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ESR07 Fellowship: “Glass production in antiquity”

Fellowship Title and ID code
Marie Curie Early Stage Research Fellowship (ESR07) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium).

Title of Research Project
“Glass production in antiquity”

Fellowship Description
The main scope of the research project is a contribution to the understanding of the production and consumption patterns of glass during the 4 to 7th centuries AD in the Eastern Mediterranean with a special focus on Cyprus, Syro-Palestine and Egypt. Concurrently, the fellow will participate in the ongoing VUB research in the domain of photonics for spectroscopic analysis, namely the development of a miniaturized (i.e., handheld), one-module, high-efficient measurement system able to measure both Raman and absorption spectra. Besides, research work at the VUB, the fellow will carry out fieldwork in Cyprus and follow training courses offered in the NARNIA network. The successful candidate will have the competence to combine archaeological and scientific information within an integrated programme of research.

Academic Requirements
Eligible applicants for this Fellowship (equivalent to a PhD position) must be in possession of a Master in the field of archaeology, or archaeological science or materials science, or chemistry, or physics.
It is required that the degree has been acquired not more than 4 years earlier 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 Belgium for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the starting date.

Duration of fellowship
3 years – starting from June 2011.

Submitting an application
Deadline for Fellowship application: 30 April 2011
Applicants should write the contact persons via e-mail, attaching their CV and a cover letter including a brief description of the reason they apply for the specific fellowship and their research plans.

Financial regime
The fellowship covers tuition fees and monthly salary in line with the FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN (http://ec.europa.eu/research/fp7/understanding/marie-curieinbrief/home_en.html). The annual salary amounts approximately to €36700. The fellowship also offers mobility, travel and career exploratory allowances.

Contact persons
Prof. Herman Terryn: hterryn@irexchange.vub.ac.be
Prof. Karin Nys: Karin.Nys@vub.ac.be

More information on NARNIA: http://www.narnia-itn.eu
More information on the Vrije Universiteit Brussel: http://www.vub.ac.be