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Reference : UMR8167-GUICHA-003
Workplace : IVRY SUR SEINE
Date of publication : Monday, November 16, 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-history project, and in conjunction with other researchers in the scientific program, the researcher will identify the characteristics and dynamics of settlement within the Khaybar oasis during the Islamic era. She/he will ensure the excavation and interpretation of the Islamic archaeological remains of the oasis, over an area covering almost 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). An excellent knowledge of the Islamic archeology of the region, as well as a good command of Arabic and a strong motivation to publish scientific results quickly will be determining criteria.
Technical and scientific activities:
- Assist the project director in the development and implementation of the site study strategy.
- Look for new archaeological sites and structures.
- Gather information from the local populations on daily life, the location of sites, the role of local tribes, the management of hydraulic systems, community practices, etc.
- Supervise the excavation of several sectors, at a rate of at least three months of fieldwork per year.
- Lead a team of specialists, workers and students.
- Write detailed reports of excavations and prospecting.
- Supervise the management and the completion of project documentation and archives (database, GIS).
- Contribute to the proofreading of team reports.
- Contribute to the scientific publications of the project (writing or participation in the writing of articles, participation in conferences, seminars).
- Participate in the training of Saudi and French students in field archeology.
- Contribute to preparing field missions, in conjunction with the co-directors and the project manager.
- PhD, training in Islamic archeology and / or social anthropology.
- Experience as a project director or field director in archeological projects.
- Experience of excavation in the Middle East, if possible in the Arabian Peninsula, appreciated.
- Good knowledge in ceramology and local ceramic corpuses.
- Very good command of software commonly used in archeology: CAD, GIS and databases.
- Fluency in oral and written English (minimum C1 level), good command of oral and written Arabic.
- 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.
- Rigor, sense of organization, autonomy and responsiveness; ability to work in a foreign environment (many trips to Saudi Arabia).
- Taste for communication with local populations and interest in social anthropology
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); 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 Ivry-sur-Seine, within the Orient & Méditerranée laboratory (CNRS, UMR8167). It will also involve trips to Lyon (in collaboration with the Archéorient laboratory (CNRS / Lyon 2) and to the Jalès Archéorient branch in the south of Ardèche region. The post-doctoral fellow will be called upon to participate in all field expeditions (minimum three months per year) where she/he will contribute to the organisation 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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