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ESR05 Fellowship: “A study of the use of copper alloys through time in the Eastern Mediterranean”

Fellowship Description
This research fellowship (equivalent to PhD research) focuses on identifying and interpreting patterns in copper alloy production used from the Bronze Age up to the Medieval period in the eastern Mediterranean, looking at geographical preferences as well as changes over time. The project builds on the successful work of earlier research on copper-based artefacts, making extensive use of published analytical data, expanding the existing technological and typological interpretation of alloy preferences into a wider overarching picture of technological traditions across time and space. It is expected that as part of this research, targeted additional analyses will be conducted to supplement existing data sets in strategically relevant regions and periods. Within the very broad outline of this project, it is expected that the successful applicant will focus only on one segment of time and / or space; interested applicants are welcome to contact Thilo Rehren ( or Marcos Martinón-Torres ( for informal enquiries about potential projects, and to discuss the possibility of access for sampling of relevant material.

The UCL Institute of Archaeology
The UCL Institute of Archaeology is one of the world leading centres for research in archaeometallurgy, with dedicated academic staff and technicians and over 20 PhD students working on archaeological materials science. It has state-of-the-art analytical facilities in house, including optical and electron microscopy, XRF, FTIR and access to other facilities. The broad Mediterreanean region is one of the main areas of specialisation, with several staff and students carrying out projects there. Training and supervision in databases, statistics and spatial analysis is also offered as needed to PhD students. The ca. 150 doctoral students at the Institute form one of the Institute’s most active, dynamic and international communities. For more information, see
Academic Requirements
Eligible applicants for this Fellowship (equivalent to a PhD position) should, at 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 an otherwise appropriate subject area (maths, geology, materials science). All suitable candidates will be interviewed.

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: 15 July 2011

Applications are based on the existing UCL application form for Postgraduate (Research) degrees (, 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 , 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.

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