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We are looking for two PhD candidates to join our international research team. The two positions are part of the 5-year research program, funded by NWO, entitled “The Talking Dead. Reconstructing the transmission of information in Corded Ware and Bell Beaker Societies during the 3rd Millennium BC.” (NWO-VIDI), led by Dr. Quentin Bourgeois (principal investigator).
5000 years ago a distinct burial tradition appeared across the entire European continent, remaining in vogue for a thousand years. This persistent idea on the right way of burial emerges during arguably one of the most transformative periods in European prehistory. Recent a DNA-analyses have demonstrated the presence of major demographic shifts, dramatically transforming the European gene pool. Current explanatory models – such as large-scale migrations or specific marriage patterns – are only valid for specific times and places and do not tackle the heart of the matter. Essentially we see the persistent sharing of information on distinct burial practices by communities across Europe. Investigating how information on such practices was exchanged will allow us to research a fundamental question: how long-term persistent cultural traits emerge out of short-term collective behaviour.
Both positions will research the transmission of information on burial practices across a 1500 year time-frame in Europe. Using network analysis we will investigate how and what type of information was transmitted through space and time, and as such reconstruct networks of information from 5000 years ago. The PhD candidates will focus on different research areas:
We offer a PhD position for 4 years (1.0 FTE, 38 hrs per week), leading to the successful completion of a PhD thesis. Initially you will receive a one-year contract, with extension for the following 3 years on condition of a positive evaluation. Salary range from € 2,395.- in the first year to € 3,061.- gross per month in the last year (pay scale P, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).
Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development. Our Individual Choices Model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.
All our PhD students are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School of Archaeology.
Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.
The future of the past begins in Leiden. The Faculty of Archaeology is internationally leading in its research, and is home to a broad array of specializations and notable for the strong connection it fosters between teaching and research. Home to over 500 students in the multidisciplinary world of Archaeology, the faculty and its researchers from all areas of the archaeological field determine the future of archaeological research.
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