Postdoctoral fellowship in Digital Archaeology

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    Université de Bordeaux / University of Bordeaux
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    30/01/2022 01:00 - Europe/London
    France › Talence


The GPR ‘Human Past’: our group and our research / Le GPR “Human Past”: notre groupe et notre recherche

The GPR (Grand Programme de Recherche) ‘Human Past’ is an interdisciplinary research project supported by the University of Bordeaux's Initiative d’Excellence. ‘Human Past’ gathers ~110 researchers from 3 laboratories (PACEA, AUSONIUS, and Archéosciences Bordeaux) affiliated with the University of Bordeaux (UB) and the University of Bordeaux Montaigne (UBM). Our expertise combines Biological Anthropology, Classical and Medieval Archaeology, Prehistory, Protohistory, History, Epigraphy, Archaeometry, Geochronology and Computer Science Applications to Cultural Heritage.

’Human Past’ aims to document, characterize and understand the tipping points that have induced major biological and cultural changes within past human populations. Spanning a large chronological period (from Prehistory to historical times), our research aims to identify the steps that enabled a primate originally adapted to African ecosystems to evolve into a species that occupies and impacts every ecosystem on the planet. Biological and social systems will be scrutinized at different scales from a multitude of perspectives with particular attention paid to phenotypic and genetic variability, cognition, technology, social organization, belief systems, and genetic and cultural adaptive strategies that drive human societies.

This position advertisement belongs to the first part of the funding scheme, planned for 4 years.

Project description / Description du projet

The documentation of archaeological sites and objects is constantly increasing due to the acquisition of heterogeneous data such as 3D scans, in situ and laboratory analyses, sensor measurements as well as iconographic and textual sources. The apprehension of these data from a global, spatial and multi-scale point of view for scientific study remains a challenge. The laboratories of the GPR "Human Past" have already begun to embrace this objective on archaeological sites such as the cave of Cussac, Notre Dame de Paris, the troglodytic churches of Lalibela, the laboratory cave of Leye or osteological collections. Additional sites or objects may be integrated into the post-doctoral work.

The post-doctoral fellow will collaborate with the members of the project team, and will take part in missions that will consist in the implementation of the tools and methods developed and their adaptation on several archaeological sites and objects. This work aims to bring out new questions and new interpretations and to publish the results in collaboration with the scientific teams concerned.

Adequacy of the postdoctoral project with the objectives of the GRP / Adéquation du projet post-doctoral avec les objectifs du GPR

This postdoctoral fellowship fits the goals of the GPR ‘Human Past’, and more precisely will be implemented in Action 2 (’Cultural heritage sites and objects are the subject of long-term research’) of Work Package 5 (‘How can the study of cultural heritage improve our knowledge of the human past while at the same time promoting its protection and strengthen societal and community development?’).

This postdoctoral research project will contribute to design and explore innovative approaches to the scientific study of archaeological sites. This will be mostly based onto gathering various sources of documentation and digital data available in a unique 3D reference system.

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Selection process

The candidate will submit their application, consisting of a letter of motivation (2 pages max.) and a CV (including list of publications, if applicable), to the supervisors mentioned in the job description, and to Adrien Pourtier (adrien.pourtier@u-bordeaux.fr), Francesco D'Errico (francesco.derrico@u-bordeaux.fr) and Adeline Le Cabec (adeline.le-cabec@u-bordeaux.fr), before January 30, 2022.

Offer Requirements


The candidate must:

- hold a PhD in Archaeology, Archaeological Sciences, Archaeometry or in Geo-Archaeology

- be experienced in prehistoric, protohistoric or historic archaeology

- be autonomous and conduct research in close collaboration with program members

- master the computer tools related to 3D and interoperable databases

- have demonstrated experience in the preparation and submission of articles in English as well as present orally the scientific project and know how to popularize it

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Université de Bordeaux / University of Bordeaux
351 cours de la Libération

EURAXESS offer ID: 727903


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