Post Doctoral Research Assistant – AHRC Peopling of the Tularosa Basin (Geophysics)

Bournemouth University

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The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have awarded a grant to the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Technology) entitled: Peopling of the Tularosa playa during the Last Glacial Maximum.  This follows the discovery of ancient human footprints within this basin.

The research team has already demonstrated how ground penetrating radar can be used to document animal footprints including those of humans. We seek to appoint a Post Doctoral Research Assistant qualified in geophysics to develop this work and undertake large independent surveys at White Sands National Park in the Tularosa Basin. You will have a doctoral qualification in an appropriate field, be able to work independently and have knowledge of computational geophysics and an interest in developing machine learning algorithms to aid data processing. Participation in footprint excavations and the documentation of footprint sites will also form part of the duties, as will engaging with indigenous peoples.

This position is available on a fixed-term basis until 31 March 2026.

A detailed job description and person specification are available from our website together with an online application form. Alternatively, please email the HR Services Team at [email protected] quoting the appropriate reference (FST527)  

BU values and is committed to an inclusive working environment.  We seek a diverse community through attracting, developing and retaining staff from different backgrounds to contribute to inspirational learning, advancing knowledge and enriching society.  To support and enable our staff to achieve a balance between work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Closing Date: (Midnight) Monday 3 April 2023

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