Job Type: FullTime
The closing date for expressions of interest is 30 June 2022.
About the opportunity
We are currently looking for a PhD candidate to date several key archaeological sites in the Philippines.
The primary focus of this role is to apply and develop new sampling and dating techniques on the Holocene record of human arrival on the islands. Archaeological research in Southeast Asia is a focus of ARCHE and there is a need to develop a better understanding of history of land-use in the Philippines.
The Philippines was settled by Negritoes and were joined by Austronesians around 4000 years ago. The cultural landscape of the Philippines is the product of this early development as well as exchanges and later arrivals by sea with peoples from surrounding region.
The chronology of much of this history is not well documented, and many archaeological sites potentially may be dated using state-of-the-art techniques. Monuments that may be targeted for dating possibly include burial cairns and the development of stone-edged rice terraces. Techniques include radiocarbon, optically stimulated luminescence, and radionuclides.
Training in aspects of dating methods will be provided as part of the student’s postgraduate study. Success in this role requires collaboration with local stakeholders, Indigenous peoples, scientists and archaeologists in the Philippines.
About the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE)
This project will be undertaken through the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE) with cross supervision from the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research (GCSCR). ARCHE is a world leader in research and education on all aspects of human evolutionary studies. We provide a dynamic and cooperative research environment that seeks to understand how humans and their societies across the globe evolved over time.
We emphasise the study of the biological and cultural evolution of humans and our place in the natural world, with a growing focus on Indigenous peoples of Australia, Asia, and the Pacific. Dr Justine Kemp is an earth scientist who works on modern and past landscape processes, environmental change and human-landscape interactions in deep time.
She also manages the optical and radionuclide dating facility at Griffith University.. Dr Andrea Jalandoni is based in GCSCR and is an affiliate member of ARCHE. She has been working on the archaeology of the Philippines for nearly 20 years and is leading the archaeological aspects of this project.
This position will be held at Griffith University Nathan Campus.
The selection of applicants for the award of higher degree research scholarships at Griffith University involves consideration of your academic merit and research background. To be successful within this role, you will be able to combine laboratory and/or field studies with advanced analytical skills.
- Expressions of interest are welcome from domestic and international applicants.
- Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a bachelors degree with honours equivalent to first class honours or a Masters degree (AQF Level 9) incorporating a significant research component of a standard comparable to a bachelor honours degree or be regarded by Griffith University as having an equivalent level of attainment in accordance with Schedule One of the HDR Scholarship Policy . For further information on the eligibility requirements for the program refer here .
- You will have evidence of a passion for remote landscapes, archaeology, and cultural history, and be keen to undertake research in multidisciplinary teams.
- Candidates identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or Filipinos are particularly encouraged to apply.
About the scholarship
The 2022 Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship has an annual stipend of $28,854 (indexed) for a period of up to three years of full-time study. Please see the GUPRS Conditions of Award for more information.
A successful International applicant will also be awarded a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to cover tuition fees for up to three years. Please see the GUIPRS Conditions of Award for more information.
Please do not select the “APPLY” button. All expressions of interest must be submitted to Dr Andrea Jalandoni email@example.com and Dr Justine Kemp firstname.lastname@example.org containing:
- Statement addressing your suitability for the project/scholarship
- Evidence that you have completed a program with the required grades as detailed in the about you section.
- A curriculum vitae (CV)
- Research proposal
- Names of two referees
The closing date for expressions of interest is: 30 June 2022.
The preferred applicant will then be invited to apply on-line.
What Griffith offers
As a scholarship holder, you will study with a University that ranks among the top 2% worldwide and spans across campuses in South East Queensland. At Griffith University, we’ve worked hard to create a culture that will challenge you to be curious, creative and courageous. We also support the professional and personal development of all our HDR candidates and invest in the skills of our people. Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. Griffith’s strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).
ARCHE is dedicated to providing a creative and collaborative environment that fosters the next generation of human evolutionary scientists. We offer a range of research and learning opportunities for students at all levels, from undergraduate, honours, masters, to PhD studies. Students can learn from and work with world-class supervisors and fellow researchers, who can provide links to national and global research networks, field sites, and professional societies. State-of-the-art facilities provide the tools for learning and research on all aspects of human evolution.
For project related enquiries please contact:
Dr Andrea Jalandoni; Email: email@example.com
Dr Justine Kemp; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For administration enquiries please contact:
Griffith Graduate Research School; Phone: (07) 3735 3817; Email: email@example.com