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Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science Research Associate Appointment

The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science offers Research Associate appointments to researchers seeking to use laboratory facilities or other resources for short term, focused research projects. Priority is given to projects that are part of larger research initiatives that address substantive problems exploring original concepts through the application of interdisciplinary methods in the archaeological sciences.

Eligibility for a Research Associate appointment is limited to individuals actively enrolled in graduate programs and individuals holding a higher-level degree in a relevant discipline. Former Research Associates must wait two (2) years before applying for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Exceptions to these basic eligibility requirements will be granted only in extraordinary cases.

The individual will receive an annual stipend of up to $7000. Compensation also includes a waiver of School fees. Research Associates are expected to spend the tenure of this appointment in residence in at the Wiener Laboratory.

All publications resulting from research supported by this fellowship (whether written during the tenure of the fellowship or afterward) must acknowledge the support received from the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science and list the laboratory as one of the affiliations of the researchers. The laboratory must also receive PDFs of all publications resulting from this support. Failure to comply with these requirements will be considered a very negative factor in the review of appeals for further support.

Contributions to the Athens based ASCSA community during the tenure of the Research Associate appointment in the form of participating in seminars, colloquia, and workshops, or participating in School sponsored field trips, or some combination of these and other activities are encouraged.

The next competition for Research Associates opens in the fall of 2016 (deadline for application January 15, 2017) for a variable term up to nine (9) months beginning early September 2017 during the 2017-2018 academic year.

 

Application Instructions

Applicants for Research Associate appointments must submit a pdf that includes all of the information outlined in Sections 1-9 below through the on-line ASCSA Associate Membership Application portal (see Section 10 for further instructions).

The required components of the Research Associate application are:

1. Cover sheet: naming the applicant, current research interests, and title and brief summary of the proposed research project. Click here for a copy of the cover sheet.

2. Project Description

The Project Description may not exceed 2 pages (double-spaced and Times Roman 12pt).

The main body of the proposal should be a clear statement of the research to be undertaken and must include:

  • Objectives, Significance and Background. Briefly describe the project's major goals and their impact on the state of the field and how the proposed work relates to the present state of knowledge and discuss the progress made on this research to date by the applicant.
  • Research Description. Present a brief technical description of research plan for the overall research and a detailed presentation of what is to be accomplished during the tenure of the Research Associate appointment.
  • Timeframe. A plan of how the research questions will be addressed throughout the proposed duration of the Research Associate appointment. Applicants should discuss how the tenure of this appointment will advance on-going research and include a plan of publication/dissemination of the results.
  • Results from Prior WL Support. If the applicant has received WL funding in the past, information on the prior award and its impact is required (half a page double spaced Times Roman 12pt).

Specify the following: name of the award; date of the submission of the final report; amount and period of support; the title of the project; summary of the results of the completed work, including any contribution to the development of archaeological science; publications resulting from the WL award and whether the affiliation was stated in the authorship; brief description of available samples, reference collections and other related research products that have been produced and not described elsewhere.

4. References Cited

Reference information is required. Each reference must include the names of all authors in the same sequence in which they appear in the publication, the article title, book or journal title, volume number, page numbers and year of publication. Proposers should be especially careful to follow accepted scholarly practices in providing citations for source materials relied upon when preparing any section of the proposal. While there is no established page limitation, this section should include bibliographic citations only and should not be used to provide parenthetical information outside of the 2-page project description.

5. Budget

Itemized research budget and justification of how requested funds relate to proposed research. Limit of $7000.

6. Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources

Describe the facilities that are required to do the research, including any specialized equipment that is not available in WL. If some experimental work will occur off-campus, explain how this will be achieved.

7. Permits

Copies of permits(s) or letters from relevant authorities to study proposed materials, and copies of permission(s) from relevant excavation or project directors to study the proposed materials must be included in this application.

8. Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae should include (in this order): Name and contact information; Educational history; Employment history; Short (50 word) description of research interests; Up to 5 publications related to current research; Up to 5 additional publications; Up to 10 presentations; Relative experience and other important activities (up to 250 words).

9. Letters of reference

One (1) letter of reference is required from scholars in the field commenting on the value and feasibility of the project. The name, institutional affiliation and relationship of the referee to the applicant (if any) must be included in the application for the Wiener Laboratory Research Associate appointment. Contact information for your referee must be provided on the ASCSA Associate Member application that is described in Section 10 below. Applicants must contact their referees to instruct them to submit a reference online by using this link: https://ascsa.wufoo.com/forms/ascsa-recommendation-form/.

10. ASCSA Associate Member Application Form

All requests for Wiener Laboratory funding must be filed through the ASCSA Associate Member application portal (https://ascsa.wufoo.com/forms/associate-membership-with-fellowship-application/). All successful applicants for WL funding will be automatically awarded either a Senior or Student Associate Membership in the ASCSA. Applicants for WL post-doctoral and senior fellowships and research associate appointments who are no longer enrolled in a graduate program must apply as Senior Associate Members. Applicants for pre-doctoral fellowships and research associate applicants still enrolled in graduate programs must apply as Student Associate Members.

Applicants must provide all information requested on the ASCSA Associate Membership form for all fields marked with a *[red asterisk]. A pdf of the application for the Research Associate appointment that includes all nine sections described above must be uploaded in the Project Description field. There is no need to upload an additional copy of the applicant’s vitae as this should be included in the Research Associate application.

The ASCSA Associate Membership application portal requests contact information for referees. Please submit this information for the single reference required for a Research Associate appointment on where directed on the ASCSA Associate Membership form.

11. Review Criteria

Criterion 1: What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity?

How important is the proposed activity towards advancing knowledge and understanding within its field? How well qualified to conduct the project is the applicant? (If appropriate, the quality of prior supported work will be reviewed.) To what extent does the proposed activity suggest and explore creative and original concepts? How well conceived and organized is the proposed activity? Is there sufficient access to resources?

Criterion 2: What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?

How well does the activity advance archaeological science in general? Does it lead to an interdisciplinary approach? Will the results enhance understanding issues of major archaeological importance and how broadly will they be disseminated?