Call for applications for Postdoc position

3-year full time funding starting Feb. 2024


We are excited to offer an exceptional postdoc opportunity within the Emmy Noether Group SEAFRONT at the Leibniz Centre for Archaeology. This is your chance to contribute to groundbreaking research in prehistoric coastal archaeology, sclerochronology, and paleoclimate. Situated in the historic city of Mainz, this position offers a comprehensive benefits package and access to state-of-the-art research facilities. Be a part of an international and interdisciplinary team pioneering research at the intersection of archaeology and geosciences.

In this role, you’ll conduct geochemical studies on shells from key Mediterranean archaeological sites, complemented by statistical analyses in R to explore palaeoclimate and archaeological aspects. Mollusc shells, abundant in archaeological findings, offer valuable insights into past food practices and climate conditions. Collaborating with experts in shell climate records and Prehistoric Archaeology, you’ll contribute to a model that examines climate’s impact on mid-Holocene human life. Your work will help us understand the climate’s role in the spread of Early Neolithic agriculture and the establishment of new settlements.

We also compiled a small brochure with a bit more detail on what you can expect.

Key Information

  • Institution: Leibniz Centre for Archaeology (LEIZA)
  • Location: Mainz, Germany
  • Position: Research Staff Member within the Emmy Noether Group SEAFRONT
  • Grade: EG 13 TV-L (~50k € and above)
  • Employment Type: Full-time
  • Duration: Limited to 3 years
  • Starting Date: 1st February 2024

Qualifications and Experience

  • PhD in a relevant field
  • Experience in either prehistoric coastal archaeology, sclerochronology, or paleoclimate is essential
  • Experience in sclerochronology, oxygen isotope analysis
  • Knowledge of statistical data analysis
  • an open-minded, creative and collegial personality
  • a careful, independent, goal-oriented and structured way of working
  • Very good command of English
  • Good language skills in Italian or Greek are desirable
  • Confident handling of statistical software such as R or Python are an advantage

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Planning, implementation and evaluation of archaeological and palaeoclimatic investigations.
  • Sclerochronological analyses through LIBS and oxygen isotope analysis
  • Statistical integration of subsistence-relevant archaeological data with climatic data
  • Presentation of research findings at conferences, guest lectures, online media, and museum exhibits
  • Publication in peer-reviewed international journals

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send their CV, a cover letter, and any relevant publications to The deadline for applications is 5th November 2023.

Contact Information

For further information, please contact Niklas Hausmann at or visit

Niklas Hausmann
Niklas Hausmann
Emmy Noether Group Leader