This position is funded by a recent EU Synergy grant awarded to UCL, Gothenburg and Copenhagen Universities. The person appointed will be a member of an international team developing interdisciplinary approaches to achieve the project’s aims. The successful candidate will also work closely with Prof Stephen Shennan of the UCL Institute of Archaeology, which is one of the leading academic departments of archaeology in the UK and globally. To be an active member of the research project “COREX: From correlations to explanations: towards a new European prehistory”. In particular, the successful candidate will focus on Work Package 3 (Exploratory analyses and discriminative models), and especially Work Package 4 (Generative models and explanations). Work Package 3 will take advantage of the “Big Interdisciplinary Archaeological Database” (BIAD) – created as part of Work Package 1 – to explore patterns of co-variation in archaeological, environmental and genetic data using a range of statistical methods. Work Package 4 will take a ‘bottom up’ approach through agent-based and related modelling approaches to better understand how large-scale processes such as mass migration emerge from small-scale / more local processes and interactions (e.g. identity signalling), and the extent to which we would expect patterns of genetic and cultural variation to be linked in space and through time. We will consider candidates with a PhD or similar in computational science or mathematics, and an interest in archaeology, or candidates with a PhD or similar in archaeology, geography or a biological science, and relevant experience in computational modelling and model-based statistical inference.
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