Current Positions

ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW POSITIONS WITHIN THE NEW CLUSTER OF EXCELLENCE ROOTS
(9 Research Associates Positions; 19 PhD Positions at Kiel University; 2 Academic Research Infrastructure Positions). DEADLINE: 6th May, 2019

    

Job Announcement

The new Cluster ROOTS – Social, Environmental, and Cultural Connectivity in Past Societies in the frame of the German Excellence Initiative explores social, environmental, and cultural processes that have substantially shaped past human development (and which are still active today). Research is organized in six research units (i.e. subclusters) covering six foci: (1) Environmental hazards and impacts; (2) Dietary intake and disease; (3) Knowledge production, technology, and innovation; (4) Population agglomeration and urbanisation; (5) Social differentiation and inequalities; and (6) Conflict and conciliation. The ROOTS ‘Reflective Turn’ will enable cross-disciplinary dialogue and enquiries within and between research foci, providing an overarching theoretical frame.

The Research Associates and Doctoral positions participate in the ROOTS Young Academy. The ROOTS Young Academy brings together young experts from an array of disciplines, which support ROOTS research with innovative research ideas. The Young Academy provides young researchers with excellent conditions for a successful career and personal development.

Therefore, we invite applications for the following positions to begin as early as possible:

a) Nine Research Associate Positions (TV-L 13/14)

01RA Research Associate Position: Dendro-Archaeology

Profile: Dendroarchaeology

The Post Holder will conduct research on human-environmental-interdependencies in the area of dendro-archaeology, dendro-ecology, and dendro-climatology. Aspects of woodland management, climate reconstruction, adjustment of wood growth with other ecological proxies and dating enhancement shall be in the focus of research. Studies in isotope research in collaboration with the Leibniz-Laboratory are envisaged. She/he will build up a dendro-ecological lab and to initiate own research based on internal and external funding.

Integration into the research agenda of ‘ROOTS of socio-environmental hazards’ is expected as well as cooperation with the other subclusters. The position offers opportunities for joint research especially with the Doctoral Position 04PhD.

Required qualifications: Excellent PhD and proven strong research track demonstrating pertinent experience in at least two of the fields of dendro-archaeology, dendro-ecology, and dendro-climatology.

Contact: Ingmar Unkel and Mara Weinelt (subcluster-speakers)

 

02RA Research Associate Position: Socio-Environmental Interactions in the Wadden Seas

Profile: Geoarchaeology, Geophysics and Archaeology

The Wadden Sea area at the west coast of Schleswig-Holstein is regarded as an originally prosperous medieval cultural landscape, which has been repeatedly destroyed and reshaped in a sequence of extreme storm events. Its development is an exemplary case of past and on-going socio-environmental interaction. The postdoc holder is expected to investigate the paleo-geographic and cultural development of the Wadden Sea area, with a focus on the impact of hazards and the role of human actions and reactions. Conducting pilot studies and field research is encouraged and supported. Integration into the research agenda of ‘ROOTS of socio-environmental hazards’ is expected as well as cooperation with other subclusters.

Required qualifications: The successful candidate has an excellent PhD and have a strong background in interdisciplinary research involving geoarchaeology, geophysics and archaeology.

Contact: Ingmar Unkel and Mara Weinelt (subcluster-speakers)

 

03RA Research Associate Position: Computational Biology

Profile: Computational Biology

We are seeking an applicant for a fulltime post-doctoral position in Computational Biology with a focus on ancient DNA (aDNA). This research associate will join the Research Group for Ancient DNA Analysis, seated at the Institute of Clinical Molecular Biology, within the in the framework of the Cluster of Excellence ROOTS. The research associate will manage and analyze existing and upcoming next-generation sequencing data sets from a broad range of (pre)historical sources (plants, fungi, animals, humans), including work on metagenomic/microbiome data. The candidate will be provided with excellent IT and NGS infrastructure and will be embedded in a multi-disciplinary research environment encompassing biologists, archaeologists, geneticists, biochemists.

Required qualifications: We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with an excellent PhD in a field of computational biology (bioinformatics, biostatistics, molecular biology or related areas with profound analytical and programming skills) and a background in general biology. Experience in the following fields is required: genome analysis, metagenomics/microbiome analysis, and NGS methodology along with good programming skills in R and/or Python/Perl/C++. Since most of the data sets will derive from ancient samples, experience with aDNA sequencing data and SNP capture design is required. The candidate will conduct laboratory work in the aDNA lab; wet-lab experience is therefore necessary. Additionally, experience in the following fields would be advantageous: biostatistics, association testing, and evolutionary biology.

