ICArEHB invites applications for 2 PhD fellowships in the framework of the ERC Starting Grant MATRIX.

The applicants will enroll in the PhD in Archaeology at University of Algarve in Faro, Portugal, under the supervision of Dr. Vera Aldeias. The applicants will develop research in Geoarchaeology at the interface with research in ancient biomolecules from archaeological paleolithic sediments.

Positions will start in Oct 1st and limited to a period of 4 years.


How to apply:

Admission requirements:
Applicants must hold a Bachelor or Masters in Archaeology, Geology, Earth Sciences, Geochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, or related fields; have a good proficiency of written and spoke English. The successful applicants will be motivated to learn interdisciplinary skills in topics related to Human Evolution and Geoarchaeology, as well as engaging in archaeological fieldwork.

Additional desirable competencies include: previous experience in field or laboratory work related to Archaeology, Geology, Biology or related fields; previous experience studying petrographic thin sections; previous experience processing microCT data and associated software (e.g., Avizo/Amira); previous experience in phytolith identification or with biomolecule analysis (DNA, lipids, proteins); and previous experiences in writing and publishing scientific papers.


Can apply for this call: person who satisfy the necessary conditions to enroll in the UAlg doctoral program in Archeology under the supervision of Dr. Vera Aldeias, and who intend to develop research activities leading to obtaining a doctoral degree at the Interdisciplinary Center for Archeology and Evolution of Human Behavior (ICArEHB), regardless of nationality or citizenship.



The work will be developed at ICArEHB of the University of Algarve under the scientific guidance of Dr. Vera Aldeias.


Duration of the fellowship:
The fellowship will have a duration of one year, starting on 1 October 2022. The fellowship contract can be renewable for periods of one year, up to a maximum of four years and having considered the new Regulation of Research Grants of the University of Algarve – (https://dre.pt/application/file/a/152015732)


Value of the monthly maintenance allowance:
The amount of the monthly maintenance allowance corresponds to €1.144,64 according to https://dre.pt/application/file/a/151902326.


Application deadline and form of submission of applications:
Open from 30/05/2022 to 12/07/2022


Applications must be accompanied by the following documents: (The application and all documents associated with it should be in English)

  1. Official identification document (identity card / citizen card / passport – simple copy or legal equivalent).
  2. Copy of the certificates of qualification of the academic degrees held, specifying the final classification and, if possible, the classifications obtained in all subjects taken;
  3. Candidate’s curriculum vitae;
  4. Motivation letter, with the name and email contact of three possible references.
  5. This form, filled with your information, dated, and signed.
  6. Other documents that are considered relevant by the candidate (e.g., previous scientific work or published papers).


Applicants should preferentially submit their application documents to vlaldeias@ualg.pt in PDF format by 12th July 2022.


For more information, see https://www.euraxess.pt/jobs/791013 (EN) and https://www.ualg.pt/bolsas-de-investigacao?id=338310 (PT)