Part-time Laboratory Assistant, M. H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Sciences, ASCSA

Part-time Laboratory Assistant, M. H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Sciences, ASCSA
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) invites applications for a part-time position of Laboratory Assistant of the M. H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science in Athens. The American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) is one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions dedicated to the advanced study of all aspects of Greek culture, from antiquity to the present day. Founded in 1881, the ASCSA provides graduate students and scholars from 197 affiliated North American colleges, universities, and research institutions a base for research and study in Greece. The ASCSA operates two major research libraries in Athens (the Blegen Library and the Gennadius Library), supports archaeological research and excavations in the Ancient Agora of Athens, in Corinth, and elsewhere in Greece, leads in the advancement and integration of archaeological science in the research about the human past in Greece, and disseminates information about its research through an active publications program.

The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory is an active research laboratory dedicated to archaeological science in Greece. The lab provides both American and international scholars of archaeological science in the eastern Mediterranean and adjacent areas the tools and resources to answer a variety of scientifically-based questions, mainly in the fields of bioarchaeology, geoarchaeology, palaeobotany, and zooarchaeology.

General Responsibilities: The Laboratory Assistant will assist with all activities associated with the operation of an archaeological research laboratory. Activities will include, but are not limited to assisting the Laboratory Coordinator in scientific laboratory operations, equipment training and maintenance, overseeing laboratory activities of fellows and researchers, and maintaining reference collections and records.

Specific Responsibilities: Responsible for sample processing and sample analyses in the fields that WL specializes in. Assist with laboratory maintenance, including basic upkeep, cleaning, monitoring supply needs, and preparing ordering lists. Assist Laboratory coordinator in training in the use of laboratory equipment and giving technical support for fellows and other researchers. Ensure laboratory facilities and research equipment are used and maintained properly. Responsible for care and use of the laboratory’s comparative collections. Instruct ASCSA members and visitors in the use of the laboratories and collections. Provide tours of the laboratory when necessary. Perform other duties as assigned.


An undergraduate degree (EQF Level 6) in archaeology related disciplines with demonstrated experience working in laboratory and on archaeological research projects and with written and oral fluency in both English and Modern Greek.
Familiarity with working in wet lab environment and handling various types of chemicals and potential "wet" hazards.
Familiarity with sample processing and preparation for analysis, including micromorphological samples, archaeobotanical samples (charcoal, seeds, phytoliths and starches), bone, pottery, and construction materials, is preferred.
Knowledge of or ability to learn and understand instrument technology sufficient to monitor equipment technical operations.
Basic computer skills required: Microsoft Office Suite. Evidence of competence in some graphical, statistical and scientific software.
Strong organizational and communication skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
Reports to: Director of the Wiener Laboratory

Start date: 1 July, 2019

The position is part-time (6 hours per day) with possibility of becoming full-time position in the near future. Successful candidate must live and work in Athens, Greece. The American School of Classical Studies at Athens offers an excellent working environment and competitive remuneration package.

Send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and two references (only the names and contact information) to Dr. Panagiotis Karkanas, Director, Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 54 Souidias Street, GR-106-76 Athens, Greece or email application

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The ASCSA is an EO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, or disability in provision of employment opportunities and benefits.