Senior researcher in Use-wear analysis

Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum (RGZM), Mainz

Senior researcher in Use-wear analysis (Bronze/Iron Age, Classical or Early Medieval Archaeology) – Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum (RGZM), Mainz, Germany.

(EG 13 TV-L 100%)

Full Time post for 2 years

The newly established Laboratory for Traceology and Controlled Experiments (TraCEr) located at the MONREPOS Archaeological Research Centre and Museum for Human Behavioural Evolution (www.monrepos-rgzm.de) of the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz (RGZM, www.rgzm.de), institutional member of the Leibniz-Association (Leibniz-Gemeinschaft), and the RGZM headquarters in Mainz are seeking to appoint a senior researcher in use-wear and manufacturing trace analysis to develop research projects for the TraCEr in Mainz.

Starting in June 2019, the length of the appointment is two (2) years full-time (100%). The German public service pay scale TVL applies, grading within TVL-EG13 (100%) will be based on an assessment of personal circumstances and the applicable terms of the collective pay agreement.

Project and aims:

The Traceology lab of the RGZM aims to carry ground-breaking functional studies that combine methodological development (controlled experiments, measuring material properties, and high-resolution 3D quantification methods) and fundamental archaeological research. For enquiries about the research aims, lab projects, equipment and facilities please contact Dr. Joao Marreiros (marreiros@rgzm.de).

The position entails:

  • Design and execution of experiments on materials commonly found in Bronze/Iron age, ancient or Early Medieval contexts (e.g. pottery and metal).
  • Development of traceology-related project proposals
  • Engaging in and supporting collaborative research with the various RGZM departments

Applicant requirements:

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in archaeology or a related discipline, ongoing research project(s), and a creative and significant track record on innovative approaches to use-wear and/or manufacturing trace analysis with applications to Prehistory (from Bronze Age onwards), Classical or Medieval archaeology. Openness to conducting both controlled and replicative experiments and a dedication to the development of rigorous and open standards is essential. Prior experience with controlled experiments, tribology and fractography, advanced microscopy techniques, and computer programming, in-depth knowledge of material properties and material testing are highly desirable.

We offer:

  • Employment according to the collective agreement for civil service employees (TV-L)
  • Payment based on the rates EG13 TV-L if the candidate satisfies personal and tarif criteria.
  • Additional company pension (VBL)
  • Concessionary ticket for public transport (Jobticket MVG tarif area 65)

Contact and further details:

Please send applications via the Online-Application-tool https://web.rgzm.de/no_cache/ueber-uns/stellenangebote/ including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, reprints of selected publications, a short statement of research interests and the names of three evaluators to Prof. Dr. Alexandra W. Busch. For further information please contact Dr. Joao Marreiros (marreiros(at)rgzm.de) (TraCEr Research Group Leader). Application deadline is 21th of July.

We promote equal opportunities for women and men as well as the compatibility of family and work.

The Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Leibniz Research Institute for Archaeology expressly encourages applications of equally qualified women and is committed to employing more physically impaired individuals.

About the RGZM

The RGZM is a research institute for Archaeology. It belongs to the Research-Museums of the Leibniz Association. Since its inception in 1852, the RGZM dedicates itself to the material legacy of humankind in the Old World, with the goal of understanding human behaviour and action, human activity and thought, and the development and transformation of societies. The concentration of archaeological, scientific, restoration and IT expertise allows it to examine human material remains from different perspectives and chronologies. To this end, the RGZM maintains a variety of research infrastructures, including archaeological collections consisting of both originals and detailed copies, scientific reference collections, and an extensive image archive, in addition to laboratories for archaeological science and restoration. This infrastructure supports research, teaching, and knowledge transfer equally at both national and international levels. Research at the RGZM is organized both chronologically by competence areas (e.g., Roman, Early Medieval, etc.) as well as thematically by Research Fields (e.g., “Culture Contact”, “Cultural Practices”, “Becoming Human”, etc.).


The MONREPOS Archaeological Research Centre and Museum is a part of the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum (RGZM), Leibniz Research Institute for Archaeology. Situated at Monrepos Castle near Neuwied in the Central Rhineland of Germany, the Centre examines the historical processes of the evolution of hominin behaviour through the contextualized and interdisciplinary study of Pleistocene and early Holocene material remains. Department languages are German and English.