Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow, Archaeology

Southampton, United Kingdom
£31,406 to £48,835
26 Nov 2021
End of advertisement period
09 Dec 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Location:  Avenue Campus
Salary:   £31,406 to £48,835
Full Time Fixed Term (24 months)
Closing Date:  Thursday 09 December 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1613421AR

Applications are invited for the position of Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow to take part in one of the five ‘Discovery Projects’ funded by the AHRC as part of the Towards a National Collection Programme for three years from December 2021.  'Unpath'd Waters'  aims to make maritime heritage data (collections of charts, documents, images, film, oral histories, sonar surveys, seismic data, archaeological investigations and artefacts) more easily accessible to the public.   The team at Southampton is led by Professor Fraser Sturt (Archaeology) and Professor Age Chapman (Electronics and Computer Science) and will work on leveraging advances in artificial intelligence to widen search and discovery capabilities across and between collections.  This will involve working closely with co-investigators and project partners from the breadth of the heritage sector.  

The successful candidate will have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Computer Science or Archaeological Computing. Part of the ethos of the project centres on community and skills development; as such we recognise that candidates may come from a variety of backgrounds (e.g., computer scientist not familiar with archaeological data, or archaeologist not as familiar with AI-based search techniques). As such, training will be provided to enable candidates to gain critical skills.  The level of appointment (Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow) will be dependent on experience, fit and track record. The post will be available for two years in the first instance.  

Depending on experience the position will be appointed at either a Senior Research Fellow (Grade, 5:£39,739 - £48,835) or Research Fellow (Grade 4: £31,406 - £38,587).

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Annabelle Trimm (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1613421AR on all correspondence.

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