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PhD fellow in Lithic Use-wear and Residue Analysis

The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen invites applications for a PhD fellow in Chipped Stone Use-Wear and Residue Analysis, to be filled by 1 October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is for three years.

Description of the scientific environment
The successful applicant will be based at the Centre for the Study of Early Agricultural Societies at the Deparment of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies. He/she will join a lively and active group of researchers whose work focuses on the transition from hunting and gathering to food production in southwest Asia. The centre comprises several postdoctoral researchers, PhD and MA students, focusing on a wide range of issues surrounding the Epipalaeolithic and Neolithic archaeology of southwest Asia (e.g. zooarchaeology, archaeobotany, architecture, lithic analysis etc.). The centre is based within the section of Ancient Middle Eastern Studies at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies.

Job Content
The successful applicant will work within a team of researchers on the project “Changing Foodways in Prehistoric Southwest Asia: Reconstructing food procurement, processing and cooking during the Epipalaeolithic-Neolithic transition”, funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark (led by Tobias Richter). He/she will carry out use-wear and residue analysis of chipped stone artefacts from Late Epipalaeolithic and Early Neolithic sites in north-east Jordan to investigate how chipped stone tools were used in food procurement and processing. He/ she will also be expected to participate in archaeological fieldwork in Jordan and experimental archaeological fieldwork. The successful applicant will be expected to collaborate closely with other members of the project team on the analysis and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative datasets. The position represents a unique opportunity to build up a research profile in lithic use-wear and residue analysis and to contribute to an exciting new research project in Near Eastern prehistoric archaeology.

For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor Tobias Richter, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies,

Qualification Requirements
In order to be considered for this position applicants must have:
- very good Masters degree in archaeology with either a focus on prehistoric and/or Near Eastern Archaeology
- demonstrable competencies in chipped stone analysis
- archaeological fieldwork experience
- ability and willingness to participate in archaeological fieldwork in Jordan for several weeks during the year
- collaborative spirit and team-minded
- ability to work as part of a group as well as alone and unsupervised
- excellent communication skills in English
Furthermore, the following attributes are desirable:
- Familiarity with the lithic material culture of the Epipalaeolithic and Neolithic Levant
- Experience in use-wear and residue analysis of chipped stone artefacts
- Archaeological fieldwork experience in the Middle East (especially on prehistoric sites)
- Experience in using MS Access
- Experience in experimental archaeology

Please note that applications which do not adhere to the formal requirements (read more in the two sections ‘Admission requirements’ and ‘Application requirements’ below) will not be taken into consideration for the PhD scholarship.

Admission requirements
Applicants need to hold a two-year Master's degree (120 ECTS) or the equivalent. Applicants must have submitted their thesis at the time of application, to the extent the thesis forms part of their Master program. In case you have not obtained your diploma by the application deadline, you must include a statement (pre-approval) from your university declaring that you have been awarded the master degree.

Applicants with a non-Danish Master's degree will have their degree assessed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science in order to establish, if the Master's degree is equivalent to a Danish Master's degree. Please read more at the Ministry of Higher Education and Sciences website:

Excellent communication skills in English is considered essential and applicants must speak and write academic English fluently. The PhD Administration may ask applicants to document their proficiency in English at any time during the recruitment process if this is considered necessary.

Application requirements

Cover letter outlining the reasons for applying and describing how the applicants experiences and skills match the specifications for this role.

CV including a list of publications, if available, must be submitted with the application.

Diploma and transcript of records
The following documentation must be submitted:
• A copy of the applicant's Master's degree diploma (if not available before the application deadline, a pre-approval must be submitted)
• A copy of the applicant's Master’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included)
• A copy of the applicant's Bachelor’s degree diploma
• A copy of the applicant's Bachelor’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included)

If the MA diploma and/or examination records are in another language than English, German, French, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish, please include a translation into either of these languages in your application.

The translation of diplomas/certificates and transcripts must be made by or approved by either:
• A state-authorized translator and interpreter
• The embassy or consulate of the country where the original document was issued or where the translation was made
• A Danish consulate/embassy

The PhD administration encourages applicants from within the EU to enclose a Diploma Supplement. The Diploma Supplement is part of a common European framework for transparency of competencies and qualifications – the EuroPass framework. For more information, click here.

Chinese applicants are required to enclose a CADGEEC (The China Academic degrees and Graduate Education Evaluation Committee) certificate. Read more here.

Please read about admission requirements and application requirements on our website at:

The recruitment process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants will be notified whether they are passed on to assessment or not. Whereafter, the Assessment Committee is appointed by the Dean and the selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment which relates to their own application.
Afterwards selected qualified candidates will be invited for an interview. Please be advised that a positive assessment does not necessarily mean that you will be invited for an interview.

For further information on the recruitment process please see Copenhagen University’s website:

Enrolment as a PhD student at the Faculty of Humanities' PhD School is a precondition for employment as a PhD scholar.
As a PhD scholar at The Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, you will be supervised for approximately 180 hours distributed over 6 semesters. In addition to this, you must complete courses totalling approximately 30 ECTS. On completion of the PhD programme you must submit a PhD thesis in order to document your research effort.

Read more about the structure of the PhD programme and what it means to be enrolled as a PhD student via this link:
For more information about the PhD School, click here:

Terms of employment
PhD scholars at the Faculty of Humanities are appointed under the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. According to the agreement, PhD scholars are obliged – without any additional remuneration – to perform tasks assigned to them corresponding to 840 working hours over the three years.

For further information on employment, please see the collective agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Please read more here:

Please note that it is normally a precondition for employment that the applicant in question does not already have a PhD degree. Applicants who have already obtained a PhD degree will, as a main rule, be dismissed.

For any further questions, please contact the PhD Administration, HR South and City Campus, University of Copenhagen via this e-mail:

For specific questions concerning the role, please contact Tobias Richter:

As an equal opportunity employer, the Faculty of Humanities invites applications from all interested candidates regardless of gender, age, ethnic origin or religion.

Applications must be submitted electronically no later than 9th July 2018 at 23.59 (11.59 pm) (CEST).

You can alter submitted application in the recruitment system until the application deadline expires. No supplementary documents will be taken into consideration after this deadline.

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