One permanent position of Luminescence dating researcher is offered by the CENIEH

DEADLINE: 6 January 2020
POSITION: Luminescence dating researcher
AREA: Research
PROCEDURE: Public call by public competition


1. General guidelines
The selection process has been convened for one position of Luminescence dating researcher, a post within the structure and therefore for an indefinite term, with a trial period of six months. The selection process will be carried out through the competitive merit system, respecting the constitutional principles of equality, merit, capacity and transparency.

The date of incorporation shall be, preferably, in the second half of 2020.

2. Purpose of the contract and functions to be developed:
Within the Scientific Area, and reporting to the Research Program Coordinator: Geochronology and Geology, the researcher will undertake the following tasks, among others:

  • To develop the luminescence dating line of research, maintaining the capacities and characteristics of the laboratory up to date, as well as methods to enhance the analytic capacity in the field of geochronology.
  • To this end, they shall bear the following responsabilities:
    • Supervise and direct the research activities of the Luminescence Laboratory.
    • Create and implant new analytical protocols
    • Conduct and supervise the development and implantation of the dating method
    • Create and implant new analytical protocols
    • Conduct and supervise the development and implantation of the dating method
    • Supervise and direct the research activities of the Luminescence Laboratory
    • Create and implant new analytical protocols
    • In coordination with the Laboratory technician:
      • Collaborate in providing services to users of the infrastructure and technical advice about the use and applications of the available usableand appropriate instrumental techniques, supporting the services. Advise, when requested, on the compilation of reports, and co-sign themwhere applicable
      • Comply with good laboratory safety and hygiene practices. Collaborate on the efficacy and continuous improvement of the Laboratory through its Quality Management System. Carry out correct waste management, when appropriate. Participate in the training, dissemination and consultancy programs of the Laboratory.
    • To give support to and to facilitate the work of the Laboratory Manager.
    • To lead and/or participate in competitive and singular grants of public or private funding, and/or contracts. To attract external funding that support and enhance the line of research.
    • Training and development of in-training research personnel, supervision of doctoral theses and master’s dissertations, tutoring, participation in master’s and training courses for university personnel, etc…
    • Scientific publications, emphasizing quality over quantity: SCI and non-SCl papers, books, book chapters, etc…
    • Scientific dissemination of their research: participation in conferences, organization of congresses, workshops, events, etc…
    • Collaboration on the international profile of the Center: collaborations with centers of prestige, integration into international networks, etc..

3. Requirements of candidates:
Minimum requirements that applicants must meet on the day of the deadline for submission ofapplications:

  • Doctorate in Geological Sciences, Physics, Chemistry or other areas related to the study of human evolution and Quaternary chronostratigraphy.

Requirements,among others, to be evaluated in the selection process:

  • Post-doctoral research experience in the field of luminescence dating in relationto human evolution and Quaternary chronostratigraphy.
  • Documented experience and technical skills in the use of luminescence instruments.
  • Advanced level of scientific-technical English (B2). ln the event that Spanish is not the applicant’s mother tongue, a commitment to learn Spanish within a period of no more than 1 year from their incorporation.
  • Personal skills and ability to interact and collaborate with scientists, technicians or users from different disciplines. Capacity to adapt to the organization and procedures of the Center and the ICTS (Singular Scientific and Technical lnfrastructure).

4. Applications:
Those who would like to participate in this process should send the following documentation, indicating the reference of the position applied for, via the CENIEH website, by email to the address, or else by regular mail to the address: Paseo Sierra de Atapuerca, 3  09002 Burgos, Spain:

Curriculum vitae including the experience required
Doctoral degree certificate for its consideration in the selection process.
Research Statement (maximum 2 pages) including projects and research plans to be conducted at the CENIEH if appointed to the post, and including its compatibility with the support required for the Laboratory services.
Employment history issued by the Tesorería de la Seguridad Social, or equivalent certificates for those who have worked in another country
Two letters of reference
DNI or passport

Applications may be submitted at any time up to January 6th 2020 inclusive.

Failure to submit the afore mentioned documentation will result in the exclusion of the candidate, although any defect in the documentation can be correct in the new term given. For purposes of the evaluation process, only the information included in the curriculum vitae on the closing date of the deadline for submitting applications will be taken into account. Subsequent update of information included in these documents will not be possible.