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Remote Sensing Digital Data Co-ordinator & Project Manager (Fixed term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

The McDonald Institute invites applications for a three-year, full-time, Remote Sensing Digital Data Coordinator & Project Manager generously supported by Arcadia - a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin (

Key tasks will include: coordinating the implementation of an international, multi-partner project aimed using remote sensing technologies and archive digitization to map archaeological and other heritage sites across eight sub-Saharan countries, and producing an Open Access database of this information; establishing, developing and maintaining appropriate administration systems and procedures to help ensure the project is delivered on time, to budget and to the required quality standards; producing detailed project outlines, plans and reports; organizing and facilitating contributions from project partners and other stakeholders, and developing training materials and protocols, papers and publications in line with best practice and project objectives.

Additional duties are likely to include identification of archaeological sites and monuments through the use of remote sensing analyses and desk-based research on existing sites; assisting with ground-based verification fieldwork; organizing project meetings and training workshops with partners and collaborators.

The post is likely to involve regular international travel to different parts of Africa.

Applicants must have a PhD/DPhil in some aspect of the Archaeology (or a closely related and relevant subject) of sub-Saharan Africa with relevant field and/or heritage management experience; or, hold a MSc/MA/MPhil degree in archaeology, geography, heritage studies or a related field with extensive post-degree work experience in remote sensing analysis. Applicants should also have a proven record of international research project management and accomplishment in research using remote sensing and GIS technologies within an archaeological or heritage setting.

Ability and willingness to travel (nationally and internationally) and to work flexibly to support the activities of the project is essential, and experience of using Arches and delivering training courses are especially desirable.

Starting date: 1st September 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.

We particularly welcome applications from women and candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

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Please include details of three referees.

Applications are a two-stage process (see further particulars by following the link below for details). Please do not apply without consulting the further particulars as these give you essential information about the procedure and the documents you need to submit. Informal inquiries may be addressed to Professor Paul Lane (

Please quote reference JD23104 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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