VIRTUAL LITHICS: DEVELOPING AN INDIVIDUAL-BASED MODEL (IBM) FOR THE SIMULATION OF STONE ASSEMBLAGES
The aim of this research is to is to develop a new approach, based on simulation models to strengthen inferences from prehistoric stone tool assemblages. The work of the Research Assistant will be to develop and test the simulation models.
The project will use a modelling approach to simulate the formation and survival of stone tools. The primary aim is to create model assemblages under different conditions, and provide some expectations for actual assemblages, and so understand the conditions under which they were produced. The project will use individual-based modelling (IBM) to achieve this aim, and develop and validate the model as a model as a ‘proof of concept’ pilot study.
The successful candidate will have excellent knowledge and practical experience of programming, with demonstrable experience of developing individual or agent based models. In addition, s/he will contribute to research papers, write up findings and make contributions to written reports and grant applications.
Candidates will have at least an honours degree and/or Master’s degree in Biological, Archaeological or Computer Sciences, or a related, relevant subject. Knowledge of archaeology, lithic analysis, stone tools, or prehistory would be an advantage, but is not essential.
This role is offered on a full-time, fixed-term basis for six months, although we also welcome applications from candidates who would prefer to work pro-rata on a part-time basis.
Application details at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/12873/
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.comses.net/jobs/300/