NWO Postdoctoral Researcher, Stable Isotope Zooarchaeology (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Arts


University of Groningen

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has established an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative university offering high-quality teaching and research. With its 31,000 students and Nobel prize winning researchers, University of Groningen ranks among the top universities globally. It is situated in the vibrant capital of the northern Netherlands, Groningen.
GIA (Groningen Institute of Archaeology) is a leading research institute with a strong research tradition in zooarchaeology and post-glacial prehistoric archaeology. The development of prehistoric cultural landscapes, transition to farming, and the nature of early farming are among key research themes. Bioarchaeological research in GIA is facilitated through permanent teaching and research staff, world-class reference collections, and fieldwork in The Netherlands and the Mediterranean, and is supported by the Center for Isotope Research. GIA is home to numerous international PhD’s and postdoctoral researchers.

Job description

We are looking for a colleague to join the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) project “The Beginning of Dutch Animal Husbandry”. The postdoctoral researcher will analyze multiple stable isotopes of animal bone and teeth from Swifterbant and related assemblages dating to the fifth millennium BC.
The project will investigate the transition from hunting/fishing to animal husbandry in The Netherlands, using Swifterbant period Bos and Sus. The project is led by GIA, and it involves scientists from the Center for Isotope Research at the University of Groningen, Durham archaeology, Wageningen animal genomics, and Trinity College Dublin palaeogenomics, as well as postgraduate researchers who will be analyzing the radiocarbon dates and palaeogenetics of the zooarchaeological assemblages.


• PhD in archaeology (or related field)
• demonstrable experience in incremental sampling of bone/shell/enamel
• in pre-treatment of various hard tissue for stable isotope analysis
• interpretation of SIA results using statistical packages
• affinity with prehistoric archaeology and zooarchaeology
• ability to deliver on time, synchronizing with a diverse team
• excellent academic English.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 36 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:
- a salary depending on qualifications and work experience starting from a minimum of € 3,255 to a maximum of € 3,895 gross per month (salary scale 10.4 – 11.02) for a full-time position
- 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees
- a temporary 1.0 FTE appointment for a specified period of three years.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), https://nvp-plaza.nl/download/?id=7714 and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

Start date: 1 January 2020.

Job Application

Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include:
• a letter of motivation
• one page research plan
• a curriculum vitae (including a copy of the PhD certificate or proof of date of defense that pre-dates 1 January 2020)
• publication list (including submitted and accepted publications)
• names and contact details of two academic referees.

You can submit your application until 13 October 11.59pm / before 14 October 2019 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). Please send your application in English and upload your application documents in a single pdf-file
under ‘Letter of motivation’.

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Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. D.C.M. Raemaekers, Prof. of Archaeology of NW Europe (for questions regarding the proposal)

Dr C. Çakirlar, Associate Professor in zooarchaeology (for questions concerning the methodology)

Drs. Flip Kramer, GIA secretary (for questions regarding the procedure)

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 219440

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