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Post-doctoral researcher in geoarchaeology

Faculty of Science, Institut für Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie INA

The University of Tübingen is seeking a

Post-doctoral researcher in geoarchaeology
(wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in E 13 TV-L, 100%)

to be filled starting as soon as possible for 3 years. The position is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) grant “Geoarchaeology of a Middle Stone Age paleo-landscape in the central interior of South Africa: paleoenvironments and foraging practices during the transition to behavioral modernity” (MI 1748/4-1), and will be based in the Geoarchaeology Working Group, Institute for Archaeological Sciences (INA). The goal of the project is to study a paleo-landscape composed of three Middle Stone Age (MSA)/Later Stone Age (LSA) open-air sites in the Free State Province of South Africa, near the well-known fossil and archaeological locality of Florisbad.  The successful candidate will apply a micro-geoarchaeological approach, employing micromorphology, OSL dating, (µ-)FTIR, phytolith analysis and stable isotope measurements to establish site formation processes and absolute chronologies.  This environmental data will be used to produce landscape formation models and will be integrated with archaeological and faunal data to test hypotheses of changing foraging practices during the Pleistocene and Pleistocene/Holocene transition.  This position will be co-supervised by Prof. Dr. Christopher Miller (INA) and Dr. Michael Toffolo (Bordeaux Montaigne University).


  • PhD (or equivalent) in geoscience (physical geography or geology), geoarchaeology, archaeology, or related discipline
  • Demonstrated experience in micromorphology, FTIR, phytolith analysis, or other microarchaeological techniques
  • Fieldwork experience and availability
  • Demonstrated experience in publication of scientific articles
  • Mastery of spoken and written English


  • Experience in South African MSA/LSA archaeology
  • Familiarity and experience with OSL, radiocarbon, and other geochronological methods


Please send a 1-page cover letter stating your research interests along with a CV and the names of two referees to Sonia Varandas ( until 15th June 2018.


The University seeks to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urges qualified women academics to apply for these positions. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference. The employment will be carried out by the central administration of the University of Tübingen.