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.

Louise Iles -

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship

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Research interests

My research examines the establishment and spread of iron metallurgy in the Old World. Iron production has been an increasingly important component of society for the past 3000 years or so, and continues to play a critical role in the shaping of social and natural landscapes. My project - funded by The Leverhulme Trust - develops an innovative method to explore the chronology of early iron production, to enable a closer investigation of the mechanisms of technological expansion and the impact of iron production 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.

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Michael Wallace -

University of Sheffield Research Fellowship

Research interestsMichael Wallace

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.

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Maaike Groot -

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship

Research interestsMaaike

Maaike is a zooarchaeologist with a strong interest in the Iron Age and Roman period. Her main interests are human-animal relationships, the agricultural economy, town-country interactions, animal health and the use of animals in ritual practice.

Why Sheffield?

What I love about the department is the friendliness and approachability of everyone I have met so far, mostly the zooarch team and the other post-docs that I share an office with. And it feels like a luxury to have a large team of zooarchaeologists to discuss ideas with.

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Lenny Salvagno -

Gerda Henkel Fellowship

Research interests Image of Lenny Salvagno

Pigs have always played an essential role in the development of human economy and society over the centuries but this role has rarely been acknowledged. Of particular interest is the transition between the Late (1400-1500 AD) and Post Medieval periods (1500-1750 AD) in England as it is in this period that some of the mechanisms of breed selection and livestock improvement which have so deeply influenced modern domestic pig populations, have their roots.

Why Sheffield?

I chose to base my project at the Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield because its strong tradition in research in the Medieval and Post Medieval periods with internationally renowned scholars (Dr. Hugh Willmott, Senior Lecturer in European Historical Archaeology; Dr. Umberto Albarella, Reader in Zooarchaeology and Professor John Moreland, Professor of Medieval Archaeology). In particular, the support I am receiving from Dr. Albarella (my advisor for this project) who has extensive experience and knowledge in the field of Zooarchaeology, with a particular interest in the medieval period in England. His expertise is invaluable both on a research as well as on a personal level.

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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, Professor Paul Halstead, 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.

Our Recent Fellows

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.

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Dr Miguel Del Pino

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.

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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.

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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.

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