University Assistant (post doc) at the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology
The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 179 fields of study, approx. 10.000 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position as soon as possible of a
University Assistant (post doc)
at the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology
Reference number: 12370
The Department of Evolutionary Anthropology seeks to appoint a University Assistant post-doc with expertise in palaeoproteomics analyses or relevant fields (biochemistry, biology, archaeological science). They will be part of a leading international group of researchers working across the fields of Human Evolution, Archaeological Science and Ancient DNA reporting to, and working with, Assistant Professor Katerina Douka.
The candidate will help establish a new palaeoproteomics laboratory to develop and apply improved methodologies for the extraction and analyses of ancient proteins from skeletal remains. Specifically, this relates to the use of ancient proteins for evolutionary research, using both ZooMS (Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry) and other proteomic methodologies (LC-MS/MS etc) for the taxonomic determination and evolutionary/phylogenetic analyses of skeletal proteomes. The work will mostly focus on ancient bones of Pleistocene age from Eurasia and Africa although several other projects are envisaged. The candidate is expected to assist in the day-to-day running of the laboratory, be responsible for its smooth operation and act as a source of information and advice to other members of the group on scientific protocols.
The position would suit someone who has a background in (bio)chemistry or archaeological science and direct experience in the field of palaeoproteomics (or modern proteomics with a clear understanding of the limitations of ancient material) and with strong laboratory-based skills.
This position is limited to three years. After this period, based on performance assessment, an extension is possible by mutual agreement.
Active participation in research, teaching and administration. This involves
Help in establishing the palaeoproteomics laboratory in the brand new Biologiezentrum of the University of Vienna, led by Ass Prof Douka;
Adapting existing and developing new scientific techniques and experimental protocols in palaeoprotemics;
Using specialist scientific equipment such as MALDI-ToF-MS and LC-MS/MS, liaising with manufacturers for new purchases and equipment maintenance;
Assisting with the development of an internal lab management system;
Acting as a source of information, advising and training other members of the group on scientific protocols, health and safety, data management and experimental techniques;
Liaising with collaborators over sample acquisition and data reporting;
Contributing ideas for new research projects and leading third-party funding applications;
Collaborating with colleagues in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology on a range of applied projects incorporating aspects of archaeological science, proteomics, genetics and dating;
Independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement;
Writing and preparing scientific reports and journal articles and occasionally presenting conference papers and posters.
Relevant PhD/DPhil in archaeological science, biology or biochemistry, together with direct laboratory-based experience;
Experience of applying ZooMS for the taxonomic determination of collagenous material;
Experience in the extraction and analysis of palaeoproteomics data;
Sufficient specialist knowledge in palaeoproteomics to work within established research programmes, establish and run the day-to-day operation of the laboratory;
Ability to manage their own academic research and associated activities;
Strong record of producing scientific publications and presentations;
Ability to obtain research income and generate novel and interesting ideas;
Strong interest in training new team members;
Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publications, present research proposals and results, and represent results to research group meetings;
Excellent written and verbal skills in English. Knowledge of German would be an advantage.
In addition, we expect the successful candidate to have
Teaching experience / experience of working with e-learning;
Experience of working on research projects;
Publications in renowned, subject-relevant media (peer-reviewed, depending on the professional standards);
International presentation experience.
Desirable qualifications are
Knowledge of university processes and structures;
Experience of supervising students.
Letter of motivation;
Academic curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, a list of courses and a list of talks given);
Description of research interests and research agenda / of the intended habilitation project (if applicable);
Contact details of people who could provide a letter of reference.
Main research field
Special research fields
Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (
http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 01.11.2021, mentioning reference number 12370.
For further information please contact Douka, Aikaterini +43-1-4277-54750.
The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.