Call for Ph.D. fellowships funded by FCT

ICArEHB is now inviting potential candidates for FCT PhD Fellowships in the PhD program in Archaeology of the Universidade do Algarve. We are particularly seeking candidates for the following topics (see Table 2 below for more information):

  • Pottery decoration and social change in the Late Neolithic and Chalcolithic of South Portugal
  • Octávio da Veiga Ferreira (19117-1997), or the trajectory of Portuguese Archeology in the second half of the 20th century
  • Multi-proxy analysis of subsistence practices of early farming groups in S. Iberia
  • Late Pleistocene human adaptations in persistent coastal environments in southern Africa
  • Digital tools to record archaeological sites for archival purposes and dissemination for public education and outreach
  • The domestication of cowpea and the emergence of complex societies in Africa

If you are interested in one of these topics, you should contact the researcher in charge with an email explaining your motivation and interest in the topic and a CV in attachment before the 20th February 2021.

If none of this topic is of immediate interest, candidates can develop a proposal that should fit our main research lines:

  • African Archaeology and Human Evolution.
  • Prehistoric Coastal Adaptations.
  • Development of Complex Societies
  • History of Archaeological Science.

All those interested in applying for these positions should contact Godefroy Devevey (gdevevey@ualg.pt) before the 15th of February 2021, sending:

  1. complete CV
  2. general area of research interest or the specific topic of dissertation and
  3. abstract of the proposed research project (max. 2000 characters).

Classes at the University of Algarve will start in September 2021, and the main language is English. The fellowships include a monthly salary of 1064€ (value 2020) during 48 months, social security, tuition, and fees, as well as yearly hotel and travel for congress presentation. The fellows will also have 22 days of vacation yearly.

A session of information about the application process of FCT will be held in early March and applicants will receive support to write their proposal.

In Table 1 below, you can find the potential supervisors in Faro with their general research areas. You can also find potential supervisors seating elsewhere in the world, just consult the exhaustive list of our team members.

 

Table 1

General research areas Potential Supervisors
Geographical Information Systems & Archeoinformatics

Célia Gonçalves

Erich Fisher

Bioarcheology and Paleoanthropology Ricardo Godinho

Geoarchaeology and

Site formations processes

Vera Aldeias

Alvise Barbieri

Natalia Eguëz

Carlos Duarte Simoes

Cruz Ferro-Vazquez

Paleoenvironmental reconstruction

Ana Gomes

Sara Rhodes

Paleobotany Hugo Oliveira
Lithic technology

João Cascalheira

Nuno Bicho

Emily Hallinan

Use-wear and experimental archaeology João Marreiros
History of archaeological research João Luís Cardoso
Zooarchaeology

Cláudia Costa

Rosalind Gillis

Anna Rufa

Sara Rhodes

African Stone Age

Nuno Bicho

João Cascalheira

Erich Fisher

Emily Hallinan

Middle and Upper Paleolithic

Nuno Bicho

João Cascalheira

Anna Rufa

Epipaleolithic and Mesolithic

Nuno Bicho

Célia Gonçalves

João Cascalheira

Carlos Duarte Simoes

Neolithic and Copper Age

Hugo Oliveira

Rosalind Gillis

Cláudia Costa

Natalia Eguez

Bronze Age Cláudia Costa

 

