Archaeologist - GIS Administrator

TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT : Permanent contract
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND : Master or PhD in Archaeology, or Geography with a background
knowledge in Archaeology (minimum 5 years of professionally-oriented experience abroad)
SALARY : based on experience

TO APPLY : Please send a CV and a cover letter of 1000 words max. before September, 1st, 2021 via email with « MuDUD Candidacy – GIS Administrator Position » as the object of the email to these 4 addresses:,,,

In order to evaluate your experience and abilities you are invited to join a field report and/or an article representative of your work.

As part of the « Historical Investigation of Al-Ula Old Town — Multiscalar Documentation for Urban Dynamics » or MuDUD project, coordinated and funded by AFALULA (Agence française pour le développement d’AlUla) in partnership with the RCU (Royal Commission for AlUla), Archaïos is recruiting an Archaeologist, GIS Administrator for the study of the Old Town of AlUla, in northwestern Saudi Arabia.
As a multi-year project implemented by Archaïos and under the leadership of Dr. Apolline Vernet, the Project
Director, since early 2021, the MuDUD Project wishes, through a multidisciplinary approach, to apprehend the
history of the Old Town of AlUla. Working within an international team of experts, the GIS Administrator is
under the supervision of the Project Director and the Head of the ‘Data Management’ Research Department, in collaboration with the Project Manager.
The GIS Administrator will be asked to come to AlUla Old Town (Saudi Arabia) several times a year for 2-months field missions. Between each mission, they will be working either in Paris, at the Archaïos office, or remotely, depending on their place of residence.


Under the supervision of Head of the ‘Data Management’ Research Department, the GIS Administrator
in the field, will:
• Provide the spatial and geographical recording of the MuDUD Project’s data
• Create maps related to the study of AlUla Old Town
• Propose spatial analyses exploiting the historical data coming from the MuDUD Project, especially
geostatistical and temporal data, to understand the different components of the urban fabric (i.e. built
environment, road network, and/or material culture)
• Ensure spatial data organization
• Accompany and coordinate the recording in the GIS of the field data collected by the archaeologists
• Work in close collaboration with the Database administrator and the archaeologists involved in the
MuDUD project
• Keep in touch with the specialists taking part in the ‘Data Management’ Research Department’s
• Respect the analysis schedules imposed by the project
• Adapt their methodologies to the specificities and constraints of the field.
In addition to their field responsibilities and activities, the GIS Administrator will be required to:
• Propose interpretative and/or temporal maps to highlight the urban evolution, following the Project’s
graphic chart guidelines
• Work in close collaboration with the other Research Departments of the Project: ‘Abandonment
Archaeology’, ‘Architecture’, and ‘Building Archaeology’
• Prepare and write, in English, regular reports of the activities in the field
• Demonstrate scientific rigor in the field reports, written in English
• Participate in the publication of the annual reports
• Attend field team meetings and project meetings
• Be a source of proposals and initiatives in the ‘Data Management’ Research Department, and in the
project as a whole.


Member of the ‘Data Management’ Research Department, the GIS Administrator will actively participate
in the smooth running of the MuDUD project as a whole, through true collegiality.
The GIS Administrator must:
• Master GeoPackages and GeoDatabase formats
• Master QGIS and ArcGIS
• Use QField
• Have a comprehensive knowledge of statistics (geospatial, tests)
• Know coordinates systems and geographic projection systems, as well as their conversions
• Have notions in Database processing and in form generation
• Have knowledge in SQL
• Have knowledge in spatial and geostatistical analysis
• Generate maps and edit them
To do so, the GIS Administrator must master:
• ArcGIS Pro
• R
• QField
• Illustrator/Inkscape
The GIS Administrator must also have the following qualities:
• Resiliency
• Good adaptability to fieldwork in difficult climate conditions (hot and arid)
• Capability to anticipate needs
• Capability to work in urgency and under tight deadlines when the situation arises
• Good at prioritizing tasks
• Diplomacy and discretion
• Resourcefulness and versatility
• Flexibility
• Knowing how to keep it cool in all circumstances, and being resistant to stress
• Being able to work in an intercultural environment
• Having at least a B1 level in English
• Knowing and speaking a little Arabic would be a real plus
• International Driver’s license (desired)

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