Applications are invited for the position of Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow to take part in one of the five ‘Discovery Projects’ funded by the AHRC as part of the Towards a National Collection Programme for three years from December 2021. ‘Unpath’d Waters’ aims to make maritime heritage data (collections of charts, documents, images, film, oral histories, sonar surveys, seismic data, archaeological investigations and artefacts) more easily accessible to the public. The team at Southampton is led by Professor Fraser Sturt (Archaeology) and Professor Age Chapman (Electronics and Computer Science) and will work on leveraging advances in artificial intelligence to widen search and discovery capabilities across and between collections. This will involve working closely with co-investigators and project partners from the breadth of the heritage sector.
The successful candidate will have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Computer Science or Archaeological Computing. Part of the ethos of the project centres on community and skills development; as such we recognise that candidates may come from a variety of backgrounds (e.g., computer scientist not familiar with archaeological data, or archaeologist not as familiar with AI-based search techniques). As such, training will be provided to enable candidates to gain critical skills. The level of appointment (Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow) will be dependent on experience, fit and track record. The post will be available for two years in the first instance.
Depending on experience the position will be appointed at either a Senior Research Fellow (Grade, 5:£39,739 – £48,835) or Research Fellow (Grade 4: £31,406 – £38,587).