Laboratory Research Scientist - European Archaeology

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Key information

Job reference
From £31,675 per annum with benefits, subject to skills and experience
Applications closed
18 February 2024, 23:59 GMT
Hours per week
36 (full time)
Posted 01 February 2024
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Job title:                 Laboratory Research Scientist - European Archaeology

Reporting to:         Group Leader Pontus Skoglund

Contract term:       This is a full time, 2-year fixed-term position with possibility of extension on Crick Terms and Conditions of Employment.


A position as a Laboratory Research Scientist (LRS) has been created at the Ancient Genomics Lab ( of the Francis Crick Institute, led by Dr. Pontus Skoglund. The successful candidate will contribute to the lab's projects on ancient human and pathogen DNA from human remains from Holocene Europe: including prehistory, antiquity, and medieval periods. Excellent project management, organizational skills, and interest in skeletal sampling are required. Applicants of multiple seniority levels are welcome to apply, and experience will be reflected in salary grade.

Key responsibilities

These include but are not limited to:

  • Searching the literature and collections for relevant samples

  • Collaboration management: ongoing communication and returning results

  • Sample access administration

  • Sampling visits with partner groups and institutions

  • Ethical handling of human remains (BABAO guidelines)

  • Skeletal sample cataloging, storage, and return of samples

  • Sampling of bone and teeth with a fine dentistry drill, retrieval of osseous bones and teeth

  • Manual first molecular digestion step for DNA analysis and radiocarbon dating

  • Designing a proposed sequencing effort based on initial DNA results

  • Laboratory management, maintenance and supplies

  • Participation in scientific meetings within the group and wider community

  • Documenting work and contributing to scientific publications

Key experience and competencies

The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: bold, open, collegial, in addition to the following:


  • BSc or MSc in Archaeology, Ancient DNA, or a related field

  • Experience with human osteology and/or skeletal sampling

  • Understanding of European archaeology and history

  • Strong project management skills

  • Strong collaborative and communicative ability


  • Experience with molecular biology and/or chemistry lab work

  • Skills in European languages

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