Research Assistant in technical GIS x 2 (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, UK 🇬🇧

The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research invites applications for 2 x fixed-term Research Assistants in technical GIS, Remote Sensing, and data processing, as part of TIGR2ESS Flagship Project 4: Water Use and Management in a Changing Monsoon Climate (, led by Dr Cameron Petrie. The TIGR2ESS project is working to develop and strengthen alliances across a wide ranging network of UK and Indian experts in crop science, hydrology, social science and policy, creating a two-way knowledge exchange partnership. This partnership will define the requirements for advancing the Green Revolution in India, set the necessary policy agenda, and define a collaborative research programme focused on sustainable crop production and sustainable resource use. Flagship project 4 combines archaeological approaches with insights from agronomy and agricultural economics. It uses insights from sustainable agricultural practices from both the archaeological and historical past ¿ in particular the Bronze Age Indus Civilisation in northwest India and the Historic Kakatiya period in Telangana – to help identify sustainable practices for the present and the future.

The role holders will be employed as part of the Research community at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, which is part of the Department of Archaeology within the Faculty of Human, Social and Political Science.

The main duties of the roles will involve a range of technical and data management tasks that will facilitate the use of historical maps, GIS, remote sensing, machine learning, and data from ground survey to map archaeological and other heritage sites across the Indus River basin in northwest India and Telangana. The roles will also involve preparing data for entry into a database. Additional duties are likely to include engaging in the identification of archaeological sites and monuments through the use of remote sensing and map analyses; desk-based research on existing sites; and assisting with ground-based verification fieldwork. For a detailed description of responsibilities, please see the ‘Further Particulars’ document.

The successful candidates should be educated to first degree level in a discipline relevant to TIGR2ESS Flagship Project 4, such as Archaeology, Heritage Studies, Geography, or related fields. Excellent knowledge of and skills in the use of GIS and Remote Sensing methods and techniques are essential, along with some practical experience of working with geospatial datasets under supervision. An understanding of the concept and structure of relational databases is desirable. Experience of fieldwork (archaeological or otherwise) is desirable. Candidates are expected to demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Fixed-term: The funds for these posts are available until 31 March 2022 in the first instance.

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The closing date is 20th July 2021. Interviews will be conducted on Monday 2nd August. Applicants are asked to be available on this day.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Rebecca Roberts ([email protected]).

Please quote reference JC27300 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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