The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and Department of Archaeology is offering one 3-year funded PhD position centering on Olduvai Gorge. The candidate will conduct studies on Early Stone Age technology in close coordination and integration with an interdisciplinary research group.
- Human Evolutionary Studies
- Palaeolithic Archaeology
- Lithic Technology
About the project:
This project has three inter-related components important for assessment of evolutionary developments at Olduvai:
- Technological and typological analysis of stone tool assemblages from Beds I, II and III;
- Metric and 3D morphometric studies to establish stone tool manufacture and reutilization of lithic artefacts across the landscape and over time as a measure of mobility and changing strategies in landscape exploitation.
- Integration of the lithic data sets with information being derived from other data sets, primarily those on lithic sources, faunal exploitation patterns, and environmental change.
- Applicant must have or be about to obtain, a Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in Palaeolithic or Prehistoric Archaeology or a closely-related field.
- A strong record of examination at undergraduate and master’s 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.
- Candidates are expected to be enthusiastic about learning and exploring interdisciplinary research topics.
Apply online with the following documents:
- A cover letter expressing interest in the project’s objectives and outlining your experience.
- A research proposal (2 pages maximum)
- A piece of written (published or unpublished) work in English (no more than 5 pages).
- Undergraduate and Master’s transcripts
- Names and contact details of 2 referees
|Organization||Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History|
|Eligibility||Open to all nationalities|
|Deadline||March 1st, 2019|