Invitation to apply for the position of Assistant, Themes in Contemporary Archaeology series (THEMES)

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Themes in Contemporary Archaeology series (THEMES), published by the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA), is seeking to appoint an Assistant from March 2022.


The Themes in Contemporary Archaeology Series provides cutting edge perspectives on key areas of debate in current archaeological enquiry, with a particular emphasis on European archaeology. The Series has a broad coverage, encompassing all archaeological periods and all approaches.

The volumes are based on research presented at Annual Meetings of the European Association of Archaeologists. They include proceedings of individual sessions, which can be enlarged if necessary to provide coherence for publication. Each volume undergoes a strict peer-review process, ensuring volumes of high quality that capture current debates in the field.

The Series Editors are Peter Attema, Agathe Reingruber and Robin Skeates.

THEMES Assistant Profile

Overall purpose of role

Support the Series Editors: the main responsibility is to guide and track volumes in the Series through the publication process. This entails ongoing contacts with book editors and authors in the Series regarding practical matters such as handling publication agreements, author contracts, implementing EAA’s style guide and supporting the Series Editors with peer reviewing the volumes. The work also includes contacts with the Series publisher as well as writing yearly reports for EAA.

Main duties and responsibilities

  1. Support the Series Editors for Themes in contemporary archaeology.
  2. Guide volume Editors and authors during the publication process.
  3. Assist the Series Editors with arranging the peer reviewing volumes in the Series.
  4. Communicate with the Series publisher.
  5. Submit an annual report to the EAA Secretariat, and provide information on request.

Estimate of commitment

25 hours per published volume in the Series. This includes meetings with the Series Editors and writing short yearly reports to EAA. Contacts with volume editors take place throughout the year, handling of peer reviews are made when individual book manuscripts are available, whereas other work tends to concentrate around EAA’s Annual Meetings (August – September).

Required skills

  • Experience in editing and publishing process, including awareness of copyright and its application
  • Sound written English
  • Good communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Adherence to deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and meet commitments.


The Themes Assistant receives a remuneration of 500 EUR per volume. It is preferred if the Assistant is able to invoice the EAA for his/her work.

Application Procedure

If you wish to apply, please email the EAA Secretariat ( your CV and a statement no longer than 1000 words outlining your relevant experience and why you would like to become Assistant of the Series.
The deadline for the receipt of applications is 10 February 2022. Selected candidates will be interviewed online between 15 - 22 February 2022. Decision about the appointment will be communicated to applicants before 1 March 2022. The appointed Assistant is expected to start working as soon as possible thereafter. The new Assistant will receive support and training from the Series Editors, the previous Assistant and the EAA Secretariat.