Post-Doc position: Lake Sediments Across the Irish Sea, University of Southampton

The Paleoenvironmental Laboratory at the University of Southampton (PLUS) seeks a full time, fixed term, 3 year post-doc to work on the AHRC-funded project “Celtic Connections and Crannogs: A new Study of Lake Settlements Across the Irish Sea.” The full job-posting is available here.

The post-doc will work as part of a multi-institutional team under the direction of Professor Tony Brown and Dr Peter Langdon. The primary role will be to undertake detailed fieldwork and lake sediment recovery on a number of Crannog sites from across the Irish sea, mainly between SE Scotland and NE Ireland. In addition, there is much archaeological and palaeoenvironmental data and background literature on these sites which will need to be collated. The post-doc will undertake palaeoecological analyses on the lake sediments, which may/could include pollen, diatoms, chironomids and/or coleopteran analyses (some proxies will be done by another researcher). The other main role will be to undertake the basic sedimentological (LOI, TOC/TN) and geochemical (Itrax XRF) analyses on the sediments, plus prepare ancient DNA samples for processing in Grenoble.

Requirements: PhD in Palaeoecology or a related aspect of Physical Geography/Earth Sciences/Environmental Science/Archaeology, knowledge of palaeolimnology, and a keen interest in archaeology and/or aDNA as well as willingness to develop skills in the area of aDNA and the ability to work both independently and effectively in a team. A good ability with multivariate statistics, together with experience of working in R would be advantageous.

Start Date: This position is tenable from 1 April 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

For More Information: Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Tony Brown or Dr Peter Langdon via email: or  Additional information about Geography and Environment and general information on Southampton University can be found online.

Dealine: The closing date for this vacancy is midnight 11 February 2015.

To Apply: Submit your completed online application form. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 506815WR on all correspondence.

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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