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Research Associate in Osteoarchaeology - University of Leicester

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly skilled and motivated postdoctoral researcher to join the team of the ERC-funded BODY-POLITICS project based at the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, at the University of Leicester.

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You will co-coordinate the work package Body-Objects where you will record, analyse and interpret osteological, taphonomic, and osteobiographical information from fragmentary and co-mingled human remains deposited in diverse and atypical contexts during in first millennium CE Scandinavia and northern Europe. The material mainly stems from development-led archaeology. You will examine the remains; collate osteological and contextual information in a database; and ideally prepare the remains for biomolecular sampling. In collaboration with PI and team, you will be responsible for synthesizing and interrogating results of the archaeological, osteological and biomolecular analyses, and for disseminating research findings through publication and at academic conferences. You will be part of the Body-Politics team consisting of PI Dr Marianne Hem Eriksen, PhD students, a postdoctoral researcher working with textual evidence, and an international advisory board.
The School of Archaeology and Ancient History has a vibrant and friendly research environment in archaeology and bioarchaeology with regular reading/discussion groups, workshops and events. There will be opportunities to seek experience in organisation of academic conferences and meetings, teaching and similar, in alignment with your own aspirations and availability of opportunities.

The successful candidate is expected to spend time in Scandinavia to examine remains.

About you
You will have a PhD in osteology or archaeology with significant subsequent experience. You will have a strong interest in taphonomic analysis, and ability to design and deliver a research agenda; ability to publish excellent research, and the ability to collaborate constructively as part of a team. Research interests in the body as a social, political and historical product and/or in osteobiography is desirable, and knowledge of late prehistoric/early medieval northern Europe would be advantageous.

Please see Job Summary Form for full list of essential and desired criteria.

Additional information
Informal enquiries: PI Dr Marianne Hem Eriksen (

Interviews will take place June 9-10, 2022.

Please provide a full CV including list of publications, and a three-page personal statement outlining research interests, previous research experience, motivation, and fit with essential and desired criteria.

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