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14.06.2017 17:56

PhD position in archaeobotany

SFB 1070 RessourcenKulturen

Within project A05 "The Land flowing with Milk and Honey" - Development and Significance of Agrarian Resources in Bronze and Iron Age Palestine we announce a

PhD position in archaeobotany

is available for the duration of four years, starting on September 1st, 2017. In agreement with the DFG personnel rates for doctoral researchers (“Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L”) the payment will cover 65% of the regular weekly working time (ca. 26 h/week).

Layout of the project and expected outcome of the PhD research

Project A05 investigates the Bronze and Iron Age resource cultures of Palestine and their historical role in the development of agriculture in the southern Levant. This goal is achieved by interdisciplinary research of biblical archaeologists, zooarchaeologists and archaeobotanists who integrate and visualize their analytical results into a central publication project – The Atlas of Agriculture in Ancient Palestine.


Synergies of this collaboration are expected to contribute to questions on the continuity and transformation in the handling of resources in agriculture, and on their interrelationship with socio-cultural development, on the role of agricultural resource complexes for the formation of social and political units and their collective identities, as well as on the symbolic meaning of resources in agriculture. Addressing these questions will also require the integration of other data sources, such as palaeoclimatological and -ecological data, as well as ethnographic sources.


Apart from the joint interdisciplinary research with the zooarchaeologists and biblical archaeologists of the project, close collaboration with other SFB projects is expected, which are in part centrally spurred through joint workshops of intersectional research areas.


Furthermore, the archaeobotanical case study will focus on the archaeobotanical analysis of particular sites, i.e. the identification, evaluation and interpretation of plant remains from a number of Bronze and Iron Age sites in the southern Levant.

Your Profile

  • Excellent master degree in Biblical and/or Near Eastern archaeology with at least basic competences in environmental archaeology and archaeobotany or
  • Excellent 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
  • Good skills in GIS applications with focus on visualizing archaeological data
  • Extraordinary interest in interdisciplinary research and will in intense collaboration within a team of zooarchaeologists and Biblical archaeologists


Please send your application, 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)
Rümelinstraße 23
72070 Tübingen


German speaking applicants can send their documents in German language.

Application deadline: July 15th, 2017


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 SFB 1070 are available at