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ESR13 Fellowship: “Luminescence dating and the palaeo-environment in SW Peloponnesus”

Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher Post in Dating and Palaeoenvironmental Studies (ESR13)

Fellowship Title and ID code

Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher Post (ESR13) at the Institute of Materials Science, National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, Greece

Title of Research Project

“Luminescence dating and the palaeoenvironment in SW Peloponnesus”

Fellowship Description

An opportunity has arisen for an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) to carry out PhD research focusing on palaeoenvironmental and geoarchaeological studies at selected sites of S. Peloponnesus (Greece).

The research will form part of the Institute of Material Science commitment to the ‘New Archaeological Research Network for Integrating Approaches’ to ancient material studies (NARNIA). This is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network, financed under the FP7 ‘People’ program of the European Union and coordinated by the University of Cyprus.

The post offers the possibility of gaining a doctoral degree with a leading research team. Topics indicatively encompassed are luminescence dating studies (OSL-TL) including basic research for further development of the techniques and applications, Upper-quaternary sea-land interactions, geomorphologic investigation, neotectonics, sedimentation rate assessments, soil studies, reconstruction and diachronic evolution of ancient landscape, palaeoenvironmental relevance and anthropogenic implications, investigated by employing a wide range of modern geoarchaeological approaches. The post is addressed to master’s degree holders. Experience in operating RISØ TL/OSL readers and familiarity with single-aliquot methodologies for quartz and feldspar will be appreciated.

Academic Requirements and Directions

Eligible applicants for this ESR fellowship must possess a Masters degree in Material Science or in Geology or in Geography or in Chemistry, preferably related to Quaternary absolute dating techniques or to palaeoenvironmental studies. Previous experience in geological field work and/or field data management, particularly acquired from Mediterranean environments is desirable.

Applicants should send via e-mail a CV (including published works), a covering letter briefly describing their research activities and defining the post (ESR 13) they apply for, and the names of two referees, to Dr. Yannis Bassiakos (e-mail:


To be eligible for this position, candidates must conform to the following regulations of the Marie Curie ITN Actions:

Research Experience

Candidates must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is envisaged”.


At the time of the relevant deadline for submission of proposals, candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation (Greece) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account. The posts are open to all nationalities.

Duration of fellowships

The post starts on the 1st of February 2012 and completes on the 30th November 2014. There is no possibility of expansion of the fellowship beyond this period.

Closing date for applications

12 January 2012

Financial regime

Fellowship covers monthly salary for the duration of the project described above and other allowances in line with FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN. The annual salary is approximately 34.860 Euros before tax and national insurance deductions. For more information:

Contact person

Dr. Yannis Bassiakos

Institute of Materials Science, National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”

For more information about the Institute of Materials Science, National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”:

For more information about the NARNIA ITN please visit the project’s website at or contact the project’s manager Maria Dikomitou, email:

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