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.

About the Research Associate Appointment

DEADLINE: January 15, 2019

Eligibility: Individuals actively enrolled in a graduate program and individuals with a Masters or Doctorate in a relevant discipline. Applicants are welcome from any college or university worldwide. Independent scholars are also welcome to apply.

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.

Purpose: To conduct short-term focused research at the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens as part of a program of research that addresses substantive problems pertaining to the ancient Greek world and adjacent areas through the application of interdisciplinary methods in the archaeological sciences. Laboratory facilities are especially well equipped to support the study of human skeletal biology, archaeobiological remains (faunal and botanical), environmental studies, and geoarchaeology (particularly studies in human-landscape interactions and the study of site formation processes). Research projects utilizing other archaeological scientific approaches are also eligible for consideration, depending on the strength of the questions asked and the suitability of the plan for access to other equipment or resources available elsewhere in Greece.

Term: Variable up to nine (9) months with the next term beginning early September 2019. It is expected that the applicant will maintain a physical presence at the Wiener Laboratory during the tenure of the appointment.

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.

Compensation: Stipend up to $7000. School fees included.

Application Instructions

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 (max. 2 pages, double-spaced; Times Roman 12pt) including: objectives and expected significance, background and relation to present state of knowledge, research description, and timeframe. 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.

3. Results of prior Wiener Laboratory Research. If the applicant has received Wiener Laboratory funding in the past, information on the prior award and its impact is required (half a page double spaced Times Roman 12pt).

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 Wiener Laboratory. 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 following requested format. (No transcripts are required.)

  • 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. One letter of reference from a scholar in the field. 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. 

10. Expected contributions to and impact on the Wiener Laboratory and the ASCSA community

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?

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