ORGANISATION/COMPANYUniversitat de Barcelona
RESEARCHER PROFILERecognised Researcher (R2)
APPLICATION DEADLINE25/02/2019 00:00 - Europe/Athens
LOCATIONSpain › Barcelona
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK37,5
OFFER STARTING DATE01/03/2019
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / ERC
The ARTSOUNDSCAPES project deals with sound, rock art and sacred landscapes among past hunter-gatherers and early agricultural societies around the world. The potential of sound to stimulate powerful emotions makes it a common medium for conferring places with extraordinary agency. Ethnographic and ethnohistorical sources indicate that these sites are often endowed with a sacred significance and, in many cases, they also receive special treatment, including the production of rock paintings. Despite aural experience being an integral component of the human condition and a key element in ritual, archaeology has largely been unable to study it systematically. Rock art landscapes are no exception and, although some studies have been made, they have largely been reproached for their lack of scientific rigour and subjectivity. ARTSOUNDSCAPES will fully address this weakness by investigating the perception of sound in rock art landscapes from an interdisciplinary approach reflected in its five Research Lines:
- Research Line 1: Characterising the acoustic properties of rock art landscapes. Aim: to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the acoustic properties of a series of rock art landscapes around the world in order to acquire scientifically accurate data for surveying relationships between sonic effects, soundscape perception and the positioning of rock art.
- Research Line 2: The psychoacoustics of rock art landscapes. Aim: to examine the sensations evoked in people by sounds and how they relate to auditory interpretations and physically measurable quantities; to explore auditory perceptions such as echolocation and the augmented audibility and intelligibility of distant sounds.
- Research Line 3: Neuropsychology and emotion in rock art landscapes. Aim: to test whether stimulation of the brain with the sound recorded in RL1 can induce patterns of brain activity related to particular emotions such as those provoked by altered or mystical states
- Research Line 4: Ethnographic and ethnohistorical sources. Aim: to critically revise ethnohistorical and ethnographic records related to music and sound among hunter-gatherers and early agriculturalists and/or also, if agreed with the PI, of other type of societies in the world, and to look at the ethnographic variation in sacred beliefs associated with sound in these same societies.
- Research Line 5: Phenomenological analysis of sacred emotion and rock art soundscapes. Aim: to combine the results obtained in the previous lines and to attempt a phenomenological understanding of sacred soundscapes among late hunter-gatherers and early agriculturalists around the world.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE:
- Work closely with the project PI, the Senior Post Doctoral Researcher(s) and the other team members;
- Research on Research Line 1 (RL 1) especially in archaeoacoustic fieldwork and the post-processing of the data gathered during fieldwork and its analysis;
- Be in charge of the tasks associated with community manager, managing the project’s social media platforms;
- Collaborate with the PI and team members working in RL2, RL3 and RL4;
- Unless on fieldwork, attending meetings, conferences or travelling for archival and literature research allowed by the PI, a key responsibility of the researcher will be to work in the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Barcelona.
FUNCTIONS AND/OR TASKS OF THE POSITION
Related to the whole project
- Collaborate with the PI, the senior PD and other team members for all required tasks and RLs in the project.
- Attend to all weekly meetings and seminars as possible being organised by the project
Related to community management
- Manage the project’s social media platforms (Facebook, Youtube and, if needed, Instagram);
- Create and curate all the content shared on the social media platforms of the project (e.g., Facebook, YouTube and, if needed, Instagram);
- Operate, regulate and engage with the project’s online community, in order to build and increase awareness about its scope, development and results;
- Follow and analyse the project’s online presence, discuss the observations with the PI and make recommendations to improve online communication;
- Film the project activities indicated by the PI, edit the resulting video materials and produce short films;
- Overview of website content management;
- Outline, organize and implement the public outreach activities related to the project.
Related to RL1
- Join fieldwork and assist the project PI and the Senior postdoctoral researcher(s) in the field;
- Work together with the project PI and the Senior postdoctoral researcher in the post-processing of data and analysis of acoustic data.
Related to Research Lines 2 and 3
- Assist the PI and the senior staff in ensuring that there is continuous, fluid and effective communication between RL2 and RL3 with the other project research lines aiming to, among other goals, produce joined-up academic work.
- Actively work in academic dissemination by co-writing at least two articles per year as leading author;
- Actively participate in at least one conference per year if agreed by the PI representing the ARTSOUNDSCAPES project;
- Actively participate in non-academic dissemination for wider audiences agreed by the PI.
- Actively work in ensuring that the project’s social media platforms are updated regularly and reflect what is happening in the project at any of its phases.
- Perform other related duties as required.
FBG project number
The sound of special places: exploring rock art soundscapes and the sacred
Dr Margarita Díaz-Andreu García
Història i Arqueologia
Gross salary per year
Negotiable between 18000-22500 € Gross yearly salary
Application letter in English
Curriculum vitae in English
2 academic reference letters
All these documents should to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline. Large documents may be sent by alternative media such as Hightail or similar. Please, ask for acknowledgement of receipt.
Send your application to:
Prof. Dr Margarita Díaz-Andreu
Application for a Junior Post-doctoral Researcher in archaeoacoustics and community manager
A list of pre-selected candidates will be notified by email letting them know the date in which they will be interviewed.
The Fellowship will be for one year renewable annually to a second, third, fourth and final year until the end of the project.
REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELOther: PhD or equivalent
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: ExcellentSPANISH: Basic
We are looking for a highly motivated, creative, interdisciplinary
researcher with a background in either archaeology, history, anthropology or related areas and with previous experience in community management.
The candidate is expected to possess:
- A positive and strong attitude in teamwork and a major commitment to research;
SKILLS POSITIVELY CONSIDERED WILL BE
- C2 level in English;
- Language skills
- Developed writing and speaking skills for communicating with audiences ranging from the general public to international scholars;
- Familiarity with the field of archaeoacoustics.
The candidate is expected to have:
a PhD in Archaeology, History or related areas (please ask email@example.com if in doubt)
The following specific requirements are considered as assets:
- Experience in shooting and editing documentary short films;
- Good knowledge of professional video editing software;
- Website content management;
- Experience in cultural heritage management, communication and education;
- Experience in communicating and working with different target audiences;
- Experience in organizing public outreach activities;
- Experience in working with social media platforms (Facebook, YouTube);
- Experience in organizing scientific events;
- Experience in archaeological fieldwork;
- Some experience in the field of archaeoacoustics
EURAXESS offer ID: 380290
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