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Post-doctoral fellow in paleoanthropology

Temporary, full time, at Université de Bordeaux. Application Deadline: 31. August 2023.

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Offer Description

The post-doctoral fellow will be appointed at the UMR 5199 PACEA of the University of Bordeaux for two
years, starting January 1st, 2024, within the framework of the ANR-funded NeHos research project (ANR-22-CE27-0016).
The post-doctoral fellow will characterize the phenotypic diversity and biomechanical properties of Neandertal and early Homo sapiens long bones from the appendicular skeleton using microtomographic acquisitions. Emphasis will be placed on the morphometric comparison of these data in order to discuss the taxonomic attribution and phenotypic diversity of unpublished fragmentary fossils from key sites of the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition.
The identification of phenotypic characteristics specific to certain human populations on poorly diagnostic and fragmentary anatomical parts could be used to develop methodological tools for automatic identification.
This work is part of the NeHos ANR, which aims to specify the chronological position of human remains from the end of the Middle Paleolithic and the beginning of the Upper Paleolithic, then to analyze the different cultural facies and environmental conditions associated with them, in addition to their biological


Research Field: Anthropology » Physical anthropology
Education Level: PhD or equivalent


- Knowledge of comparative anatomy and taxonomic identification
- Mastery of methodologies for biological identification of human remains
- Mastery of 3D visualization and scientific data analysis software (e.g., Avizo, ImageJ,...)
- Mastery of statistical data analysis software (e.g., R, SPSS,…)
- Fluency in English and French at a scientific level
- Adaptability and good interpersonal skills
- Ability to work in a team

Specific Requirements

- Identification and morphometric characterization of human skeletal collections
- Collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data
- Establishment of collaborations to initiate methodological developments
- Project follow-up with students
- Writing of articles, valorization of unpublished collections
- Scientific dissemination (conferences, seminars, …)

ENGLISH (Level Excellent)
FRENCH (Level Good)

Research Field
Anthropology » Physical anthropology

Additional Information

Selection process

Application deadline: August 31, 2023
Interviews: scheduled in videoconference and in the evening (CET time, one panel member being in the
USA) from September 11 to 15, 2023
Application documents: cover letter and detailed CV including list of publications (languages accepted:
French, English) to be sent to:
 Dr Isabelle Crevecoeur (DR2, CNRS):
 Dr Thibaut Devièse (MC, Aix-Marseille Université):
 Dr Hélène Rougier (Pr., CSUN):

Additional comments

Intended start date: January 1, 2024
Type of contract: 24-month fixed term contract
Working hours: full time
Estimated salary: between 2,687 and 2,968 € gross / month, depending on experience
Employer: University of Bordeaux
Host unit: UMR 5199 PACEA: From Prehistory to the Present: Culture, Environment and Anthropology

PACEA is a joint research unit attached to the CNRS (InEE), the University of Bordeaux and the Ministry of
Culture. It is associated with INRAP by a framework agreement. Its research focuses on the evolutionary,
cultural and symbolic history of past populations in relation to environmental changes from the origin of the
genus Homo until very recent times. This very broad theme relies on a large panel of specialists integrating:
archaeologists, bioarchaeologists, funerary archaeologists, paleoanthropologists, paleopathologists,
prehistorians, archaeozoologists, paleontologists, paleogeneticists, geoarchaeologists, and geologists.
Address: Université de Bordeaux, Campus Bordes, Bâtiment B2, Allée Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 33615 Pessac

Work Location(s)
Université de Bordeaux, UMR 5199 PACEA
Pessac Cedex
Université de Bordeaux, Allée Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, CS 50023

Where to apply



  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology, Primatology
  • Paleontology (biol.)