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Reference : UMR8167-GUICHA-002
Workplace : IVRY SUR SEINE
Date of publication : Thursday, November 12, 2020
Type of Contract : FTC Technical / Administrative
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 4 January 2021
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2200 à 3300 euros gross monthly
Desired level of education : 5-year university degree
Experience required : Indifferent
Alongside the scientific coordinators of a large-scale archaeological exploration project in an oasis in Saudi Arabia, the engineer in geomatics has the main responsibility to implement and monitor the geographic information system (GIS) of the scientific project.
The engineer in geomatics has an expertise in data recording and GIS, produces and uses geographic information, geolocated data, takes aerial or field shots (photogrammetry), and is responsible for cartography work (DEM, 3D modeling, maps, plans, videos) and 3D rendering, in preparation for publications.
An important part of the work consists in the vectorization of the structures (outline or stone by stone) observed on high-resolution aerial images and in the production of illustrations for reports and publications.
Versatile and autonomous, the engineer will also have the task of developing recording and vectorization tools (automatization, etc.), cartography methods or new or original methods of 3D modeling on the findings of the project, for the purposes of collective and / or personal publications.
The engineer will have to carry out multiple field expeditions (approximately 3 months per year) in Saudi Arabia, where she/he will assist researchers with archaeological excavation and survey, as well as database operations.
- Manages the Geographic Information System (GIS) of the Khaybar Oasis research program
- Vectorize observed or discovered archaeological structures
- Carry out the layouts and topographical surveys of the land
- Take care of photography on the ground (pole, drone and kite if necessary)
- Conducts photogrammetric recordings
- Ensures standardized processing of produced spatial data and manages databases
- Realizes maps and cartographic documents in 2D and 3D
- Participate in archaeological operations and the preparation of operation reports
- Performs 3D restitutions of archaeological remains, in conjunction with scientific managers
- Proposes improvements and develops innovative methodological solutions
- Publishes as part of the work of the mission
- Master, engineer school diploma, PhD, training in geomatics, GIS, topography, archeology
- Knowledge of the archaeological field problematics
- Proficiency in IT solutions (Autocad, Covadis, Arcview, Qgis, CAD software, image processing (Metashape / Photoscan) and 3D rendering)
- Proficiency in Word, Excel, DTP, databases, editing software
- Good knowledge of File Maker Pro
- Excellent level of English and French
- Drone pilot license (or training as part of the project)
- Rigor, sense of organization, autonomy and responsiveness; ability to work in a foreign environment (many fieldworks and trips to Saudi Arabia; previous works in a foreign context appreciated)
- Ability to work independently and in a team
- Capacity for innovation and sense of adaptation required
- Good communication skills
- Driving license
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 survey and excavation project began in October 2020, until the end of 2024. The project is co-directed between G. Charloux (CNRS, UMR-8167 Orient & Méditerranée), R. Crassard (CNRS, UMR-5133 Archéorient) and M. al-Mushawah (KSU, 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 successful candidate will be recruited under a fixed-term contract and hosted in Ivry-sur-Seine, within the Orient & Méditerranée laboratory (CNRS / Paris). It will also involve travel to Lyon (in collaboration with the Archéorient laboratory, CNRS / Lyon 2) and to the Jalès Archéorient branch in the south of Ardèche region. The engineer will be called upon to participate in all field expeditions (minimum three months per year) where she/he will contribute to the organization and conduct of scientific operations.
Fixed-term contract for 1 year (renewable over 3 years) from January 4, 2021.
Remuneration according to experience, based on the CNRS “ingénieur de recherche” index.
Recruitment will be done by videoconference in early December 2020.
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