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Post-doctoral Fellow (STARC_PDF_17_07)

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The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is a European non-profit science and technology institution based in Cyprus and led by an acclaimed Board of Trustees. The research aims of the Cyprus Institute are represented by three research centres: the Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center (CaSToRC), the Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center (STARC), and the Energy Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC). Considerable cross-centre interaction is a characteristic of the Institute’s culture.

The Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center (STARC) of CyI invites applications for a Post-doctoral Fellow.

Description of the position

The Post-doctoral Fellow will be expected to conduct independent research on a project in the pre-modern production of metals, glass and technical ceramics, and with direct relevance to Cyprus and / or the Eastern Mediterranean, the Balkans or the Middle East. It is expected that the successful candidate will suggest their own research topic, including where relevant demonstrating that they have access to the necessary research material (including sampling and export permits where required). Preference will be given to applicants whose projects are innovative and collaborative, and who can demonstrate how their own research will benefit from regular interaction with Professor Rehren and other colleagues at STARC / CyI.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the development of archaeological materials science research at STARC, including a modest amount of service work and cooperative research with colleagues at STARC, CyI or elsewhere in Nicosia. His/her research should be based predominantly on the locally available analytical equipment (primarily optical and scanning electron microscopy; pXRF; FTIR); funds for external analytical services are limited.


  • Independent research in archaeological materials science
  • Collaborative research with the relevant faculty and research staff
  • Limited service work within the STARC lab facilities
  • Contribution to the academic life of STARC and CyI
  • Engagement with local stakeholders and peers
Job Requirements

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Archaeological Materials Science, or a cognate field (e.g. Earth Sciences, Materials Science or Inorganic Chemistry, combined with Archaeology / History)

Research/Academic experience required

  • Independent research experience
  • Appropriate publication record depending on level of experience
  • Relevant lab experience (analytical and/or experimental)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required:

  • Proficiency in oral and written English language
  • High level of communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to adapt in a multicultural environment
  • Ability to multitask and change priorities with minimum supervision

The appointment will be on a full-time basis for a fixed term of three years. Contract renewal will be considered upon availability of funds and performance evaluation. The annual salary will depend on the applicants’ experience and qualifications.


For full consideration, interested applicants should process their application at The Cyprus Institute JobBoard ( Applications should include a cover letter including a statement of their professional career plan, a concise research proposal (3-5 pages), a full academic CV and the names of 3 possible referees. For further information, please contact Prof. Thilo Rehren ( Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. Please note that applications which do not follow the announcement’s guidelines will not be considered.

Closing Date
Sunday, January 7, 2018