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Senior Research Associate (0.97fte) (RA1571)
Location: SRU - Sainsbury Research Unit
Job Type: Part-Time
Category: Research & Analogous (RA)
Closing Date: 31.01.2019
Date Posted: 07.12.2018
FACULTY OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES
SAINSBURY RESEARCH UNIT FOR THE ARTS OF AFRICA, OCEANIA & THE AMERICAS
Senior Research Associate (0.97fte) (RA1571)
Fixed term to 13 October 2022
£33,199 to £39,609 per annum, pro rata
The post holder will be an integral member of an international team providing support on a multi-year archaeological project researching ancient Peru, and will work closely with Dr George Lau of the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania & the Americas.
Applicants will hold a doctorate in archaeology or a closely-related field with relevant skills and methods. Experience and skills in archaeological fieldwork are essential and previous experience in Andean South America would be beneficial. Excellent knowledge of Spanish (including writing and speaking) is required, and a suitable track record in research dissemination and outreach are desirable. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate how their involvement in the project would fit in with their career path, past and future.
This post is available from 6 May 2019 on a part-time (0.97fte), fixed term basis to 13 October 2022.
Closing Date: 31 January 2019.
Contact Name: Dr George Lau
Telephone: 01603 593198
FACULTY OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES
SAINSBURY RESEARCH UNIT FOR THE ARTS OF AFRICA, OCEANIA &
SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (0.97fte, fixed term to 13 October 2022)
• Ref: RA1571
The post holder will be an integral member of an international team to provide
support on a multi-year archaeological project researching ancient Peru, and
will work closely with Dr George Lau of the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts
of Africa, Oceania & the Americas.
Applicants will hold a doctorate in archaeology or a closely-related field with
relevant skills and methods. Experience and skills in archaeological fieldwork
are essential and previous experience in Andean South America would be
beneficial. Excellent knowledge of Spanish (including writing and speaking) is
required, and a suitable track record in research dissemination and outreach
are desirable. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate how their involvement
in the project would fit in with their career path, past and future.
This post is available from 6 May 2019 on a part-time (0.97fte), fixed term basis
to 13 October 2022.
Dr George Lau, an Andean archaeologist from the Sainsbury Research Unit at
the University of East Anglia, has been awarded an Arts and Humanities
Research Council grant to study ancient political organisation in northern Peru,
ca. AD 1-300. The project is co-led by Dr David Chicoine (Louisiana State
University, USA), who received complementary support by the National Science
Foundation, as part of the joint UK-USA Two-Way Lead Agency (RCUK-SBE)
research grant scheme.
The project, entitled ‘Rise of Divine Lordships in the Ancient Andes: Ancestors
and Polity in Northern Peru’, will run for four years from 14 October 2018. It
feeds into the cross-regional, interdisciplinary focus of the Sainsbury Research
Unit and the UEA, in general, and also connects to key global concerns: religion
in political authority,complex societies and archaeological heritage. The main
aim is to examine the early record of divine lordships, a form of leadership which
took hold during the first centuries AD and transformed the political landscape
in ancient Peru. These native polities were based on social ranking and
corporate descent groups headed by special leaders who held power as godlike,
ancestral beings. Despite the prevalence of divine lordships across the
world, very little is known about their emergence.
The project highlights the growth of such polities in two neighbouring regions of
northern Ancash, Peru. Four main factors appear to have been crucial in their
rise: intensified resource control; warrior leadership; rival factions;
ancestralisation of leaders. Data to examine these factors will be acquired
through a multi-year plan of fieldwork and analysis, including valley-wide
settlement survey, mapping, excavations and post-excavation studies.
Lordships should show evidence of segmentary organisation, elaborate burial
linked to ancestor veneration, and attendant wealth differences. We aim to study
these patterns in large walled compounds, the palatial spaces of kin groups at
the seats of power. Because new residential and mortuary buildings appeared
in both areas almost simultaneously, our project can clarify their codevelopment.
Led by the Principal Investigators, the core team will consist of a Senior
Research Associate (the post described here), two Peruvian archaeologists,
local research technicians and international student participation; ancillary
artefact studies with colleagues are also planned. The project team will work
regularly with local authorities, towns and museums in Peru. In addition to
scholarly outputs, wider impact includes capacity-building in Peru: adding
collections and sharing data at regional museums; transferring knowledge for
site protection, heritage management & public exhibitions. It also offers many
student and researcher opportunities, especially for those based in UK, Peru,
and North America.
The project, overall, is an exciting opportunity to research ancient Andean
cultures that underwent large-scale, regional political change. It charts the
material record for early political leadership and contributes directly to general
theory about the emergence of social complexity in the Americas and beyond.
It also examines topical themes in the sciences and humanities, and resonates
with current events - charismatic leadership; wealth inequality; conflict; political
For an informal discussion please contact Dr George Lau
The job description for this post is attached as Appendix A.
The person specification for this post is attached as Appendix B.
Salary will be £33,199 to £39,609 per annum, pro rata for part-time, on Grade 7
on the single salary spine. The normal expectation is that starting salary will be
at the minimum of the advertised salary scale.
The post is available from 6 May 2019 on a part-time basis (0.97fte) for a fixed
term period to 13 October 2022.
Terms and Conditions of Appointment
Full details of terms and conditions of employment for Research and Analogous
Staff will be made available to the candidate to whom the appointment is offered.
Annual Leave Entitlement
There is an annual holiday entitlement of six weeks plus statutory (8 days) and
customary (6 days) holidays, pro rata for part-time.
