The University of the Highlands and Islands is the United Kingdom’s leading integrated university encompassing both further and higher education. Based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, our distinctive partnership of 13 independent colleges and research institutions is locally based and rooted in communities, but with national and international reach, as part of a regional university structure.

To support our work we are recruiting to the following role:

Postdoctoral Researcher (LIFTE)

Salary range £31,134 - £36,092 per annum
DurationFixed term for 12 months
Working hours35 hours per week
LocationOrkney College
Closing DateSunday 7 March 2021

This post is part of a three-year AHRC/DFG funded project: Looking In From The Edge (LIFTE), The impact of international commercialization on north-west Europe’s peripheral communities 1468-1712: production, commerce and consumption in Orkney and Shetland. The appointee will work with Dr Ingrid Mainland and Dr Jen Harland, based at the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute in Kirkwall, Orkney.

The appointee will be required to contribute to a synthesis and analysis of published zooarchaeological, archaeobotanical and palynological data sets for 15th- to 18th-century settlements in the Northern Isles. They will be required to undertake primary zooarchaeological analysis of material from the Northern Isles, and they will collate these data and will look for chronological and spatial patterning relating to exchange, production and consumption. The appointee will work with volunteers and the post will include processing of environmental material.

The appointee will possess a relevant doctorate and be able to demonstrate a good working understanding of mammalian zooarchaeology, quantification and analysis. Specialist training in fish, bird, and marine shell will be provided if necessary. Knowledge of British environmental archaeology would be an advantage. Good verbal and written communication skills are essential, as is the ability work effectively both alone and as part of a team.

A detailed job description and person specification for the post are attached.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Ingrid Mainland (Senior Lecturer) and Jen Harland (Lecturer) with informal questions by email at and

Interviews will be held week commencing Monday 22 March 2021, by video conferencing.

If you have any queries about the application process please contact the Personnel Office at or on 01463 279239.