Contact: Cheryl Makarewicz and Ben Krause-Kyora (subcluster-speakers)

 

04RA Research Associate Position: Ancient Plant Genomics

Profile: Archaeobotany, Plant Genomics, ancient DNA

The successful candidate will investigate the genetic composition of pre-/historical samples of crops cultivated in Central Europe. She/he will analyse ancient DNA data to characterize the distribution of genomic variation in these ancient cultivars and thereby specifically address, a) the origin and diversity of crops cultivated in Europe, and b) signatures of selection during early domestication. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to identify plant diseases associated with early European crops from deep sequencing of ancestral plant material. The post holder will be embedded in a multi-disciplinary research environment encompassing archaeobotanists, biologists, archaeologists, geneticists, and biochemists. She/he will establish novel research approaches at the interface of the study of archaeobotanical material and the extraction of DNA from ancient plant remains and from modern breeds from South-East Turkey to be used for aDNA sequencing. The project will build on computational and comparative analyses to identify genetic variation among individual samples as well as genome evolution of the crop species, and potentially the variation in ancient pathogen genomes.

Required qualifications: We are seeking a highly motivated candidate holding an excellent PhD in the fields of plant genomics, evolutionary biology, archaeobotany with specification in molecular biology, or in related fields. Ideally, the candidate has experience in archaeobotany and molecular biology. Working experience in molecular biology labs is a precondition. This project will connect different fields of research and the candidate is expected to build up a collaborative and integrative research programme.

Contact: Cheryl Makarewicz and Ben Krause-Kyora (subcluster-speakers)

 

05RA Research Associate Position: Networks of knowledge from Northern Europe to the Eastern Mediterranean and beyond

Profile: Humanities, e.g. History of Ancient Science, Knowledge Studies, or related fields

The candidate is expected to explore questions of production and dissemination of knowledge in early societies between Northern Europe and the Near East from earliest times to the Middle Ages. Special interest shall be paid to the relation between, explicit, implicit, and practical knowledge as well as the conditions under which innovations emerge and take effect as well as the formation of networks that feed them or set them back.

Required qualifications: Excellent PhD in the field of Humanities (open disciplinary affiliation). A strong research record pertinent to the theory and history of ancient science and/or technology and its dissemination.

Contact: Lutz Käppel and Hilmar Klinkott (subcluster-speakers)

 

06RA Research Associate Positions in Urban Agency and Perception / Classical or Late Antique Archaeology

Profile: Classical Archaeology, Late Antique Archaeology

The candidate shall conduct excellent, interdisciplinary research on specific research question dealing with urban agency and perception. The post holder shall develop innovative theoretical and methodological concepts as well as create networks within the international scientific community. This involves also genuine research interest in comparisons across time and space and in exploring methodological and epistemological problems. She/he will organize and participate in international seminars, workshops and conferences. Moreover, the post holder will be given the opportunity to present the outcomes of the study in a monograph (or equivalent format).

An integration into the research agenda of ‘Urban ROOTS’ is expected as well as cooperation with other subclusters. Joint research is expected with the Doctoral Position 10PhD11PhD as well as with the Research Associate Position 07RA.

Required qualifications: Excellent Ph.D. and track record in Classical Archaeology and/or Late antique Archaeology; Interest in making comparisons across time and space and in exploring methodological and epistemological problems.

Contact: Annette Haug and Ulrich Müller (subcluster-speakers)

 

07RA Research Associate Positions in Urban Agency and Perception / Medieval Archaeology

Profile: Medieval Archaeology

The candidate shall conduct excellent, interdisciplinary research on specific research questions dealing with the interdependences between urban environmental settings, material and immaterial resources, forms of urban design, mental concepts of urbanity, urban agency and perception. The post holder shall develop innovative theoretical and methodological concepts as well as create networks within the international scientific community. This involves also genuine research interest in comparisons across time and space and in exploring methodological and epistemological problems. She/he will organize and participate in international seminars, workshops and conferences. Moreover, the post holder will be given the opportunity to present the outcomes of the study in a monograph (or equivalent format).

An integration into the research agenda of ‘Urban ROOTS’ is expected as well as cooperation with other subclusters. Joint research is expected with the Doctoral Position 10PhD11PhD as well as with the Research Associate Position 06RA.

Required qualifications: Excellent Ph.D. and track record in Medieval Archaeology; additional expertise in environmental history or economic history is advantageous.

Contact: Annette Haug and Ulrich Müller (subcluster-speakers)

 

08RA Research Associate Position: Quantification of social inequality in prehistoric societies

Profile: Prehistoric Archaeology, Economics, Archaeoinformatics

Aiming at quantifying prehistoric social Europe, the post holder will establish and apply a concept for the quantification of inequality variables as assembled from diverse archaeological archives. These can include variables related to the distribution of architectural features, activity areas, and items both in domestic and ritual spaces. These “proxies” shall be used to identify spatial and temporal differences in the distribution of resources between individuals, societal segmental levels, but also between societies.

