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PhD student in isotope archeogeochemistry

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General information

Reference : UMR5563-KLEJAO-002
Workplace : TOULOUSE
Date of publication : Friday, November 01, 2019
Scientific Responsible name : Klervia Jaouen
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 February 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 1 768,55 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

The Géosciences Environnement Toulouse/CNRS of the Observatoire Midi Pyrénées (GET-OMP), Toulouse (France) and the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology of the University of São Paulo (MAE-USP), São Paulo (Brazil) invites applications for a cotutelle PhD position in archeogeochemistry to explore the potential of non-traditional isotopic studies in unveiling human past behavior (ERC funding, ARCHEIS project). We are seeking a PhD candidate (3 years) to develop the use of Zn isotopes to trace sea food consumption in prehistorical contexts. This includes sample collection, analysis, methodological development and publication. We are particularly interested in candidates able and who can interact with archaeologists and geochemists within the GET-OMP and at the MAE-USP. The PhD project will investigate Zn isotope signature in teeth of animals and humans associated to specific aquatic food consumption (shellfish, fish) increasing our capacity to identify the role maritime diets had in the course of the evolution of coastal adaptive strategies. Tasks include the interpretation of zinc isotope ratios of tooth samples from prehistoric food webs in Europe and South America, developments of a sampling strategy and sample analysis in the lab, presentation of results nationally and internationally, publishing in peer-reviewed journals. The candidate will be mainly based at Toulouse with a half year period at São Paulo. The doctoral thesis is expected to be written as a series of English manuscripts. Upon completion the candidate will receive the title 'Doctor in Earth Sciences' from GET-OMP and the title of 'Doctor in Archaeology' from MAE-USP.

Work Context

At the GET (Géosciences Environnement Toulouse), geological and environmental research is conducted within a multidisciplinary environment involving groups of scientists including biologists, physicists, chemists and geologists, with theoretical or experimental approaches. Isotope mass spectrometry forms a significant component of the OMP with a well-equipped laboratory. The MAE-USP (Museum of Archeology and Ethnology of the University of Sao Paulo) studies the onset and development of the Anthropocene in the New World with an emphasis on the maritime societies of the Atlantic coast. With a methodological emphasis on Archaeological Sciences its research team includes archaeologists, anthropologists, ethnographers, historians and biologists. More information about the GET-OMP and MAE-USP can be found on their respective website.

Constraints and risks

Work with concentrated acids and powders (in a safe environment)

Additional Information

The ERC ARCHEIS project aims at understanding the onset and impact of aquatic resource consumption in Human Evolution using novel isotopic tracers

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