6 Postdoc positions

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  • 1) Paleo-ecological research – The research on Human Development in Landscapes should be strengthened and supplemented in the area of paleo-ecological, paleo-climatological or environmental-archaeological research. Creative proposals from the area of dendro-ecology, dendro-climatology, and dendro-archaeology are especially welcome.
  • 2) Ancient diet and food – We seek a candidate with an interest in investigating dietary change, metabolic shifts, and/or food processing in past societies through the analysis of ancient human, animal, and/or plant remains. We are particularly interested in candidates with an analytical background in LC-MS based proteomics or compound specific stable isotope analysis, although other approaches are welcome.
  • 3) Cognitive archaeology: Knowledge production and technology – The research on Human Development in Landscapes should be strengthened and supplemented by research on examples of innovation, knowledge production, or technology. Proposals may refer to interdependencies between transformations of knowledge/ technology and societal/ environmental developments. Theoretical expertise or interest of the candidates in these research fields is especially welcome.
  • 4) Urban agency and perception – The focus of this post-doctoral position will be a theoretically reflected study on urbanscapes in ancient (Greek and Roman) or medieval contexts. It will adress forms of agency and perception within an built and designed urban environment. On the one hand, it discusses forms of urban agency in reference to its spatial context and the shaping of human action by architecture, on the other hand, forms of sensual perception (sensescapes) and urban atmospheres come into view. With regard to one or both of these aspects, forms and causes of urban change will be in the focus of the project.
  • 5) Social archaeology – The applicant should be capable of addressing all dimensions of past conflict als well as conflict resolution. Moreover, the position requires demonstrated experience in working at the intersection of archaeology and material science.
  • 6) Social Inequality – The focus of this post-doctoral position will be the reconstruction of triggers and effects of social inequalities in prehistoric and archaic societies. Looking at a range of aspects (from material culture and architecture to environmental developments and possible linguistic aspects), the economic and cultural triggers and modulators of social inequality will be evaluated quantitatively and qualitatively in a diachronic perspective.