Table 2

Title Summary Supervisor Location of work Eligible candidates
 Octávio da Veiga Ferreira (1917-1997), or the trajectory of Portuguese Archeology in the second half of the 20th century Octávio da Veiga Ferreira was the most active Portuguese archaeologist of the second half of the 20th century, intervening in exceptionally diverse areas, documenting discoveries from the Lower Paleolithic to the High Middle Ages. We have access to a unique complete documentation preserved in the personal scientific archive and we are seeking for a young researcher, motivated and competent to characterize the importance of the investigations he carried out. The research will take in account the nature of the areas investigated and the most important results obtained in order to understand how much and how he impacted his contemporary peers internationally (analysis of the network of collaborators), and what is his influence in the development of the modern archeology in Portugal. Prof. João Luís Cardoso, Universidade Aberta, joao.cardoso@uab.pt Lisbon area All nationalities and residency. Non-Portuguese degrees should be examined for equivalence (minimum 3 weeks)
Pottery decoration and social change in the Late Neolithic and Chalcolithic of South Portugal Through an approach to style, frequency, and context, it is aimed to comprehend the social role played by decorated pottery in the trajectory of social complexification developed in the South of Portugal (as part of a broader regional context: the Iberian Southwest). This PhD project will be integrated in the Perdigões Global Research Program (that has its own funding from private companies and from other projects) and possibly integrated or collaborating with a recently approved ERC project on Interactions between Predictive Brains, Cultural Artefacts, and Embodied Visual Search (relations between cognition and material culture). Dr. Antonio Valera, ERA Arqueologia S.A., antoniovalera@era-arqueologia.pt Lisbon area, Alentejo All nationalities and residency. Non-Portuguese degrees should be examined for equivalence (minimum 3 weeks)
Multi-proxy analysis of subsistence practices of early farming groups in S. Iberia Multi-proxy analysis of subsistence practices of early farming groups in S. Iberia. Using a range of geochemical and biomolecular methodologies (incl. proteomics, stable isotopes, compound specific stable isotopes analyses) integrated with traditional archaeozoological methodologies to analyse fauna and possibly material remains. The results will help us understand the nature of early farming practices in S.Iberia, and it’s impact on landscape and societal evolution.  Candidate: passion for archaeology, undergraduate in archaeology studies/biology/chemistry. Roz Gillis, University of Algarve, regillis@ualg.pt Faro PT, opportunities for training in Copenhagen and Bristol All nationalities and residency. Non-Portuguese degrees should be examined for equivalence (minimum 3 weeks)
Late Pleistocene human adaptations in persistent coastal environments in southern Africa How did past hunter-gatherers live and adapt to places that provided persistent access to diverse resources, like coastlines? We are seeking a young researcher, highly motivated and competent, to contribute to ongoing research by the P5 Project in Mpondoland, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa (https://p5project.org). Ongoing excavations by P5 have recently revealed the first continuous archaeological sequence of coastal occupation and marine foraging spanning glacial and interglacial phases of the last 36,000 years. The candidate will contribute to ongoing excavations and have access to our extensive Late Pleistocene collections to develop predictive models of hunter-gatherer behavior in coastal zones with sustained freshwater, plant and animal (terrestrial and marine) resources. Erich Fisher, Erich.fisher@asu.edu Eastern Cape, South Africa and Faro, Portugal All nationalities and residency. Non-Portuguese degrees should be examined for equivalence (minimum 3 weeks)
Digital tools to record archaeological sites for archival purposes and dissemination for public education and outreach Archaeoinformatics studies computational and digital technologies to analyze, archive, and disseminate archaeological records and the locations, contexts, and characteristics of the materials that embody those records. In the age of COVID, archaeoinformatics has become a key resource for researchers to continue work, convey information, and provide educational outreach to the public. This project seeks a highly motivated student to study how different digital and online technologies can be used to document archaeological sites for archival purposes and convey this information in engaging and dynamic ways for both research and public education. The selected candidate should have familiarity with digital photography, photogrammetry, and 3D mapping / modeling, computer programming, web and graphic design. Erich Fisher, Erich.fisher@asu.edu Faro, Portugal All nationalities and residency. Non-Portuguese degrees should be examined for equivalence (minimum 3 weeks)
The domestication of cowpea and the emergence of complex societies in Africa

The African centre of domestication is poorly studied. Cowpea was domesticated 5,000 years ago. It is still unknown if this happened in the tropical forests of West Africa, in the arid savannah areas in the East. Likewise, we still don´t know how domestication affected its nutritional content. It later spread throughout Africa, with the Bantu expansion and, as early as the 1 st millennium BC, Asia. The routes and mode of this spread are speculative. Legumes like cowpea are essential for the resilience of agricultural systems. Their role in past African agriculture and in the emergence of complex societies is poorly explored. Questions addressed:

1) In which part(s) of Africa was cowpea domesticated?
2) By which routes did cowpea spread?
3) How was cowpea used by past African cultures?
He/she will use next-generation-sequencing (NGS) technologies.

Genomic data will be matched to archaeological, palaeoenvironmental and ethnographic proxies.

Hugo Oliveira hroliveira@ualg.pt Faro, PT All nationalities and residency. Non-Portuguese degrees should be examined for equivalence (minimum 3 weeks)