42nd International Symposium on Archaeometry A noter / Autour de la Préhistoire Deuxième prix européen d’archéologie Joseph Déchelette

Study of Belgian human cremated bone collections : PhD and Post-Doctoral positions  2018

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Belgique (VUB, ULB and UGent, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA)




The Excellence of Science (EOS) framework funded the CRUMBEL Project (No. 30999782) to study the Belgian human cremated remains dating from the Neolithic to the Early-Medieval period using state of the art analytical and geochemical analyses. Recording the Belgian collections in a database including as much osteoarchaeological information represents a crucial part of this project.


The PhD’s will be involved in the different parts of the project which include:
- Record museum collections and carry out the osteoarchaeological study of cremated remains
- Carry out analytical and geochemical analyses on cremated bone fragments (FTIR, XRF, C, O, Sr isotopes, etc.)
- Develop new methods for the study of cremated bone


The post-doctoral researchers will strengthen the research team with their skills and expertise in one or more relevant research fields (e.g. osteoarchaeology, palaeoanthropology, geochemistry, GIS, database management, material science). The researchers will be highly encouraged to develop new and improved ways of studying cremated remains in collaboration with the CRUMBEL Team. The postdoctoral researchers will be based in Brussels (ULB or VUB) but will be expected to move regularly between the three universities as well as the KIK-IRPA to interact actively with the other members of the team. The post-doctoral positions are for one year, renewable up to 3 years based on performance.


To apply, send your complete academic CV, the e-mail addresses of two potential referees, as well as a cover letter (max 1 page in English) explaining how you could benefit the CRUMBEL project to Prof. D. Tys (dtys@vub.be) with Dr. C. Snoeck in cc (csnoeck@vub.be) before 12 February 2018. Interviews will take place early March in Brussels.

If you would like to receive more details about the project, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. C. Snoeck (csnoeck@vub.be).


Deadline : 12 February 2018


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