24ème édition d'Archéométrie - Colloque du GMPCA A noter / Autour de la Préhistoire Les systèmes de fosses profondes à la Pré- et Protohistoire en France = Pre- and Protohistoric deep pit systems in France

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begin on the 1st of November 2022
Jena - Max Planck Institute for Geoanthropology




The isoTROPIC Research Group is a permanent Max Planck Independent Research Group opened at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in 2022. Headed by Dr. Patrick Roberts, it uses multidisciplinary archaeological, historical, biochemical, palaeoenvironmental, and remote-sensing approaches to study the human past in the tropics.


The isoTROPIC Research Group also hosts a state-of-the-art Mass Spectrometry laboratory which applies innovative stable isotope approaches to study past human diets, environments, and mobility, both within the tropics and more generally, with projects ranging from Pleistocene Arabia to Medieval Spain. The laboratory applies bulk approaches to a variety of archaeological materials (teeth, bones, charred plants, sediments), as well as compound-specific analysis of plant wax biomarkers from sediments.

Candidate tasks


The successful candidate will play a central role in the Research Group and its outputs. This call is for an open postdoctoral position and candidates should submit a 3-page proposal (in addition to their CV) that addresses the above questions in line with the isotope facilities and methodologies utilized within the isoTROPIC group, with a particular focus on plant wax biomarker analyses and stable isotope analysis of those biomarkers.

The successful candidate will also play a central role in the day-to-day running of the isotope laboratory as well as operation of our Mass Spectrometers, ensuring high-quality analyses and high sample throughput. They should be keen to assist with ambitious research projects and able to work diligently, meet deadlines, and assist students and researchers in using equipment in the laboratory.


Previous practical experience with the running and maintenance of Mass Spectrometers for isotope analysis is an absolute requirement. Candidates should be able to assist with:

    Day-to-day operation and upkeep of a GC-C-irMS system and biomarker extraction set-up.
    The running of additional Mass Spectrometers including a Thermo DELTA V Advantage Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer coupled to an elemental analyzer and a Thermo DELTA V Advantage Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer coupled to a Gas Bench II Interface.
    Overseeing the entire pipeline for archaeological and palaeoenvironmental isotope analysis, from sampling to pretreatment to analysis and interpretation.
    Supporting PhD students in developing lab-based and Mass Spectrometry skills.


Candidate qualifications


The ideal applicant will have a strong background in Archaeological Science, Geology, Chemistry, Environmental Archaeology, or Earth Sciences, or a strong track record of isotope applications to the study of past human diets and environmental interactions. In-depth practical and theoretical experience in utilising the isotope facilities available within the isoTROPIC group is also essential.

Other prerequisites include evidence of strong oral and written communication skills, including an outstanding publication record, commensurate with career stage. Willingness to work as part of a team and the ability to complete tasks in a timely and structured fashion are also necessities.


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Please submit your application by September, 16th, 2022





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