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Early Career Researcher posts in maritime archaeology

The Unpath'd Waters project is currently looking to recruit two short-term post-graduate or post-doctoral research associates with a passion for maritime archaeology to help us in two key areas of our project. Both posts will be recruited to Bangor University and are for three-month fixed term contracts. Both roles are suitable for 100% remote working and will be available from December 2023 with work to be completed by April 2024.

Role 1: Data archives and wreck identification This role will be to help identify located but unnamed wrecks in the Irish Sea. You will identify, collate and research maritime archives (analogue and digital) associated with specific vessel losses in the Irish Sea and support the integration of these records with outputs from multibeam sonar surveys of wreck sites to facilitate vessel/wreck identification. This is a superb opportunity to work on a major national inter-disciplinary project with experts in the field of maritime archaeology and ocean sciences. The role would be supported by the research team leader based at Bangor University and will have a clear focus on identifying a number of vessels lost during WWI off the west coast of the Isle of Man. The role will involve close collaboration with external project partners to support the development of innovative and effective mechanisms to link related maritime archives, marine data and museum related collections at a national and local level. Your contributions will be recognised fully in the products of Unpath’d Waters, which completes in November 2024. Role 2: Marine Data Standards Guidance development The key aim for this post is to revise the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) Guides to Good Practice relevant to marine geophysical survey. The new guide will play a crucial role in combining existing guidance notes and recommendations from the national heritage bodies, leading researchers and practitioners into a single unified and accessible resource. The new guide will cover the whole lifecycle of a project, from design phase through to deposition of a digital archive. It will need to include and reference the requirements of funders from across the UK heritage sector, as well as incorporate guidance and standards from key partners dealing with maritime environment data including MEDIN and NERC Environmental Data Service. This is a fantastic opportunity to work on a major national project and with experts in the field of maritime archaeology. The role would also be supported by a data standards specialist from the ADS to advise on technical aspects such and how to structure the research. The final output will be the first of the new generation of Guides to Good Practice documents and would be hosted with the ADS with a DOI for citation purposes. While the role will be recruited to Bangor University you will also be required to work closely with project team members based in the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) at the University of York. Further Information Employment Period: Three months within the period December 1st 2023 – April 30th 2024 Salary range (pro rata): dependent on qualifications and experience Hours – flexible, dependant on circumstances: full-time (37.25 per week) or part-time (minimum 14.5 hours per week) Responsible to: Dr Michael Roberts, Bangor University Equal opportunities statement (see below) Detailed role description (see below) How to apply If you are interested in any of these roles, please e-mail Dr Michael Roberts at: michael.roberts@bangor.ac.uk stating your reasons for applying and enclosing a current CV. Role Descriptions Data archives and wreck identification Main duties will include identifying, accessing and collating digitised and non-digitised maritime archives associated with shipping losses in the Irish Sea to support the development of effective methodologies to identify individual shipwrecks. The role will additionally involve close collaboration with external project partners to develop innovative and effective mechanisms to link related maritime archives, marine data and museum related collections at a national and local level. The role holder will support the development of effective multi-proxy methodologies to identify unknown shipwrecks and refine/enhance levels of confidence associated with identified shipwrecks in the Irish Sea. Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Research, identify, collate and analyse archival collections/information associated with relevant vessels and shipwrecks.

  • Support the development and testing of methods to identify shipwrecks based on the integration of maritime archives with scientific data.

  • Support the development of data archiving solutions and heritage collection linkage mechanisms.

  • Collaborate with external project partners to support the development and delivery of the ‘Unpath’d Waters’ project work package aims and objectives.

  • Contribute to the delivery of research outcomes through the generation/production of research outputs/reports/scientific articles in collaboration with co-researchers.

  • Support the dissemination of research progress/outcomes through participation at relevant project meetings.

  • Support project promotional activities through the creation of suitable publicity material, press releases and social media outputs etc.

Marine Data Standards Guidance development Main duties will involve researching and revising the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) Guides to Good Practice on marine geophysical survey, ensuring that the new guide is current, representative, and follows digital preservation good practice. The post-holder will be required to contact and work with key organisations producing, storing, reusing, and funding marine geophysical survey data to identify current practices and requirements. Additionally, the post-holder will work with ADS project team members at the University of York to publish the new guidance online as a new Guide to Good Practice. Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Identify and work with key organisations, bodies, researchers, and practitioners creating and using marine geophysical survey.

  • Research, identify, collate and assess existing good practice, guidance notes and recommendations.

  • Incorporate guidance and standards from other key partners dealing with maritime environment data including MEDIN and NERC Environmental Data Service.

  • Identify relevant requirements of funders from across the UK heritage sector.

  • Identify and document the lifecycle of marine geophysical survey data, from design phase through to deposition of a digital archive.

  • Create a revised Archaeology Data Service (ADS) Guides to Good Practice relevant to marine geophysical survey, working with specialists from the ADS

Equal Opportunities Bangor University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds. We strive to develop a workforce from all sections of the community regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age. We promote and facilitate the use of the Welsh language through our progressive Welsh Language Policy. We comply with the Welsh Language Standards and are committed to equality of opportunity. You are welcome to apply for any job in English or Welsh and all applications submitted will be treated equally. We are a member of Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Gender Equality charter and hold a Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to and progress towards gender equality within the University’s policies, practices, and culture. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer. All members of staff have a duty to ensure their actions are in line with the overall environmental aims of the University and minimise their environmental impact. All offers are made subject to proof of eligibility to work in the UK and receipt of satisfactory references. We have a legal responsibility to ensure that you have the right to work in the UK before you can start working for us. When you apply for this post, you will be required to explain the basis upon which you believe you will able to live and work in the UK legally on the commencement date of the role should your application be successful. If you do not have the right to work freely in any position in the UK already, any offer of employment we will make to you will be subject to you obtaining a right to work visa. The following link provides information on the various visa routes into employment and the eligibility requirements (including switching visa status where permissible) https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas. If you are successful in your application we will discuss visa options with you at the time of making the offer of employment. Candidates should also note that they may be required to apply for an ATAS certificate (Academic Approval Technology Scheme) from the Counter-Proliferation and Arms Control Centre of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office before being able to apply for a visa – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/academic-technology-approval-scheme Please note that, in the event of applications being received from candidates on Bangor University’s Redeployment Register with a reasonable skills match to the post specification, these applicants will be given prior consideration.




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