29/10/2018

ERC Advanced Grant HisTochText / Ingénieur d'Etudes Microscopie

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE)
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    HistoryHistory of science
    TechnologyDating techniques
    TechnologyInstrumentation technology
    TechnologyMaterials technology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    15/11/2018 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    France › Paris
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    35
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/01/2019
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / ERC
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    ERC-ADG-2018-HTT_6

One-year position / Ingénieur d’études sous contrat à durée déterminée

Location: CRC du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris

Gross monthly salary:  2 305,51 €

The Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE) is a large institution of higher education and research, member of the Comue Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL), and founding member of the Campus Condorcet project. The EPHE is established on several sites in France and French Polynesia.

 

MISSIONS

- 1 year contract in the framework of the ERC project "History of the Tocharian texts of the Pelliot collection". This ERC project focuses on the study of Buddhist culture in the Kucha region of the Tarim Basin (present-day Xinjiang, China) in the second half of the 1st millennium CE. For this purpose, documents in Tocharian and in Sanskrit of the Pelliot Kuchean Collection, held in the French National Library (BNF), will be studied by both historians and linguists and physicochemists.

- Within this large project, the job consists in providing information on the manuscript material constituents in order to enhance the codicological knowledge of these documents and to help classify manuscripts by combining data from studying texts (linguistics, content of texts ...) and from scientific results achieved by material analysis. To do this, should be identified: tree species for documents on wooden tablets and fibers for paper documents, using mainly optical and digital microscopy techniques. Digital microscopy could also provide additional information by observing the surface of documents.

 

MAIN ACTIVITIES

- She/He should Identify the materials (wood, paper) constituting the supports of manuscripts by microscopic techniques (optical, digital).

- She/He should Set up a non-invasive identification and analysis & testing protocol for wood and paper substrates by microscopy.

Analyzes on manuscripts shall be conducted at the BNF (Richelieu site) using transportable equipment (several weeks planned on site). Mission preparation and data processing will be done at the Centre de recherche sur la conservation (CRC) on the site of the Museum national d’histoire naturelle, Paris. At CRC, he / she will work under the responsibility of a research scientist in strong interaction with the various researchers of the laboratory involved in this project.

 

ASSOCIATED ACTIVITIES

- She/He should work in Multidisciplinary collaboration with physicochemists and historians specializing in manuscripts studies

- She/He should take part in international meetings

- She/He should write papers on research works

 

REQUISITE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

Knowledge

- She/He should have a Good knowledge of plant anatomy and xylology,

- She/He should have a Good working knowledge of English and particularly in the scientific field

- Great interest in studying ancient manuscripts materials would be appreciated

Know-how

- Good knowledge in the identification of wood species, and possibly of paper fibers

- Strong knowledge or even mastering optical and digital microscopy techniques.

 

Soft skills

- She/He should be predisposed to working independently  and showing initiative while at the same time working cooperatively within the research team, and collaborative working relationships;

- She/He should be aware of health and safety rules

 

 

REQUISITE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Initial training in sciences, graduated with a Master degree

With a Specialty in Plant Anatomy

Previous experience in the characterization of ancient manuscripts will be appreciated

 

For further information, please contact:

leon-bavi.vilmont@mnhn.fr,  +33 1 40 79 53 18

 

HOW TO APPLY

If you want to apply,  please email  your resume and your letter of motivation to :

georges.pinault@ephe.psl.eu (Principal Investigator)

marie.thariat@ephe.psl.eu (Project manager)

leon-bavi.vilmont@mnhn.fr (Scientific partner - supervisor)

 

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
CRC du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
France
Paris
75005
57 Rue Cuvier

EURAXESS offer ID: 350653

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