15 PhD positions available on the Chemistry & Molecular Biology of Prehistoric Artefacts

ChemArch: doctoral training to create the next generation of artefact scientists is an International Doctoral Training Network of 15 interlinked fully-funded PhD Projects.

It is offering a 36-month fully-funded PhD opportunity enabling you to study for a double doctorate at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona with the Universities of York (UK), University of Copenhagen (Denmark), and the CNRS-Nice (France), as specified by the following 15 projects:

1. Examining the representation of wooden artefacts in prehistoric archaeological assemblages (York/Nice) APPLY NOW

2. Recovering proteins from prehistoric pottery using immunological and proteomic approaches (Nice/Copenhagen) APPLY NOW

3. Preservation of DNA in tars and resins associated with artefacts (Copenhagen/York) COMING SOON

4. Protein survival in charred ‘foodcrusts’: insights into Mesolithic container technology (York/Copenhagen) APPLY NOW

5. Blood from Stone: utilising novel extraction techniques for the removal of tightly bound molecules from mineral surface (Copenhagen/York) COMING SOON

6. Exploring the function of grinding stones using old and new methods (York/Copenhagen ) APPLY NOW

7. Tracking cereal processing in Neolithic pottery (York/Barcelona) APPLY NOW

8. Chemical analysis of stone cooking technologies (Barcelona/Nice) APPLY NOW

9. Exploring the artefactual record of feasting during the Orcadian Late Neolithic (York/Nice) APPLY NOW

10. Genetic evidence for artefacts associated with prehistoric wine (Copenhagen/York) COMING SOON

11. Exploring the function of hearths through biomolecular approaches (Nice/York) APPLY NOW

12. From ideology to economy: unveiling the taxonomic origin of animal bone artefacts with palaeoproteomic analysis (Barcelona/Copenhagen) APPLY NOW

13. Tracking adhesive technologies from the Late Glacial to Early Holocene (Nice/York/British Museum) APPLY NOW

14. Nature and function of plant based artefacts (Barcelona/Nice) APPLY NOW

15. Developing the application of hydrogen isotope analysis (δD) to determine artefact function and provenance (Barcelona/York) APPLY NOW


ChemArch is open to applicants of any nationality, subject to the eligibility criteria detailed below. Please contact us if you are unsure about these rules.

1. Early-stage researchers (ESR) are those who are, at the time of recruitment* by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged.

2. Researchers are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e., move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. Researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date*. Compulsory national service and short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. Note: this mobility rule is somewhat relaxed for applicants with Refugee status. Contact us for more details if this applies to you.

*reckoned as the first day of employment, currently expected to be September 1st 2021 for most projects.

NB. individual host institutions have additional eligibility criteria for PhD study, particularly regarding nature and grade of previous degrees. Please check these carefully during the application procedure.

Please note that applications are made to the home institution. Note also that in addition to the eligibility criteria for the network, you will need to satisfy the conditions for PhD study at both the home and the partner institutions.

Details about eligibility criteria can be found below:

Please check these criteria carefully and contact the home institution if you are unsure.