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Post-Doctoral Fellow in Archaeobotany ( STARC_PDF_21_13)

Closing Date: 15/02/2022 The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is a non-profit research and educational institution with a strong scientific and technological orientation, emphasi...

Closing Date: 15/02/2022

The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is a non-profit research and educational institution with a strong scientific and technological orientation, emphasizing international collaborations, cross-disciplinary research, innovation, and post graduate education. CyI, through its established research centers, addresses challenging issues that are important at both the regional and international levels. Many of its research activities are being carried out in partnership with leading institutions in the respective thematic areas.


The Cyprus Institute invites applications for a post-doctoral fellow in Archaeobotany to work for the Research and Innovation Foundation funded project ‘’MEDIS-FOOD: Mediterranean Island Life Modes: Foodwebs, Agricultural Practices and Social Complexity in Crete and Cyprus in the Bronze Age’’, awarded to Assoc. Prof. Evi Margaritis. MEDIS-FOOD is an interdisciplinary project which focuses on the two larger islands of the eastern Mediterranean, Crete and Cyprus. The project examines the origins of the complex societies of the Bronze Age, by analyzing the agricultural practices, crop husbandry and land use of the period, along with the production of wine and olive oil, which are products of great economic and social value. In contrast to prior approaches, the project employs a combination of new research questions and a multidisciplinary methodology in order to elucidate this important period in human agricultural and economic history. MEDIS-FOOD will push research forward by using multiproxies (archaeobotany, isotope analysis, phytolith analysis and theoretical models) in order to shed light on the complexity of the processes that led to the creation of complex centres and agricultural systems in the eastern Mediterranean.


The successful candidate will work on archaeobotanical assemblages from Crete and Cyprus originating from Bronze Age sites. The successful candidate is expected to work on assemblages already retrieved from several sites but will also need to work in the field both in Crete and Cyprus for additional retrieval of plant remains.


The appointment will be on a full time basis, for a period of 20 months.


Responsibilities/activities to be involved in:

  1. Retrieval of plant remains in the field
  2. Processing of archaeobotanical samples (e.g sorting)
  3. Identification of plant remains
  4. Statistical analysis
  5. Analysis and interpretation of the archaeobotanical assemblages
  6. Writing reports and preparation for dissemination of results (articles and book chapters)

Required Qualifications

  1. PhD in Archaeobotany/PhD candidates close to PhD submission
  2. Familiar with East Mediterranean flora
  3. Familiar with Bronze Age Archaeology of the Aegean and Cyprus
  4. At least one article in peer reviewed journal
  5. Conference participation
  6. Familiar with dissemination events/public outreach
  7. Excellent analytical, organizational and planning skills.
  8. Excellent knowledge English language both verbal and written.
  9. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


Preferred qualifications and skills

  • Familiarity with Geometric Morphometry
  • Knowledge of Greek language



For full consideration, interested applicants should process their application at The Cyprus Institute Exelsys Platform based on the instructions given. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae including a short letter of interest and a list of the contact information of three (3) referees (all documentation should be in English and in PDF Format). For further information, please contact Dr Evi Margaritis ( Please note that applications which do not follow the announcement’s guidelines will not be considered.

Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. 


Contact person: Dr Evi Margaritis

Reference number: STARC_PDF_21_13

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