Postdoctoral researcher or lab technician ZooMS

Posted 04 May 2022

College de France

France (Post Doc)

We are recruiting a postdoc or technician to join our lab at the Collège de France in Paris where we conduct proteomic screening (ZooMS) of Palaeolithic bone assemblages. We are looking for someone experienced in the acquisition and analysis of peptide mass fingerprints obtained through MALDI-ToF mass spectrometry.

Scientific background

Animal bone fragments from archaeological excavations can be taxonomically identified by digesting the bone collagen, and obtaining peptide mass fingerprints through MALDI-ToF mass spectrometry (known as Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry or ZooMS).

The proposed position is aimed at optimising the acquisition and analysis of MALDI-ToF profiles from Palaeolithic bone collections stored in various museums and/or universities across Europe, in order to recognise unidentified human remains as well as reconstruct behavioural patterns.

Required skills

The candidate will join a team involved in several international projects and should have prior training and experience in protein biochemistry, a good knowledge of spectrometry methods and MS data analysis. Applicants with skills in bioinformatics are strongly encouraged to apply.

A particular interest in anthropology and human behavioural evolution is strongly desired. Short trips abroad will need to be undertaken in order to collect the required samples (about 1/month). A good working knowledge of English is also a must.

Contact and financing

This position is for two years, starting in autumn 2022 at the very latest, and the salary will be adjusted according to experience.

Candidates must submit a CV, a list of publications, a brief description of their scientific interests and the names of two referees by May 31st 2022.

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