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Postdoc in marine remote sensing and modelling decay of UCH

Updated: Apr 21, 2023

A Postdoc position in marine remote sensing and modelling of the preservation and decay of underwater archaeological sites is offered in the Environmental Archaeology and Materials Science Section at the National Museum of Denmark.

Job description

The successful candidate will work with acquisition and post processing of marine high resolution acoustic remote sensing data, which will be used to model the factors affecting the preservation and decay of underwater archaeological sites. This will be as part of the European Research Council funded project ENDURE, working with the grant holder, Senior Researcher David Gregory. The research project is inherently interdisciplinary and the applicant will be part of a collaborative team whose main goal is to develop an understanding of the decay processes of underwater archaeological sites, including shipwrecks and submerged prehistoric sites, in order to sustainably manage and preserve them.

The research area lies at the intersection of marine geoarchaeology and cultural resource management.

Qualifications and Desirable skills

We expect the following from the successful candidate:

  • A relevant PhD degree, preferably related to marine archaeology, hydrography and geophysics or similar qualifications

  • A publication record commensurate with career stage

  • Knowledge of archaeological site formation theory and key geological and physical processes affecting seafloor

  • Experience in the acquisition and processing of marine high-resolution acoustic remote sensing data (e.g. multibeam-echosounder, side-scan sonar, sub-bottom profiler)

  • Experience with handling of oceanographic/met-ocean data

  • Familiarity with ESRI ArcGIS Pro and acoustic remote sensing

  • Experience with statistical analysis of geospatial data

  • Experience with underwater photogrammetry e.g, AgiSoft Metashape

  • Experience with visualization of point-cloud data

  • Familiarity in relation to hiring, installing and using marine geophysical and oceanographic equipment on vessels of opportunity

  • The candidate is expected to contribute to the writing of academic papers and must have good communication skills in English

Terms of salary and employment

The working hours are 37 hours a week. Salary, pension, and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and The Academics Central Organization in Denmark and Circular concerning the job structure for academic staff with research responsibilities in archives, libraries, museums etc. under the Danish Ministry of Culture.

The appointment is for 3 years, starting on the 1st of September 2023 or shortly thereafter.

The place of work is at the Danish National Museum’s Section for Environmental Archaeology and Materials Science in Brede, Kgs. Lyngby, north of Copenhagen.

Application procedure

The National Museum is actively working to promote equality among employees and encourages all qualified, regardless of personal background, to apply for the position.

The application is to be submitted in English and must include the following:

  • Letter with motivation for the application (max. one page)

  • Curriculum vitae, incl. education, work experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

  • List of publications

  • Copies of up to 3 publications to be considered in the assessment. Full copies must be uploaded as pdf via the electronic recruitment system or sent by post

  • Copies of university exams, Master of Science and PhD certificates

  • Transcript of university exams into English, if not written in English, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish

If a publication has more than one author, or is the result of a collective effort, it must be clearly specified which part of the publication the applicant is responsible for. In the absence of a specification, the Assessment Committee will disregard that publication (s).

Applications must be sent via the electronic recruitment system on our website and must be uploaded no later than May 1st 2023.

Any publications to be included in the assessment must be received by the National Museum no later than May 1st 2023. Publications can either be uploaded to the recruitment system or sent to Nationalmuseet, Frederiksholms Kanal 12, 1220 København K, Denmark, marking the envelope ‘Personale’. Publications sent to the Museum must be submitted in 3 copies. Only books or similar will be returned.

After the application deadline, the National Museum will set up an appointment committee. The appointment process involves shortlisting of applicants. This means that the Head of Research of Environmental Archaeology and Materials Science will, in consultation with the appointment committee, select applicants that will be evaluated by an evaluation committee. The evaluation committee will evaluate which of the shortlisted candidates are qualified for the position. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of this process and whether or not they have progressed to the evaluation stage. Selected applicants are hereafter invited for interviews.

For further information regarding the position, please contact Senior Researcher, David Gregory phone +45 41206473, or Head of Research Peter Rasmussen, phone: +45 41206545,

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