The post is superannuable under the Universities Superannuation Scheme.
Proof of Qualifications
The person specification for this post lists qualifications that are essential and/or
desirable and you may hold some or all of these qualifications. Please note that
if you are offered the appointment you will be asked to provide original
certificates of these educational and professional qualifications. Please DO
NOT provide these with your application.
Entitlement to Work in the United Kingdom
If you are shortlisted for interview you will be asked to bring to interview original
documentary evidence of permission to work in the UK in line with a list of
acceptable documents which we will provide to shortlisted candidates when
invited for interview. Please DO NOT provide this with your application.
This vacancy is eligible for sponsorship under Tier 2 and, where appropriate,
the University will apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship. Non-EEA workers who
do not have residency status within the UK and will require entry clearance or
further leave to remain should familiarise themselves with the Tier 2 (General)
Occupational Health Assessment
Appointment will be subject to a satisfactory Occupational Health Assessment
to be carried out by the University’s Occupational Health Service.
APPLICATION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS
To apply for this vacancy, please follow the online instructions at:
Your completed application and CV should be submitted by 31 January 2019.
All communication with candidates regarding their applications will be by email.
Please check your emails (and spam folder) regularly.
Please note that feedback will not normally be provided to those applicants who
are not shortlisted for this post.
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
Please note that an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form must be completed
and returned with ALL applications, whether submitted by post or by email. If
submitted by email, the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form must be sent as a
separate document/attachment to the Application Form.
The Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form will be detached from the received
application before short-listing takes place and will not form any part of either
the short-listing or decision making process.
In naming referees in your application, you are requested to give only those who
can immediately be approached and one of these must be your current
employer, or if not employed your most recent employer.
It is anticipated that interviews and presentations will take place in the week
commencing 11 March 2019 and candidates who have not heard by this date
should assume their application has been unsuccessful.
Successful shortlisted candidates may be notified of their interview times by
telephone and/or email and it is therefore essential you include both of these in
Candidates should note that travel and incidental expenses incurred in
attending the interview will not be reimbursed.
This document is available in alternative formats e.g.
large print, disc and on-line. If you need this document
in an alternative format please contact us on 01603
Job Title: Senior Research Associate
Grade: Grade 7
Department: Sainsbury Research Unit
Reporting to: Dr George F Lau, SRU
PURPOSE OF ROLE
The position is for a Senior Research Associate, who will be an integral
member of a joint UK-USA research project team investigating early political
complexity in ancient Peru. This post is supported by an RCUK-SBE (AHRCNSF)
grant awarded to the Principal Investigators, Dr George Lau and Dr David
Chicoine. The successful applicant will provide postdoctoral level research
assistance to the project and will be based at the Sainsbury Research Unit,
UEA, working closely with Dr Lau and having regular contact with the rest of
the core project team. A willingness to travel is crucial as the post will involve
fieldwork, data collection/analyses, and outreach activities in Peru, as well as
attendance at conferences and research events in the UK and abroad. The
post holder will develop valuable credentials, experience and networks over
the period of the contract.
MAIN DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Assist Principal Investigators in setting up and leading the field projects;
and provide technical expertise and oversight of field teams in temporary
periods when the PIs are unavailable on-site.
Coordinate with project partners (museums, universities, municipalities)
to develop and hold outreach activities (e.g., talks, site visits, small
exhibitions, posters) for presenting project findings, especially in Peru.
Help oversee field logistics in Peru and UK (e.g, permissions, scheduling,
report completion, personnel, storage, project accounting).
Carry out independent research along lines agreed with the PIs,
contributing to the overall project research direction while developing
own research profile.
Help organise project data (artefact spreadsheets/databases; digital
imagery; maps and drawings).
Monitor and ensure comparability between the project’s two regional
Contribute to project dissemination and publications; help organise and
participate in scholarly and public conferences both in the UK and
Help project’s administrative assistant, based at UEA, with practical
arrangements and project information (esp. scheduling, travel,
communications about workflows/activities).
Enhance the Sainsbury Research Unit’s intellectual and teaching
community and impact (e.g., occasional class lectures, departmental
seminars, social events).
All role holders are expected to undertake such other appropriate duties as may
Post title: Senior Research Associate (Ref: RA1571)
Prepared by: George Lau
Date: December 2018
CRITERIA Essential Desirable
Doctorate in archaeology or
closely related field
Archaeological fieldwork skills –
ability to conduct the proposed
fieldwork, including fieldwalking,
excavations, recording &
Planning and organisational
Demonstrated ability to complete
high quality research studies
Track record of or strong potential
for published work
Strong background in
Andean and/or Pre-
Experience in liaising with
Research expertise/topic that fits
and enhances the project, which
can be developed as RA’s own
Excellent command of English
and Spanish, both written and
skills in English and Spanish
Very good IT and computing skills
Proven ability to help lead and
instruct students/volunteers in the
Experience in report writing
Knowledge of mapping,
spatial analysis & recording
techniques (total station,
drone use, digital
Experience in statistical
Familiarity with vector-based
Experience with museum
protocols (collections study,
Facility with social media
(e.g., Twitter, Facebook,
Professionalism and integrity
Flexibility and resourcefulness
Initiative and the ability to work
Ability to work well as team
Ability to deliver results to
Ability to travel internationally
(especially to Peru and UK) and
contribute integrally to field
projects working in rural Peru
Ability to use a laptop
Work experience in remote,
underdeveloped areas, often
without customary amenities
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ability and willingness to travel (especially UK and Peru)