Integration into the research agenda of ‘ROOTS of social inequality’ is expected as well as cooperation with other subclusters. Joint research is expected with the Doctoral Positions 12PhD13PhD16PhD17PhD18PhD as well as with the Research Associate Position 09RA.

Required qualifications: Eligible candidates must hold an excellent PhD in Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology and proved knowledge in economic and social theories/models as well as computer science experience.

Contact: Johannes Müller and Henny Piezonka (subcluster-speakers)

 

09RA Research Associate Position: Protohistoric Conflicts and Conciliations

Profile: Protohistoric Archaeology

The post holder is invited to plan and conduct archaeological research on conflict indicators of conflict scenarios in the first Millennium AD in the Baltic Region and/or in Eastern Europe. The focus of this project lies on fortifications and their role in conflicts as well as in stabilisation scenarios. The approach should include not only aspects of violent threat and escalation, but also of de-escalation and conciliation. The post holder shall contribute to identifying conflict indicators and developing new theoretical concepts on conflicts and conciliations in protohistoric periods.

An integration into the research agenda of ‘ROOTS of conflict’ is expected as well as cooperation with other subclusters. Joint research is expected with the Doctoral Positions 12PhD13PhD16PhD17PhD18PhD as well as with the Research Associate Position 08RA.

Required qualifications: excellent PhD in Prehistoric and Protohistoric archaeology, excellent scientific profile in the archaeology of Eastern and Central Eastern Europe of the 1st millennium AD; excellent knowledge of at least one Slavic language; proof of experience in fieldwork in Eastern and/or Central Eastern Europe.

Contact: Claus von Carnap-Bornheim and Lorenz Kienle (subcluster-speakers)

                                                              

We are seeking outstanding scholars and scientists with highly interdisciplinary profiles to conduct research on pertinent topics as they relate to the broader themes of ROOTS (further information can be found at: https://www.jma.uni-kiel.de/en/roots). Within the broad interdisciplinary frame of ROOTS, the position holders will be hosted by the ROOTS Young Academy, which offers endowment with research funds at own disposal, access to high-end infrastructures, as well as teaching opportunity. The Research Associates will be affiliated with the Johanna Mestorf Academy at Kiel University (www.jma.uni-kiel.de).

Required qualifications include: a Ph.D. in a field relevant to the interdisciplinary theme of 'ROOTS - Social, Environmental, and Cultural Connectivity in Past Societies'; a strong record of research and publication. Candidates will be evaluated on the strength and novelty of their research proposal, previous research background, academic experience on an international basis, and publication record in internationally renowned journals and/or book series. 

Salary will be commensurate. at level TV-L 13 (02RA until 09RA) or TV-L 14 (01RA) of the federal wage agreement scheme (Tarifvertrag der Länder). It is a fulltime-position (currently 38,7 h/week). The initial duration of this post is for 3 years, renewable up to 6 years total, pending positive evaluation.

Part-time employment is principally possible. Potential part-time demands will be evaluated with regard to the work requirements formulated in the job description.

 

 

b) 18 Doctoral Positions

Candidates are invited to submit proposals for PhD research projects addressing one or more of the following themes of ROOTS (as assigned to one of the six ROOTS subclusters):

01PhD Doctoral Position: Testing the Neolithic Plant Invasion Hypothesis (NPIH)

Profile: Biology, plant ecology, biodiversity, invasion ecology

European plants invade temperate grasslands globally because they are preadapted after millennia of exposure to pastoralism and cultivation dating to the Neolithic era. The Neolithic Plant Invasion Hypothesis (NPIH) implies that preadaptation helps to maximise performance of invasive plant species relative to native species lacking this adaptive history. Invasions and agricultural-based perturbations are closely connected. Given that many European grasslands are creations of human activity from the past, current invasions by these floras may simply represent the continuation of processes dating to the Neolithic.

Global plant invaders originating from Europe and having ancestral ranges, e.g., in Asia Minor, thereby offer a suitable study system to test the roles of pre-adaptation, plasticity and recent evolution for explaining actual invasion success. Using surveys and multispecies experiments with individuals originating from different regions of the species’ ranges, we will test NPIH based predictions and study the processes behind patterns of global plant invasion. The work involves planning, implementation, analysis and publication of research, which should contribute to the completion of a PhD degree.

The research is meant to be conducted as a paired approach operated with PhD position 02PhD.

Required qualifications: The successful candidate holds a degree (MSc or Diploma) in Biology or a related field with a focus on plant ecology or biodiversity.Experience with ecological fieldwork, common garden experiments and quantification of plant functional traits are advantageous. A good knowledge of Central European flora and scientific skills such as data analysis and manuscript preparation must be evident (e.g. through the Master thesis). Good methodological competence in statistics using R is required. She/he is motivated to conduct extensive fieldwork to collect data in numerous countries. We are looking for a highly motivated person with a keen interest in ecology and evolution.

