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Research Associate in Palaeolithic Archaeology/Anthropology
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: S&E-13741

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 29/04/2019

Salary: £32,236 to £39,609 per annum depending on experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Department: Science and Engineering

Division: -

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: Asap until 31 March 2021

We are seeking a post-doctoral research associate to work on a project, funded by NERC, investigating the co-evolution of human hands and early tool using behavior. The project involves the experimental analysis of archaeological tool manufacture and use in human subjects as well as undertaking comparative morphological and mechanical analyses across a range of primate species. The project aims to evaluate changes in the effectiveness of hand use through time by using the acquired data to constrain 3D computer models of the hand in fossil hominin species.

This project would suit an individual with research interests in human evolution and/or in the application of experimental and simulation methods in archaeology and paleontology.  Relevant research experience and a doctoral qualification in a suitable discipline such as anthropology, archaeology, primatology or zoology are essential.  Full training in the experimental and analytical methods will be provided, but good computer skills and some experience in data analysis (for example R, Python, Mat lab or another programming language) are an advantage.

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN Charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Bronze Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a good work-life balance. 

We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit

The University will actively foster a culture of inclusion and diversity and will seek to achieve true equality of opportunity for all members of its community.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:
Name: Prof. Bill Sellers or Prof. Andrew Chamberlain
Email: or

General enquiries:
Tel:  0161 275 4499

Technical support:
Tel:  0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date
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