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PhD position Finding Suitable Grounds: Neolithic use of alluvial surfaces in the Dutch delta (1.0 FTE)

Start a 4-year PhD project on the interface of Neolithic archaeology and buried alluvial landscapes in the Netherlands from the period 6000–4000 BCE.

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2395 - € 3061 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

The Department of Physical Geography at Utrecht University (UU) invites applications for a 4-year PhD project on the interface of Neolithic archaeology and buried alluvial landscapes in the Netherlands from the period 6000–4000 BCE. Can earth scientific and geoarchaeological methods demonstrate early agricultural land use (forest clearing, primitive tillage) on former levee surfaces by studying sediments and paleosols around ‘Swifterbant’ cultural sites?


The position is one of two in the research project “Finding Suitable Grounds”, ran at University of Groningen (RUG) and Utrecht University, with further consortium partners, and funded by NWO (Netherlands science funding agency). The project brings together experts in palaeogeography, geoarchaeology, archaeobotany and Quaternary geology to study the introduction of crop cultivation in the low-lying areas of the Netherlands. Special focus is on buried and submerged levees of rivers and creeks of the Rhine delta and the central Netherlands lagoon, that are geologically mapped in fair detail and on which an increasing number of Neolithic sites has been discovered in the last years. The archaeological topics are the timing, geography and cultural process of Neolithisation (the transition to agriculture from hunter-gathering subsistence).


The selected candidate will investigate landscape suitability for Neolithic clearance and tillage, making use of rich established geological, chronometric and archaeological databases documenting the palaeogeography of and human presence in the Rhine Delta and the Swifterbant/IJsselmeer central lagoon fringe. Focus will be on mapping palaeolandscape zones and characterizing their contemporary suitability for crop cultivation using earth-scientific evidence, notably: micromorphology.


The candidate will work closely with a second PhD-2 on Multi-proxy Archaeobotany to be appointed at RUG, whose focus is on evidence for crop plants and anthropogenic vegetation impacts in the same two study areas. Both PhDs will work on buried soils, potentially cultivated horizons, and well-dated sediments in sediment cores from the two research areas.


The candidate will work with specialists in physical geography, sedimentology, quaternary geology, micromorphology and pedology. For the Swifterbant/IJsselmeer area mechanically cored materials have already been collected. For the Rhine-Meuse delta area, the candidate will choose test locations for sampling levee deposits from different moments between 6000 and 4000 BC based on UU GIS datasets and borehole databases.

Functie-eisen

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic candidate with:

  • a Master's degree in Geoarchaeology, Physical Geography or Earth Sciences;
  • demonstrated research experience / training in riverine, deltaic, lagoonal or estuarine settings of the Holocene age;
  • demonstrated skills in digital data management (database, GIS);
  • developed communication and academic writing skills in English;
  • able and keen to do detailed micromorphological microscope work, and to alternate such with local and regional digital mapping computer work;
  • the willingness to work in a multi-disciplinary project team.

Conditions

You will be offered a temporary position (1.0 FTE), initially for one year with an extension to four years in total upon a successful assessment in the first year, and with the specific intent that it results in a doctorate within this period. The gross salary ranges between €2,395 in the first year and €3,061 in the fourth year of employment (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact:
Dr. Kim Cohen via k.m.cohen@uu.nl
or Prof. Dr. D.J. Huisman (RUG) via hans.huisman@rug.nl