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Postdoctorial position at Bangor University

We are looking for a postdoctorial Research Officer (RO) or Research Project Support Officer (RPSO) (without phd) to work at the School of Computer Science, Bangor University, UK, for up to 12 months on an UK AHRC Research Council, funded project titled “Alternative Views on the lost heritage of Gwynedd”.

To apply, and to read further details, goto http://jobs.bangor.ac.uk/, perform a Keyword search of job Number BU00138.

The project is a collaboration between the School of Computer Science, Bangor University (Dr Jonathan C Roberts), the School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology, Bangor University (Prof. Ray Karl), the Department of Computer Science, Aberystwyth University (Dr. Bernie Tiddeman) and Gwynedd Archaeological Trust (Mrs Emily Bateman). Dr. Jonathan C. Roberts and Professor Ray Karl of Bangor University lead the project.

The successful applicant will be located in Bangor and will report to Dr. Jonathan C. Roberts. The RO/RPSO position is available for upto 12 months and the successful candidate will be expected to start as soon as possible.

Computer photogrammetry techniques have advanced enough to utilise multiple 2D photographs of the same object, building or environment, perform a registration of them and calculate a 3D model from the 2D photos. This project will create 3D models from the photographs in the archives and allow users to navigate and view these 3D scenes. The focus is on an image archive of Gwynedd Archaeological Trust (GAT), photographs that were taken many years ago, and not for the purpose of creating a 3D picture. Many of the photographs depict assets that have long disappeared, or excavations that have been built upon. We will also elicit stories from public engagement and collate information on these pictures. Therefore, we will present alternative views on the lost heritage of Gwynedd: including 2D pictures, interactive 3D models, stories and interpretations of the heritage asset, and where appropriate 3D physical models printed through rapid prototyping techniques.

The post holder will join the team investigating and researching photogrammetry, searching archives for suitable historic records to be processed, creating the 3D models from selected photographs, working with the local community to continue with 3D photogrammetry creation and gathering stories, creating material for an exhibition, and assist/organise a workshop and exhibition. In particular the RPSO/RO should enthusiastically contribute to significant technical advances and novel directions in their scientific investigation and will actively take part and assist/lead the development of research publications (at high impact publication venues), a workshop and exhibition of the project. The appointee is expected to attend conferences, visit partner institutions and give seminars and conference presentations.

Applicants should have a good first degree and/or Masters or PhD level qualifications and experience in heritage, archaeology, virtual reality, visualization and/or computer graphics. They will require the enthusiasm and drive to assist/carry-out high quality research in an exciting, highly professional, multidisciplinary environment. The successful candidate will work closely with established researchers within Bangor and Aberystwyth Universities and the partner institution trust.

The successful candidate will be appointed on either Grade 6 or Grade 7 dependent on qualifications and experience and the salary and job description will be matched accordingly.

Informal enquires should be addressed to Dr. Jonathan C. Roberts, School of Computer Science, Bangor. Email: j.c.roberts@bangor.ac.uk. Further particulars are available on request.

Closing date for applications: 31 January 2013

Committed To Equal Opportunities

Best regards
Jonathan

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