Research Assistant / Associate in Endangered African Heritage Open Access Databases
University of Cambridge McDonald Institute
United Kingdom

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

The McDonald Institute invites applications for a three-year, full-time, Research Assistant/Associate in Endangered African Heritage Open Access Databases generously supported by Arcadia - a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin (

Applicants must have MA/MSc/MPhil or PhD/D.Phil. in Computer Science (or a related and relevant subject), or Archaeological GIS or Computational Archaeology together with experience in database design with PostGIS and/or other open source databases, open source GIS software such as QGIS and GRASS, and demonstrated programming experience using n Python, JavaScript, SQL, HTML, and CSS languages; using the command-line interface and Github repositories; and working with object-relational and/or semantic graph (RDF) database management.

Appointment at Research Associate is dependent on having a relevant PhD or equivalent experience in database design, management and associated programming, including applicants who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at Research Assistant and amended to Research Associate when the PhD is awarded).

The salary for the Research Associate starts at £32,816 to £40,322 per annum, if you have not yet received your PhD you will be appointed as a Research Assistant and the salary will be starting at £26,715 to £30,942 per annum until the PhD is awarded.

Ability and willingness to travel (nationally and internationally) and to work flexibly to support the activities of the project is essential, and experience of using Arches and delivering training courses are especially desirable.

Starting date: 1st October 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.

We particularly welcome applications from women and candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

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Please include details of two referees.

Applications are a two-stage process (see further particulars by following the link below for details). Please do not apply without consulting the further particulars as these give you essential information about the procedure and the documents you need to submit. Informal inquiries may be addressed to Professor Paul Lane (

Please quote reference JC23103 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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