Postdoctoral Fellowships



Research excellence is at the core of everything we do in the Department of Archaeology. Key to our world-leading research is the department’s thriving and vibrant community of postdoctoral researchers. They are spread across our various research clusters, developing their own research interests and contributing to the wider aims of the department’s research.


Fellowship funding for postdoctoral researchers in our department comes from a wide-range of sources, including the British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, European Research Council and University of Sheffield Fellowship Funding. The success of our research fellows in securing funding stems from attracting excellent researchers and through in-depth support from our Research Committee.

The Department of Archaeology is seeking excellent early career researchers intending to submit an application to an external funding body with the department as their host institution.

If you are interested in conducting your research at Sheffield and are thinking of applying for fellowship funding please contact our Departmental Director of Research and Innovation, Dr Caroline Jackson, Departmental Director of Innovation and Research to express your interest and to find out how we can support your application.

Funding for Fellowships


The following schemes have funded some of our current and recent post-doctoral staff:

Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowships

European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grants

European Research Council Consolidator Grants

Wellcome Trust Research Fellowships

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships


For further information about potential sources of fellowship funding please see information provided by our faculty.





Postdoctoral Application Bursary Scheme 2017

Deadline 28th April 2017

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities has opened the 2017 Visiting Postdoctoral Application Bursary scheme, with a deadline of 28th April, for external applicants who would like to apply through Sheffield for Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowships, European Research Council (ERC) Starting and Consolidator grants, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships or Wellcome Trust Research Fellowships. Potential external candidates should start planning their applications as early as possible and meeting and discussing their research proposal with relevant academic staff in Sheffield will help facilitate this process.

The funding will permit a stay in Sheffield for up to three nights. Applicants will spend their time 1) discussing their proposed project with relevant academic colleagues in their nominated department and the Research Development Team; 2) presenting a seminar; 3) redrafting their application in response to comments received, and obtaining further feedback on the revised application; and 4) engaging in any other activities Departments feel would be beneficial. The ways in which Departments plan to make best use of the visit (for example to coincide with related research events or activities) will also feature in the assessment.

Before applying applicants must contact a suitable academic member of staff in their host department who is able and willing to support the applicant and the application to discuss their proposal and the feasibility of carrying it out in the department. Candidates cannot be supported in their application without this initial contact and agreement. For archaeology academic research for individual staff can be found on staff home pages https://www.shef.ac.uk/archaeology/people or research areas http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/archaeology/research.

Eligible expenses will be travel costs, accommodation and subsistence, to a maximum of £600 for those coming from outside the UK, and £350 for those within the UK. Payment will be for actual expenses only up to the maximum permissible sum. It is envisaged that around five awards will be made. All visits must be complete and expenses claimed by 31 July 2017.

The application process consists of: (i) a completed application form (Click here to download this) and (ii) a 2-page CV. Application materials are to be sent to Kerry McMahon by Friday 28 April. Applications received after this date will not be considered.





Our Current Fellows

Dr Miguel Del Pino

Funding: Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship

Miguel Del Pino

Research interests

My research as a PhD student at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria was focused on the study of the aboriginal (7th–16th centuries AD) and traditional (20th century AD) ceramic materials from Gran Canaria island. Nowadays I am part of the Department of Archaeology at The University of Sheffield as a Marie Skƚodowska-Curie fellow, involved in the research project NEOMEDPOT in collaboration with Dr. Peter Day (Department of Archaeology, The University of Sheffield) and Dr. Vassilis Kilikoglou (NCSR Demokritos, Greece). The aim of this project is to develop a regional approach in order to study Neolithic and Chalcolithic ceramic traditions at the South-western limits of the Mediterranean basin, and to relate those traditions to technological strategies through the employment of instrumental analyses. Moreover, I continue collaborating in the analysis of domestic and technical pottery from colonial contexts within the Atlantic Ocean (15th-17th centuries AD) and I take part in other research projects on the aboriginal culture of the Canary Islands and recent Iberian prehistory.

Why Sheffield

I chose The University of Sheffield because, after a training stay here during my PhD studies, the vibrant community of researchers at the Department of Archaeology appeared to me as the best environment to continue my career. In this sense, the long experience of the staff of this centre in Mediterranean prehistory and Material Culture studies, as well as its long tradition in ceramic petrography, made this department the best place to carry out a project such as NEOMEDPOT that has led me to explore new contexts, completely different to the ones I worked on at the Atlantic.

Miguel's staff profile

Dr Michael Wallace

University of Sheffield Research Fellowship

Michael Wallace

Research interests

My research focuses on the prehistory of Europe, specifically the emergence and development of agricultural economies. I explore this theme through the study of plant remains (archaeobotany), make use of morphometric and statistical techniques.

