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14.11.2017 13:58

Funded PhD position - Investigating Social Learning in the Earliest Stone Tools using Computer Simulations

Faculty of Science, Department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology

Three-year PhD position

working in the research group “Tools and Culture among Early Hominins", part of the large-scale 5-year ERC funded project STONECULT.


As part of the STONECULT project the PhD candidate will use published data (as well as data that our team continues to produce) to write software that can repetitively and realistically knap, in 3D, flakes from virtual stone cores. Under supervision, the candidate will translate these empirical findings (experimental knapping of real stone in the laboratory that leads to complex 3D patterns) into programming code. The production of this program requires an interdisciplinary treatment, extending beyond programming skills, and may include mathematics, physics, material science, archaeology and general understanding of empirical testing. We are aware that this specialized combination of skills will not be present at the start of the PhD. Skilled members of the supervision team will lead the candidate in producing the software so that this combination of skills will instead be acquired by the candidate along the way. The project will follow Open Science guidelines and the source code will be made freely available at the end of the STONECULT project.



  • Masters level background (we are principally open to any background field)
  • An ability to work independently and efficiently, as well as working as part of a team
  • A willingness to implement, improve and test systems
  • The ability to program – or strong indications for fast learning curve in programming
  • Both oral and, especially important, good written language (English) skills to document the software and publish papers


Starting date will be beginning of 2018. The employment (German pay scale E13 TV-L, 50%, provided for a total duration of 3 years) will be arranged by the administration of the University of Tübingen. Disabled persons will be preferred in case of equal qualification. The University seeks to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urges qualified women academics to apply for this position.


Please send your application in English documents (except external certificates) all in one single pdf-file, with the usual documentation (cover letter, CV, copies of most relevant certificates, names and addresses (including email) of three referees) to: Claudio Tennie (claudio.tennie[at] and, in CC, to Elisa Bandini (elisa-bandini[at]


Deadline for applications is 12:00 (midday, German time) the 22nd of December, 2017. For further background information, see: (and especially the links contained therein to projects and subprojects). For any practical questions, please contact Elisa Bandini via email.