the art high-resolution inter-disciplinary micro-analyses of built environment design, use and sustainability, including micromorphological analysis of archaeological deposits in large resin-impregnated thin-sections. This research will contribute to the analysis of: how innovations in built environment design and materials were configured to accommodate the fundamental changes in human life-ways during the transition from mobile hunting-gathering to sedentary agricultural communities; and changing human, animal, plant and material inter-relations; and help to integrate this in theoretical frameworks on the study of sustainable communities. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 12th December.
You will have: • A Master’s degree in archaeology, or a related field, with Merit or Distinction or equivalent • Experience of techniques in geoarchaeology, archaeobotany, plant anatomy or materials analysis • Knowledge of archaeological fieldwork • IT skills in the use of relevant software packages • The ability to work flexibly and to meet deadlines • The ability to interact professionally with a wide range of researchers, officials, the media and the public • Excellent spoken and written English
This studentship is funded by the European Research Council (ERC), and covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, research costs, travel costs to national and international conferences as well as an annual stipend of £14,777 for three years. This studentship is open only to UK/ EU fee-status students only.
Applicants should also arrange for two academic referees, who may submit letters of reference via email upon request.