Research Assistant in Archaeology

Durham, United Kingdom
Grade 6 (£26,243 per annum) pro rata
13 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
12 Oct 2018
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Archaeology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Department Of Archaeology

Grade 6 (£26,243 per annum) pro rata

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant to work on project that seeks to update and extend the Invisible Dead database, which contains evidence for mortuary practices in the Middle East (4000 BC- 400AD), and to align this with an extensive bodies of digital settlement data held by Durham and Tübingen universities The aim is to assess the degree to which evidence for the living and the dead, as recovered by archaeology, is correlated over time and space, across Syria and Northern Iraq.

The successful applicant will be expected to collect and record (predominantly from publicly available sources), the evidence required to fill key gaps in existing dataset, with a view to creating a fully contiguous record of settlement and burial data for Syria and Northern Iraq. S/he will enhance and update the Invisible Dead database, and extend its geographical coverage to embrace northern Iraq and Eastern Syria. He/she will quantify the data, undertake space-time and contextual analysis using standard techniques, and examine it against evidence for demographic change provided by settlement data. S/he will also explore ways in which the structure and user-interface of the existing database might be improved. S/he will assist in the organization of workshops at the beginning and end of the project and assist in preparation of the project publications.

This post is 0.8 time, fixed term for 6 months and is supported by the Durham-Tübingen Seedcorn Fund. The post-holder will be based in Durham, working under the supervision of Prof. G. Philip and Dr D. Lawrence, but will also spend time in Tübingen, where s/he will report to Prof P. Pfälzner.

The successful applicant will, ideally, be in post as soon as possible after 1st October 2018.

Please note: If an internal member of staff is appointed to this role on a secondment basis, for pension purposes this will be processed in line with Step-Up arrangements.

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