The Postdoctoral fellow will be part of a multi-disciplinary, international research team working on the project EvoCave: Investigating 122 000 years of high-latitude faunal diversity using palaeozoology, archaeology, palaeoecology and ancient DNA funded by the Research Council of Norway. In this project we will excavate and analyse sediments and fossil remains from cave deposits in northern Norway. These caves provide a rare opportunity for the comparative, interdisciplinary analyses of a high-latitude ecosystem throughout the last interglacial-glacial cycle. Exploratory excavations have discovered an extraordinarily rich fossil assemblage from a range of Arctic and boreal fauna. The postdoctoral fellow will join a strong, international team of scientists from the fields of evolutionary biology, palaeozoology, geology, geochronology, archaeology, aDNA and genomics.
The project will evaluate hypotheses on the northern limits of boreal ecosystems, mammals and humans in the Arctic and their responses to dramatic shifts in climate during a pre-industrial epoch. Two major excavations will take place (September 2021 and late summer 2022). The postdoctoral fellow’s main tasks lie in the geological and palaeoecological analyses of the excavated records. These data will be interpreted within the interdisciplinary framework of the project in collaboration with the project team. The postdoctoral fellow will also work closely with a PhD candidate who focuses on palaeoecology and ancient DNA. The ideal candidate will make a major contribution to the planned research, but may also develop her/his own complementary lines of research that reflect the candidate's own expertise and interests, and that fit within the project's main goals.
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