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Organic residue analysis in archaeological amphorae

Project Description and Objectives

The aim of this study is to develop innovative analytical protocol to characterize the organic residues found in Egyptian amphorae objects in order to obtain information about their use, usually determined only by typological examination.

Expected Results: Studying the materials found in amphorae for transport will give information to historians, conservators and restorers about the possible trade routes, the products commercialized, the Mediterranean cities involved in trades, the movement of goods and people as well as the materials conservation state, the degradation process occurred and the materials composition. After the preliminary bibliographical work, the ESR9 will proceed to the selection of the samples and the sampling in the ED-ARCHMAT museum partner. The ESR will optimize the chromatographic conditions (in liquid and gas phases) in order to characterize the contemporary materials of reference (wine, oil, fish, fish sauces) usually meet in amphorae. Then the interpretation of the results will be realized in the aim to identify chemical biomarkers of the pristine materials.

Finally, the PhD will establish the analytical corpus of archaeological amphorae of reference and archaeological unknown amphorae. Analysing the archaeological amphorae, with the support of archaeological and historical studies will be suggested commercial trade (type of products, routes, cities involved)

Type of Contract and Benefits

The selected ESR9 will be offered a full-time 36 months employment contract by the Universitè d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse (UAPV)

The contract will include the following allowances:

Living Allowance (LA) = € 3452,10 per month corresponding to the monthly salary for the fellow before any deductions: contributions of both employers and employees to social security, pension, taxation.
Family allowance (FA) = 500€ per month. The LA will be paid only if the recruited ESR has a family* status at the time of recruitment.
Mobility Allowance (MA) = 600€ per month. The MA is a contribution to household, relocation and travel expenses.

*"Family" means persons linked to the researcher by marriage (or a relationship with equivalent status to a marriage recognised by the legislation of the country where this relationship was formalised) or dependent children who are actually being maintained by the researcher.

Doctoral Degree

ESR9 will be awarded a joint Double Doctorate degree by the Universitè d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse (UAVP) in cotutelle with the University of Rome La Sapienza (UNIROMA1).

ESR9 research project will involve a secondment to the the University of Rome La Sapienza (UNIROMA1) Additional Secondments to ED-ARCHMAT Beneficiaries and/or Partners could be planned according to ESR9 research needs

Eligibility Criteria

Main Eligibility criteria are indicated in section ADMISSION RULES

ESR9 Specific Requirements

The candidate must:
Hold a M.Sc degree and/or an equivalent 5-years diploma;
Be fluent in oral and written English (level B2);
Have a very good knowledge in chemistry and more particular in analytical chemistry, physical chemistry and biology.

Additional Requirements:
Previous experience in one of the following research fields will be considered advantageous:
Archaeometry, analytical chemistry (liquid and gas chromatographies, spectroscopic methods and mass spectrometry).

Application Deadline

The deadline for the online submission of completed application forms available under section APPLICATION of the ED-ARCHMAT website is 21rst June 2018.

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