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Available studentships

SEAHA provide fully-funded four-year integrated MRes and PhD studentships to eligible students.  All studentships are advertised as separate research projects and will be announced throughout the year; note that we do not have one application period.

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Information on how to apply can be found in the project title links below.

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We are currently recruiting for:

Preservation of geological collections in museums

Mineral specimens, despite their apparent stability, are prone to deterioration in museum environments. Currently available methodologies are not suitable for routine collection monitoring, as results are not necessarily replicable, and, in the absence of guidance on suitable storage conditions, triggers and the suitability of conservation actions are difficult to determine. We need a more robust approach to the delivery of preventative conservation of geological collections. This studentship, based at the University of Oxford and in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and BSRIA Ltd, addresses these issues. The student will define what kind of material change in minerals constitutes damage; develop a protocol for routine monitoring of museum geological collections for potential damage; establish optimum environmental and minimum air quality standards for different types of minerals; and test rigorously the suitability of conservation treatments that are presently available.

Project supervisors:

Academic supervisor – Professor Heather Viles, University of Oxford
Heritage supervisors – Dr Christian Baars and Dr Jana Horák, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales
Industrial supervisor – Ian Wallis, BSRIA Ltd

Application deadline:  midday on Friday, January 12th (interviews most likely to be held on January 25th)
Start date: Sept 2018

Large-scale metadata enrichment of 3D cultural heritage artefacts by automatic and user-based metadata acquisition

Creating 3D digital models of museum artefacts is a great way to protect, document, manage, present and share heritage stored in museum collections. The latest 3d scanning technologies allow us to automate the creation of such models, which means we can consider scanning collections on a large scale. But such digitised collections need to be organised, using semantic metadata about their origins, owners, purpose, shape, colour etc. This project aims to develop novel scalable methods to acquire such metadata from 3d scans, for example by identifying shapes (such as a vase or a human statue), or components (such as an arm or a handle), and identifying links between shapes and other digital assets such as text or images. In addition, it aims at further developing web-based 3D-centered annotation systems and contributing to standardization efforts regarding image formats and 3D models through interest groups such as IIIF and the Web3D consortium.

Project supervisors

Academic supervisors – Dr Roger Evans (University of Brighton), Dr Karina Rodriguez (University of Brighton)
Industrial supervisors – Pedro Santos (Fraunhofer-IGD), Jonathan Beck  (MyMiniFactory Scan the World project)

Application deadline: 17:00 Monday 15 January 2018 (interviews most likely to be held w/c 29 January 2018)
Starting Date: Early 2018

SEAHA David Arnold Memorial Scholarship – ‘use-inspired basic research’ in Cultural Heritage

The SEAHA David Arnold Memorial Scholarship is a fully-funded four-year combined MRes (at UCL) and PhD (at Brighton), on a topic of your choice within the general theme of “Use-inspired basic research in Cultural Heritage”. This call invites proposals of up to 1000 words for a specific PhD research project which addresses this theme. The heart of your proposal will be novel basic research in digital technology applied to cultural heritage, but this will arise out of interaction with cultural heritage stakeholders, addressing their needs and perspectives, and will be evaluated through practical deployment exercises with these stakeholders.

Project supervisors

Academic supervisors – Dr Roger Evans (University of Brighton), Dr Jaime Kaminski (University of Brighton)

Application deadline:  09:00 Thursday 21 December 2017 (interviews most likely to be held w/c 15 January 2018)

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Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage and Archaeology