Job title: Laboratory Research Scientist - Paleoanthropology
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 (www.skoglundlab.org) of the Francis Crick Institute, led by Dr. Pontus Skoglund. The successful candidate will contribute to the lab's projects on ancient protein retrieval from the paleoanthropological and megafaunal fossil record. 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.
These include but are not limited to:
Searching the literature and collections for relevant samples
Collaboration management: contacting collaborators, updating, and returning results
Sample access administration
Sampling visits with international partners and institutions
Ethical handling of human remains (BABAO guidelines)
Skeletal sample cataloging, storage, and return of samples
Near Infrared Spectroscopy screening for protein preservation
Subsampling for protein extraction
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, imaginative, open, dynamic and collegial, in addition to the following:
BSc or MSc in Archaeology, Ancient DNA, or a related field
Understanding of key questions in Paleolithic archaeology, paleoanthropology and human origins
Experience with skeletal handling
Strong project management and administrative skills
Strong collaborative and communicative ability
Experience with molecular biology and/or chemistry lab work
Experience with proteomic methods
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