The Faculty of Classics invites applications for a Researcher in Petrography on the ERC Advanced Grant “Crossreads” reporting to the P.I. Professor Jonathan Prag. A researcher with a background in petrography or petrology, including analysis of geological materials, fieldwork and archaeometric methods will spend four years investigating the use of stone on the island of Sicily for the presentation of inscribed texts. The successful candidate will have, or be close to completion of, a doctorate in a related field; specialist knowledge in the destructive and non-destructive mineralogical, geochemical and petrographic analysis of rocks and minerals; previous experience of undertaking petrographic fieldwork; and specialist knowledge of petro-archaeometric methods. This post will entail extensive fieldwork in Sicily and the supervised use of facilities at the University of Catania; a working knowledge of Italian, or the ability to acquire such knowledge, will be necessary.
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