Contact: Ingmar Unkel and Mara Weinelt (subcluster-speakers)

 

02PhD Doctoral Position: Hazards of Neobiota in the Anthropocene

Profile: Environmental Philosophy

A research project with a philosophical perspective on current Anthropocene debate shall be launched to assess  the hazards of neobiota  in relation to ecological damages/ biological invasions and health risks. This complements research on Neolithic neobiota hypothesis by empirical (and experimental) scientific means (outlined in PhD01). According to current debate, it is predicted that the Anthropocene will be dominated by globalized man-nature-interactions with global spread of neobiota, promoted by international trade, climate change, and agriculture. 

The doctoral candidate shall analyse and engage with the discourse on neobiota and neophytes in environmental ethics. She/he will also research the historical dimension of neobiota over the last 500 years. The candidate shall further analyse the current research on Neolithic neobiota dispersal by completing a comprehensive literature review as supported by ROOTS experts, enabling comparison of past and present neobiota dispersal patterns.

The project shall benefit from close collaboration with the PhD position 01PhD.

Required qualifications: Excellent MA in environmental philosophy or a related discipline.

Contact: Ingmar Unkel and Mara Weinelt (subcluster-speakers)

 

03PhD Doctoral Position: Pollution and contamination in geoarchaeological environments

Profile: Environmental Sciences, Geochemistry, Ecology

Pollution and contamination is not only a modern phenomenon but started at least with the spatial concentration of people and increasing settlement duration. Pollution and contamination hazards are predominantly anthropogenic with impact on water, atmosphere and soil since prehistoric times. The successful candidate shall conduct research on the extent of pollution, the impact on society, and coping strategies of past societies. Moreover, invasive species of plants and animals as a threat to ecosystems and agricultural land may be a focus of the research. The position is attached to the subcluster ROOTS of socio-environmental hazards, however the subclusters Urban ROOTS, Dietary ROOTS and Social Inequality will jointly address this topic.

Required qualifications: The successful candidate holds an excellent degree (MSc or Diploma) in geosciences, geochemistry, environmental sciences, ecology, geobotany, or isotope research. She/He has a genuine interest in palaeoenvironmental change and the impact of past societies on the environment.

Contact: Ingmar Unkel and Mara Weinelt (subcluster-speakers)

 

04PhD Doctoral Position: Identification of hazards in paleoenvironmental archives

Profile: Micromorphology, Palynology, Dendro-climatological Studies

This PhD research aims at an interdisciplinary study of laminated lake sediments and tree ring records and comparison with archaeological data in Europe. The natural archives will be scanned for signals of extreme events that may have triggered hazards with consequences for human societies. The spectrum of the methods of investigations includes micro-morphological studies on thin slides from lake sediments, palynology, Micro-XRF and dendro-climatological studies. This investigation will be jointly conducted by the PhD candidate and the involved working groups. The topic offers close collaborations with archaeologists  quantifying data (links to the Hazard 03PhD and Social Inequality 14PhD), including joint fieldwork.

Required qualifications: The candidate should provide a strong knowledge in palaeo-environmental methods with an excellent MA in Biology, Geography, Archaeology or Geology and an elaborated interest in human environmental interdependencies.

Contact: Ingmar Unkel and Mara Weinelt (subcluster-speakers)

 

05PhD Doctoral Position: Human-reindeer interactions in contemporary and ancient Siberian communities

Profile: Archaeology, Zooarchaeology, Cultural Anthropology

Reindeer are intensively herded as a means of subsistence and symbolic identity in many circumpolar societies, but, unique for husbanded animals, lack clear expressions of the 'domestication syndrome'.  The successful candidate will investigate the evolution of human-reindeer interactions and the emergence of reindeer herding as a means of food production and ideological expression in Western Siberia through integrated ethnoarchaeological and archaeological scientific approaches guided by a rigorous theoretical framework grounded in cultural anthropology. There are opportunities for close collaboration with other researchers involved in investigating hunter-gather and (agro)pastoralist lifeways and social dynamics (linked to the Dietary 05PhD and Social Inequality 14PhD), including joint fieldwork.

Required qualification: Eligible candidates must hold an outstanding university degree (MA, MSc or equivalent) in Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology with an expertise in zooarchaeology and/or stable isotope analysis and, preferably, a strong background in cultural anthropology.

Contact: Cheryl Makarewicz and Ben Krause-Kyora (subcluster-speakers)

 

06PhD Doctoral Position: High-resolution palaeodietary reconstruction and diet-body isotopic spacing  

Profile: Archaeology, Chemistry, Earth Science

Detecting dietary change in humans and animals via the isotopic record requires a good understanding of the isotopic fractionation factor between diet and consumer tissues. The successful candidate will investigate the relationship between dietary intake and isotopic values expressed in modern and archaeological proteinaceous and bioapatite tissues from herbivores, omnivores, and/or carnivores, with particular attention to how environmental inputs, physiological factors, and dietary composition influence diet-body spacing in carbon and nitrogen isotopes.  

