Two fully-funded PhD studentships in
Archaeological Science

There are two PhD studentships at SUERC/University of Glasgow that are fully-funded by Historic Environment Scotland:

  1. "Scottish upland expansion in the Bronze Age: new insights from robust chronological modelling" aims to use the Lairg Project archive and evidence from other Bronze Age sites in northern Scotland to explore questions relating to upland expansion in the 2nd millennium cal BC, with particular attention paid to the timing and tempo of human movement into these marginal environments. The project will be focused on re-evaluating the archive of the original Lairg Project, gathering new information, and synthesising it into a wider context. As a well-excavated Bronze Age upland landscape with a large number of 'legacy' dates, Lairg is ideally suited to this research focus.
  2. "A (Pre)History of Westray and Papa Westray: from the Mesolithic/Neolithic transition to Norse annexation" aims to use the excavations at the Links of Noltland as the hub for developing a deep-time perspective of human settlement on Westray and Papa Westray from the Mesolithic/Neolithic transition to the Norse annexation of Orkney. The project will focus on evaluating all the existing radiocarbon dates from Westray and Papa Westray, along with available dates from surrounding islands, and glean new information by adding results to the dataset from samples chosen within a Bayesian framework, using modern sampling criteria.

Further details of these two projects can be found here:

During these 3-year studentships, the students will learn about radiocarbon dating and Bayesian modelling through a combination of lectures and experiential practice. Under close supervision from their supervisors and staff in the Radiocarbon Laboratory, they will identify the contexts suitable for dating, select the samples within a Bayesian framework, pretreat and graphitise the samples for AMS radiocarbon analysis, and build their regional chronologies.

The ideal applicants will have excellent first degrees (1st or 2:1) in Archaeology, Anthropology, or Archaeological Sciences, and possibly a Master's degree in a related field. However, applicants from other academic backgrounds will be considered.

The PhDs are based within the Radiocarbon Laboratory at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC), a world-class research facility that is part of the University of Glasgow. Please note that SUERC is located in East Kilbride. The SUERC Supervisors are Dr. Derek Hamilton and Prof. Gordon Cook. Historic Environment Scotland will provide a third supervisor.

The awards are for eligible UK residents only and cover Home Fees plus a stipend of 14,453 per year, as well as a budget for research, travel, and cohort activities.

Contact Dr. Derek Hamilton ( if you would like to discuss your eligibility, background or qualifications prior to applying.

Application should be made directly through the University of Glasgow, College of Science & Engineering, naming SUERC as the Department. The application procedure can be accessed here: (

CLOSING DATE: 23 June 2017

published: 24 May 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.