PhD Position in Biological Anthropology at University College Cork

The Department of Archaeology, University College Cork, invites applications for a four year PhD studentships in biological anthropology as part of a new European Research Council funded project (directed by Dr R Pinhasi): “From the earliest modern humans to the onset of farming (45,000- ‐4,500 BP): the role of climate, life- ‐style, health, migration and selection in shaping European population history” (€1.088 million).

The colonisation of Europe by anatomically modern humans (AMHs) ca. 45,000 years before present (BP) and the transition to farming ca. 8,000 BP are two major events in human prehistory. Both events involved certain cultural and biological adaptations, technological innovations, and behavioural plasticity, which are unique to our species. The reconstruction of these processes and the causality between them has so far remained elusive due to technological, methodological and logistical complexities. Major developments in our understanding of the anthropology of the Upper Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic, and advances in ancient DNA (aDNA) technology and chronometric methods now allow us to assess in sufficient resolution the interface between these evolutionary processes, and changes in human culture and behaviour.

The advertised studentship will focus on the study of cranial morphological variation among Upper Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic skeletons using 3D morphometric methods. We are particularly interested in candidates with a strong background in morphometrics and/or statistical shape analysis.

Students will be supervised by Dr Ron Pinhasi at UCC with co- ‐supervision by Dr Jay Stock (U of Cambridge) and Dr Noreen von Cramon- ‐Taubadel (University of Kent, Canterbury) and will involve collaboration with leading geneticists, simulation specialists and anthropologists from all across Europe and with 4 appointed PhD students which are part of the project.

A full award covers fees and an annual stipend of €17, 042 (2010/2011 rates).

Essential Requirements:

• A Masters degree and a first or upper second class BA/BSc degree in a relevant subject

• Background in human and/or primate osteology and the application of quantitative methods in biological anthropology or related disciplines

• Students for whom English is not their first language must meet the required minimum level of English language proficiency (IELTS 7 in all skills, or equivalent.

The starting date is September 2011.

The closing date for applications is 29th April 2011.

To apply, please send curriculum vitae (3 pages max), cover letter, and details of two academic referees by email to


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