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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Archaeobotany
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF26231

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 30/11/2018

Job live date: 31/10/2018

Salary: £30,395 per annum

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of Archaeology Geography & Environmental Science

Division: Archaeology

Hours per week: 1.00 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full-time,Fixed-term

A fixed term postdoctoral appointment of 24 months to start on 14 January 2019 is available to contribute to the ERC-funded MENTICA project, Middle East Neolithic Transition – Integrated Community Approaches. The successful applicant will work with Prof Roger Matthews and colleagues at the University of Reading to investigate changing environments, plant ecology and management, and community food-ways during the transition from mobile hunting-gathering to sedentary agriculture

The primary roles of the PDRA in Archaeobotany will be analyse the diverse plant remains from excavation sites in order to investigate distinctive food-way strategies and preferences at the diverse scales of communities associated with buildings, neighbourhoods, sites and regions; to integrate this food-ways analysis with the stable isotope studies conducted on human remains and with the archaeozoological evidence recovered; to articulate the trajectories and sustainability of Epipalaeolithic-Early Neolithic food procurement and consumption; and to investigate the role of seasonality and environmental change in the transition from mobile hunting-gathering to more sedentary agricultural food-ways.

You will have:

  • A PhD (or nearing completion) in archaeobotany or a related field
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of a range of techniques in the recovery, identification and analysis of diverse archaeobotanical remains
  • Experience of archaeobotanical fieldwork and the coordination of sampling strategies, preferably at Neolithic sites in the Middle East
  • Excellent IT skills in the use of relevant software packages for complex data analysis
  • The ability to work flexibly to meet the changing needs of the role and to meet tight deadlines
  • The ability to interact professionally with a wide range of researchers, officials, the media and the public
  • Excellent spoken and written English


Interviews will be held on  12 December 2018

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Principal Investigator

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Contact name:

Roger Matthews

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Wendy Matthews

Contact phone:

0118 378 7564

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0118 378 6788

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The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN.  Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.


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