PhD Position in Archaeobotany

University of Tubingen

PhD position in archaeobotany (m/f/d)

CRC 1070 ResourceCultures

Application deadline : 30.06.2021

As part of the CRC 1070 RESOURCECULTURES project A05 "The Land flowing with Milk and Honey" - Development and Significance of Agrarian Resources in the Bronze and Iron Age southern Levant we announce a 

PhD position in archaeobotany (m/f/d)

The position is available for the duration of four years, starting on August 1st, 2021. Standard DFG personnel rates for doctoral researchers is 13 TV-L 65%.

The project 

Project A05 investigates the Bronze and Iron Age resource cultures of the southern Levant and their historical role in the development of agriculture of the extended region. The main focus of A05 in the third funding phase (2021-2025) will be on human diet and its role in in the formation of cultural identity.

The archaeobotanical research will build on the results of the previous funding phases of the CRC and involve data analysis on the meta level, i.e., particular phenomena such as regional and chronological fluctuations of diverse crop species will be analyzed in detail and placed into context involving archaeological, ethnobotanical and historical data with the goal to uncover the economic, cultural, symbolic and environmental entanglement of ancient crops and their dietary use. A possible outcome of the interregional comparison can be the recognition of different dietary cultures. Macro- and micro-nutrient analysis of existing databases may also be implemented depending on the background and orientation of the PhD candidate. Practical archaeobotanical studies are obligatory and will be realized through participation in the excavation seasons and archaeobotanical sampling at Kinneret (Tell el-‘Orēme) in year 1 and 2 of the funding period. 

As in the previous phases the project heavily builds on interdisciplinary research of biblical archaeologists, zooarchaeologists and archaeobotanists who integrate and visualize their analytical results into a central publication project, The Atlas of Ancient Agriculture in the Southern Levant. Apart from the interdisciplinary research close collaboration with other SFB projects is expected, which are in part centrally spurred through joint workshops of intersectional research areas.

Your Profile

  • Master degree in Archaeobotany with solid knowledge of the archaeology and history of the ancient Near East
  • Sound field experience and knowledge of archaeobotanical sampling and sample processing
  • A particular interest in ancient agriculture, food production and preparation, diet, ethnobotany, and the symbolic meaning of plants 
  • Interest in interdisciplinary research and will in intense collaboration within a team of zooarchaeologists and biblical archaeologists

Please send your application, including a research proposal, CV, certificates and if available publications as a single PDF file by email to:

PD Dr. Simone Riehl
Institut für Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie, Universität Tübingen
und Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment (HEP)
Hölderlinstr. 12
72070 Tübingen

German speaking applicants can send their documents in German language.
Application deadline: June 30th, 2021

Disabled applicants with adequate qualification will be preferentially considered.
In accordance with the land equalization law women will be taken into consideration preferentially.
General information on the project and on the CRC 1070 are available at