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Research Assistant in the Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database (SEAD) project
The project
An international database for env-ironmental archaeology data is to be developed at the Environmental ArchaeologyLab (MAL), in collaboration with HUMlab, at Umeå University, Sweden. The web accessible system will allow the storage, extraction, analysis and visualisation of data on past climates, environments and human impacts, and will form part of an international network of research infrastructure for environmental archaeology and Quaternary palaeoecology. The bulk of the data will consist of quantified records of plant macrofossils, fossil insects and soil chemical/physical properties recorded from archaeological and Quaternary geological excavations. By comparing these data with modern ecology and distribution data, along with an interpretation of the soil data, it is possible to reconstruct past human and natural environments and derive palaeoclimate data. Our mission is to provide online tools to aid international researchers in these tasks, and to provide access to data that are currently not accessible online.
The job
The post is part data manager, requiring the collation, assessment, conversion and input of existing analogue and digital data; and part systems developer, requiring involvement in the design of systems for data input, retrieval, analysis and display. You will be expected to work on your own to a large degree, as part of a small team under the direction of the project manager.
Essential skills and qualifications
Bachelors (or equivalent) degree in biological/natural science subjects, archaeological sciences or computing and either:
* a Masters (or equivalent) which complements the above
* relevant experience or documented equivalent skills
Experience of working with databases and/or web based content creation/management
Excellent written and spoken English and Swedish
General natural science knowledge (in particular scientific naming conventions, an understanding of basic statistics, conventions and methodologies)
Experience of project based work and an ability to work to deadlines
Imagination, good analytical skills and an inter-disciplinary mindset.
Advantageous skills
Full time, starting 2008-05-01 (or as soon as possible after this date).
Six months initial employment with possibility for continuation
until 2010-12-31.
Further information
For further information contact Dr. Philip Buckland on +46 (0)738-32 11 31 or . Please also visit the preliminary pro-ject website at , and the Environmental Archaeology Lab website at Union information is available from SACO, +46-(0)90-786 53 65, SEKO civil, +46-(0)90-786 52 96 and ST, +46-(0)90-786 54 31.
Documents sent electronically should be in MS Word or PDF format. To apply, send a CV and cover letter in English outlining how your skills and experience could benefit the project
For complete ad see
Your complete application, marked with reference number 312-1510-08, should be sent to or to the Registrar, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden to arrive by May 4th


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Så ansöker du
Sista dag att ansöka är 2008-05-04
Ange följande referens när du ansöker: 312-1510-08
Ansökan kan skickas till e-postadress:

Phil Buckland, 0738-32 11 31

Umeå universitet

Umeå universitet
90187 UMEÅ

Telefonnummer: 090-786 50 00


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