An Early Stage Researcher position is available in the University College London, UK for the academic year 2011-2012. The ESR position in UK is open to candidates with a background in material science.

Fellowship Description
This research fellowship (equivalent to PhD research) focuses on identifying and interpreting patterns in copper alloy composition used from the Bronze Age up to the Medieval period in the eastern Mediterranean, looking at geographical preferences as well as changes over time.

The project builds on the successful work of earlier research on copper-based artefacts, making extensive use of published analytical data, expanding the existing technological and typological interpretation of alloy preferences into a wider overarching picture across time and space. It is expected that as part of this research targeted additional analyses will be conducted to supplement existing data sets in strategically relevant regions and periods.

Within the very broad outline of this project it is expected that the successful applicant will focus only on one segment of time and / or space; the application should reflect this in the research outline (see below), and explain why the focus is on the chosen segment, and what additional analytical work is expected to be done, including a statement concerning the possibility of access for sampling to such material.

Academic Requirements
Eligible applicants for this Fellowship (equivalent to a PhD position) must by highly numerate and, at the start of the fellowship (1 October 2011), be in possession of a Master degree (MA/MSc) or equivalent in the field of archaeometallurgy, or archaeology, or an otherwise appropriate subject area (maths, geology, materials science). UCL expects that all incoming PhD students have a Masters’ degree at Distinction level or equivalent, and all eligible applicants will be interviewed, either in person or over the ‘phone.

Eligibility criteria set by the European Union for Marie Curie fellowships require that the applicants have no more than 4 years research experience prior to the envisaged starting date.

Marie Curie ITN programs mobility requirement
At the time of the selection, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the starting date of the fellowship.

Duration of fellowship
3 years – starting from 1 October 2011.

Application Procedure
For application details please visit Early Stage PhD Researcher, University College London, UK.

Note: Application deadline for Early Stage PhD Researcher, University College London, UK Fellowship is 31 May 2011

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