PhD Scholarships in Nautical Archaeology and Shipbuilding

ForSEADiscovery: Forest Resources for Iberian Empires: Ecology and Globalization in the Age Of Discovery

This latest call is for a single fellowship position of 18 months only. There is no associated expectation to register for a doctoral degree The Fellow will receive an annual living allowance in the region of €36,800 - €41,400 per year (subject to minor adjustments) and a mobility allowance in the region of €700 ‐ €1000 per month.

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The fellow will be a participant in ForSEAdiscovery, a project combining academic research on the history and archaeology of Iberian shipbuilding, trade networks, dendro-archaeology, wood biology, forestry and wood/timber provenance, with training in the wider dissemination of research based on a formal network established between universities and private sector companies and funded by the European Union (Call identifier: FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN). The aims of the project are:  i) To consolidate a research line combining historical research, underwater archaeology, GIS and wood-provenancing methods (dendrochronology, wood anatomy and geo/dendrochemistry); ii) to increase the background and experience of trainees in the different research areas, by engaging the fellows in training courses and workshops aimed at developing their scientific, communication, and management skills; and iii) to develop their transferable skills for future careers in academia or the private sector whilst advancing the research fields through the integration of research tools, development of reference datasets and the exploration of historical structures and developments. This fellowship will focus on the design, inception and submission of a digital archive for the project.

The Fellowship will be hosted at the Lampeter Campus of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Wales, United Kingdom.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. PITN-GA-2013-607545

ESR14. ForSEAdiscovery Fellowship, UWTSD

Project title:

Digital data compilation and accessible archives: Developing models for sustainable research data.

Supervisor:

Professor Nigel Nayling

Fellowship description

Objectives:

  • To develop the workflow for research data digital archive design, inception and submission
  • Produce archive design and deposition plan in agreement with network Established Researchers and selected digital repository

Tasks and methodology:

  • Define archive model compliant with a Historic Environment Data Archive Centre (DAC) for the Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN) such as the Archaeology Data Service
  • Discuss archive specification for data deposition within the network and with selected DAC.
  • Discuss data access / dynamic publication models with DAC and associated publishers (e.g. Internet Archaeology
  • Select and format digital datasets
  • Create metadata for discrete datasets to agreed filename and formats
  • Archive inception and deposition

Results:

  • Digital archive hosted at MEDIN compliant Data Archive Centre (DAC).

Dissemination:

  • Articles in international journals (e.g. Internet Archaeology
  • Presentations at international conferences (e.g. IKUWA6).
  • Dissemination at science fairs, lectures at universities, news items and presentations to non-specialist audiences.

Planned secondments (institution/start month/length in months/purpose):

  • MALtd / Aug 2016 / 1 month / Hands-on experience in commercial sector: MEDIN compliant archives
  • CSIC / Nov 2016 1 month / Collaboration with ER1 on database and GIS archiving.                                     

Languages required:

  • English:  Proficiency in English of candidates whose first language is not Welsh or English is normally evidenced by a minimum IELTS score (or equivalent) of 6.5 at entry with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and written components and a minimum of 5.5 in the listening and speaking components. Candidates will be asked to provide such evidence as is deemed necessary by the University.

Further Information and to apply:

To apply to ESR14 the following completed documents should be sent to humanresources@uwtsd.ac.uk with copy to nigel.nayling@uwtsd.ac.uk and forseadiscovery@cchs.csic.es.  The deadline for this position is 21st March 2016

  1. Covering letter in English Covering letter in English
  2. Completed application form
  3. Curriculum Vitae and list of publications (if applicable)
  4. Copy of the MA thesis
  5. If MA thesis has not been written in English, a sample of writing in English (minimum of 5000 words, excluding footnotes). 
  6. ILTS certificate   (IELTS Level 6.5. Proficiency in English of candidates whose first language is not Welsh or English is normally evidenced by a minimum IELTS score (or equivalent) of 6.5 at entry with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and written components and a minimum of 5.5 in the listening and speaking components. 

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