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Research Positions Available



The Department of Human Evolution of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (Germany), invites applications for a post-doctoral position in luminescence dating. In the Department, palaeoanthropological research is conducted within a multidisciplinary environment involving groups of scientists including biological anthropologists, Palaeolithic archaeologists, archaeological scientists, and geochronologists. Luminescence dating forms a significant component of the geochronology group (integrating radiocarbon, U-series and luminescence dating) with a well-equipped laboratory. More information about the Department and the luminescence lab can be found on our web site.

We are seeking a researcher to date sites and the geomorphic context of these sites in regions of interest to our Department. This includes sample collection and dosimetric measurements in the field, laboratory processing and publication. The ideal candidate will work with different types of archaeological contexts (i.e. open-air versus caves) and will have experience with both quartz and feldspars.  Experience with a Lexsyg reader is also desirable. Ideally the candidate will can also undertake fundamental research into luminescence dating methodologies. We are particularly interested in researchers who can interact with other geochronologists, palaeoanthropologists and archaeologists within the Department.

This research position may begin immediately. The initial length of the appointment is two years, with an option for extension up to five years. The selected candidate will have a Ph.D. (or be close to completion) and a significant track record of research. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more physically impaired individuals and to increasing the share of women in areas where they are underrepresented, and therefore expressly encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

For further information please contact Prof. Jean-Jacques Hublin ( Applications, including cover letter, curriculum vitae, reprints of selected publications, a short statement of research interests, and the names of three referees should be sent by mail to the address below. The search for these positions will continue until a successful candidate has been selected.


International Max Planck Research School

Prospective Ph.D. candidates are encouraged to consider the Leipzig School of Human Origins, (IMPRS - International Max Planck Research School) which started in 2005. For detailed information on the program please visit the webpage of the Leipzig School of Human Origins and the departmental IMPRS webpage for specific information how the program is implemented in the Department of Human Evolution.

New Applications Deadline: December 1