Postdoc chemical analysis ancient adhesives

Postdoc chemical analysis ancient adhesives

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27 Sep 19 Oct Delft

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Unravel prehistoric adhesive technologies at TU Delft

Job description

In this one year position you will analyse the GC-MS results of our experimental and archaeological collection of tars and resins. The aim is to pin point biomarkers for the characterisation of ancient organic remains/adhesives and their production methods. You will work closely with our technician, who you are also expected to guide. You will lead the publication of two peer-reviewed papers and co-author several others with team members.

More information on the ERC funded Ancient Adhesives project.
More information on the research group


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


Required, must-haves:

  • PhD in archaeometry or chemistry
  • Proven expertise with GS-MS methods
  • Proven expertise identification of ancient biomarkers
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Publication track-record
  • Willingness to move the Netherlands

Assets, nice-to-haves:

  • Expertise with resins, tars and gums
  • Specialisation in Prehistory or the Palaeolithic
  • Experience managing a group or project
  • Experience in the Digital Humanities
  • Sense of humor.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (salary indication: € 3.703,00 - € 4.670,00 per month gross). The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

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Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

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Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

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  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • 30—38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • TUD02827


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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