Postdoctoral Researcher in African Archaeology Ghent University, Department of Languages and Cultures Belgium

Postdoctoral Researcher in African Archaeology


Last application date

Oct 31, 2017 12:00



LW21 - Department of Languages and Cultures



Limited duration



PhD in Archaeology


Occupancy rate



Vacancy Type

Research staff


Job description 

  • Applications are invited for a one-year postdoctoral research position, starting in January 2018 and renewable twice with another year, to coordinate and carry out archaeological research within the ERC-funded BantuFirst project, led by Prof. Dr. Koen Bostoen at the Department of Languages and Cultures of Ghent University. The project's full title is "The First Bantu Speakers South of the Rainforest: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach to Human Migration, Language Spread, Climate Change and Early Farming in Late Holocene Central Africa". For a short project description, check

  •  You will be part of the UGent Department of Languages and Cultures ( and operate within the UGent Centre for Bantu Studies (, associated with the UGent African Studies program (

  • You will collaborate closely with and report to the PI, who is a historical linguist and work with him and other BantuFirst team members on bodies of evidence from different disciplines. A keen interest in interdisciplinary approaches to the African past is required;

  • You will collaborate with the project’s international partners including geneticists, archaeobotanists and linguists;

  • You will collaborate with the archaeologists from the UGent Department of Archaeology (;

  • You will participate in the project’s fieldwork missions planned between 2018 and 2020 and be responsible for its planning and coordination, for which you will need the necessary leadership capacities as well as the ability to work in a collegial and respectful way with associate authorities, researchers and workers in Central Africa;

  • You will be expected to carry out both independent and joint research, and to disseminate research results together with the BantuFirst research team through publication in international peer-reviewed journals as, conference participation and popularization for a wider audience.


Profile of the candidate

  • You hold a PhD in archaeology;

  • You have done archaeological fieldwork in Africa, preferably Central Africa;

  • You are familiar with state-of-the-art survey and excavation techniques;

  • You have experience with ceramic analysis, archaeobotanical sampling and/or Geographic Information Systems (GIS);

  • You have published in international peer-reviewed journals;

  • You have presented at international conferences;

  • You have good knowledge of English as well as sufficient knowledge of French to do fieldwork in francophone Africa;

  • You are a dynamic and enthusiastic team player.


How to apply

Send CV and Statement of Purpose in English to Prof. Dr. Koen Bostoen,, Department of Languages and Cultures, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Ghent. Ask also two referees to send a letter of reference before the deadline, one of these from your most recent employer/supervisor.


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