Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) invites applications for one-year, renewable post-doctoral fellowships in geospatial and/or data sciences to help facilitate ANAMED’s ongoing Linking Anatolian Pasts (LAP) project. ANAMED, located in Beyoğlu, Istanbul is dedicated to fostering research on the archaeology, art, heritage, and history of Anatolia through fellowships, exhibitions, symposia, publications, library collections and services, and projects like this.
The primary responsibilities of fellowship holders will be to process data, develop and manage sustainable data infrastructure, and work towards web-based publication associated with sets of multi-period and multi-scalar data, including historical aerial photographs (HAPs), archival data, historical maps, spatial and aspatial archaeological databases, and more. Foundational datasets consist of sets of HAPs to be processed into orthomosaics and corresponding historical digital elevation models (hDEMs) covering large parts of Anatolia and revealing landscapes in conditions pre-dating the onset of industrial agriculture, large-scale rural development, and the explosive growth of urban areas.
Successful applicants will have expertise in some combination of analytical software and coding (e.g., Python, R), database management (PostgreSQL, PostGIS), and specific geospatial and photogrammetric processing routines including, but not limited to:
- Processing of large collections of multi-scalar HAPs for orthomosaic and hDEM production and analysis;
- Disparate data aggregation, database development, and management; and
- Familiarity with ISO, CIDOC CRM, Dublin Core, and other metadata standards, semantic mapping, and publishing for integration with Linked Open Data (LOD) networks.
Successful applicants will have a PhD in geospatial sciences (e.g., GIS, remote sensing, geomatics), data sciences, and/or related social sciences and humanities fields and the ability to communicate effectively (written and spoken) in both English and Turkish with faculty, administration, staff, students, and researchers across Türkiye (a third language is a plus).
The successful applicant will be ready to start the one-year fellowship soon after completion of the application review process. Renewal thereafter is contingent on project progress and available funding.
Application review will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled, with a desired fellowship start date in early Fall 2023.