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2 postdoctoral full time positions in Geometric Modeling, Computing/ Mathematics and in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History

The “Laboratoire des Sciences de l’Information et des Systèmes” and the “Histoire et archéologie de la Méditerranée et de l’Afrique du Nord” in France would  like  to  recruit  two  Postdoctoral  Researchers  (one  in  Geometric Modeling,  Computing  & Mathematics and one in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History) to join research on the development of innovative methodologies for the semantic interpretation of digitized forms of heritage artefacts, their classification and analysis. Obviously, even if clearly distinct in their academic profile and planned work, these two post-doctoral  fellows will interact throughout the duration of the project. By combining, evaluating and comparing the languages of the archaeologist, the mathematician, the chemist and the architect, the aim is the definition of a new common language to these four disciplines, with an epistemological perspective and heritage shared – the 3D virtual restitution of major world heritage monuments, including their surface treatment (plating, colors). To this end, the project is focused on the study of two ancient monuments selected for their historical importance, the quality of available remains to study and the scientific and economic issues they raise: the Tholos in Delphi (Greece); the Attis Temple in Zama Regia (Tunisia).

Postdoctoral position 1 (f/m) in Geometric Modeling, Computing & Mathematics

Institute: Laboratoire LSIS (Laboratoire des Sciences de l’Information et des Systèmes,  UMR 7296 – CNRS/ AMU / http://www.lsis.org ), Marseille, France.

Supervisor: Pr. Marc Daniel ( marc.daniel[at]univ-amu.fr )

In  collaboration  with  the  Laboratoire  MAP  (Livio de  Luca,  Dr.  CNRS,  Modèles  et  simulations  pour l’Architecture et le Patrimoine, UMR 3495 – CNRS/MCC / http://www.map.archi.fr ), Marseille, France.

Partner: Centre Camille Jullian (Histoire et archéologie de la Méditerranée et de l’Afrique du Nord, de la protohistoire à la fin de l’Antiquité, UMR 7299 – AMU/CNRS/MCC), Aix-en-Provence, France.

The LSIS laboratory currently oers a Postdoctoral position (f/m) for a researcher specialized in Geometric Modeling, Computing & Mathematics. This postdoctoral  position is located in LSIS, a National Scientific Research Center located in Marseille within the G-Mod team ( http://www.lsis.org/gmod ).

Your profile: Under the responsibility of LSIS and in collaboration with the MAP, you will address the problem of digitizing sculpture, the search for relevant shape analysis descriptors and the automatic extraction of relevant semantic features from the calculation of these descriptors. You will have good skills in mathematics and computing and more specifically in geometric modeling. Being open in multi-disciplinarily work dealing with cultural heritage and documentation will be highly appreciated.

Please submit your enquiries and application to Pr. Marc Daniel ( marc.daniel[at]univ-amu.fr ), with copy to Pr. Philippe Jockey ( philippe.jockey[at]univ-amu.fr ) and Dr. Livio de Luca ( livio.deluca[at]map.cnrs.fr ).

Postdoctoral position 2 (f/m) in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History

Institute: Centre Camille Jullian (Histoire et archéologie de la Méditerranée et de l’Afrique du Nord, de la protohistoire à la fin de l’Antiquité, CCJ, UMR 7299, AMU/CNRS/MCC), Aix-en-Provence, France / http:// ccj.cnrs.fr ).

Supervisor: Pr. Philippe Jockey, philippe.jockey[at]univ-amu.fr.

In collaboration with the Laboratoire MAP (Livio de Luca, Dr. CNRS, Modèles et simulations pour l’Architecture et le Patrimoine, UMR 3495 – CNRS/MCC 3495), Marseille, France.

Partner: Laboratoire LSIS (Laboratoire des Sciences de l’Information et des Systèmes, UMR 7296 – CNRS/ AMU), Marseille, France.

The Centre Camille Jullian currently oers a Postdoctoral position (f/m) for a researcher specialized in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History (CAAH), coupled  with 3D Digital heritage competence.  This postdoctoral  position is located in the Centre Camille Jullian, a National Scientific Research Center located in Aix-en-Provence and dedicated to the study of Mediterranean and North Africa Antiquity.

Your profile: The ideal postdoc candidate, specialized in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History (CAAH) and showing a particular interest in Ancient Greek and Roman polychromy, especially on sculpture and architecture, should  have also a high sensitivity  to  digital  technologies  and  possibly  skills in these latter  areas. Basic knowledge of them is advantageous. He / her will contribute both to the elaboration of a common scientific language between the different partners and to the 3D digital restitution of the monuments selected, including  their original polychromy.

Offer for both 2 postdoctoral full time positions

Submission deadline: November 15th 2014

Starting date: The project Eloquenzior has been funded and it is possible to recruit quickly the postdoctoral assuming the overhead due to the administration procedures.


            Postdoc 1: Marseille, Luminy, France.

Postdoc 2: Aix-en-Provence, France.

Duration: each contract  will be signed for one year, but with the possibility to extend it another year in continuity.

Salary: the net salary is monthly 1960 € for a postdoctoral having a professional experience less than 3 years. It might be higher otherwise and the second year in case of a longer contract. The salary will be also higher the second year in case of an extended contract.

Language: Good communication skills in English are a requirement. Candidates from outside France are highly encouraged to apply.


