Director of the Center for Ancient Middle Eastern Landscapes (Research Associate)

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago invites applications for a Research Associate to develop and carry out advanced research projects in the analysis of ancient Near Eastern Landscapes as Director of the Center for Ancient Middle Eastern Landscapes (CAMEL) Laboratory. The CAMEL Lab is a leading research and training center that investigates the ancient cultures of this region through a diachronic study of its landscapes.  This is accomplished via the systematic collection of contemporary and historical spatial data, and the development of new methodologies for analyzing geospatial data sets. The CAMEL Laboratory facilitates collaborative scholarship with Oriental Institute faculty, conducts its own projects in both landscape archaeology research and cultural heritage preservation, and trains both students and faculty in the methods of landscape archaeology.
Applicants must have expertise and field experience directing archaeological surface surveys and landscape archaeology projects in the Near East/Egypt.  In addition, applicants must have expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: remote sensing, geography, or quantitative modeling of settlement systems.  Experience in grant writing is highly desirable.  Some teaching may also be required for this position.  The position also involves work on the Oriental Institute’s Afghan Heritage Mapping Project. A Ph.D. is required.
To apply for this position, please apply online at the University of Chicago’s Academic Career Opportunities website:
Job posting number: 03354
Review of applications will begin on July 15, 2017.
Inquiries can be directed to with the subject heading “CAMEL Director (Research Associate) Search.”
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.
The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer.
Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5671 or email with their request.

Project Curator: Ashurbanipal (British Museum)

Salary: £24,309 per annum pro-rata
Contract: Fixed Term: 18 months in duration (Full time)

The Middle East department of the British Museum are seeking a Project Curator to support the Ashurbanipal exhibition project team, working closely with the Lead Curators in the development and delivery of the exhibition and publication.

As Project Curator, responsibilities will include assisting the Lead Curators with background research, managing a digital database, and overseeing project documentation. You will also track and monitor the movement of Museum objects for the exhibition between departments and assist with other aspects of the project, as required.

Educated to Masters-level in the archaeology of the Middle East, or equivalent, the successful candidate will have demonstrable research expertise and experience relating to the archaeology and material culture of the Middle East from 900-600 BC. With strong IT and editing skills, you will be proficient in managing digital imagery.

We are interested in hearing from highly organised and resourceful individuals, who can meet multiple deadlines to a high standard whilst maintaining strong attention to detail and accuracy. You will thrive as part of a team and will be able to successfully liaise with stakeholders at all levels. Evidence of public outputs concerning the Ancient Near East and previous experience of working in a support role on an exhibition would be desirable.

About the British Museum:

Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. With over 6.4 million visitors in 2016, the Museum is the top visitor attraction in the UK, and its world-famous collection includes the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, Egyptian mummies, the Admonitions Scroll, and the Amaravati sculptures.

The Museum adheres to the HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) requirements for all staff at the British Museum. The Museum is an equal opportunity employer, supports a diverse workplace and offers a competitive benefits package. For more information see (follow the “Apply now” link where you will be directed to complete your application).

Closing date: 15th June 2017, Midday

If you have any queries regarding this role, please email or call 0845 601 1124. Please quote the job reference number (1651752) in the subject line of any email and at the beginning of a call.

PhD Scholarship – Mediterranean History, University of Haifa

The Haifa Center for Mediterranean History (HCMH) is offering a three-year PhD scholarship for a project relating to the pre-modern history of the Mediterranean, starting in October 2017.

HCMH, which began its work this year, promotes the historical study of the pre-modern Mediterranean at the university of Haifa, and aims to connect it to the vibrant international networks of Mediterranean research. Prospective PhD projects will engage meaningfully in a relevant Mediterranean theme, and show relevance to the current historiographical discourse. They will be supervised by a Haifa researcher from one of the following departments: History, Maritime Civilizations, Archaeology, Art History, Middle Eastern History, Israel Studies, and Jewish History. Co-advisors from other departments and universities are welcome.

The scholarships will be offered to students who will be admitted to doctoral studies at the University of Haifa. Applicants should supply a personal statement, BA and MA transcripts and diplomas, a writing sample (up to 8,000 words – a chapter from the MA thesis is possible), and two letters of recommendation – one from the designated PhD supervisor, and another from a senior researcher familiar with the candidate. In addition, applicants should supply an official letter indicating that they had been accepted to the PhD program of one of the above-mentioned departments, accompanied by the approved statement of intent for the dissertation. Successful candidates will be expected to apply also for the institutional PhD scholarship of distinction. The stipend will ultimately amount to 15,000$ annually.

Please note that this is a competitive scholarship. The HCMH academic committee will evaluate all applications and inform the candidates of its decision. The awarding of the scholarship is pending on academic and administrative good standing, according to the regulations of the Graduate Studies Authority.

Application materials in PDF should be emailed to Ms. Hilla Heinemann, HCMH administrator, at by 1 July 2017. Recommenders should mail their letters directly to HCMH.

Dr. Gil Gambash and Dr. Zur Shalev, HCMH Directors