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Closing Date
20 Sep 2020
Grade 7 - £34,804 to £40,322 per annum
University of Leicester
Full time, fixed term contract from 2 November 2020 to 31 October 2023

The School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester, are seeking to appoint Post-Doctoral Research Associate for the research team on the UKRI-funded project, Tobacco, Health and History. You will be tasked with carrying out research optimising sample analysis by developing chromatographic and mass spectrometric methods for metabonomic analysis of small molecules in archaeological material and to undertake assessment of tobacco exposure status in archaeological individuals. You will disseminate research results to academic and non-academic audiences, be active in public engagement and the development of an interdisciplinary working group. This project aims to assess the impact of the arrival and commodification of tobacco on health in post-medieval Europe. Through the development of novel biomolecular techniques and interdisciplinary dialogue it will be the first dedicated assessment of the role of tobacco in shifting disease patterns in the Post-Medieval period. Through contrasting three different societies, the project will consider how social and economic priorities of the time influenced health and the lasting ramification of these on society.


You will have a completed PhD in biochemistry/chemistry, or in a closely related discipline.

Other essential requirements:

Demonstrated expertise in the analyses of large quantities of samples.
Experience in LC MS-MS.
Competency in statistical analyses of large datasets and working with metabolomic databases.
A strong record in research and publication, suitable for career stage.
High level of proficiency in English.
Experience of working in public engagement and outreach.
Ability to work independently and to exercise own initiative where required.
Proven analytical and technical/scientific problem solving capability.


Familiarity in working with archaeological materials or hard tissues.
Ability to read and write in Spanish or Dutch (or both).
Willingness to develop knowledge in archaeology and history. 
Familiarity in working with social media and website skills.
Willingness to develop greater knowledge of digital recording techniques.

Further Information

For more details on the position and information on how to apply please see

Contact Details

Informal enquiries regarding the role can be made to Dr Sarah Inskip on