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Reference : UMR5133-REMCRA-003
Workplace : LYON 07
Date of publication : Friday, November 13, 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 : 1 to 4 years
Under the supervision of the two scientific coordinators of the project, the researcher will ensure general survey, observation and analysis of geoarchaeological, paleoenvironmental aspects, and changes in the landscape of the archaeological site of Khaybar, over an area covering nearly 60 sq. km in western Saudi Arabia, during the Pleistocene and Holocene. She/he will also assist the coordinators in the preparation of field expeditions, in terms of logistics and science, and in the management of data resulting from the excavation (database, GIS). A good knowledge of environmental archeology from all periods, if possible in the region, as well as a good command of field and laboratory analysis techniques (especially in arid contexts) and a great motivation to quickly publish scientific results will be determining criteria.
Technical and scientific activities:
- Assist the co-directors of the project in the development and implementation of the scientific strategy.
- Supervise the excavation and analysis of geoarchaeological trenches in the contexts of wadis, palaeolakes, and prehistoric and historical archaeological sites, 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 or geoarchaeological sites of interest. Make a geomorphological map of the entire study area.
- Write detailed reports on the results of the excavations and analyses.
- 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.
- Participate in the training of French and Saudi students in geoarchaeology in the field or in the laboratory.
- Contribute to preparing field expeditions, in conjunction with the co-directors and the project manager.
- PhD, training in geology, archeology, geoarcheology, environmental archeology.
- Very good command of software commonly used in archeology: CAD, GIS, photogrammetry and databases.
- Skills in geochemical analyses, specialisations welcome such as palynology, chronometric measurements, statistics, etc.
- 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 research in arid environment appreciated.
- Rigor, sense of organization, autonomy and responsiveness; ability to work in a foreign environment (many trips to Saudi Arabia).
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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