Sponsored PhD in Roman Ceramic Building Material

Cotswold Archaeology invites applicants for a sponsored PhD (full time or part time) in the field of Roman Ceramic Building Material (CBM) at a British university. We will consider any proposal within this field. The project does not have to be artefact based but could, for example, explore production or distribution or economics or touch on all of these. The research should aim to generate results that would have general applicability, thus proposals based on the material from a single site might struggle to meet this objective. The purpose of the sponsorship is help develop the study of Roman CBM so proposals that focus purely on areas that have already been extensively studied, for example fabric analysis, would be less likely to be successful. Proposals that draw on material from outside Britain would be welcomed but the practicability of this work would need to be considered.

The successful applicant will be responsible for making the arrangements with his/her chosen university although Cotswold Archaeology will offer assistance in so far as it is able. The sponsorship will pay all university fees; provide an allowance for research expenses and make a contribution of £12,000 per annum towards living expenses over a 3-year period. These details will be discussed at the interview.

Applicants can be any age and do not need to be currently studying at university or working in commercial archaeology. There is no requirement for the successful applicant to become employed by Cotswold Archaeology.

Please send us a brief CV; a short statement outlining why you want to study for a PhD and how it fits into your career plans (up to 500 words); your research proposal (not more than 1000 words) and any initial thoughts you have about which university you would like to study at. Please submit by email to careers@cotswoldarchaeology.co.uk or by post to HR Department, Cotswold Archaeology, Building 11, Kemble Enterprise Park, Cirencester, Glos GL7 6BQ by midday on Monday 14 December 2020. Interviews will be held in December 2020 or January 2021 and the successful candidate will be expected to have commenced their research by autumn 2021.