The team of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) project “Meaningful sherds: sigillata from pre-consumption deposits” (project number P 34600-G) is advertizing one three-year job position.

The successful candidate, supported by a student assistant, will be responsible for the documentation and scientific processing of a Terra Sigillata assemblage from Bregenz (Austria).

The assemblage is composed of ca. 400–500 vessels of mainly middle Gaulish provenance (2nd century AD) and is identifiable as remains of a pottery shop or store-room. Moreover, the candidate’s research shall contribute to actual theoretical debates on Terra Sigillata (keyword material culture studies). In concrete terms, a comparative study between the deposit in question and other Terra Sigillata assemblages from Bregenz with other pre-consumption deposits of the Roman Empire is envisaged in order to investigate (further) a. their characteristics (to distinguish them from settlement rubbish and household inventories), b. potential regional and/or chronological features, c. functional composition (form groups), and finally d. the trading mechanisms of Terra Sigillata (selection processes from the kiln site to the destinations, networks of potters). To answering these questions, traditional literature studies, as well as computer-based statistical analyses, are necessary.

The future position holder should have the willingness to present preliminary results of the project independently as well as in the team at conferences and in form of papers. Furthermore, they shall help in the organization and realization of workshops and other events connected with the research project. The knowledge and results obtained in the course of the project work can be used for a Ph.D. thesis. The doctorate is supported but does not constitute the content of the advertised position.


– MA-degree in Archaeology of the Roman Provinces, Classical Archaeology or Prehistory
– experience in the documentation and scientific processing of – ideally ceramic – find material
– willingness to deal with theoretical approaches of material culture studies
– high writing literacy
– high capacity for teamwork
– excellent command of German and very good English skills (working language in the project is German, English is required for literature study, conference presentations, and papers)
– good IT user skills (see below)

Meaningful sherds: info

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 19.07.2021, mentioning reference number 12118.

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For information on this project see („Forschung“ – Univ.-Ass. Mag. Mag. Dr. Julia Kopf)

Duration of employment: 3 years (from 1st October 2021)

Extent of Employment: 30 hours/week