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ESR01 Fellowship: “The production and trade of Cypriot copper in the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age”

Fellowship Title and ID code

Marie Curie Early Stage Research Fellowship (ESR01) at the department of History and Archaeology, University of Cyprus.

Title of Research Project

“The production and trade of Cypriot copper in the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age”.

Duration: 34 month Contract (16/01/2012 – 14/11/2014)

Location: University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

The Department of History and Archaeology and the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprusannounce one (1) full time Researcher position for the period 16th of January 2012 – 14th of November 2014to work for the research programme “The production and trade of Cypriot copper in the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age”, funded by FP7. (Marie Curie Early Stage Research Fellowship, (ESR01)).


This research fellowship (equivalent to PhD research) focuses on the production and trade of Cypriot copper during the Late Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age. Archaeometallurgical remains from various Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age sites in Cyprus will be studied using a variety of analytical techniques (Optical Microscopy, SEM-EDS, XRF etc.) in an attempt to understand the different processes and the organisation of the copper industry during these important periods of the island’s history. The project builds on the successful work of earlier research on Cyprus, and expands it into the later periods when Cyprus dominated the copper supply in the eastern Mediterranean.


Eligible applicants for this Fellowship (equivalent to a PhD position) must hold a Masters degree (MA/MSc) in the field of archaeometallurgy, or archaeology, or materials science, or chemistry, or geology (fields indicated in order of preference).

According to the Marie Curie ITN guidelines, eligible candidates must, at the time of selection by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they have obtained their masters degree.

Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Cyprus for over 12 months within the last 3 years.

Knowledge of the English language and one additional language is necessary. Holding a citizenship of the Republic of Cyprus is not a requirement.


The fellowship covers tuition fees and monthly salary in line with the FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN. The gross monthly salary is approximately €2.728 before tax and national insurance deductions, including both the employer’s and employee’s contributions to social insurance. The project provides an additional mobility allowance, which will be paid to the fellow on a monthly basis. The project does not provide 13th salary or medical insurance coverage.

For more information:

Interested candidates must submit the following, by Friday 9th December 2011:

I. Curriculum Vitae

II. Covering letter including brief description of research interests and activities

III. Copy of a relevant recent essay

IV. Names and contact details of two referees. The evaluation committee shall contact directly the referees of short-listed applicants to submit recommendation letters, to be received by the 15th December 2011.

All application documents should be send to Maria Dikomitou ( with e-mail subject “ESR01”, by Friday, 9th December 2011.

For more information on NARNIA please visit the following link: or contact the project manager Maria Dikomitou (email:, tel. 00357-22893573).

For more information about the department of History and Archaeology, of University of Cyprus please visit the following link: