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Research engineer in Archaeometry

Aix-Marseille Université, France. 100% for 24 months, starting 1. September 2024. Application deadline: 5. May 2024.

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Research engineer

Specialization: Archaeometry

Employer: Aix-Marseille Université Host Unit: UMR 7269 LAMPEA, Laboratoire Méditerranéen de Préhistoire Europe-Afrique

Job location: MMSH, 5 rue du Château de l’Horloge, 13097 Aix-en-Provence, France

Type of contract: 24-month full-time fixed-term contract

Intended start date: September 1, 2024

Estimated Salary: depending on experience: approx. €2,200 gross/month with 1 years' experience.

Diploma required: PhD or engineering degree

Experience required : between 0 and 5 years


This job offer is part of the Human Resource support for technology platforms on the Aix-Marseille University site, implemented by the A*Midex university foundation. The Research Engineer will be assigned to UMR 7269 LAMPEA and will report to the BOOST Platform Manager, Pierre Magniez (MCF AMU). In collaboration with the BOOST Platform manager and the team of researchers, the research engineer will help to define and manage the deployment of archaeometric techniques on the Microscopy technical platform. He/she will also be involved in the analysis and study of archaeological materials using imaging and digital science methods.


The person recruited will manage the unit's microscopy and digitisation technical platform. In this capacity, he/she will play a pivotal role by being involved in the unit's research programmes in order to facilitate the study of archaeological, palaeontological and geological material. He/she will work closely with the researchers to ensure the acquisition of digital data in the laboratory and to enhance our collections of 3D models of bio- and geo-archaeological material in relation to our 'Thèques' and databases such as the Osteotek 3D project as part of the ArcaDIIs Editorial Hub (developed by Stéphane Renault, IR LAMPEA) and the Lithothèque (GDRsilex project, directed by C. Bressy-Léandri). The research engineer will help to draw up protocols for studying the archaeological material and will be responsible for surveying and 3D modelling of the material in the collections and from current fieldwork, with a view to its interpretation (photogrammetry, portable scanner, digital microscope).


▪ Implementing the strategy and methods for analysing archaeological material in relation to research needs in terms of digitising 2D or 3D models

▪ Adapt and implement analysis and study protocols adapted to the materials (organic, mineral)

▪ Carry out digital acquisitions (photogrammetry, surface scanner, digital microscope, microCT Scanner, etc.) and monitor/manage documentation

▪ Processing, interpreting and presenting analysis results

▪ Participate in the dissemination and promotion of the study (technical reports, publications, oral presentations, conferences, training courses, etc.).

▪ Providing training in archaeometric techniques (2D and 3D digital imaging, scanner images)

▪ Initiate instrumental devices for the laboratory's needs (imaging, microscopy, etc.)

▪ Ensuring compliance with safety standards relating to the risks associated with these techniques



▪ Knowledge of a disciplinary or interdisciplinary field relating to archaeometry, palaeontology and anthropology (general knowledge)

▪ In-depth knowledge of archaeological imaging analysis equipment and techniques (2D and 3D images)

▪ In-depth knowledge of Artec portable 3D scanners and micro-scanners would be an additional asset

▪ Knowledge of the field of archaeological research and the characteristics of sampling sites (sedimentary and archaeological context, etc.)

▪ Knowledge of the implementation of a Data Management Plan (DMP)

▪ Proficiency in Excel, Powerpoint, Word, 3D modelling and data processing software (e.g. AVISO, Artec studio, MeshLab); Photogrammetry (e.g. Metashape)

▪ English language: B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)


▪ Apply the fundamental principles of experimental techniques applied to archaeometry

▪ Ability to work with multidisciplinary teams

▪ Knowledge of the environment and professional networks related to archaeometry (CAIRN network of the MITI-CNRS and the ‘Mission pour l'Interdisciplinarité’ of Aix Marseille University)

▪ Maintain a methodological and technological watch and pass on knowledge

▪ Ensuring compliance with safety standards


The activities of the Research Engineer may involve carrying out assignments on archaeological operations, taking part in national training courses and attending symposia and conferences. TO APPLY Send an application (a detailed CV, a covering letter and two letters of reference) to Pierre Magniez, manager of the BOOST Platform, by e-mail ( before May 5th 2024. Eligible candidates will be auditioned on May 13th or 14th 2024 (in person or by videoconference).


  • Archaeology