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Post-doc in geology and sedimentology of coastal central Italy (0.8 FTE) (221642)

Job description

The post-doc position in geology and sedimentology of coastal Italy is part of the archaeological research project “Salt and Power, Early States, Rome, and Resource Control” (Major GIA projects) funded by the Dutch Research Council ( and is carried out at the University of Groningen (RuG).

The project will employ geophysical, chemical and archaeological methods to study salt production between the Bronze Age and Roman period. The study area is the Tyrrhenean coast of central Italy.

The post-doc researcher will be asked to:

  • create palaeogeographical reconstructions of selected parts of the Tyrrhenean coastal zone deemed to have been suitable for salt production in antiquity.
  • detect and characterize actual remains of ancient salt production in areas selected for fieldwork, in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team.
  • coordinate laboratory analyses in the field of the earth sciences and archaeometry.

Where will you work?
You will be working at the Groningen Institute of Archaeology (GIA), a research Institute of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. GIA engages in fundamental archaeological research in Northwest Europe, the Mediterranean and the Polar Regions. The Institute facilitates research and fieldwork through its laboratories, drawing facilities, documentation, GIS applications, and technical support (see website). Its Mediterranean Archaeology research group consists of six academic staff and about 18 post-doctoral researchers and PhD students. The group has an international reputation in the area of landscape archaeology.

With whom will you work?
You will work in close collaboration with the principal investigator of the project, archaeologist dr. Luca Alessandri and archaeologist prof. dr. Peter Attema, both based at the GIA, as well as research assistents to be appointed in the project. Prof. dr. Jan Sevink will act as advisor in the field of the earth Sciences. Collaborations have been realized with the Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, La Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) and Dipartimento di Storia, Patrimonio Culturale, Formazione e Società, Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata (Italy).


  • you hold a PhD in the geology and sedimentology of coastal environments and preferably have several years of experience as a postdoctoral researcher
  • you are an experienced fieldworker and bring a cooperative attitude and willingness to engage in multidisciplinary collaborative research
  • you are trained in geochemistry and willing to coordinate laboratory research carried out with researchers from partner universities
  • you have an excellent publication record for the stage of your career
  • you are fluent in English.


The Faculty of Arts is built on a long-standing tradition of four centuries. Our mission is to be a top-ranking faculty with both an excellent education and world-quality research, with a strong international orientation, firmly rooted in the North of the Netherlands. We build and share knowledge benefits to society. We work at a modern, broad and international institution, educating over 5000 Dutch and international students to become forward-looking, articulate and independent academics. We are a hardworking and diverse team of 700 staff members.

Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

  • a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience with a minimum of € 3,408 (salary scale 10, number 4) to a maximum of € 3,807 (scale 11, number 0) gross per month for a full-time position
  • an excluding 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees
  • favorable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants. We offer 232 holiday hours per calendar year for full-time employment and provide career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen
  • a research position of 0.8 FTE for a period of 4 years starting from March 1st 2022.

For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check:

The appointment will commence March 2022 at the latest


You can submit your application until 9 december 11:59pm / before 10 december 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Please fill in the form and upload the following PDF files (all in English):

1. A letter of motivation
2. A CV with a list of five self-selected ‘best papers’, a complete list of publications; and the names and contact details of two referees who are familiar with your work
3. An appropriate article (recently published or in press) of which you are the making author (you can upload this under “extra document” on the website).

Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be taken into consideration.

The selection interviews will be held between 20 December and 23 December, 2021.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

  • Prof. Peter Attema, p.a.j.attema
  • Dr Luca Alessandri, l.alessandri
  • Prof. J. Sevink, j.Sevink

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.