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Associate Specialist in Digital Heritage – 2018-19

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The University of California, Merced is a dynamic new university campus in Merced, California. The University opened in September 2005 as the tenth campus of the University of California and the first American research university in the 21st century. In keeping with the mission of the University to provide teaching, research and public service of the highest quality, UC Merced offers research centered and student-oriented educational opportunities at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels through three academic schools: Engineering, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences/ Humanities/Arts.

The Heritage Interpretation Visualization and Experience (HIVE) Lab is the research lab of Assistant Professor Nicola Lercari and is currently based out of the University of California, Merced. The lab is home to an interdisciplinary group of researchers, at the postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate level, investigating a broad range of topics including digital heritage, digital archaeology, remote sensing for heritage diagnostics, unmanned aerial systems, virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (A/R). The lab focuses on developing new knowledge and methods in heritage preservation and to understanding how digital technologies influence cultural awareness and participation in the protection of natural and cultural resources in California and worldwide.

The HIVE Lab seeks applications for a part-time Associate Research Specialist to support the Digital Maya Heritage project by conducting digital documentation and mapping of Maya archaeological sites in Mexico. Additionally, the candidate must be able to post-process structure from motion, terrestrial and airborne LiDAR data, and conduct spatial data analysis in GIS, and research, not limited to: preparing / reviewing technical reports, preparing and conducting built heritage data analysis, engaging in digital heritage project management (e.g., research permit, budget, quality assurance, export control, field work logistics) and preparing and conducting research reports. Field work requires fluency in the Spanish language, familiarity with Maya archaeological sites, previous archaeological excavation experience, survey and mapping methods, use of novel research equipment (UAVs, LiDAR), and ability to travel internationally in Latin America carrying research equipment and supervising graduate and undergraduate students.

Qualifications: Applicants must have obtained an M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. in Archaeology or Architecture with a focus on Mesoamerica or a related field as well as have effective analytical, written and verbal communication skills in both English and Spanish. The successful candidate will have at least 5 years of fieldwork experience with archaeological excavation, survey methods, use of novel research equipment (terrestrial and/or airborne LiDAR, UAVs).

Interested individuals should submit 1) cover letter 2) Curriculum vitae, 3) a list of 3 references with contact information including mailing address.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Specialist Series Salary scale. Initial review of applicants will begin immediately. Recruitment will remain open until the position is filled; however, there is a closing date of 10/11/2017. Position to begin on February 1, 2018.

The University of California, Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.

For questions and additional information, please contact Assistant Professor Nicola Lercari at

Find more details on our project at:

Find more details on the HIVE Lab at:

Merced, CA
Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico
Other archaeological sites in Mesoamerica

Job location

Merced, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 references required (contact information only)