Predoctoral researcher

Last application date
Dec 13, 2019 20:51
LW02 - Department of Archaeology
Employment category
Research staff group 1
Limited duration
Master’s degree in Evolutionary Anthropology, Osteoarchaeology or Human Bioarchaeology, or a related field.
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is seeking to fill a three-year full-time (100%) vacancy in the Department of Archaeology for a Doctoral Grant in the area of Evolutionary Anthropology The PhD project aims to study the Neolithic people of Belgium, an area located at the heart of the migration routes through Europe. The researcher is expected to make a complete inventory of the sites with human remains and to perform a skeletal analysis to answer the following questions:

1. What were the lifeways and health conditions of the Neolithic people of Belgium?

2. What is the inter-and intra-site and regional morphological variation?

3. How do the Belgian Neolithic people compare with people from nearby regions and time periods? These questions will be examined using human skeleton and dental evidence.

Job description

• You prepare a doctoral thesis in the field of Evolutionary Anthropology / Osteoarchaeology.

• You publish scientific articles related to the research project of the assignment.

• You contribute to teaching and research in the Department of Archaeology.

Profile of the candidate

Profile and requirements

• You hold a master’s degree in Evolutionary Anthropology, Osteoarchaeology or Human Bioarchaeology, or a related field.

• You have excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Knowledge of French and/or Dutch recommended.

• You are an expert in skeletal and/or dental analysis of archaeological human remains and have a strong motivation to develop further quantitative skills in this field.

• You can submit outstanding academic results.

• Foreign candidates are encouraged to apply.

• You are able to work independently and take initiative, yet you are also a team player.

• Some experience with computational data analysis, statistics, and programming (e.g., R, SPSS) and strong motivation to acquire further skills in these fields.


We offer

• a doctoral scholarship for a period of three years.

• the start date of scholarship will be between February 1st and June 1st 2020;

• The scholarship varies according to the researcher's familial situation. The monthly allowance of a mandate holder at UGent amounts to €2,150 on average.

• a dynamic and stimulating work environment.

• More information about working at UGent:

How to apply

Applications may sent to until the closing date 13 December 2019.

Application files:

• Cover Letter. The cover letter should include your contact address and telephone number. It is an opportunity in not more than one page to introduce yourself and highlight the key reasons you should be considered for the role, taking into account the required skills.

• Resume or Curriculum Vitae. A resume is a brief history of no more than three pages of your employment and experience that covers the following areas:

o Educational qualifications and professional affiliations that detail the full title of the qualification, the year awarded and the title of the institution attended;

o Employment history in chronological order, starting with current position and specifying dates of employment, title of each position, name of employer, main duties or accountabilities and achievements;

o Research fields and current interests, publications, research grants awarded.

o The names and contact details (address, telephone, e-mail) of three referees, including if possible a senior person (preferably your supervisor, manager or head of organisational unit) closely associated with your current work. A referee must be able to comment on your work experience, skills and performance with respect to the selection criteria.

• Selection Criteria. A statement of no more than two pages addressing how each of the selection criteria has been met is required to assist the Selection Committee determine whether you have the relevant qualifications, knowledge/skills, experience and personal qualities.

The interviews of the candidates, preselected by a selection panel, will take place in early January either in person or by Skype. For further questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact Prof Isabelle De Groote (