Appel à candidature : clôture le 21 août 2015
Post-doctoral Research Associate for REFIT project
Reference Number 4798
Location Durham City
Faculty/Division Social Sciences and Health
Grade Grade 7
Position Type Full Time
Contract Type Fixed Term
Salary (£) 31342 – 33242
Closing Date 21 August 2015
Background to the Role
Durham University (UK); the Centre Archéologique Européen Bibracte (France) and the Compultense University of Madrid (Spain) have recently been granted funding from the Joint Heritage European Programme JPI for a research project ‘REFIT: Resituating Europe’s first towns: A case study in enhancing knowledge transfer and developing sustainable management of culturallandscapes’. Through research on European Late Iron Age oppida this project focuses on understanding and engaging under-represented users of cultural heritage (SMEs/Wildlife groups/farmers). The overall aim is to explore ways of better understanding current perceptions of these landscapes whilst developing novel strategies to integrate and engage non-archaeological heritage partners and other stakeholders in research on Iron Age oppida. Focusing on 4 key sites in Europe (Bagendon & Salmonsbury in the UK; Bibracte in France and Ulaca in Spain), the project will act as case study exploring methodologies for enhancing engagement and creating sustainable management practices for archaeological heritage more generally. Working jointly with the project’s associate partners (Cotswold Archaeology; Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust; Natural Parc du Morvan; Reseau Grands sites de France; Diputacion Provincial Avíla) and a board of experts (in e.g. heritage management; farming; tourism) this project seeks to make stakeholders active participants in research rather than passive recipients of disseminated archaeological findings.
Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University.
The post-holder, under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, will be one of 3 Research Associates (with the others based at Bibracte and Madrid) working as a team to engage in key aspects of the project. This post will focus on assessing current perceptions and management of oppida landscapes as well as developing and implementing engagement strategies. This will include interviewing stakeholders; assessing digital media; developing engagement events and participating in fieldwork at the case study oppida. The post holder will have a key role in organising, and presenting the project research at 3 core workshops. The role will also involve jointly producing high-impact research outputs from the project’s results.
The PDRA will be expected to:
1. Collaborate with the international project team on shared research objectives;
2. Contribute to the development of the project research strategy and logistical organisation and management of fieldwork and workshops;
3. Identify and build relationships with external non-academic stakeholders (including partner organisations), individual practitioners and members of the public;
4. Give presentations at workshops detailing results of individual and team research;
5. Assist in collaborative decisions about how to promote the project’s research objectives;
6. Use creativity and initiative proactively to identify new avenues for research, network new research partners and reach new audiences;
7. Research, write and disseminate specialist documents for various audiences
8 To jointly produce high impact research outputs from the project’s results;
– A PhD in archaeology or an equivalent subject that demonstrates experience of British and/or European cultural heritage.
– Experience in liaising with heritage stakeholders and other groups
– Excellent interpersonal communication skills
– Experience of engagement with, and communication to, non-archaeological community and/or heritage agencies
– In-depth knowledge and experience of theoretical approaches to heritage management, engagement and presentation
– High standard of research writing in academic publications
– Adaptability, self-motivation and excellent time management skills.
– Excellent written and oral communication in English language.
– Ability to work independently and as part of a team
– Experience of dissemination of specialist knowledge through innovative digital media
– Knowledge of landscape archaeology
– Experience of web design
– Familiarity with archaeological fieldwork techniques
– Familiarity with European Iron Age archaeology
– Competence in communicating in French and/or Spanish
Proficiency in using GIS software
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