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Reference : UMR7209-ANNHAU-001
Workplace : PARIS 05
Date of publication : Sunday, November 15, 2020
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 22 months
Expected date of employment : 1 January 2021
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : Between 2700€ et 3800€ according to experience (before taxes/ monthly)
Desired level of education : 5-year university degree
Experience required : Indifferent
The researcher will study bones' morphological variation of extant and protohistorical sheep from South West Asia using Geometric Morphometrics within the framework of EvoSheep ANR project (PRC17CE27-0004).
- Collecting 3D et 2D images of modern and ancient sheep collections from osteo- archaeological assemblages in Museums, Laboratories, archaeological storage warehouses
- Use modern sheep collections to design 3D and 2D geometric morphometrics protocols to quantify the form of the selected phenotypic markers for the project: three appendicular bones (humerus, calcaneum and talus) and 2 mandibular molars.
- Assess the specific status of the archaeological caprines using modern comparative collection.
- Explore the morphological disparity of ancient sheep and their phenotypic relationships with current sheep breeds from the same geographic area.
Teaching contribution to the Master Quaternary Prehistory and Biodiversity (QPB) of the Natural History Museum of Paris as well as public outreach will be encouraged.
The researcher should be a trained archaeozoologist with a solid knowledge on herbivores' anatomy and osteology. It is required that the candidate has a solid experience in the analysis of past herding system and pastoral communities, as well as in Oriental and /or Mediterranean archaeology.
It is mandatory that the candidate is an experienced user of geometric Morphometrics approaches in 2D and 3D with the R environment. The candidate must also have a solid experience in the 2D and 3D images acquisition and the handling of large-scale dataset.
The researcher will be working in the Archaoeozoology and Archaeobotany laboratory of the Natural History Museum of Paris (MNHN Jardin des Plantes, 75005 Paris) under the supervision of Thomas Cucchi (AASPE-Paris), Emmanuelle Vila (Archéorient- Lyon) and Lionel Gourichon (CEPAM-Nice).
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