The Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, School of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University invites applications for a 2-year fixed-term postdoctoral position in the NeanderEDGE research project funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark Sapere Aude scheme (grant number 9062-00027B).
The position is full-time and is expected to begin on 1 September 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter and ends with the NeanderEDGE project (31.07.2025).
The successful applicant will be based at the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Moesgaard Allé 20, 8270 Højbjerg.
The university is keen for its staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified applicants regardless of their personal background.
We are looking for an innovative scholar with a background in Prehistoric Archaeology preferably with a background in Neanderthal (Homo neanderthalensis) research with a specialization geared towards questions of dispersal, mobility, culture, ecology and/or adaptive behaviour. The NeanderEDGE project aims to explore how Neanderthals responded and adapted to the extreme climatic instability of the late Eemian and early Weichselian at the northern edge of their distribution. The crucial focus is on establishing the northern Neanderthal distribution boundary and on understanding human biogeographical-, adaptive- and local extinction dynamics in times of extreme climate change. The project focuses primarily on the timeframe from 130 – 60 kya, corresponding to the Eemian Interglacial and early part of the last glaciation. This period represents a critical episode between a preceding and ensuing warm phase during which Neanderthals had established a presence in northern Eurasia. Spatial focus is on the subarctic-boreal climate zones transition (~55°N) across Eurasia as a potential dispersal boundary and southern Scandinavia serves as a detailed regional case study to investigate the distributional edge of the Neanderthal range.
The successful applicant is expected to participate in project activities such as workshops, conferences, fieldwork and to work closely together with the other NeanderEDGE team-members (PI, postdoc and PhD student) as well as to engage with the research environment in the department.
Read more about the NeanderEDGEproject here https://projects.au.dk/neanderedge. The NeanderEDGE team collaborates with the new ECONOVO National Research Foundation Center of Excellence (https://bio.au.dk/forskning/forskningscentre/econovo) directed by Professor Jens-Christian Svenning and the ERC funded CLIOARCH project (https://cas.au.dk/en/erc-clioarch), led by Professor Felix Riede, with which we also share office facilities. There is ample room for the successful applicant to engage with and develop interdisciplinary collaborative research initiatives across these groups.
For more information about the position, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: 4 July 2023