CALL FOR RESEARCHER IN archaeological biomarkers/proteomics FOR the ERC Project – DISPERSALS

The Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behavior (ICArEHB at the Universidade do Algarve), seeks to appoint a senior researcher for the project DISPERSALS – Dispersals, resilience, and innovation in Late Pleistocene SE Africa. This is a 5-year contract (3 years initial contract followed by 2 more year-to-year contract based on evaluation). You will join ICArEHB and DISPERSALS and benefit from recent investment in laboratories, infrastructure and technical support in this area.


  • PhD in Archaeology or related scientific areas;
  • International postdoctoral experience in prehistoric Archaeology, preferentially in biomarkers such as lipids, proteins, or proteomics or aDNA from archaeological contexts;
  • Have demonstrated experience in field work;
  • Demonstrate a strong record of peer-review publication;
  • Proficiency of written and spoken English.
  • Starting date: early 2023.

Selection Criteria:

The selection process will have two steps. First, the selection committee will evaluate the applications (CV and motivation cover letter) to produce a short-list of candidates. Second, the committee will conduct remote interviews with the selected candidates.

The evaluation of the CV will have three main criteria:

  1. The scientific, technological and cultural production in the last 5 years considered most relevant by the applicant (12 points);
  2. The field research developed in the last five years and considered of highest impact by the applicant (6 points);
  3. Dissemination activities in the last five years, specifically in the context of promotion of scientific culture and practice considered more relevant by the applicant (2 points);

We offer:

  • A 6-year term contract (3+1+1+1 years), which includes 22 working day vacation yearly, parental leave, medical coverage and unemployment benefits.
  • A gross salary of 45,222.94 euros per year, to which is added a monthly lunch subsidy in the amount of c. 1200 euros year.
  • Integration in an interdisciplinary young research center that aims to create an international and highly motivated environment for research.
  • Funding for equipment, field work, and travel to congresses.
  • Supervision of a doctoral student fully funded by the project.

Application Procedure:

  • It is advisable to contact the PI of the project, Nuno Bicho ( prior to submission;
  • Applicants must download and fill the application form that can be found here;
  • The candidates need to provide the following documents:
    • A motivation cover letter in English, highlighting the most significant scientific activities and contributions over the last five years (maximum of 3,000 characters including spaces); a list and copies of three to five published articles considered by the applicant to be representative or most impactful in the field;
    • CV
    • Copy of doctoral certificate or diploma (following Portuguese law, at the time of the contract signature, the degree has to be recognized by the Portuguese education system);
    • Optional: Other documents that the applicant considers relevant for assessing his/her application can be attached to the application
  • Applications must be formalized by email to the address srhconcurso@ualg.ptuntil de end of the of the last day of the tender application period (GMT time).
  • Deadline: October 27th, 2022.
  • More information here.