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Research position in archaeological and forensic isotope biogeochemistry

The Geology & Geochemistry (G&G) research group of the Department of Earth Sciences has a vacancy for a junior or senior (postdoctoral) researcher to …

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De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht


The Geology & Geochemistry (G&G) research group of the Department of Earth Sciences has a vacancy for a junior or senior (postdoctoral) researcher to strengthen the team responsible for carrying out forensic and archaeological isotope research in the Netherlands. The G&G group consists of ~ 30 research and technical staff. Research addresses a diverse set of questions that range from the formation and differentiation of the terrestrial planets to the environmental impact of human activity. This vibrant and internationally renowned group has consistently obtained major EU and national funding, including infrastructure investment and runs state-of-the-art geochemical facilities.

Your duties

  • In the framework of rapidly expanding national and international collaborations with leading archaeological research groups, and national and international police and forensic organisations, a junior researcher or post doc position is available with immediate effect.
  • The successful candidate will be involved in applying radiogenic (Sr-Pb) and stable (H-C-N-O) isotopes to active police case work and archaeological research questions pertaining to human palaeomobility and palaeodiet. In addition, the research group is actively exploring the application of novel geochemical-isotopic techniques in an archaeological and/or forensic science context with the aim of improving the quantitative interpretation of provenance information.


You must have an MSc degree or PhD with a strong background in the physical sciences and training in analytical techniques and/or biology/geology/archaeology. Practical experience with mass spectrometric techniques will be an advantage.
Furthermore you must have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and preferably some Dutch to aid communication with local police and national commissioning bodies in the field of (commercial) archaeology. We expect a keenness to develop your own research direction aimed at improving the quantification of archaeological and forensic provenancing methods, to collaborate with local authorities, and an interest in the public dissemination of scientific results.


The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and depending on experience, range from a minimum of €2.709 (schaal 10) up to a maximum of €4.274 (schaal 10) gross per month (salary scale 10.0 junior researcher, senior 10.5 up to salary scale 10 max) based on a fulltime employment.

The initial appointment will be for a period of 1 year. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment can be extended to 2 years and potentially to a total duration of 4 years.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

Additional information

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 13 December 2019.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: prof.dr. Gareth R. Davies / dr. Lisette Kootker
E-mail: g.r.davies@vu.nl / lisette.kootker@vu.nl
Telephone: +31 (0)20 5987329 / +31 (0)20 5981500 or +31 (0) 06 24752297

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