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Research Fellow, - Ref:1791023
UCL Department / Division
Location of position
(inclusive of London allowance)
£35,328 - £42,701 per annum
Duties and Responsibilities
The UCL Institute of Archaeology is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to support the work of the Central Asian Archaeological Landscapes (CAAL) project.
Reporting to Tim Williams, the Principal Investigator, the Research Fellow will undertake a number of activities to support the documentation, digitisation and open access dissemination of archeological information from across the vast Central Asian region. The project will draw together archaeological data from existing archives, country-based monument records, remote-sensing, field surveys, and other research databases, to create a Historic Environment Record for the whole region. The post-holder will be expected to contribute to the authorship of papers and reports on a diverse range of Central Asian archaeological and heritage related topics and themes. The Research Fellow will also assist the project team in assessing the impact of the project, and with the intellectual design and logistical support of a series of planned workshops across the region.
The post is available until 30 September 2023 (in the first instance).
The Research Fellow will have a PhD in archaeology or a related field. They will have demonstrated knowledge of and research experience in Central Asian archaeology. They will have experience in computational and/or digital approaches in archaeology and in remote sensing and GIS (ideally ArcGIS, and/or QGIS). They will also have experience in archaeological field documentation and in using and maintaining databases.
The Research Fellow will also have the proven ability to undertake research of the highest quality, with a strong publications record for the career stage.
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UCL INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY
Arcadia funded Central Asian Archaeological Landscapes (CAAL) project
Applications are now being sought for a full-time Research Fellow to support the work of the Central Asian Archaeological Landscapes (CAAL) project at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. The project has been made possible by the generosity of Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin (https://www.arcadiafund.org.uk/).
Reporting to Tim Williams, the principal investigator, the Research Fellow will undertake a number of activities to support the documentation, digitisation and open access dissemination of archaeological information from across the vast Central Asian region. The project will draw together archaeological data from existing archives, country-based monument records, remote-sensing, field surveys, and other research databases, to create a Historic Environment Record for the whole region. The resulting datasets will reside in individual country databases, and within an over-arching open access online geospatial inventory. The Research Fellow will be part of a team of five Research Fellow and a number of Graduate Research Assistants based at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, and over forty staff locally employed across Central Asia.
The post is available until 30 September 2023 (in the first instance).
BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT
UCL Institute of Archaeology
UCL Institute of Archaeology (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/) is one of the leading academic departments of archaeology in the UK and globally. The Institute is the largest department in its field in the UK, with an international graduate research community, and the broadest range of coverage of any UK department. It offers a uniquely stimulating environment for the study of all fields of archaeology, and related areas of museum studies and heritage. With 60+ research-active staff pursuing high-quality research across five continents, the Institute is at the international forefront in all aspects of archaeology and heritage studies.
Research centres and partners
The CAAL project is based in the International Research Centre for Silk Roads Archaeology and Heritage (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/research/silk-roads), is a joint initiative between UCL Institute of Archaeology and Northwest University (NWU) School of Cultural Heritage and Culture, Xi'an, Peoples Republic of China. The CAAL project is a partnership between institutions from the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Republic of Uzbekistan, and the People's Republic of China (Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region). It also includes the International Institute for Central Asian Studies (http://www.unesco-iicas.org/),
based in Samarkand, and the ICOMOS International Conservation Centre Xi'an (http://www.iicc.org.cn/Channel.aspx?ChId=2).
DETAILS OF THE POST
From megacities to religious sites, from nomadic camps to burial mounds, from mountain forts to complex water management systems, there is an astounding range of archaeological heritage across Central Asia. While many of these sites are already protected by state legislation, a very significant number are not. A vast range of heritage is rapidly disappearing through recent urban expansion, changing agricultural practices, rural depopulation, and the effects of climate change. The project will create a comprehensive online digital inventory, adopting the open-source Arches inventory package (https://www.archesproject.org/) developed by the Getty Conservation Institute and the World Monuments Fund. This will provide a platform for a better understanding of the full range of archaeological heritage across the region, fostering its research, management and protection.
This post will undertake a series of tasks including liaison with the large team of local project staff, working across the Central Asian region; undertaking field survey and documentation, including capacity building of local participants; the digitisation of archaeological archives; desktop research using satellite images; open access database development and publication. The post holder will be expected to contribute to the authorship of papers and reports on a diverse range of Central Asian archaeological and heritage related topics and themes. The Research Fellow will also assist the team in assessing the impact of project, and with the intellectual design and logistical support of a series of planned workshops across the region.
The Research Fellow will be required to:
1. Assist in facilitating effective communication between the UCL team and the large body of local staff engaged in the project across the Central Asian region.
2. Assist in training local staff, including undertaking field documentation projects across the region.
3. Monitoring the quality of the locally scanned archival data, prior to its addition to the Arches inventory.
4. Undertake research of published sources on Central Asian archaeology (especially in European/American sources); prepare annotated bibliographies; undertake satellite image and aerial photographic research to explore site locations and identify possible new sites; link these data to the Open Access Arches inventory.
5. Undertake analysis and research on the archaeological sites discovered in terms of distribution, period, significance, assessment of threats and potential threats. Contribute to the identification of solutions for the future management of the most significant sites.
6. Organise, catalogue and archive datasets arising from this research.
7. Assist with the analysis of the data, preparing papers for publication on issues related to the region and/or the technical processes.
8. Assist with the organisation and intellectual design of associated events, conferences, symposia, and workshops.
9. Contribute to social and digital media communications regarding the project.
10. Liaise with external bodies, especially other Universities, regarding potential collaborations and exchange of data.
11. Represent the project, including attending and presenting at conferences, workshops and other events.
12. Travel (nationally and internationally) to undertake training, conduct fieldwork, and attend conferences, workshops and other meetings.
13. Assist in developing ideas for generating research income.
To undertake relevant training to keep informed of current issues, policies, procedures and legislation.
Maintain an awareness and observation of Fire, Health and Safety Regulations.
In carrying out the above duties, the appointee is expected to adhere to UCL policies including Financial Regulations. The appointee will be expected to carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
Institute of Archaeology
Knowledge and experience
PhD in archaeology or a related discipline
Demonstrated knowledge of and research experience in Central Asian archaeology
Knowledge of and research experience of prehistoric Central Asia
Experience in computational and/or digital approaches in archaeology
Experience in using and maintaining databases
Experience in remote sensing and GIS (ideally ArcGIS, and/or QGIS)
Experience in archaeological field documentation
Proven ability to undertake research of the highest quality, with a strong publications record for career stage
Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), Outlook, email and internet
Excellent command of English, written and oral
Oral command of a modern Turkic language, Russian or Chinese
Knowledge of other European languages
Experience with the use of digital and social media communications channels and website content management systems (CMS)
Excellent interpersonal communication skills
Ability and willingness to travel (nationally and internationally) and to work flexibly to support the activities of the project
Ability to work on own initiative and independently, as well as within a team
Ability to be resourceful and co-ordinate work between multiple tasks
Please submit an online application at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs/
You will need to create an account and follow the procedure for online application.
Your application should include a CV, stating your academic and employment history and any additional relevant skills.
Please also include a cover letter or personal statement, outlining your reasons for applying and why you think that you are a strong candidate for the post. Please provide a clear statement in response to each of the selection criteria, which shows how your qualifications, experience and training fit each of them. Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion.
Please note that uploaded attachments must be contained in one document (supported formats include word and PDF).
Please include the names and contact details (including email) of at least two referees. Please indicate whether we can contact your referees without further permission from you in advance of the interview date.
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