•   a detailed CV with a list of publications;

•   a certified copy of the PhD diploma. A certified translation of the PhD diploma could be required depending of the country where it was obtained;

•   a motivation letter.

Names (and contacts) of referees who, upon request, can provide recommendation letters are welcome.

Eloquenzior in brief

The Project Eloquenzior, supported and funded by the University of Aix-Marseille Foundation AMIDEX aims at  promoting  an  interdisciplinary thinking,  insofar  extracting  and  analyzing  the  information  contained  in digitized forms can let emerge new analysis mechanisms of heritage artefacts from the exploration of new methods  of  measuring  geometric  properties,  and  then  translating  these  properties  into  morphological « signatures ». Furthermore, detailed analysis of the forms can afford to go up to the analysis of how they have been produced, and thus classify them according to the different schools, which have made them. It could also help  to  enable  the  recognition  of  many  unidentified  fragments,  which  could  be  matched  through  their morphological and technological signatures. Moreover, the physico-chemical markers highlighted during the conducted analysis on the material studied, both in Delphi and Zama, Tunisia, will be added.

Indeed, in order to constrain, at least initially, the boundaries of this study, observations and descriptions whose interpretation  can benefit from  a significant  accumulation  of theories (controlled vocabulary), the team will conduct experiments on two historical forefront objects, rich in information, with a strong symbolic heritage and particularly appropriate for virtual 3D reconstructions, outstanding for scientists as to the general public.

The Tholos in Delphi (Greece)

Emblematic icon of the classical language of architecture, the building, rotunda Doric dated years 380-370 BC. AD, is located on the terrace of Athena Pronaia in Delphi. Its outer order, climbed from three columns in 1938, has a well-preserved elevation. Due to its state of conservation and considering the possibility of a joint study of its architectural and artistic forms, analyzing the Tholos is particularly relevant. On the patrimonial point of view, Eloquenzior will  provide  the  Greek and  international  community  a  complete  virtual  3D  restitution  of  the monument and its carved decoration, today broken into hundreds of fragments whose shape analysis shapes achieved in this project will match and merge.

The Attis temple in Zama Regia (Tunisia)

At only a few tens of km away from Tunis, discovered in the 2000s by a team led by Ahmed Ferjaoui (National Heritage Institute  of  Tunis), the ancient temple of  Attis  in Zama Regia is still unreleased but  about  to  be published by A. Ferjaoui. Dedicated to god Attis, it offers its exceptional remains of its architecture and gilded and polychrome sculptures dedicated to the god in its sanctuary. The latter – also novel – retain the vestiges with an exceptional state of preservation of their initial surface treatment and appearance (gilding, assorted colors), offering  to  measurement  and  3D  digital  recording  an  almost  unique  stratigraphy  for  the  antique  marble sculpture. 3D modeling of surface treatments sculptures Zama, which offers a wide stratigraphy of only a few microns, is a challenge in itself. It is one of the major objectives of the project “Eloquenzior”. Partnership with the Laboratory of Molecular and Structural Archaeology (UMR 8220, dir. Dr. CNRS Philippe Walter) is a very important asset for obtaining relevant results.

For further information do not hesitate to contact :

Pr. Marc Daniel ( marc.daniel[at]univ-amu.fr ), Pr. Philippe Jockey ( philippe.jockey[at]univ-amu.fr ), Dr. Livio de Luca ( livio.deluca[at]map.cnrs.fr ).

2 Doctoral Scholarships in “Archaeological Information Systems” and “GIScience/Geoinformatics”

The Junior Research Group “Digital Humanities/Digital Cultural heritage” of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” in cooperation with the “Heidelberg Graduate School for Mathematical and Computational Methods in the Sciences”, offers two doctoral scholarships with focus on “Archaeological Information Systems” and “Digital Cultural heritage”.

Within the framework of the research group we will look at discourses linked to changes of new possibilities in the use of digital methods in archeology. Opportunities and risks associated with big research data sets will be ascertained. This results in standardized workflows that serve further investigations. We work on a team with GIS and laser scan data (2D and 3D modeling) in cooperation with a research network of various institutions within a digital research infrastructure. And we also develop VREs (Virtual Research Environments) for specific digitalization workflows of sub-projects in archaeology.

The successful applicants’ primary task will be to complete a PhD degree, but active participation in relevant graduate courses offered at the Cluster of Excellence or other institutes at Heidelberg University is recommended. The stipends are rated at € 1200 to 1468/month. Access to travel and publication funding is available.

Candidates must hold an M.A. or equivalent in a relevant discipline of Pre- and Early History (“Ur- und Frühgeschichte”), Historical Sciences, GIScience /Geoinformatics, Landscape Archaeology and Geomatics or Archaeological Information Systems (“Archäoinformatik”) etc. and experience in archaeological fieldwork methods in Europe and/or Asian contexts. Proficiency in English is mandatory. German and French language skills are desirable. An interest in interdisciplinary collaboration is essential.

To apply, send curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, an outline of a dissertation project (2-3 pages) related to the research group, names and contact details of two referees, and one written sample (altogether in one PDF) via email to Dr. Armin Volkmann (armin.volkmann[at]asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de). Stipend start should be in 2013, review of applications will continue until the positions are filled.

Heidelberg University is an equal opportunity/affirmative-action employer. In case of equality of qualification and suitability of applicants, the applications made by female researchers will be given preferential consideration. We also encourage and welcome applications from disabled persons.

For additional information see: http://www.asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de/en