31/08/2021
European Research Council

Postdoctoral researcher in Materials Science/Heritage Science techniques (Rock degradation / conservation)

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Universitat de Barcelona
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Arts
    Chemistry
    Geosciences
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    20/09/2021 00:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Spain › Barcelona
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    37,5
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/10/2021
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / ERC

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Acronym

LArcHer

FBG project number

FBG402130

Project title

Breaking barriers between Science and Heritage approaches to Levantine Rock Art through Archaeology, Heritage Science and IT

IP

Inés Domingo Sanz

Department

History and Archaeology

 

Project descriptions

LArcHer is an interdisciplinary research project led by ICREA Research Professor Inés Domingo. LArcHer project aims at pioneering a new and more comprehensive way of understanding one of Europe’s most extraordinary bodies of prehistoric art, awarded Unesco World Heritage status in 1998: Levantine rock art (LRA). The ground-breaking nature of the project relies on combining a multidisciplinary (Archaeology, Heritage Science and IT) and multiscale approach (from microanalysis to landscape perspectives) to gain a holistic view of this art. It also aims at closing existing gaps between science and heritage mainstreams, to better understand the values and threats affecting this tradition and bring about a change in the way we understand, care, use and manage this millenary legacy. One of the key aims of this project, related to this position, is to achieve a new understanding of the materials involved in rock art, and particular to this positions, the bedrocks used as canvas. Levantine art was produced in a range of stone typesand environments, which need to be investigated in more depth. To understand their nature, strength and durability, and their structural weaknesses is key to establish how the art has survived over several millennia and the risks it faces, which is key for devising strategies to contribute to the future preservation of this World Heritage. In this part of the project the aim is to combine both visual and materials analysis techniques. This research will also be key to define best practices for open air rock art conservation and management.

Responsibilities and tasks within the project: the successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Develop leadership in research on the multiple facets of stone analysis and conservation (stone identification, geology and mineralogy, petrography -cementation/porosity and other features that may affect their conservation-, stone weathering and decay, inventory and systematic record of pathologies, appropriate repair methods, etc.)
  • Characterization of inorganic compounds of prehistoric art bedrocks, and other potential archaeological materials, through both non-invasive (X-ray fluorescence or raman spectroscopy) and laboratory techniques (X-ray diffraction, Electronic Microscopy, Mass spectroscopy/gas chromatography, optical microscopy, etc.)
  • Use of digital imaging techniques inherent to Heritage Sciences (photography in the visible spectrum (macro photography and microphotography) and photography in the invisible spectrum (infrared reflectrography, multispectral photography, thermophotography, etc.) for bedrock characterization and monitoring
  • Explore interactions between stone materials and microorganisms
  • Management tasks for LArcHer project (max. 10% of the time) including drafting applications for permits and formal reports, among others.
  • Prepare and present the achieved results in international and national conferences and publications.

Other duties as required.

 

Gross salary per year

31.500/33.500 depending on experience

 

 

Required documents

  • Application letter describing previous experience in the field (stone materials analysis and conservation)
  • Curriculum vitae, etc.
  • 2 reference letters

Send your application to:

email

Ines.domingo@ub.edu

Name

Ines Domingo

email subject

Job Application – PD2. Materials and Heritage Science techniques (stone materials analysis).

 

More Information

Eligibility criteria

Essential criteria

  • A PhD in a Materials Science / Heritage Sciences related discipline (Geoscience, Conservation or Archaeology with an expertise in stone materials analysis)
  • Demonstrated experience in visual and material analysis (characterization of inorganic compounds)
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively in a research team
  • Excellent writing and communication skills – publications, reports, grant and project writing.
  • Ability to produce outcomes according to strict deadlines

Desirable criteria

  • Good understanding of the interactions between stone materials and microorganisms.
  • Experience in writing submissions for permits or funding.

Foreign language skills.

Selection process

Two phases:

  • Preselection of candidates fulfilling the requested criteria

            Candidates shortlisted will be interviewed

Additional comments

Priority will be given to people with disabilities ( Law 89/2015 of June 2, reserve of quota 2% in favour of people with disabilities in companies of 50 or more people)

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Geosciences: PhD or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent
    SPANISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

  • PhD in a Materials Science / Heritage Sciences related discipline (Geoscience, Conservation or Archaeology with an expertise in stone materials analysis)
  • Basic knowledge in material sciences, characterization of inorganic compounds, holistic understanding of the decay and deterioration of stone and appropriate repair methods
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge on stone identification, analysis and conservation
  • Experience in the development and application of both non-invasive (X-ray fluorescence or raman spectroscopy) and laboratory techniques (X-ray diffraction, Electronic Microscopy, Mass spectroscopy/gas chromatography, optical microscopy, etc.) for analysis, to identify component materials, degradation processes and products and deterioration markers.
  • A good knowledge of digital imaging techniques inherent to Heritage Sciences (photography in the visible spectrum (macro photography and microphotography) and photography in the invisible spectrum (infrared reflectrography, multispectral photography, thermophotography, etc.) will be an advantage.

Fluent in Spanish and English (or commitment to learn Spanish to become fluent early during the contract)

 

Specific Requirements

  • Fieldwork availability (several seasons per year for data collection in remote and sometimes physically challenging locations)
  • Driving licence (Levantine rock art sites are located in remote areas and the candidate has to be independent to access the sites, if needed)

Full time commitment to the project

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Universitat de Barcelona
Spain
Barcelona
Barcelona
08001
Montealegre, 6-8

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