Postdoc­toral Re­searcher/Spe­cial­ist in Mi­crowear and Traceology of Bone, Antler and Teeth

Helsinki, Finland
Thursday, 25 June 2020
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 15 August 2020
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Archaeology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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The European Research Council-funded project “Animals Make Identities. The Social Bioarchaeology of Late Mesolithic and Early Neolithic Cemeteries in North-East Europe” (AMI) at the University of Helsinki is recruiting one postdoctoral researcher in traceology of bone, antler and teeth.

Applications are invited for


for a fixed term of up to 3,7 years, starting preferably on January 1, 2021 to work in the University of Helsinki (the starting date can be negotiated). The successful candidate’s research will focus on the goals of the project tasks as specified below.

The appointee’s main duties will consist of conducting traceological analyses of bone artefacts from North European Late Mesolithic burials and participation in the research team of the AMI. Tasks include also some supervision support of a postdoctoral student in traceology.

The appointee to the position must hold a doctoral degree in a relevant field (e.g. Archaeology, Anthropology). The candidate must have excellent analytical and methodological skills in microwear analysis (low and high power approaches) and experimental archaeological replication of archaeological wear traces, preferably with publications to demonstrate track record. The candidate must have excellent skills in working both independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary scientific community. As the working language is English, the successful candidate is expected to have excellent skills in written and oral English. Skills in Russian are preferable but not required. The position is based in Helsinki and tasks include conducting analysis work in Russia, and Baltic and Scandinavian countries, so the work will involve considerable travel/time spent abroad. .

The salary is EUR 3300–3700 per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. Relocation costs can be negotiated. The salary for the position will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities with a component based on personal performance.


Applications should consist of the following English-language documents:

  1. CV (max. 3 pages) with the list of publications (page number not limited)
  2. Contact information for two referees
  3. A research statement (max. 2000 words) consisting of
    1. a brief description of previous relevant experience in studying microwear and traceology
    2. a brief description of previous experience in research projects as well as descriptions of the tasks in the project

Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki. Recruitment System via the link Apply for the position. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal

Deadline for applications is August 15th, 2020.

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ERC CoG project “Animals Make Identities” (AMI) at the University of Helsinki runs from 2020–2025 and is directed by Dr. Kristiina Mannermaa. AMI seeks to understand links between hunter-gatherers and animals and reconstructing life histories of humans, animals and artefacts based on burial finds from North-East Europe.

The special task of the postdoctoral researcher in microwear and traceology will be to study the manufacture technology and use wear on Mesolithic bone artefacts (tools, weapons, ornaments, figurines) and analytically investigate and interpret them. .The candidate must work at the macro and micro level using both low (stereoscope) and high power microscope: observing and photographing traces of use, manufacture and general wear. Experimental work with various materials is necessary. The postdoctoral researcher in microwear and traceology will work in close collaboration with the rest of the team. She/He will do independent research but the results will be combined with the results from other researchers in AMI in order to understand the social identities of the deceased.

For further information on the position, please contact Kristiina Mannermaa (

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Due date

15.08.2020 23:59 EEST