The Faculty of Archeaology, the section Material Culture Studies, has vacancies for:
Three PhD Positions in Archaeology (1.0 fte)
Greek Mycenaean monumental architecture has been well-studied. However, the extent to which large-scale building programmes contributed to the socioeconomic and political changes and crises that took place in Late Bronze Age Greece (c.1600-1100 BC) has not been studied. The project aims to investigate human and natural resources which interacted in the core regions of Mycenaean Greece. There, elites mobilized these resources to implement their monumental building programmes. It seeks to reveal how and why these constructions were accomplished, and what impact such large-scale prolonged building programmes had on the population over time. Methodologically, practical building processes and inherent social practices are captured via an interdisciplinary methodology consisting of econometric, statistic, anthropological and theoretical approaches. This combination of approaches is novel in its scope because it brings together in a unique way the wide range of scattered data available on many aspects of human ecology and past economies of the region. As such, multi-layered data sets will illuminate the many interconnected networks of human and resource interactions that impacted on people’s day-to-day activities, first, but also on the economic, cultural and socio-political situations over time in these regions. The local Mycenaean phenomena governing this period will be embedded into the much wider ongoing debate of the societal ‘collapse’ indicative of the final phases of the Late Bronze Age in the East Mediterranean more generally in order to understand which role it played on this much larger scale. As such, this project contributes in demonstrating the long-term insights archaeological research achieves in studying and understanding very human issues, and it illustrates the contemporary relevance of archaeological studies today and for the future.
As a member of a larger team each PhD position is embedded within the SETinSTONE programme, funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant, and supervised by Dr. Ann Brysbaert.
Terms and conditions
We offer a full-time position for 1,0 fte (38 hours per week), the start date is January 1, 2016. The appointment as a PhD student will be for a period of four years (initially for a period of one year with an extension of three years after positive evaluation of progress and skills development) leading to the successful completion of a PhD thesis and its publication within these four years. The appointment will be under the terms of the cao (Collective Labour Agreement) of Dutch Universities
The gross monthly salary is set on € 2.125,- in the first year, increasing to € 2.717,- gross per month in the final year.
Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end- of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.
Enquiries can be made to Dr. Ann Brysbaert (email@example.com).
Information on the advanced research qualification and research programmes of the Graduate School of Archaeology can be found on: http://archaeology.leiden.edu/graduate-school/phd-programme/.
To apply for one of these vacancies, please send an email to Mrs. Yvonne Haring;firstname.lastname@example.org and ensure that you upload the following additional documents in pdf format quoting the correct vacancy number (15-228, 15-229, 15-230) for the post you are interested in.
Note: you cannot apply for all three posts in one application, but people with a keen interest in posts 1 and 2 can apply for both. However, two completely separate applications with all required documentation (see below) need to be submitted in order to be considered:
• A cover letter (max 2 pages) stating how your skills and experience relate to the selection criteria and project description above;
• A short research proposal including short bibliography (max 3 pages) in relation to the advertised position and its specifics;
• Your curriculum vitae (CV), including publications if applicable;
• Your master thesis or other major writing sample;
• Copies of your academic transcripts (BA/BSc., MA/MSc.);
• If your native language is not English, proof of your English language proficiency since the thesis will need to be written in English;
• The names and contact details (with emails) of three academic referees who know your work well; one should be your MA thesis supervisor.
Only applications received per email at the latest on August 31, 2015 can be considered.
The selection procedure will take place in mid-September/early October 2015, and selected candidates will be invited for an interview (in person or over Skype) in early November 2015.