Postdoctoral Fellowship in Archaeometry

Job ID: 35401
Location: Columbia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Job Description

The Archaeometry Lab at the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) seeks to recruit a postdoctoral fellow specializing in compositional analysis of lithics, ochre/earth pigments, rock art, ceramics, glass, or other archaeological materials. Regional interest and materials specialization are open. The Archaeometry Lab is a world leader in provenance studies, with in-house facilities for neutron activation analysis (NAA), mass spectrometry instrumentation (LA-ICP-MS/OES, MC-ICP-MS), and X-ray fluorescence (XRF), as well as access to Raman spectroscopy and Electron Microscopy through partner departments at the University of Missouri. Prospective candidates will submit proposals for independent research projects with a strong rationale for using one or more of the supported methods. Training will be provided where necessary.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated to conduct their independent research, prepare manuscripts, and submit grant proposals. Short-term, externally-funded fieldwork is permitted. They will also have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing, externally-funded projects through their direct Supervisor. The application process requires prospective candidates to submit a short proposal outlining their project, which should include demonstrated access to research materials for the duration of their project.


The candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand by the start of the appointment.

Application Materials

  • A cover letter
  • A full CV
  • A proposal (max. 5 pages) outlining your intended program of research. The proposal should overview the main archaeological questions and analytical goals, samples to be analyzed, and include a statement on why the Archaeometry Lab is the ideal location to conduct the project.
  • Names, affiliation, and email contact information for two references (reference letters will only be requested at the shortlist stage).
  • Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


posted: 05 February 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.