Required qualification: Eligible candidates must hold an outstanding university degree (MA, MSc or equivalent) in Chemistry, Earth Science, or Archaeology, preferentially with a strong background in stable isotope biogeochemistry.

Contact: Cheryl Makarewicz and Ben Krause-Kyora (subcluster-speakers)

 

07PhD Doctoral Position: Interfaces of technology in early metal‐using societies

Profile: Archaeology, Material studies

The focus of this PhD project lies in crafts apprenticeship, knowledge transfer and learning strategies at the interface of technologies in early metal-using societies in Northern and Central Europe between 2000 and 500 B.C. The  successful candidate shall address these issues through advanced lithic studies operating within the field of cognitive archaeology (e.g., chaîne and schéma opératoire studies). The successful candidate will be fully integrated in the working group on networks of knowledge from Northern Europe to the Mediterranean region. Integration into the research agenda of ‘ROOTS Knowledge’ is expected, as well as cooperation with other subclusters.

Required qualification: Eligible candidates must hold an excellent university degree (MA, MSc or equivalent) in Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology or a related discipline.

Contact: Lutz Käppel and Hilmar Klinkott (subcluster-speakers)

 

08PhD Doctoral Position: Prehistoric Amber Connectivities

Profile: Archaeology, Material Studies

The focus of this knowledge topic lies on amber in prehistoric Europe between 3500-500 B.C. Drawing on existing material studies and supplemented by new data collection, the successful candidate is invited to conduct research to create amber distribution maps in different time slices across Europe. The aim is to empirically reconstruct transport routes and to trace routes of knowledge transfer. The analysis shall include  a context assessment (e.g. grave settlement), as well as a classification of the different amber types (e.g. raw amber, pearls) . The successful candidate will be fully integrated in the working group on networks of knowledge from Northern Europe to the Mediterranean region. Integration into the research agenda of ‘ROOTS Knowledge’ is expected, as well as cooperation with other subclusters. The position offers opportunities for cooperation with the Doctoral Positions 12PhD, as well as with the Research Associate Position 05RA.

Required qualification: Excellent university degree (MA, MSc or equivalent) in Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology with an expertise in Material Studies.

Contact: Lutz Käppel and Hilmar Klinkott (subcluster-speakers)

 

09PhD Doctoral Position: Religion and innovation in the Eastern Mediterranean in the 1st Millennium BCE

Profile: Ancient History and related disciplines

Applicants are invited to propose research projects on specific case studies in order to investigate temples, monasteries or other religious institutions as centres/hubs of sciences and scientific production in the ancient Mediterranean area during the 1st Millennium BC. In addition to examining the "production of knowledge" in this area, the successful candidate shall explore the processes of collecting and archiving knowledge, as well as specific forms and ways of knowledge transfer and exchange.  A focus that takes the ancient Near East or Egypt into account is preferred. Integration into the research agenda of ‘ROOTS Knowledge’ is expected, as well as cooperation with other subclusters.

Required qualification: Excellent university degree (MA, MSc or equivalent) in Ancient History and related disciplines.

Contact: Lutz Käppel and Hilmar Klinkott (subcluster-speakers)

 

10PhD Doctoral Position: Urban Agency and Perception / Medieval History

Profile: Medieval History

The successful candidate will conduct excellent research on urban agency and perception. She/He shall develop innovative theoretical and methodological concepts a relation to the topic. The post holder will receive support to organize and participate in international seminars, workshops and conferences. Integration into the research agenda of ‘Urban ROOTS’ is expected, as well as cooperation with other subclusters. The position offers for cooperation with the Doctoral Position 11PhD, as well as with the Research Associate Positions 06RAand 07RA.

Required qualification: Excellent university degree (MA, MSc or equivalent) in Medieval History

Contact: Annette Haug and Ulrich Müller (subcluster-speakers)

 

11PhD Doctoral Position: Urban Agency and Perception / Medieval German Studies or Medieval and Renaissance Romance Literature

Profile: Medieval German Studies or Medieval and Renaissance Romance Literature

The successful candidate will conduct excellent research on urban agency and perception. She/He shall develop innovative theoretical and methodological concepts in relation to the topic. The post holder will receive support to organize and participate in international seminars, workshops and conferences. Integration into the research agenda of ‘Urban ROOTS’ is expected as well as cooperation with other subclusters. The position offers for cooperation with Doctoral Position 10PhD, as well as with the Research Associate Positions 06RAand 07RA.

