Où allez-vous ? Reconsidérer les migrations dans les Âges des Métaux = Where are you going? Reconsidering migration in the Metal Ages A noter / Autour de la Préhistoire Peupler la terre : de la préhistoire à l’ère des métropoles / Lena Sanders

The Department of Archaeology of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History is offering one 3-year funded PhD position centering on Olduvai Gorge

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Jena - Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History




The candidate will conduct studies on Early Stone Age technology in close coordination and integration with an interdisciplinary research group.  She/he should have a strong interest in, and ideally experience in, Human Evolutionary Studies, Palaeolithic Archaeology, and Lithic Technology.


For more information on the Department of Archaeology, and on the research being conducted at Olduvai please visit the webpages:


The successful student will work under the supervision of the project’s Principal Investigators Professor Michael Petraglia (petraglia@shh.mpg.de) and Professor Julio Mercader (mercader@ucalgary.ca). She/he will be expected to spend a considerable amount of time analyzing lithic artefacts from several archaeological sites in Olduvai Gorge.


The candidate must be willing to spend June and July, 2019, at Olduvai, working alongside the interdisciplinary team. The PhD student will be based at the Max Planck Institute in Jena, Germany.




- Have, or be about to obtain, a Masters degree or equivalent qualification in Palaeolithic or Prehistoric Archaeology or a closely-related field.
- A strong record of examination at undergraduate and masters level.
- Willingness to travel from Europe to Africa and Canada to spend considerable amount of time in Tanzania and Olduvai Gorge working with an international and interdisciplinary research team.
- Fluency in English (speaking, reading and writing).
- Effective time management skills and ability to efficiently coordinate research analyses through to publication.
- We are looking for individuals who are fascinated by prehistoric (especially Palaeolithic) archaeology and archaeological science, are familiar with latest developments in the field of human evolution, and keen to be part of a growing and dynamic interdisciplinary project.
- Candidates are expected to be enthusiastic about learning and exploring interdisciplinary research topics. They must also be willing to work as part of a research team and help build up and develop the Department of Archaeology’s research programme and thematic aims, together with our key partners at the University of Calgary.


- Knowledge of the Pliocene and Pleistocene archaeological record of Africa.
- Fieldwork experience at African Palaeolithic sites.
- Familiarity with archaeological and archaeological science methodologies, such as zooarchaeology, environmental science, geochemistry (lithic sourcing), stable isotopes, and/or chronometric dating.


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Applications for the 3-year fully funded position will be accepted until 1 March 2019 or until the position is filled