Research Engagement and ImpactFlinders’ Archaeologist off to Cambridge for a year
A Flinders archaeologist has received an international fellowship to spend a year at one of the world’s most prestigious universities. Dr Ian Moffat, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, has been awarded a Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowship to work at Cambridge University (UK) at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
This opportunity, funded by a new scheme from the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission, brings an exciting new dimension to Ian’s research into the climate history of archaeological rock shelters in South Africa and Indonesia which is supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).
Ian will be working within the McDonald Institute of Archaeology Research with Professor Charly French in the Charles McBurney Laboratory for Geoarchaeogy. Charly specialises in the use of soil micromorphology as an indicator of past climate conditions and anthropogenic activity, which aligns with Ian’s focus on applying earth science techniques with archaeology.
“I am looking forward to building and sustaining links between Cambridge and Flinders, specifically developing new partnerships and networks,” said Ian. “My focus while there will be on engagement, research outputs and taking advantage of expertise and facilities not available in Adelaide. I will also be able to share my skills with the team in Charly’s lab.”
In addition to his affiliation with the McDonald Institute Ian has also been appointed a Research Associate at Homerton College, which is celebrating the 250th anniversary of its foundation in 2018. From initially being for the education of dissenters, who were banned from Cambridge and Oxford University, it eventually joined Cambridge in 1894. The College has a flourishing multi-disciplinary research community which will provide the opportunity to develop Ian’s networks outside of his disciplinary area.
“I am really relishing the idea of immersing myself in this vibrant community to share, develop and discuss ideas,” said Ian.
Cambridge is ranked as the number 2 University by the Times Higher Education 2018 World University Rankings and has the number 1 ranked Archaeology program worldwide based on the QS World University Rankings by subject in 2016.
The Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowship is a new funding scheme administered by the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission. This new initiative has funded 50 postdoctoral fellows from across the Commonwealth to work for a year or two in any UK University. Highly skilled and highly motivated PhD graduates, whose proposed research topic is innovative, timely, and likely to lead to wider impact beyond the academic community and build research collaboration between the UK and other Commonwealth countries, are sought as applicants.