Research Assistant / Associate in Archaeobotany

University of Cambridge

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 30 months

The McDonald Institute invites applications for a full-time 30 months Research Assistant/Associate to work on the ERC-funded project "ENCOUNTER: Demography, Cultural change, and the Diffusion of Rice and Millet during the Jomon-Yayoi transition in prehistoric Japan" ( Applicants must have a PhD (or have submitted their doctoral thesis and are awaiting viva) and experience in the relevant research areas.

Key essential skills and research areas include:

  • Evidence of breadth knowledge in archaeobotany with a demonstrable ability to synthesise from a wide range of direct and indirect evidence.
  • Experience working with archaeological databases.
  • Working knowledge of Japanese language
  • Ability to carry out quantitative analysis of archaeobotanical data

The role holders would possess some research experience with sufficient breadth/depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Ability to complete tasks in accordance with a realistic timetable and willingness to acquire new skills are important, and a demonstrable track record of experience working in large and scientifically diverse projects would be also beneficial.

The salary for the Research Associate starts at £32,816 - £40,322 per annum, if you have not yet received your PhD you will be appointed as a Research Assistant and the salary will be starting at £26,715 - £30,942 per annum until the PhD is awarded.

Starting date: 15th February 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter. Interviews with shortlisted candidate will be carried out via zoom in January.

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Applications are a two-stage process (see further particulars by following the link below for details). Please do not apply without consulting the further particulars as these give you essential information about the procedure and the documents you need to submit. Informal inquiries may be addressed to Dr Enrico Crema (

Please quote reference JC24535 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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