Le pietre parlanti - Arte Rupestre e ricerche archeologiche nel Pinerolese e nelle Alpi Occidentali Actualités French Institutes for Advanced Study : international mobility fellowship programme

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PhD start: February 1, 2021
University of Neuchâtel - Institut de Chimie



This project focuses on innovative bio-based methods for the preservation of waterlogged archaeological wood and iron artifacts. The research team will exploit the unique proper-ties of some bacteria or metabolites for anticipating the extraction of sulfur compounds from wood when it is still wet and in parallel for preventing iron artefacts from the for-mation of voluminous unstable corrosion products upon exposure to oxygen.


To this purpose, three different strategies will be adopted:

1) oxidation of sulfur species,

2) com-plexation of iron species and

3) iron reduction.

The successful candidate will hold a doctorate in materials science or chemistry at the start of the project and have research skills related to the theme and activities of the project. A good understanding of the challenges and practices in conservation of water-logged archaeological wood and of archaeological iron would be an advantage. The ideal applicant will have technical analytical skills (including FTIR/Raman microscopy, XRD, SEM-EDS, XRF and Synchrotron XAS) and experience in dealing with microorganisms and metabolites extraction.


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Edith Joseph
SNSF Professor
Tél +41 32 718 22 35


Application deadline: October 16, 2020

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