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Postdoctoral researcher in Radiocarbon Dating

Grade 6: £28,098 - £33,518 p.a.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant position to work on the radiocarbon dating component of the PalaeoChron programme, a project focusing on the chronology of the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic of Eurasia. The position is full-time and for 6 months. The project is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and led by Professor Tom Higham.

Radiocarbon dating is a key part of the post, both in terms of sample preparation in the laboratory as well as interpretation using Bayesian modelling of the results. We seek a person with proven experience and strength in the day-to-day preparation of samples for AMS dating, with specific relevance to dating samples between 30-50,000 BP. Experience in the use of HPLC for preparative separation of amino acids would also be useful, as well as an understanding of the archaeology of the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic period. In addition, the postholder will be responsible for collating the data and results already obtained in the project to date, and integrating the results within Bayesian models in anticipation of publications.

The postholder will work in an active team of 14 in the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, along with students and other collaborators in Oxford.

The candidate will ideally have completed or nearly completed a PhD in archaeological science.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on Friday 9 March 2018.

Website for further details is here

  • Ph.D. candidates


We seek Ph.D. candidates interested in researching aspects of radiocarbon dating, luminescence dating, or other topics focusing on the application of archaeological sciences to the sites and regions investigated under the PalaeoChron project.

We have a few topics in hand and prospective students who would like to come to Oxford can contact Prof. Tom Higham directly.


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Previous vacancies



  • Postdoctoral researcher in Palaeolithic Archaeology (this post is now filled)


  • Postdoctoral researcher in Luminescence dating (TL and/or OSL)  (this post is now filled) 


  • Postdoctoral researcher in HPLC and single amino acid radiocarbon dating (this post is now filled) 


  • Chemistry Technician (this post is now filled) 


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