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Post-Doctoral Fellow in Archaeobotany (ref no. STARC_PDFA_19_12)

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Job Description

The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is a non-profit research and educational institution with a strong scientific and technological orientation, emphasizing international collaborations and cross-disciplinary research and post graduate education. CyI, through its established research centers, addresses challenging issues that are important at both the regional and international levels. Many of its research activities are being carried out in partnership with leading institutions in the respective thematic areas.

The selected Post-Doctoral Fellow, who will be engaged in the activities of the People in Motion project, will be responsible for the microanalytical study of dental calculus deposits on ancient teeth with the aim of identifying microdebris of different origin to allow reconstruction of past lifeways and networks of contact, where possible. In this direction, the successful candidate is expected to set up an open access reference collection for the identification of relevant microdebris, as well as to conduct the actual analysis of archaeological dental calculus deposits.

The appointment will be on a full time basis, for a fixed-term period of two years.

The Project

People in Motion aims at exploring human mobility across the Mediterranean during the Early and Middle Byzantine period. Human mobility has played a key role in the formation of the multi-ethic Byzantine state. The proposed project will be the first to systematically explore the scale, nature, and impact that migration had on those who relocated and on the local communities in the lands they inhabited based on the most direct evidence of the people in motion, human skeletal remains. To this end, the project will focus on material from Tunisia, Morocco, Italy, Greece and Cyprus. Human mobility and its effect will be explored using a combination of macroscopic (geometric morphometric analysis of cranial and dental morphology), microanalytical (dental calculus microdebris analysis of indigenous and imported plant species and minerals), and biochemical (strontium isotope analysis) methods. The aforementioned markers of palaeomobility will be examined in conjunction with cultural evidence of different ethnic identities in order to formulate a coherent biocultural narrative on the issue of migration and integration.


The successful candidate will be carrying out the following activities

  • Creation of open access reference database (digital images and slides) of microremains of a dietary and environmental nature (e.g. phytoliths, starches, fibers) with an emphasis on Eastern Mediterranean and North African flora.
  • Microscopic examination of dental calculus deposits from Byzantine era human skeletal assemblages from Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Morocco and Tunisia.
Job Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • PhD (or equivalent) in Environmental Archaeology/Archaeobotany
  • Relevant experience of 2 (two) years (incl. PhD experience)
  • Experience in the set up and management of reference collections
  • Record of publications in environmental archaeology
  • Ability to use laboratory protocols for the analysis of dental calculus and the preparation of reference material without supervision
  • Experience in optical microscopy
  • Experience in the analysis of starch granules and/or phytoliths
  • Ability to write reports
  • Ability to work to multiple and tight deadlines
  • Excellent knowledge of the English language both verbal and in writing
  • Highly motivated with the ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to adapt to a multicultural, multinational environment
  • High level organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills

Preferred Qualifications/Experience

  • Experience in Eastern Mediterranean and/or North African archaeology (preferable)
  • Some experience in SEM/EDX would be beneficial to the candidate
  • Experience in modern botany is desirable

For full consideration, interested applicants should process their application at The Cyprus Institute JobBoard ( based on the instructions given. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae including a letter of interest and a list of three references (including contact information) (all documentation should be in English and in PDF Format). For further information, please contact Dr Efthymia Nikita, ( Please note that applications which do not follow the announcement’s guidelines will not be considered.

Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. 

Opening Date
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Closing Date
Sunday, September 15, 2019