Project: “Fire among Anatomically Modern Humans and Neandertals as revealed from Archaeological Microstratigraphic Evidence (FLAME)” a Portuguese National Science foundation project

Deadline: 31st of December 2018 and the selection procedure will take place in January.


We invite applicants interested in pursuing a doctoral research in Geoarchaeology to join the project “Fire among Anatomically Modern Humans and Neandertals as revealed from Archaeological Microstratigraphic Evidence (FLAME)” funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT, Portugal). Application deadline is the 31st of December 2018.

The goals of this project are to explore pyrotechnology in Middle and Upper Paleolithic contexts. To do so, the successful candidate will focus on: 1) experimental work with anthropogenic sediments related to combustion; and 2) reconstruction of site formation processes in specific archaeological contexts.

The successful candidate will enroll in a PhD program at the University of Algarve (lectured in English) under the supervision of Dr. Vera Aldeias and will be based at the Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behaviour (ICArEHB) in University of Algarve (Faro, Portugal).


Key responsibilities:

  • Conduct archaeological fieldwork with the project team;
  • Extract, prepare and analyze micromorphological samples;
  • Design experiments, apply protocol, and conduct experiments related to anthropogenic combustion;
  • Analyze data and publish the results in peer-reviewed journals;



  • Master (or equivalent) in Geoarchaeology, Archaeology, Anthropology, History, Geosciences, Archaeological Sciences, Geochemistry or closely related fields;
  • Availability to conduct further archaeological fieldwork in the scope of the project;
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English;
  • Candidates must be willing to work as part of a research team and liaise between collaborators across different institutions;
  • Candidates should be highly enthusiastic about learning interdisciplinary research topics.


  • Experience in archaeological excavations or related projects
  • Experience in Geographic Information Systems and statistical analyses


We offer:

The candidate will become highly proficient in geoarchaeological techniques, namely using the technique of micromorphology to analyze natural and anthropogenic sediments. The candidate will be exposed to an interdisciplinary work environment that will involve international fieldwork and close collaboration with a diverse team that joins members from different institutions.

  • The appointment will be for a period of three years (initially for a period of 6 month with extension to three years after positive evaluation);
  • The monthly stipend is set to €980 per month, and includes vacation days, medical coverage and an option for unemployment benefits;
  • The expected starting date is February of 2019;
  • The candidate will integrate the Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behavior and enroll in a PhD offered by University of Algarve.


Selection Criteria:

The selection process will have two steps. First, the selection committee will evaluate the applications (CV and motivation letter) to produce a short-list of candidates. Second, the committee will conduct remote or personal interviews with the selected candidates. Final evaluations will follow the following criteria: CV (50%), motivation letter (30%) and interview (20%).


Application Procedure:

To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to Dr. Vera Aldeias ( with the following documents in attachment:

  • A motivation letter stating your interest for this position;
  • A CV including Fiscal number (if Portuguese); Please include the names and contact address of two academic referees;
  • Copies of your academic transcripts;
  • A filled copy of the official form (please fill the Portuguese version. You can find here an English translation for your guidance);
  • Scan of official identification (either passport, national ID card, etc.);
  • Any optional documents that the candidate sees as relevant for this vacancy;


For further enquiries on the application procedure and research scope of the vacancy, please email (