Scientist position (full time) in Pleistocene Archaeology

Archaeological Research Centre and Museum for Human Behavioural Evolution MONREPOS


The Römisch-Germanische Zentralmuseum (RGZM), a foundation under public law, is an internationally operative Leibniz Research Institute and Museum for Archaeology located in Mainz, Germany.

For the Archaeological Research Centre and Museum for Human Behavioural Evolution MONREPOS, located in Neuwied, we seek to immediately fill

a Scientist position (full time) in

Pleistocene Archaeology

(EG 13 TV-L)


The length of the appointment is 6 years (3 + 3) with an option for a permanent employment after a successful evaluation.


About the RGZM:

The RGZM is a globally operating archaeological research institute and museum of the Leibniz association with a headquarter in Mainz and two other locations in Neuwied and Mayen. Since its foundation in 1852 it dedicates itself to the material legacy of humankind from the Pleistocene to the Middle Ages aiming to understand human behavior and action as well as the development and transformation of societies. To this end, the RGZM maintains in addition to laboratories for archaeological science, traceology and restoration a variety of research infrastructures, including collections, one of the largest specialist libraries for archaeology in Europe and extensive archives. This infrastructure supports research, teaching, and knowledge transfer at national and international levels. As Leibniz-Research Museum knowledge transfer via publications, events, exhibitions and educational programs is a central part of the RGZMs working program.


The MONREPOS Archaeological Research Centre and Museum for Human Behavioural Evolution is a part of the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum (RGZM), Leibniz Research Institute for Archaeology. Situated at Monrepos Castle near Neuwied in the Central Rhineland of Germany, the Centre examines the historical processes of the evolution of hominin behaviour through the contextualized and interdisciplinary study of Pleistocene and early Holocene material remains. Research currently focuses on 3 main topics:

  • Hominin behavioural strategies in interglacial environments
  • Hominin diet
  • Organisation of social units in the Upper and Late Palaeolithic and Mesolithic

Department languages are German and English.

Your area of responsibility:

  • independent planning and execution of research projects and excavations in Pleistocene Archaeology
  • applications for third-party funds
  • publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • active participation in international conferences
  • contribute to outreach activities of the institute (

Your profile:

You have a doctoral degree in Palaeolithic/Early Holocene Archaeology, preferably have a focus on the Lower and/or Middle Palaeolithic, a track record on innovative approaches to the field and a strong record in publications in peer-reviewed journals.

The ideal candidate has experience with third-party research projects and collaboration in international excavations. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and coordination skills are needed. Experience in teaching and knowledge of German would be desirable.


We offer:

We are an interdisciplinary, internationally operating research institute and museum of the Leibniz Association with four locations. We offer employment in accordance with the collective agreement for the civil service of employees in pay group 13 if the personal and collective agreement requirements are met ( We also provide an additional company pension scheme (VBL). In addition to these, we offer you the opportunity to pursue a varied, challenging job in a high-performance, motivated and friendly team.


Further information to the post:

We promote equal opportunities for women and men as well as the compatibility of family and work. The RGZM is certified according to audit berufundfamilie.

Severely disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude will be given preferential consideration (please enclose documentary evidence!).

We look forward to receiving your complete application (including a cover letter, mission statement, CV and references) by mail by 01.09.2021 to

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser (

Costs incurred in association with your application cannot be reimbursed.