This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101034349, and from the State Research Agency of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation through the Program Maria de Maeztu Unit of Excellence (CEX2019-000945-M) from 2020 to 2023.


R2STAIR is a H2020-MSCA-COFUND-2020 Programme focused on Prehistory and Human Evolution studies addressing the main research areas developed at IPHES-CERCA, a Centre of Excellence from Tarragona (Spain).

You are eligible in this call if (1) you have got your doctoral degree less than 4 years prior to the deadline for applications, although some extensions can be applied by specific personal situations, (2) you have not resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the R2STAIR call deadlines (Mobility rule), and (3) you have at least two publications as first author or corresponding author in journals indexed by the Web of Science or Scopus at the time of the call deadline. Only accepted and/or published papers with a DOI are eligible.

For more information: r2staircofund@iphes.cat

The research topics comprises 7 research areas, encompassing 36 related research lines:

Zooarchaeology: Taxonomy and comparative anatomy, Taphonomy and Neo-taphonomy, Spatial analysis of marks in bone surfaces, Subsistence strategies during the Quaternary, Coevolution between hominins and carnivores as driving force in hominine subsistence behaviour.

Lithic analysis: Technological and morphometric analyses, Lithic raw materials, Gestural sequences studies, Cognition and social learning, Refit analysis and spatial distribution, Use-wear analysis, Multi-proxy analyses of residues in lithic artifacts.

Geoarchaeology: Characterization of sedimentary facies, Micromorphology, Stratigraphy and micro-stratigraphy, Petrographic characterization of lithic raw materials, Archaeostratigraphy: diachronic and synchronic cultural series.

Spatial analysis: Intra-site spatial analysis, Landscape and regional (cultural) archaeology.

Paleoecology: Paleontology-biochronology, Biogeographic modelling, Quantitative Terrestrial Paleoclimatology (Mutual Ecogeographic Range, Bioclimatic Analysis), Stable isotope analysis, Tooth wear analyses (meso- and microwear), Palinology, Anthracology, Quantitative eco-anatomy.

Paleoanthropology: Dental use-wear, Paleodiet, Post-cranial anatomy and taxonomy, 3D morphometrics, Study of hand bones, European neandertalization process.

Archeo-paleontological conservation: Characterization of bone and stone alterations, Efficiency of conservation techniques, Preventive conservation.


Process for selecting candidates:

1. General terms
2. Research Areas
3. Potential supervisors
4. Career Development Programme
5. List of Partner Organizations
6. Guide for Applicants
7. Ethics appraisal
8. R2STAIR template application form
9. R2STAIR template CV
10. R2STAIR template research project
11. R2STAIR template motivation letter
12. R2STAIR template Ethics appraisal
13. R2STAIR FAQs, v1