The Aerial Photography of Qatar project is funded by the Qatar National Research Foundation and aims to acquire and research the historical aerial photography of Qatar and the wider Gulf region. It is a one-year pilot project to assess the accessibility and utility of aerial photographs of Qatar and the wider region that are held at the National Collection of Aerial Photography (Edinburgh). A team made up of leading experts in their fields will conduct research into this dataset, identifying photographs, their origins and their object, catalogue them, digitise them for web publication and use them for research into the history of Qatar.
The successful candidate will be expected to provide the metadata that will allow detailed research into what the photography can tell us about the history of Qatar. They will have significant responsibilities for both the metadata creation and for various aspects of the daily running of the project. The successful candidate is expected to liaise closely with other members of the team to ensure all work carried out is done so in a systematic and cohesive manner.
The post is funded through a grant for 10 months beginning in early 2017.
The successful candidate should have knowledge of GIS technology (ArcGIS or QGIS and preferably a BA in either Geographic Information Systems, Library and Information Studies, Information Studies, Computer Science, or related fields. They should be able to demonstrate experience working of projects collecting historical data and show evidence of experience being responsible for overseeing and supervising diverse teams in challenging conditions. A commitment to high quality research is essential.
The candidate should be fluent in English and preferably have a knowledge of Arabic as well as being capable of using a host of GIS software (ArcGIS or QGIS), Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM)/UK GEMINI, GML/KML and international standards. They should be confident at presenting findings to various audiences. They should be able to demonstrate highly developed interpersonal skills and intercultural diplomacy, as well as a desire to work collaboratively as part of a team.