Dear All,
Please see the announcement below for a funded Ph.D. position in zooarchaeology at the University of Tübingen, examining the development and use of agricultural resources in the southern Levant. 
The application deadline is August 1st. 
Best Wishes,
Socio-cultural Dynamics Related to the Use of Resources
We would like to announce a Ph.D. position in zooarchaeology as part of SFB 1070 RessourcenKulturen within project A 05 "The Land flowing with Milk and Honey" - Development and Significance of Agrarian Resources in Bronze and Iron Age Palestine. The position will begin on or around October 1st, 2017 and run until the end of the funding period, June 30th 2021. Funding is at the standard DFG personnel rate for doctoral researchers (13 TV-L) at 65% of a full position (ca. 26 h/week).

Project composition and expected outcome
Project A 05 investigates the Bronze and Iron Age resource cultures of ancient Palestine and their historical role in the development of agriculture in the southern Levant. It involves cooperative, interdisciplinary research between archaeobotanists, biblical archaeologists, zooarchaeologists, who will integrate and present their analytical results in a central publication project, The Atlas of Agriculture in Ancient Palestine.
A main goal of this collaboration is to consider agricultural resources as cultural entities beyond their economic value. It will address questions of continuity and change in the use of resources in agriculture and how this influences sociocultural development, the role of agricultural resource complexes for the formation of social and political units and their collective identities, as well as on the symbolic meaning of resources in agriculture. Addressing these questions will also require the integration of other data sources, including paleoclimatological and paleoecological data, as well as ethnographic sources.
Beyond the interdisciplinary work with archaeobotanists and biblical archaeologists in project A 05, the candidate is expected to collaborate closely with others involved in SFB 1070, which will be facilitated through joint workshops of closely-related projects.
In the frame of this project, the zooarchaeology candidate will combine a metadata analysis of geographically and temporally appropriate sites with an original zooarchaeological analysis (e.g., a site-specific analysis or targeted analysis of a single taxon such as pigs).

Candidate Profile:
-       Master’s degree in Biblical or Near Eastern archaeology with a basic knowledge of zooarchaeology, -or-
-       Master’s degree with a specialization in zooarchaeology, and a solid knowledge of the archaeology and history of the ancient near east
-       Experience working with: faunal collections from ongoing or old excavations, GIS focusing on visualizing archaeological data, basic databases (Microsoft Access or similar)
-       Explicit interest in close collaboration with archaeobotanists and Biblical archaeologists

Please submit your application (letter of interest, brief project proposal, CV, and list of 2-3 academic references) as a single PDF file via email by August 1st, 2017 to:
Dr. Britt Starkovich
Institut für Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie, Universität Tübingen
und Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment (HEP)
Rümelinstraße 23
72070 Tübingen
In accordance to equal opportunity legislation, qualified women and/or disabled applicants will be preferentially considered.
Further information is available at
For questions about the application, please contact Dr. Starkovich.
Dr. Britt M. Starkovich
Institut für Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie, Universität Tübingen
Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Paleoenvironment (HEP)
Rümelinstr. 23
72070 Tübingen
Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Rechtsfähiger Verein gemäß § 22 BGB
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt
Direktorium: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Volker Mosbrugger, Prof. Dr. Katrin Böhning-Gaese, Prof. Dr. Uwe Fritz, Dr. Johannes Heilmann, Dr. Ingrid Kroencke, Prof. Dr. Andreas Mulch
Vorsitzende des Präsidiums: Dr. h.c. Beate Heraeus
Aufsichtsbehörde: Magistrat der Stadt Frankfurt am Main (Ordnungsamt)