PhD studentship: Cave Archaeology in North West England

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University (£13,290 per year plus EU tuition fees). Candidates are expected to hold a good Honours (first class or upper second class) or Masters degree in archaeology, Quaternary science or a related subject.

The caves in North West England contain material from the Late Glacial to Early Medieval periods. These remains include bones, artefacts and sediments, and their associated archives. This project will focus on the faunal and archival material, but there is the scope to develop other areas (e.g. stable isotope analysis, pollen). Zooarchaeological experience is essential. Experience of landscape surveying or working with cave assemblages is desirable, but not essential. The student will be joining the Research Centre in Evolutionary Anthropology and Palaeoecology, which has long-standing research interests in the archaeology and palaeoenvironments of Cumbria, and cave archaeology (e.g. the AHRC funded Upland Caves Network).

The PhD studentship is offered for 3 years, commencing February 2010. Funding will be provided by Liverpool JMU and includes a tax-free stipend of £13,290, EU tuition fees and some fieldwork expenses.

Applications should be submitted to Dr Hannah O’Regan, School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, L3 3AF, UK. Informal enquiries are welcome – contact Dr Hannah O’Regan (h.j.o’regan[at]

Please include the following in your application:

  1. Full CV and completed Postgraduate Application Form.
  2. Copies of transcripts and diplomas (UK/EU applicants).
  3. Proof of English language knowledge (overseas applicants only).

Closing date: 20 November 2009.

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