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, in 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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Four research positions are associated with the project. This position, a four year Research Fellowship will carry out palaeoenvironmental analysis in the vicinity of the four high status/royal landscapes that will be excavated by the project and other key sites identified during scoping work. Key questions to address will include how did the environment change as the kingdoms of northern Britain and Ireland took shape? Were relations with the environment critical to the success of first millennium AD polities? The successful candidate will collect and analyse pollen and non-pollen palynomorphs from the peat and/or lake cores and work with the RIAIDT (Infrastructure Network for the Support of Research and Technological Development) facility of the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) to undertake geochemical analysis to detect traces of metal contamination. The Research Fellow will also prepare samples for radiocarbon dating and work with project partners to produce Bayesian analyses of the dating of the environmental sequences.

The successful candidate will have; A PhD in Archaeology, Palaeoecology or cognate discipline, expertise in pollen and non-pollen palynomorph analysis, expertise in sediment geochemistry (desirable), knowledge of Scottish and Irish archaeology and its broader context, a track record of publication, fieldwork skills, including coring of suitable deposits such as bogs and lakes.

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 4 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 Marian Elliott-Jones, for further information.

Job Reference Number: GEO342R

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

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