Why Sheffield?

I have a great deal of experience working with the Sheffield Centre for Archaeobotany and Ancient Land-use, based in the department. In terms of expertise and research facilities, the Department of Archaeology at Sheffield is the logical place for me to conduct my research.

Michael's staff profile

Louise Iles photoDr Louise Iles

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship

Research interests

The overarching aim of this research is to examine the establishment of iron metallurgy in the Old World (Europe, Africa and the Near East), and investigate its spread and environmental impact throughout these regions. The production of iron is an economically significant activity, prompting changes in status and wealth, yet it is also often presumed to have impacted negatively on local forest environments. This research uses summed probability distributions as an innovative approach to explore the chronology of iron production across these three regions, and enable investigation of the mechanisms for this expansion and its impact on regional landscapes.

Why Sheffield

The Department of Archaeology offers a strong research profile in the study of archaeomaterials and technology, and has an impressive focus on archaeometallurgy with a research-active materials laboratory. The geographical scope of the Department (particularly Europe and the Near East) is well suited to my research, and research from the Sheffield Centre for Archaeobotany and Ancient Land-use is also particularly relevant, especially with respect to the origins and spread of agriculture.

Louise's staff profile

Dr Efi NikitaEfi Nikita

Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship

Research Interests

My research aligns with biocultural approaches and seeks to provide insights into the daily life, activity patterns, demography, health, and diet of past populations using macroscopic osteological methods, such as entheseal changes, cross-sectional geometric properties, three-dimensional geometric morphometrics and nonmetric traits. In line with recent advances in bioarchaeology, I am currently being trained in dental microwear analysis and the analysis of dental calculus dietary and occupational microdebris. From a geographic perspective, my projects span North Africa, Greece, and the United Kingdom, while, temporally, they cover a broad period from prehistory to medieval times. In addition, I am committed to refining the available osteological methodology, which has resulted in a number of publications evaluating broadly used methods for assessing age at death and activity patterns, and suggesting advanced statistical models for osteoarchaeological topics.

Why Sheffield

The University of Sheffield was an obvious choice for me given the strong tradition in Osteoarchaeology and Aegean Archaeology, coupled with Funerary Archaeology and Classical Studies. It simply had everything in one! Being here gave me the opportunity to contribute to teaching and mentoring as well as actively engage students to my research in Greece.

Efi's staff profile



Our Recent Fellows

Dr Marta Tenconi

Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship

Marta Tenconi - working

Research interests

Since I started at the university I have worked as archaeologist and I have dealt with conservation science and the characterization of cultural heritage; primarily focusing on Bronze Age archaeological pottery characterization and provenance analysis.

My project in Sheffield aims to illuminate commodity exchange with an emphasis on the Mycenaean world, through the detailed analysis of Transport Jars of LHIIIA-LHIIIC date, coming from the major deposits at the citadels of Tiryns and Midea. Transport jars from these sites will be analysed and diachronic variation will be investigated, tracing contact between the Argolid, Crete, the Aegean islands and the Levant both during the life of the Mycenaean Palaces and immediately after their demise.

Why Sheffield?

The Department of Archaeology of the University of Sheffield has over 20 years of experience in the scientific analysis of ceramics to answer questions of provenance, trade and exchange, interaction, technology, tradition and the transmission of culture; and an exceptional track record in high quality publications covering ceramic and composite cultural material, with a special focus on provenance. This is mostly, thank to a dedicated team of academic staff, technicians and doctoral research students.

Marta's staff profile

Dr Chiara Assunta Corbino

Marie-Curie Intra-European Fellowship

Ciara Corbino - working

Research interests

My research is mainly focused on animal husbandry and bird exploitation. I have worked as part of several international research teams as the zooarchaeologist in charge of projects in both Italy and Jordan. In Italy my studies have focused mainly on the comparison between urban and rural sites and on landscape modifications and animal exploitation.

The Marie Curie project focuses on the study of human-bird relationship at the Roman/Middle Ages transition and is based on the analysis of Italian and British avifaunal remains from archaeological sites. Questions addressed in the two areas include the development of bird husbandry techniques, the relative importance of different birds, the use of birds in ritual activities, as well as the association of birds with social status.

Why Sheffield?

The Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield is the ideal place to host a researcher in zooarchaeology. The department has a long and successful tradition of research and teaching in this field, and it has trained many currently active and distinguished zooarchaeologists, including no fewer than eight university lecturers in the field. The zooarchaeology team is a relevant and outstanding research community.

The department also has renowned staff members with specific interest and expertise in the Roman and medieval periods in Europe.

Chiara’s staff profile