Required qualification: Excellent university degree (MA, Msc or equivalent) in Medieval German Studies; Medieval and Renaissance Romance Literature

Contact: Annette Haug and Ulrich Müller (subcluster-speakers)

 

12PhD Doctoral Position: Globalisation and connectivity: networks and social inequality

Profile: Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology, Economics, Archaeoinformatics, Geography

The successful candidate shall analyse the role of social connectivities in their spatial and temporal dimensions with a focus on material culture styles and technologies for the emergence, persistence, change and dissolution of social inequality. This shall be achieved by drawing on local and regional network analyses of published and excavated archaeological data. Integration into the research agenda of ‘ROOTS of social inequality’ is expected, as well as cooperation with other subclusters. The position offers for cooperation with the Doctoral Positions 13PhD16PhD17PhD18PhD as well as with the Research Associate Positions 08RA and 09RA.

Required qualifications: Eligible candidates must hold an outstanding university degree (MA, MSc or equivalent) in Pre‐ and Protohistoric Archaeology with an expertise in economic and computer science studies.

Contact: Johannes Müller and Henny Piezonka (subcluster-speakers)

 

13PhD Doctoral Position: Socio-linguistic methods and material culture

Profile: Historical Linguistics, Methods of Quantitative Linguistics, Sociolinguistics

The successful candidate shall conduct work on linguistic aspects of social stratification in North India from a historical perspective, with special reference to the eastern Ganges Basin. She/He will work in close cooperation with scholars from both general linguistics as well as from archaeology, taking not only theoretical sociolinguistic aspects of historical language stratification into account but also aspects of material culture. Research will address these aspects in different social and economic groups from this region, e.g. hunter and gatherer societies (or social groups which until recently fell within this group and have since changed to a more sedentary lifestyle), farming communities, and others. Integration into the research agenda of ‘ROOTS of social inequality’ is expected as well as co-operation with other subclusters. The position offers for cooperation with the Doctoral Positions 12PhD, 16PhD17PhD18PhD as well as with the Research Associate Position 08RA.

Required qualifications: Eligible candidates must hold an outstanding university degree (MA or equivalent) in General Linguistics, Indo-European Linguistics or in a related linguistic field with a focus on historical linguistics. The successful candidate will have a keen interest in historical linguistics, which can also be demonstrated by his / her publications, and will be familiar with various quantitative methods in linguistics. Complementary expertise in historical sociolinguistics and/or in the area of language contact will be an asset. Knowledge of a modern South Asian language is desirable and/or the willingness to obtain a basic knowledge of spoken and written Hindi within the first six months of the grant.

Contact: Johannes Müller and Henny Piezonka (subcluster-speakers)

 

14PhD Doctoral Position: Social structure of prehistoric hunther-gatherer communities in Western Siberia

Profile: Archaeology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

The emergence and persistence of fortified settlements among hunter-gatherer communities in the Western Siberian taiga since the 7th-6th millennium cal. BC is an outstanding phenomenon in world prehistory. The successful candidate shall investigate this phenomenon through time based on archaeological and ethno-historic evidence, thereby enhancing the understanding of the effects of environmental conditions and seasonal resources, intra-societal social mechanisms and intergroup conflict in acephalous, heterarchical societies. An integration into the research agenda of ‘ROOTS of social inequality’ is expected as well as co-operation with other subclusters.

Required qualifications: Eligible candidates must hold an outstanding university degree (MA, MSc or equivalent) in Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology, preferably with a cultural anthropological background.

Contact: Johannes Müller and Henny Piezonka (subcluster-speakers)

 

15PhD Doctoral Position: Early social inequality and early violence

Profile: Archaeology, Social Theory, Material Studies

The successful candidate shall conduct research on early appearance of social inequality and violence. The focus of this project lies in investigating not only skeletal archives and burial items, but also differences in the domestic spheres of past societies. In the frame of the project, the post holder shall contribute to the development and identification of conflict and inequality indicators, as well as to the development of the theoretical discourse. The main focus shall be on early agriculturalists and late foragers in a structural comparison of different ecological zones. Both, indicators of social inequality and conflict/conciliation as used by the subclusters ‘ROOTS of social inequality’ and ‘Conflict and Conciliation’ will be relevant for this research. Cooperation with other subclusters is expected.

Required qualifications: Eligible candidates must hold an outstanding university degree (MA, MSc or equivalent) in Pre‐ and Protohistoric Archaeology with an anthropological background and knowledge on theory.

Contact: Johannes Müller and Henny Piezonka (subcluster-speakers)

  

16PhD Doctoral Position: Late Neolithic and Bronze Age conflict and conciliation

Profile: Archaeology, Material Studies

The successful candidate shall conduct research on conflict scenarios of the second Millennium BC in the northern European Lowlands, based on pertinent conflict indicators . The focus of  this research shall be on artefacts, settlement structures and depositions assessed in terms of conflict potentials. In the frame of the project, the candidate should contribute to the identification of conflict indicators on the base of analytical material studies methods. This project preferably considers not only violence and violent escalation but also de‐escalation and conciliation in prehistoric periods. Integration into the research agenda of ‘ROOTS of Conflict and Conciliation’ is expected, as well as co-operation with other subclusters.

