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Reference : UMR5189-BERRED-003
Workplace : LYON 07
Date of publication : Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Type of Contract : FTC Technical / Administrative
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 4 February 2019
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : from 1800 to 2300 € gross monthly according to experience
Desired level of education : Higher than 5-year university degree
Experience required : 1 to 4 years
Create and implement the GIS of the Desert Networks project (ERC StG # 759078). It will include data on all the sites of the Eastern Desert of Egypt occupied from the New Kingdom to the Roman era, published or not, since the expeditions of the late eighteenth century. The GIS will be used to synthesize available data and conduct spatial analyzes to recreate and study the real, economic and social networks that meshed the Eastern desert from the middle of the second millennium BC to the end of the third century A.D. A database has already been developed under Filemaker Pro 17 (it will be uploaded to a FileMakerPro server). It currently includes various kinds of information on the archaeological sites of the Eastern Desert (place names, location, chronology, type of occupation, type of remains, description, preservation, ancient sources, bibliography and illustrations). The cartographic part of the GIS (georeferencing and vectorization of topographic and geological maps, satellite image processing, realization of a DEM on a relevant scale for the entire Eastern desert, with some more precise zooms on particular areas) remains to be done almost entirely, as well as the creation of processing chains and tools for spatial analysis and networks.
• Create the project GIS (with QGis and / or ArcView) by integrating data from the already existing database (FileMaker Pro) into the GIS and by identifying, collecting and inserting into the GIS relevant geographic information, in addition to those that have already been collected.
> Involves data transfer work from the database to the GIS with tools and processes to be implemented, in collaboration with the rest of the team;
> In the absence of a good resolution DEM currently existing for the Eastern Desert, involves significant work of georeferencing and vectorization of topographic maps, and the search for other sources of information that can be used to realize a DEM of the region, with high resolution zooms on a few key areas.
• Perform geographic information and spatial data analysis, and ideally implement network analysis, with the other team members, using advanced GIS techniques such as 3D modeling, interpolation, geostatistics, etc.
• Make the geographic information easily and quickly accessible to the team, participate in the valuation of the results and adapt it to the final publication media (traditional publications, online articles, platform diffusion, etc.);
• Prepare the GIS online publication, that will be achieved by a web development company (the tool will have to be fully accessible in a collaborative online site with open access to a wider audience than the team members. The Pelagios Commons infrastructure will serve as an example of large combined tools, database and resources with maximum web community exchanges and visibility);
• Supervise trainee(s) and / or student(s) that could participate to the building of the GIS (digitalisation of maps, etc.).
• In-depth knowledge of geomatics (information processing and analysis, geography and / or cartography);
• Knowledge of the tools and languages for modeling, manipulating and publishing the geographic information needed in geographic information sciences for the implementation of the project and the realization of spatial analyzes and, where appropriate, network analysis;
• Knowledge of database management (experience with FileMaker would be appreciated), database migration into a GIS and possibly dissemination on web platforms (knowledge of SQL, PHP, R or PostgreSQL);
• Program writing (Python) is not required but would be appreciated;
• Fluency in oral and written French and English;
• Sense of teamwork and networking, ability to interact with a group of researchers in Humanities, of different origin and specialties, and ability to adapt to their problems and methods;
• Autonomy and reporting capabilities;
• Ability to define and develop, with the research team, solutions adapted to the specific challenges of the project, and therefore capacity to make proposals and to invent solutions in the technical field of GIS but also on the types of analysis to conduct;
• Experience in project monitoring and GIS implementation within research teams;
• Intellectual curiosity: interest in research in general, Humanities, and especially ancient studies, archaeology and epigraphy.
The researches that is carried out in the HiSoMA UMR 5189 laboratory concern the ancient worlds, approached through the specialized disciplines of the Sciences of Antiquity such as archeology, history, literary studies, philology, epigraphy, numismatics, iconography, over a very long period ranging from the Old Kingdom in Egypt to the Late Antiquity, and in a coherent geographical space that corresponds mainly to the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean.
Constraints and risks
Possible travels in France or abroad (USA, Egypt)
For more information on the project, see https://desertnetworks.hypotheses.org/
Applicants should upload a cover letter and a detailed curriculum vitae, on the CNRS Job Portal, https://emploi.cnrs.fr, before December 10, 2018.
Interviews (in French, possibly in English) will take place in December 2018, between the candidates and the project's scientific committee at the HiSoMA laboratory (Lyon, France). Hands-on tests on the project documentation and tools could be proposed.
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