Project Manager-Heritage Mapping

May 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago is a research organization and museum devoted to the study of the ancient Near East. Founded in 1919 by James Henry Breasted with the financial support of John D. Rockefeller Jr. It was originally envisaged as a research laboratory for the investigation of the early human career that would trace humankind's progress from the most ancient days of the Middle East. It is an internationally recognized pioneer in the archaeology, philology and history of ancient Near Eastern civilizations. The goal of the Oriental Institute is to be the world's leading center for the study of ancient Near Eastern civilizations by combining innovation in theory, methodology, and significant empirical discovery with the highest standards of rigorous scholarship. The research objective of the Oriental Institute is to integrate archaeological, textual, and art with historical data to understand the development and functioning of the ancient civilizations of the Near East from the earliest Holocene through the Medieval period. The Institute achieves this by conducting archaeological excavations, artifact analyses, development of new research methodologies, the stewardship of systematic museum collections, philological studies, historical research and the development of dictionaries of ancient languages. The Oriental Institute Museum, open to the public is a world renowned showcase for the history, art, and archaeology of the ancient Near East.

Unit Job Summary: As part of an ongoing US State Department funded project, the Afghanistan Mapping Partnership, we invite applications for a full-time Project Manager Heritage Analyst. The position requires a PhD. in Anthropology, Archaeology, or a related field and experience in archaeological applications of Geographical Information Systems and geospatial database management. The ideal candidate will have experience both with the management of vector geospatial databases (in ESRI's ArcGIS suite) and the interpretation of historical and modern satellite imagery (in ArcGIS and other software packages) for archaeology and cultural heritage projects in the Mediterranean, Near East, or Central Asia. Responsibilities of the position will include: 1) Working with a variety of historical and modern maps, gazetteers, and imagery to inventory known and previously unmapped archaeological sites, 2) Working with modern imagery to identify trends in archaeological site preservation/destruction, 3) Daily supervision of a team of undergraduate an graduate students working with GIS on various components of the grant project. The ideal candidate should have excellent organizational skills and should enjoy working in teams. Reading knowledge of French and/or Russian is desirable but not required. There is the capacity for the position to have a research component where the person would collaboratively, with other grant staff, pursue for publication archaeological landscape and cultural heritage projects arising from collected data. Grant funding for the project is anticipated through 2018.

Unit Education: Doctoral degree in a field of study relevant to the research being conducted required.

Unit Experience: A minimum of three years of related experience required. Experience working on Afghan heritage desirable. Supervisory experience preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Advanced knowledge in relevant scientific field required. Advanced knowledge of research techniques or methods required. Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures required. Analytical skills required. Problem-solving skills required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Verbal and written communication skills required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Ability to train others required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office required. Supervisory skills preferred.

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