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Research Assistant in Digital Archaeology (ref. no. STARC_RA_21_03)

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The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is a non-profit research and educational institution with a strong scientific and technological orientation, emphasizing international collaborations, cross-disciplinary research, innovation, and post graduate education. CyI, through its established research centres, addresses challenging issues that are important at both the regional and international levels. Many of its research activities are being carried out in partnership with leading institutions in the respective thematic areas.

The STARC Centre of the Cyprus Institute is seeking to recruit a Research Assistant with a focus on 2D documentation of archaeological and heritage artefacts, in order to further extend its research activities in the field of heritage documentation and safeguarding, with a particular attention on the fight against archaeological looting and illicit trafficking of cultural property.  

The successful candidate is expected to perform massive photographic data collection of archaeological material, icons, and other artefact typologies, with the main aim to create a 2D structured database, coupled with ontologies, for the training of Artificial Intelligence networks. Data collection is expected to take place in several institutions in Cyprus and abroad, if needed.

The successful candidate will also participate in the development of annotation tools based on machine learning techniques to reduce the amount of manually annotated data and simplify the overall annotation process.

This position is supported by the Project SIGNIFICANCE, NUMBER — 101003625, funded by the EU, Internal Security Fund Police.

The SIGNIFICANCE project (Stop Illicit heritaGe traffickiNg wIth artiFICiAl iNtelligenCE) has been specifically designed to help and increase the responsiveness and effectiveness of the public authorities and police forces against the illicit trafficking of cultural goods through Internet channels (i.e., social platforms, web and dark web).

The successful candidate will be a member of the Andreas Pittas Art Characterization (APAC) Laboratories under the supervision of the SIGNIFICANCE Project Leader.



  1. Documentation of archaeological material using photographic equipment
  2. Database ingestion of illicitly trafficked cultural goods with images and associated metadata.
  3. Contribute in the development of ontologies for archaeological artefacts
  4. Contribute in the development of images annotation tool
  5. Participate in scheduled field campaign.
Job Requirements

Required Experience and Qualifications

  • BSc/BA in Archaeology, Computer Science or equivalent
  • Excellent knowledge in the use of photographic equipment (DSLR cameras) and techniques
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and project planning skills.
  • Excellent knowledge English language both verbal and written.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


Preferred Experience and Qualifications

  1. Experience in application of Science and Technology in Archaeology and Cultural
  2. Good knowledge of 3D modelling techniques (i.e., 3D scanning and photogrammetry), field survey and data post-processing

For full consideration, interested applicants should process their application at The Cyprus Institute JobBoard ( based on the instructions given. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae including a letter of interest and a list of three references (including contact information). All documentation should be in English and in PDF Format. For further information, please contact Dante Abate ( Please note that applications which do not follow the announcement’s guidelines will not be considered.

Recruitment will continue until the positions are filled. 

Contact person: Dante Abate       Reference number: STARC_RA_21_03

Opening Date
Monday, March 8, 2021
Closing Date
Sunday, April 4, 2021