Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Land-use Characterization and Earth Systems Modeling
The 'PANTROPOCENE: Finding a Pre-industrial Anthropocene Project' at the Department of Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH), Jena, Germany is pleased to announce a new vacancy for a Research Fellowship position in the characterization of prehistoric and historic land-use and its use in dynamic earth systems modelling. The position will be for a period of up to 5 years and based in Jena, Germany.
The PANTROPOCENE project is newly funded by the prestigious European Research Council and will run for the duration of the postdoctoral position. Headed by Dr. Patrick Roberts, PANTROPOCENE seeks to determine whether pre-colonial and colonial human land-use within the tropical portions of the former Spanish Empire, with particular focus on the under-represented Philippine Archipelago, initiated pre-industrial earth systems feedbacks on regional and global scales.
The candidate will work in a leading global centre for archaeology, the Department of Archaeology at the MPI-SHH, renowned for combining archaeological, anthropological, geochemical, and earth systems expertise in field and laboratory methodologies. They will also work closely with key project partners Dr. Grace Baretto-Tesoro (University of the Philippines), Prof. Jed Kaplan (University of Hong Kong), and Prof. José Iriarte (University of Exeter) and will be expected to also work within the framework of ongoing international research initiatives to ensure maximum reach of results.
The position offers a unique opportunity to develop cutting edge research in the city of Jena that is renowned for its position at the intersection of Biogeochemical, Ecological, and Archaeological research. The Max Planck Society and the European Research Council both promote these multidisciplinary connections and this position offers the candidate the possibility of making the most of such networks and become a leader in novel approaches to the utilization of archaeological and palaeoenvironmental datasets.
The position will begin on the 1st of January 2020 though some flexible in start date is possible. Renumeration will follow the public service pay scale (TVöD), according to the candidate's qualifications and experience. In addition, social benefits are offered as per the regulations of the German Civil Service.
The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.
Please submit your application (which should include a cover letter, CV of no more than 3 pages, list of publications, and any relevant certificates) by October the 31st, 2019. You are also required to submit three references which are also due by October the 31st, 2019. Please submit your application as a single pdf file in English using the link below.
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