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General information

Reference : UMR5133-REMCRA-002
Workplace : LYON 07
Date of publication : Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 4 January 2021
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : €2,600 to €3,800 gross monthly
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : 5 to 10 years


Under the supervision of the coordinator of the Khaybar-prehistory project, the researcher will ensure the excavation, monitoring and publication of various pre- and protohistoric structures of the archaeological site of Khaybar, over an area covering nearly 60 sq. km in western Saudi Arabia. She/he will also assist the coordinator in the preparation of field missions, logistically and scientifically, and in the management of data from the excavation (database, GIS). A good knowledge of Paleolithic and Neolithic archeology and more recent protohistoric periods in the region, as well as a good command of excavation techniques (especially in funerary contexts) and a great motivation to quickly publish scientific results will be determining criteria.


Technical and scientific activities:
- Assist the project director in the development and implementation of the site excavation strategy.
- Supervise the excavation of several types of archaeological structures: dry stone tombs, desert kites, Paleolithic and Neolithic sites on the surface and in stratigraphy, etc., at a rate of at least three months in the field per year. Leading a team of specialists, local workers and several students.
- Looking for new archaeological sites that would not be visible on satellite images.
- Write detailed reports on the results of the excavations and surveys.
- Supervise the management of project documentation and archives (database, GIS).
- Contribute to the scientific publications of the project (writing or participation in the writing of articles, participation in conferences, seminars).
- Contribute to the proofreading of team reports.

Training activities:
- Participate in the training of French and Saudi students in field archeology.

- Contribute to preparing field expeditions, in conjunction with the co-directors and the project manager.


- PhD, training in prehistoric archeology (Paleolithic, Neolithic, Protohistory, funerary archeology…).
- Experience as an operation director or field director in CRM / preventive archeology.
- Very good command of computer tools commonly used in archeology: CAD, GIS, photogrammetry and databases.
- Fluency in oral and written English (minimum level C1).
- Ability to lead a team in the field and to train technicians and / or students, in a foreign linguistic and cultural context.
- Writing of scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals.
- Experience of excavation in the Middle East, if possible in the Arabian Peninsula.
- Experience in preventive archeology / CRM appreciated.
- Rigor, sense of organization, autonomy and responsiveness; ability to work in a foreign environment (many fieldworks and trips to Saudi Arabia).

Work Context

The Khaybar Oasis, located in western Saudi Arabia, is a hotbed of local history. It has been preserved for millennia, and its human occupation seems to have been virtually uninterrupted from earliest prehistoric times to the present day. The new Khaybar archaeological prospecting and excavation project began in October 2020, and will last until the end of 2024. The project is co-directed between G. Charloux (CNRS, UMR-8167 Orient & Méditerranée) and R. Crassard (CNRS, UMR-5133 Archéorient) and Munirah Almushawah (RCU); it is funded by the French Agency for the Development of AlUla (Afalula, France), in partnership with the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU, Saudi Arabia). The main objective of the project is to provide new archaeological documentation to understand human occupation and the environmental dynamics of the Khaybar oasis over time.

The position will be based in Lyon, within the Archéorient laboratory (CNRS / Lyon 2). It will also involve trips to Paris (in collaboration with the Orient & Méditerranée laboratory) and to the Jalès d'Archéorient branch in the south of the Ardèche. The post-doctoral fellow will be called upon to participate in all field missions (minimum three months per year) where she/he will contribute to the organization and conduct of scientific field operations.

Fixed-term contract for 1 year (renewable over 3 years) from January 4, 2021.

Remuneration according to experience, based on the CNRS “chargé de recherche” index.

Recruitment will be done by videoconference in early December 2020.

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