The University of Chicago Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures (ISAC) and the Field Museum of Natural History invite applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar for the 2024—2027 academic years.
This is a thirty-six-month, non-renewable appointment. The Scholar will be an integral part of the conservation and exhibition preparation team.
During the first year of the appointment, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will conduct capturing and manipulating 3D data related to the museums' collections; integrating 2D and 3D data into the museum databases; 3D printed artifact reproduction at various scales, under supervision of the curatorial/conservation department; serving as a liaison with vendors and non-collections museum departments (e.g. Digital Records, Archives, and Publications, Exhibition department, photographers, engineers, 3D scanning and milling companies, etc.); and additional duties as related to the position. For the second year, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will organize and conduct a two-day conference on key comparatively oriented theoretical or methodological issues in the field of Digital Humanities, with a focus on museum collection management.
We encourage cross-disciplinary proposals that deal with ancient West Asia and North Africa or that compare these regions with other cultural areas. Applicants should take into consideration the research interests represented at ISAC and the Field Museum. The conference will take place in early May 2025. Following the conference, the Postdoctoral Scholar will work with publication staff to assemble and edit the proceedings for publication in the “ISAC Museum Publication” series.
Minimum requirements include a PhD in related field.