Required qualifications: Eligible candidates must hold an outstanding university degree (MA, MSc or equivalent) in Pre‐ and Protohistoric archaeology.

Contact: Claus von Carnap-Bornheim and Lorenz Kienle (subcluster-speakers)

 

17PhD Doctoral Position: Early Iron Age conflict and conciliation

Profile: Archaeology, Material Studies

The successful candidate shall conduct research on conflict indicators and the modelling of conflict scenarios of the first Millennium BC in the northern European Lowlands. The research shall focus not only on fortifications, but also  on settlement structures, depositions and relevant artefact groups(e.g. weaponry). In the frame of the project, the post holder shall contribute to the identification of conflict indicators on the base of analytical material studies methods. This project preferably consider not only violence and violent escalation but also de‐escalation and conciliation. Integration into the research agenda of ‘ROOTS of Conflict and Conciliation’ is expected as well as co-operation with other subclusters.

Required qualifications: Eligible candidates must hold an outstanding university degree (MA, MSc or equivalent) in Pre‐ and Protohistoric archaeology.

Contact: Claus von Carnap-Bornheim and Lorenz Kienle (subcluster-speakers)

 

18PhD Doctoral Position: Conflict and Conciliation: Solid State Material Analysis

Profile: Solid State Material Analysis, Archaeology

The successful candidate shall develop advanced methodology for the structural, functional and chemical analysis of archaeological materials and items. This involves a broad methodological spectrum and synergistic combinations of complementary (nano)analytical methods, including advanced X‐ray diffraction, spectroscopic methods and scanning as well as transmission electron microscopy. This shall enable novel identifiers of conflict dynamics (Subcluster “ROOTS of Conflicts: Competition and Conciliation”) as well as examining possible trade and resource routes for innovation and knowledge transfer (Subcluster “Knowledge ROOTS: Innovation, Cognition, and Technology”). The materials for this investigation are available from different regions of Europe and time periods, including the southern Baltic Sea Region between 2200 BC and 1300 AD. 

Required qualifications: Eligible candidates must hold an outstanding university degree (MSc or equivalent) in material science or related disciplines from the natural sciences. The successful candidate demonstrates very good knowledge as well as practical experience in the field of general solid material (nano)analysis. Experience in sample preparation for material science analytics is advantageous.

Contact: Claus von Carnap-Bornheim and Lorenz Kienle (subcluster-speakers)

 

19PhD Doctoral Position: Historical Materialism and the Anthropocene

Profile: Philosophy; History

Within the ROOTS cluster, a “reflective turn” group will engage with environmental, epistemological, conceptual, and ethical topics. Within this research group, the successful candidate shall address basic research questions, including: To which extent can new approaches of historical materialism contribute to understanding and explaining different kinds of connectivities? How can a materialistic reconstruction of past societies contribute to the recent debate on the Anthropocene and its presumptive origins? How does the current discourse on the Anthropocene incorporate historical findings? How might historical knowledge on origins of the Anthropocene contribute to contemporary political and ethical debates about justice and sustainability? A close interdisciplinary cooperation between the reflective turn group and the six sub-clusters of ROOTS is expected.

Required qualifications: The ideal candidate should hold an excellent MA degree in philosophy or history. She/He should be familiar with the epistemology of historical knowledge, approaches in historical materialism, the recent debate on the Anthropocene, and social philosophy. Complementary expertise in either archaeology, economics, or environmental history would be an asset.

Contact: Konrad Ott (speaker of the Reflective Turn Forum)

 

We are seeking highly qualified and motivated doctoral fellows to conduct high-quality interdisciplinary research in the frame of ROOTS. The graduate program is jointly offered by academics of the Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and Life Sciences. The Doctoral Candidates will be hosted by the ROOTS Young Academy and they will be affiliated with the Johanna Mestorf Academy at Kiel University (www.jma.uni-kiel.de). Innovative research ideas are supported by the extensive infrastructure and Graduate Centre at Kiel University. All position holders are eligible to apply for research funds. Supervision will be provided generally at an interfaculty level by supervisors from two different disciplines.

Eligible candidates must hold an outstanding university degree (MA, MSc or equivalent) in a field relevant to the interdisciplinary theme of ROOTS (further information can be found at https://www.jma.uni-kiel.de/en/roots). The Cluster welcomes applications from across disciplines that focus on the study of Social, Environmental, and Cultural Connectivity in Past Societies.

Salary will be at 65% (currently 25,16 h/week) of level TV-L 13 of the federal wage agreement scheme (Tarifvertrag der Länder). The term is fixed for a period of 3,5 years.

