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ESR04 Fellowship: “Ancient urban metallurgy in the Eastern Mediterranean”

Fellowship Description

This research fellowship (equivalent to PhD research) focuses on a study of the technology of processing of copper-based alloys to produce, repair and recycle artefacts, from the Bronze Age to the Medieval Period in the eastern Mediterranean.

The project is part of a wider focus of the archaeometallurgy team at the UCL Institute of Archaeology on technological reconstructions, combining analytical approaches based primarily on optical and electron microscopy with energy-dispersive spectrometry with methods of interpretation rooted in earth or materials sciences, process technology as well as anthropological approaches to the study of technology in society.

Within the very broad chronological and geographical frame of this project it is expected that the successful applicant will focus only on one segment of time and / or space. The application should reflect this in the research proposal (see below), and explain why the focus is on this segment. It is important to explain which specific archaeological assemblage the applicant is expecting to use for their analytical work, or whether they hope to work on material provided by the UCL Institute of Archaeology or one of its partner institutions.

Academic Requirements

Eligible applicants for this Fellowship (equivalent to a PhD position) must by the start of the fellowship (1 October 2011) be in possession of a Master degree (MA/MSc) or equivalent in the field of archaeometallurgy, or archaeology, or materials science, or chemistry, or geology. UCL expects that all incoming PhD students have a Masters’ degree at Distinction level or equivalent, and all eligible applicants will be interviewed, either in person or over the ‘phone.

Eligibility criteria set by the European Union for Marie Curie fellowships require that the applicants have no more than 4 years research experience prior to the envisaged starting date.

Marie Curie ITN programs mobility requirement

At the time of the selection, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the starting date of the fellowship.

Duration of fellowship

3 years – starting from 1 October 2011.

How to apply

Deadline for Fellowship application: 31 May 2011

Applications are based on the existing UCL application form for Postgraduate (Research) degrees (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate-study/application-admission/downloadable-applications/graduateforms.pdf), and should include:

I. The applicant’s Curriculum Vitae

II. A covering letter including a statement concerning their eligibility for this fellowship (see below)

III. Transcripts of relevant studies and – where appropriate – a letter from their course coordinator predicting the expected degree result (for those who still have to complete their current Master’s programme)

IV. Two reference letters. Reference letters should be sent directly by the referees to th.rehren@ucl.ac.uk , and NOT through the UCL application system.

V. A research proposal, for which the following guidance is given (potential applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposal with Professor Thilo Rehren or Dr Martínon-Torres at the UCL Institute of Archaeology prior to formally submitting):

In order to gain a place to undertake a research degree at the Institute you are required to provide a clear statement of your proposed project which should be 1500 words in length (excluding Key References). Particular emphasis will be placed on the quality of your proposal as part of the admissions process.

Your proposal must describe your research project under the following subheadings (suggested word lengths for each section are an approximate guide):

Research Questions (c. 700 words)

Please provide an outline of the research questions to be addressed, showing their originality and significance within the general field of the research topic referring to key publications. You should identify the key thematic and theoretical aspects of your project as you currently conceive them and then list further specific lines of enquiry that you intend to pursue. You may find it useful to number your specific questions (see Sources, Data and Methods below).

Sources, Data and Methods (c. 350 words)

Describe the sources of information/data that the research will draw upon and identify any ethical considerations. If possible, please identify which sources you intend to use to address your research questions. If your project will involve field, laboratory-based or museums work please state: (1) where and why; (2) how you propose to access these sources; (3) what permissions are required (identifying any likely difficulties or sensitivities); (4) how the research work is to be funded (expenses other than UCL fees, living costs, etc.).

Research Skills (c. 350 words)

Give an account of the knowledge and expertise that you already have which is relevant to the proposed research and, most significantly, any training you will need to acquire to undertake your project (for example, GIS skills, use of analytical instruments, statistical methods). Please bear in mind that certain analytical methods and techniques require considerable time and effort to acquire, so please pay particular attention to the appropriateness and feasibility of your research methods.

Timeliness and Impact (c. 100 words)

Please conclude your Research Proposal with a consideration of why it is important to undertake the research at the present time and how the potential outcomes of your project might impact both on specialists in the given field and the wider academic community.

Key References

Please list up to 12 key references with a brief note (one or two sentences) of their significance to your proposed research topic.

Submission of application

All application documents should be sent in hard copy to Lisa Daniel, UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY, UK, with the indication

NARNIA ESR04 written on the envelope. Please do NOT submit the application via the UCL admissions portal, since this will unnecessarily delay the receipt of your application.

Financial regime

The fellowship covers UK/EU tuition fees and a monthly salary for three years in line with the FP7-PEOPLE2010-ITN. The annual salary is approximately £25,000 per year before tax and national insurance deductions. A higher rate is payable for fellows with dependent children. A currency exchange rate adjustment will be done at the end of the fellowship. For more information see:

http://ec.europa.eu/research/fp7/understanding/marie-curieinbrief/home_en.html.

More information on NARNIA

Visit the following link: http://www.narnia-itn.eu or contact the project’s manager

Maria Dikomitou (email: m.dikom@ucy.ac.cy, tel. 00357-22893574).

More information about the UCL Institute of Archaeology:

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/