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ESR14 Fellowship: “Luminescence dating and the palaeo-environment in SE Cyprus”

Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher Post in Dating and Palaeoenvironmental Studies (ESR14)

Fellowship Title and ID code

Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher Post (ESR14) at the Institute of Materials Science, National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”.

Title of Research Project

“Luminescence dating and the palaeoenvironment in SE Cyprus”

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. Cyprus.

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, TT-OSL) 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. In autumn 2011, the ESRs will attend training courses on the Quaternary-employed dating techniques and on the palaeoenvironmental methodologies, offered by leading scholars in the respective fields.

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.

This Early Stage Researcher post is offered in the context of a Marie Curie Initial Training Network and transnational mobility is a key element of eligibility. As such, applications will only be accepted from candidates who have spent less than 12 months in the country of the host organization (Greece) within the last three years. The post is open to all nationalities.

Applicants should send via e-mail a CV (including published works), a covering letter briefly describing their research activities and defining the post (ESR14) they apply for, and the names of two referees, to Dr. Yannis Bassiakos (e-mail:

Duration of fellowships

Three (3) years; the post starts on the 15th September 2011.

Closing date for applications

10 July 2011

Financial regime

Fellowship covers monthly salary for three years 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: