How to apply:

Deadline: 21st February 2017!

Please submit your application in English providing us with:

  • Cover letter, indicating topic(s) of interest
  • Proposal (maximum 2 pages, not including references, figures etc.)
  • CV
  • Academic transcripts (undergraduate and Masters)
  • Names of 3 referees - please ask referees to submit references by the deadline.

Please submit your application via this link by 21st February 2017.

Further information

Irene Weinzierl, M.A.
E-Mail: weinzierl[at]
Tel.: ++49 (0) 3641 686-701
FAX: ++49 (0) 3641 686-710

Deadline for this call: 21st February 2017!

PhD positions

The new Department of Archaeology at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History offers PhD opportunities in a variety of areas. If you are interested in studying or working with us, please send us an application.

The Department of Archaeology undertakes both field and laboratory research, and offers the opportunity to conduct cutting edge research in a dynamic and multidisciplinary environment.

We are seeking applicants in the areas listed here. You are welcome to suggest your own topic of interest, provided this fits with the Department’s core interests and themes. See here for a summary of our key research themes.

Please apply to join the Department of Archaeology if you:

  • Are passionate about the study of the human past, and looking for an opportunity to push the boundaries of new methods and come up with novel approaches for examining archaeological remains
  • Are keen to explore how archaeology intersects with other disciplines, in particular biomolecular, quantitative and linguistic approaches
  • Have a background in one of the following areas: archaeology, archaeological science, anthropology, history, biological anthropology, biology, biochemistry, earth sciences or other relevant disciplines.
  • Have an exceptionally strong academic record
  • Are enthusiastic and hard-working
  • Have excellent English skills

Your qualification:

  • Have or are about to obtain a Master’s degree or qualification equivalent to the German diploma (essential)
  • Provide an excellent research proposal

 We offer:

  • The opportunity to be involved in exciting research projects that provide opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration
  • Support for field and laboratory research
  • Opportunities to learn new skills in archaeological and archaeological science methodologies
  • Cutting-edge facilities and equipment
  • An excellent research environment
  • An English language working environment
  • Full funding for top applicants (3 years)

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