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Junior Research Group Leader traceology

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Schloss Monrepos, D-56567 Neuwied, Monrepos is part of the RGZM, Leibniz Forschungsinstitut für Archäologie The Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Leibniz Research Institute for Archaeology ( invites applications for a Junior Research Group Leader for the newly established Traceology Laboratory, which will be located in the MONREPOS Archaeological Research Centre and Museum for Human Behavioural Evolution, Monrepos Castle, Neuwied, Germany ( The goal of the Traceology Laboratory is to establish traceology into an archaeological subdiscipline by developing standardised criteria for interpreting microscopic traces on archaeological artefacts, creating open reference collections, and by optimising and reducing labor costs associated with the analysis. The position may begin immediately. The initial length of the appointment is four (4) years with an option for a permanent employment, at the German public service pay scale TV-L E14 ( About the position The position entails overseeing the design and execution of experiments in three major areas : use-wear on stone artefacts, the traceology of organic materials (bone, ivory, etc.), and prehistoric art. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. and a creative and significant track record on innovative approaches to traceology with applications to Pleistocene and early Holocene archaeology (material specialty is open). The leader will be required to work collaboratively with scientists specializing in the later prehistory. An openness to conducting both controlled and replicative experiments and a dedication to the development of rigorous and open standards is essential. Prior experience with tribology, advanced microscopy techniques, and computer programming is desirable. Please send applications via PDF, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, reprints of selected publications, a short statement of research interests, and the names of three evaluators to Gabi Rutkowski ( For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser ( Review of the applications will begin 28th of July 2016. About the RGZM The RGZM is a research institute for Archaeology. It belong to Research-Museums of the Leibniz Association. Since its inception in 1852, the RGZM dedicates itself to the material legacy of humankind in the Old World, with the goal of understanding human behaviour and action, human activity and thought, and the development and transformation of societies. The concentration of archaeological, scientific, restoration and IT expertise allows it to examine human material remains from different perspectives over a period spanning the last 2.6 million years. To this end, the RGZM maintains a variety of research infrastructures, including archaeological collections consisting of both originals and detailed copies, scientific reference collections, and an extensive image archive, in addition to laboratories for archaeological science and restoration. This infrastructure supports research, teaching, and knowledge transfer equally at both national and international levels. About MONREPOS The MONREPOS Archaeological Research Centre and Museum is a part of the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum (RGZM), Leibniz Research Institute for Archaeology. Situated at Monrepos Castle near Neuwied in the Central Rhineland of Germany, the Centre examines the historical processes of the evolution of hominin behaviour through the contextualized and interdisciplinary study of Pleistocene and early Holocene material remains. Monrepos follows a structured research strategy, constituting the interface between chronology and chorology, adaptive strategies and social networks. The strategy provides the synergies necessary for understanding the process of becoming human. Research currently focuses on 3 main topics : • Hominin behavioural strategies in interglacial environments • Hominin diet • Organisation of social units in the Upper and Late Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Department languages are German and English. The Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Leibniz Research Institute for Archaeology expressly encourages applications of women and is committed to employing more physically impaired individuals. MONREPOS Neuwied, Germany Junior Research Group Leader in Traceology