 

 

c) Two Academic Project Research Positions

Furthermore, ROOTS recruits the following two academic research infrastructure positions for building up different research infrastructures:

01AI Ancient hubs of knowledge and the networks of their dissemination

Profile: Collection, parameterization and digital management of material and written sources (Ancient and, if applicable, medieval cultures)

The collection and flow of knowledge as well as the techniques of its storage and transportation have differed substantially during time. This data mining project will build up a platform, where information on ancient forms of storage and distribution of knowledge are collected and categorized, thus forming a systematic data base of possible ways of handling knowledge, different techniques in different historical periods for different forms of content, and their spatial distribution. The aim of the project in the long run will be the identification of hubs of knowledge and the networks in which they function. 

The aim of the (sub-) project is the identification and parametrisation of a selection of appropriate institutions of storage and dissemination of knowledge. The successful candidate is expected to foster and document his/her own academic qualification by publishing the results of the (sub-)project.

Required qualifications: Excellent MA in a discipline in the field of Humanities (preferably in ancient studies). Experience in computer based analytical methods.

Contact: Lutz Käppel and Hilmar Klinkott (subcluster-speakers)

  

02AI Thesaurus Scientiarum: Ancient corpora of knowledge and their distribution

Profile: Collection, parameterization and digital management of material and written sources (Ancient and, if applicable, medieval cultures)

The history of human behaviour has been a history of adjustment of the environment, and of coping with natural hazards. This respect all forms of knowledge play an important role, especially explicit scientific knowledge. The aim of this project is to establish cross-cultural corpora of knowledge of selected domains (environment, meteorology (climate), astronomy/natural resources, biology, and technology) and make them available for future research. The collection will form a resource for interdisciplinary common projects with all other subclusters.

The aim of the (sub-) project is the identification and parametrisation of appropriate sets of knowledge from  a selection of domains. The successful candidate is expected to foster and document his/her own academic qualification by publishing the results of the (sub-)project.

Required qualifications: Excellent MA in a discipline in the field of Humanities (preferably in ancient studies). Experience in computer based analytical methods.

Contact: Lutz Käppel and Hilmar Klinkott (subcluster-speakers)

 

Eligible candidates must hold an excellent university degree (MA, MSc or equivalent) in a field relevant to the multidisciplinary theme of ROOTS (further information can be found at https://www.jma.uni-kiel.de/en/roots). The Cluster welcomes applications from across disciplines that focus on the study of Social, Environmental, and Cultural Connectivity in Past Societies.

Salary will be at 50% of level TV-L 13 of the federal wage agreement scheme (Tarifvertrag der Länder). The initial duration of these posts is for three years (36 months).

 

 

 

Before submitting an application, candidates are strongly encouraged to contact representatives of the ROOTS subclusters or platforms to find out whether their proposed project fits into the research foci. The result of this inquiry should be mentioned in the application and is obligatory for the application.

Kiel University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of female scientists in research and teaching, and strongly encourages female applicants. Women will be given preference in case of equal suitability, competence, and professional performance. The University is also committed to the employment of disabled person, and such individuals will be accorded preference if suitable.

Applications by people with a migration background are particularly welcome. 

For the Research Associate Positions, please send the following documents as a single .pdf document:

  • a cover letter;
  • CV (including list of publications);
  • the proposed research agenda no longer than 2500 words, including a brief summary, state of the art, a concise project description, and a work schedule;
  • a short statement describing your proposed research contribution with regards to the overall aims of ROOTS;
  • the names of two references with contact information;
  • a copy (in .pdf format) of your PhD dissertation;
  • certificates of academic degrees, including proof of completion of the doctorate.

All documents must be submitted in English, with the exception of the PhD thesis.

 

For the Doctoral Positions, please send the following documents as a single .pdf document:

  • a cover letter;
  • CV (including list of publications);
  • the proposed doctoral project outline no longer than 1500 words, including a brief summary, state of the art, a concise project description, and a work schedule;
  • the names of two references with contact information;
  • a copy (in .pdf format) of your master-thesis or proof of equivalent qualification;
  • certificates of academic degrees.

All documents must be submitted in English, with the exception of the copy of the master-thesis.

 

For the Academic Research Infrastructure Positions, please send the following documents as a single .pdf document:

  • a cover letter;
  • CV (including list of publications);
  • and the names of two references with contact information;
  • certificates of academic degrees.

All documents must be submitted in English.

 

The application deadline for all positions is 6th of May, 2019. Please include the code of the job you are applying for at the beginning of your cover letter!

 

Please address your application to:

 

Search Committee

Speaker Prof. Dr. Johannes Müller,

Cluster of Excellence ROOTS,

Kiel University,

Leibnizstraße 3, 24118 Kiel,

Germany

via e-mail (application@gshdl.uni-kiel.de)

 

For additional information, please contact:

PD Dr. Mara Weinelt, mweinelt@gshdl.uni-kiel.de, +49 431 880-1639

or

Dr. Andrea Ricci, aricci@gshdl.uni-kiel.de, +49 431 880-5871

 

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