[ES_JOBS_NET] Post-Doctoral position in Forensic and Archaeological Isotopic Provenancing

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Tue Dec 15 23:35:13 MST 2015

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From: Suzan Warmerdam <s.j.a.verdegaal-warmerdam at vu.nl>
Date: Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 7:08 AM

Dear Listmembers,

I would like to draw your attention to this vacancy at the VU University

Post-Doctoral position in Forensic and Archaeological Isotopic Provenancing
VU University AmsterdamFte: 1.0
VU unit: Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences
Vacancy number: 15379
Closing date: January 29th 2016

VU University Amsterdam is one of the leading institutions for higher
education in Europe and aims to be inspiring, innovative, and committed to
societal welfare. It comprises ten faculties and has teaching facilities
for 23,000 students.

The Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences (FALW) offers a range of Bachelor
and Master programmes. Research and focuses on the fields of the life-,
health-, environmental- and Earth sciences. World-class teaching and
cutting-edge research activities go hand in hand. FALW works together
collaboratively with other faculties like medicine, exact sciences,
economics, psychology and social sciences. The faculty's research
facilities are excellent foster cross-border collaboration, leading to
substantially improved quality and greater impact of our research results.

The Department of Earth Sciences is one of the eight departments in FALW.
It operates with two research clusters: 'Earth and Climate' and 'Geology
and Geochemistry'. The Department hosts a number of excellent,
state-of-the-art analytical and experimental labs, and teaches parts of
Earth Science BSc and MSc programmes. The Geology and Geochemistry (G&G)
Cluster of the Department of Earth Sciences is offering a Post Doc position
to develop and apply innovative new isotopic techniques (both stable and
radiogenic) to provide more quantitative methodologies for human
provenancing in a forensic and archaeological context.

The position is available from February 1st 2016. The successful candidate
will work partly within the European Research Council Synergy Grant (~
Euro15M) “NEXUS1492: New World Encounters in a Globalising World”. The
project investigates the impacts of colonial encounters in the Caribbean,
the nexus of the first interactions between the New and the Old World.
NEXUS1492 will address intercultural Amerindian-European-African dynamics
at multiple temporal and spatial scales across the historical divide of
1492. The trans-disciplinary team of three PIs (Hofmann, Archaeology and
Cultural Heritage Leiden; Brandes, Network Science, Konstanz; Davies,
isotopic provenance, VU) and their research groups of archaeologists,
social, natural and computer scientists, and heritage experts (>40) will
pioneer new analytical tools, and apply multi-disciplinary cutting-edge
techniques, theoretical frameworks and skill sets to provide a novel
perspective on New World encounters in a globalisi!
 ng world. The project will offer a stimulating work environment and unique
opportunity to integrate in a large international team of experts to
develop on-the-job academic skills.

A second aspect of the position is to continue to develop the strong
collaboration with the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) and Dutch
Police forces. Over the last 5 years G&G has been validating isotopic
techniques that are now being applied to open forensic cases. The candidate
will be trained in these forensic methods so that they can participate in
on-going police investigations.

Explore the application of novel geochemical-isotopic forensic and
provenancing techniques in an archaeological and/or forensic science
context. This will require the application of both stable and radiogenic
isotope methods to a variety of tissue material. We expect a willingness to
participate in archaeological and provenancing fieldwork in the Caribbean
and to collaborate with the NFI and Dutch police forces.

Advantageous Requirements
• A completed PhD in the physical sciences;
• Proven analytical skills with extensive experience in isotope
• A background in geochemistry/ bio-geochemistry/archaeology;
• Excellent research and writing skills,
• Good communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary
• An interest in the public dissemination of scientific results.
• Knowledge of Spanish and/or French will be beneficial for possible field
work in the Caribbean;

Further particulars
The position is initially for a three year period but prolongation is
possible. The starting date is negotiable, preferably no later than May
2016. You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of
employment at www.workingatvu.nl , including:
• remuneration of 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance;
• generous contribution (70%) to commuting allowance based on public
• discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance);
• a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge.

The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic
personnel, range from a minimum of € 3173 ,-gross per month (salary scale
10.5) up to a maximum of € 4608 (salary scale 11.11), based on full-time

For additional information please contact:
Prof. dr. Gareth R. Davies
e-mails: g.r.davies at vu.nl;
website: www.falw.vu.nl

You are invited to send a letter of motivation accompanied by your
Curriculum Vitae and contact information for at least two referees by email
to: Mrs. Fenny Bosse: f.bosse at vu.nl. Please mention vacancy number  in the
email header. Deadline for applications is January 29th, 2016.

Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be
dealt with.
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