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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

The McDonald Institute invites applications for a full-time Research Assistant/Associate in Endangered African Heritage Open Access Databases, generously supported by Arcadia - a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin ( The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2024.

Applicants must have MA/MSc/MPhil or PhD/D.Phil. in Computer Science (or a related and relevant subject), or Archaeological GIS or Computational Archaeology together with experience in database design with PostGIS and/or other open-source databases, open-source GIS software such as QGIS and GRASS, and demonstrated programming experience in using Python, JavaScript, SQL, HTML, and CSS languages; using the command-line interface and GitHub repositories; and working with object-relational and/or semantic graph (RDF) database management. Knowledge of and experience with Arches will be an advantage.

Appointment at Research Associate is dependent on having a relevant PhD or equivalent experience in database design, management and associated programming, including applicants who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at Research Assistant and amended to Research Associate when the PhD is awarded).

The salary range for the Grade 7 Research Associate post is £33,309 to £40,927 per annum. This applies both to employees with a relevant PhD or relevant experience for this post. If you have not yet received your PhD, you will be appointed as a Research Assistant (the salary for Grade 5: £27,116 to £31,406 per annum) until the PhD is awarded and you are moved to grade 7 Research Associate.

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.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2024 in the first instance.

Starting date: 1 October 2022 as soon as possible thereafter.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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

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Please note that previous applicants are advised not to re-apply.

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 the project's Principal Investigator Professor Paul Lane ( or the Project Manager Dr Stefania Merlo (

Closing date for applications is 31 August 2022.

Please quote reference JC30398 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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