Department of Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena

The new Department of Archaeology at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History offers PhD opportunities in a variety of areas. If you are interested in studying or working with us, please send us an application.

The Department of Archaeology undertakes both field and laboratory research, and offers the opportunity to conduct cutting edge research in a dynamic and multidisciplinary environment.

We offer research positions for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers on a variety of topics. Key methods, regions and topics of interest are listed here:


Projects can draw on a range of methods, with in-house facilities available for stable isotope analyses, dental calculus studies, ZooMS (Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry), proteomics, residue analysis, archaeobotany, and zooarchaeology. The department also conducts archaeological excavations in various regions, and proposals involving archaeological excavation and fieldwork, as well as lithic, GIS and computational analyses are welcome.


The Department of Archaeology’s research is primarily focused on Africa, Asia and Oceania, and applications focused on these regions are encouraged.

Current advertised PhD topics

  • Island Southeast Asian archaeology
  • Central Asian archaeobotany
  • African archaeobotany
  • Ceramic residue analysis
  • ZooMS (Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry)
  • Late Pleistocene archaeology
  • Stable isotope analysis
  • Other Topics

You are also welcome to suggest your own topic of interest, provided this fits with the Department’s core interests and themes. Please visit our departments webpage for more details and access to the online application form.

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
Kahlaische Str. 10
07745 Jena

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