Research Fellow Comparative Kingship Project

The department of Archaeology at the University of Aberdeen seeks to appoint a Research Fellow as part of the five year Leverhulme funded Comparative Kingship: the early medieval Kingdoms of Northern Britain and Ireland project. The Comparative Kingship project will examine four early medieval polities in Ireland and Scotland, adopting an innovative interdisciplinary focus that tackles the formation of the socio-political landscapes of these regions utilizing archaeological, historical, toponymic and palaeoenvironmental methodologies along with Bayesian-modelled chronologies. The project will produce an integrated and comparative study of the evidence from three kingdoms: Munster, Ireland; Dál Riata, Northern Ireland/Scotland and Pictland, Scotland. Surveys and excavations will be carried out at four high status/royal landscapes: Rhynie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland; Burghead, Moray, Scotland, Cashel in County Tipperary, Republic of Ireland and Dunseverick, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

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College of Physical Sciences
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Full Time
Grade 6
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 Four Research Fellow positions are associated with the project. This position, a five year Research Fellowship will help the Principal Investigator create the syntheses that will track the three polities through time, will help the Principal Investigator to oversee the overall project, take part in excavation and survey work and help co-ordinate two project monographs.

The successful candidate will have; a PhD in Archaeology, detailed knowledge of Scottish and Irish Archaeology of the first millennium AD and its broader context, a track record of publication, fieldwork skills including supervising excavation and survey projects, IT skills including; ArcGIS, illustration software and database creation and management.

Salary will be at the rate of £32,004 per annum on Grade 6 salary scale.

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and a 12 month probation period.

At this post is subject to external funding from the Leverhulme Trust it will be available for 5 years.

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Gordon Noble, e-mail:, 01224 272333.

Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa.  As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact [Adviser name & e-mail address] for further information.

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Job Reference Number: GEO340R

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 12 May 2017

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