Lecturer in Ancient Biomolecules

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire (GB)
11 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
09 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

University of Aberdeen

School of Geosciences

Lecturer in Ancient Biomolecules

Ref: GEO361A 

The University of Aberdeen, School of Geosciences, seeks to appoint an established or developing scientist in the growing field of ancient biomolecules to complement and expand upon our research expertise in a newly-created full-time post in the Department of Archaeology. 

The principle duties of this role will be to contribute to the Departments thriving bioarchaeology research strand through the production of world class, high impact research. The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to existing Department of Archaeology undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and develop and implement new MSc provision in Ancient Biomolecules. 

The candidate will also undertake Departmental administrative responsibilities and contribute to research leadership through the supervision of undergraduate and post-graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers. 

Applicants should have a postgraduate degree in biological sciences, chemistry or archaeology, or equivalent experience, and a PhD in the application of molecular methods in archaeology. They should have a growing body of high-quality research publications in the application of genetics and/or proteomics to the study of the human past and the ability to attract major research funding. At least two recent or forthcoming publications are expected to be judged as world-leading (4*) or internationally-excellent (3*) in the 2021 research excellence framework. 

The successful candidate will possess an extensive knowledge of biomolecular archaeology and be able to teach biomolecular research/bioarchaeology to archaeologists, underpinning their relevance to archaeological questions/topics/issues. A broader knowledge of archaeological science/archaeology would also be welcome, as the new role may be expected to teach material at a range of levels as well as more specialised courses. Ideally, the candidate would have some prior experience of teaching and learning in HE at undergraduate or postgraduate level or in a similar context.  

Candidates should be capable of communicating to a variety of different audiences, be able to work as part of a team, and be willing to work collaboratively with colleagues in Archaeology and other disciplines in the School and University.   

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 7 salary scale (£40,792 - £48,676 per annum) and negotiable with placement according to qualifications and experience.  

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and a 3 year probation period. 

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Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English.

Please do not hesitate to contact Heather Clark, HR Adviser on +44 (0)1224 273244 or email for further information. 

Online application forms are available at 

The closing date for receipt of applications is 9 June 2019   

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact
Dr. Kate Britton, Department of Archaeology

01224 273823

Please do not send application forms to Dr. Britton 

Please quote reference number GEO361A  on all correspondence 

The University pursues a policy of equal opportunities in the appointment and promotion of staff.