Research assistant, Archive Archaeology: Preserving and Sharing Syria’s Cultural Heritage through Harald Ingholt’s Digital Archives, University of Aarhus — LIMITE : 01/12/2021

Aarhus University, School of Culture and Society

Research assistant (fixed-term contract) – Archive Archaeology: Preserving and Sharing Syria’s Cultural Heritage through Harald Ingholt’s Digital Archives

Institution Type:   College / University
Location:   Denmark
Position:   Research Professional

The research project Archive Archaeology: Preserving and Sharing Syria’s Cultural Heritage through Harald Ingholt’s Digital Archives, funded by the ALIPH Foundation and affiliated with the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet), School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, is looking to recruit a full-time (37 hours/week) research assistant for the period 1 February 2022 – 30 September 2022.

Place of employment: Nobelparken, Jens Chr. Skous Vej, 8000 Aarhus C. As the project is affiliated with UrbNet at AU Campus Moesgård, the successful applicant is also expected to spend some time in Højbjerg as well.

The position
The successful applicant is expected to take on a key role in going through Harald Ingholt’s digital archive, consisting of documentation images and notes on objects, as well as assisting the project leader in pushing the publication work forward. Tasks include:

  • supporting large research/publication projects (including copyediting)
  • carrying out data collection for publications
  • carrying out research tasks within the area of classical archaeology, e.g. literature searches and image processing
  • supporting the organisation of international workshops
  • supporting processes in connection with funding applications/reporting to funding agencies
  • Training new research assistants and student helpers

Applicants are expected to document the following qualifications:

  • a Master’s degree in classical archaeology or a related discipline (this is a minimum requirement)
  • familiarity with the extensive research on Palmyrene funerary sculpture and the work undertaken within the framework of the Palmyra Portrait Project
  • knowledge of archaeological and antique source material
  • a professional level of English (spoken and written)
  • reading skills in French, German and Italian; experience of Semitic languages is an advantage but not a requirement
  • excellent attention to detail
  • a methodological and structured approach to work and good organisational skills
  • good time-management skills and the ability to meet deadlines
  • good interpersonal and collaborative skills
Applicants who can document experience gained in similar roles will have an advantage, but this is not a requirement.

The application must be uploaded in English.

Further information
For further information about the position, please contact Professor Rubina Raja (rubina.raja[at]
For more information about applications, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn (mbb[at]

About the project
Archive Archaeology: Preserving and Sharing Syria’s Cultural Heritage through Harald Ingholt’s Digital Archives aims to preserve and provide access to Syrian cultural heritage through the publication of archival material gathered on Palmyra, Syria, as well as to advocate for best practices in the preservation of heritage and archaeological documentation. The project is based on data collected in the Palmyra Portrait Project (funded by the Carlsberg Foundation) and is affiliated with the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet).

The project has three main objectives:
(1) to publish and make the digital archive accessible online to the public in a searchable form, and to publish the excavation diaries including a full assessment of the graves documented in them
(2) to assess the damage to and loss of Palmyrene cultural heritage based on the primary evidence collected in the unpublished archive and the diaries
(3) to reconstruct lost and damaged contexts based on the evidence collected in the archive

This project will be under the leadership of Professor Rubina Raja. She is one of the leading scholars of Palmyrene art and culture; and as Director of the Palmyra Portrait Project, she has organised several international conferences and two major exhibitions, published extensively on Palmyrene society and heritage, and, together with her team, collected over 4,000 portraits from Palmyra, more than a quarter of which are located in Syria, while the others are scattered around the world.

The project will have several long-term outcomes. Thanks to the information collected on the archive and the excavation diaries, and together with the research already conducted by the Palmyra Portrait Project in preparation of this project, it will be possible to recontextualise and recreate artefact assemblages that have been affected by the war in Syria. The project can furthermore help identify and trace looted antiquities. The context of damaged and destroyed antiquities can be reconstructed and situated within the framework of Palmyrene archaeology. This will give access to lost heritage to the people of Palmyra, and help reconstruction and redisplay efforts at Palmyra. Since the material will be made searchable and open access, it will be possible for a range of individuals and institutions to perform further research with the published material. This will be a major step forward in documentation practice, since in many cases data cannot or is not made available open access within such documentation projects.
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Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).

Shortlists may be prepared with the candidates that have been selected for a detailed academic assessment. A committee set up by the head of school is responsible for selecting the most qualified candidates. See this link for further information about shortlisting at the Faculty of Arts: shortlisting

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners: Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here:

Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is one of five main academic areas at Aarhus University.

The faculty contributes to Aarhus University’s research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.
With its 550 academic staff members, 275 PhD students, 9,500 BA and MA students, and 1,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.

The Faculty of Arts consists of the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Culture and Society and the Danish School of Education. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.

The faculty’s academic environments and degree programmes engage in international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with society.


The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.

Deadline: 01 December 2021


More information: here

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