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SEAHA Fully Funded Studentship: Hyperspectral imaging for heritage: From books to bricks

Important description
This interdisciplinary project will explore the practical use of Hyperspectral Imaging, once a niche technique used by astrophysicists, in the field of heritage science. The University of Oxford has recently invested in advanced hyperspectral imaging equipment to be housed in the Bodleian Library. The aim of this project will be to evaluate the use of this technique across the heritage resources of the University (including library books and papers, museum objects, and Oxfordメs architectural and archaeological heritage).
The successful candidate will have a first or upper-second degree in engineering, material science, conservation science, chemistry, physics (or related aspects of science and/or engineering), and a keen interest in cultural heritage. Candidates with proven experience in the use of hyperspectral imaging in other fields may also be considered from disciplines such as geography, environment sciences, or astrophysics.

The following concrete research questions are of interest:

ユ How can hyperspectral imaging be best applied to extract information from manuscripts within the Bodleian Library and other collections?
ユ What are the best protocols and procedures to reveal hidden text and map materials and pigments on such manuscripts and what are the optimum ways of presenting the information?
ユ How can hyperspectral imaging be best applied to provide information from archaeological and architectural heritage materials within the University of Oxford?
ユ What are the best protocols and procedures to reveal hidden relief details, the presence and nature of biological/organic growth on and within materials, and signs of change and deterioration?

The project is part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology at University College London, University of Oxford and University of Brighton (www.seaha-cdt.ac.uk), in collaboration with the Bodleian Libraries (www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk) and Headwall Photonics ( http://www.headwallphotonics.com/ ). Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through the Centre for Doctoral Training and co-funded by The University of Oxford Fell fund, the four year doctoral research programme will be supervised jointly by The University of Oxford School of Geography and the environment ( http://www.geog.ox.ac.uk/), The Bodleian Libraries, (www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk), and Headwall Photonics ( http://www.headwallphotonics.com/ ) For further details contact David Howell David.Howell@bodleain.ox.ac.uk who will be the heritage supervisor. The academic supervisor will be Prof Heather Viles.

As a SEAHA student, you will have unparalleled access to research infrastructure and expertise across three universities and almost 50 research, heritage and industrial partners. Please visit the SEAHA website (www.seaha-cdt.ac.uk) for details.

Eligibility and other criteria
Local and international students may apply

Application deadline
* March 1, 2015

Additional information, and important URL

For full details on how to apply, please click here:

Applications should not be submitted by UCL online admissions system. Instead, they should be sent directly to the SEAHA Centre Manager: manager@seaha-cdt.ac.uk

Postal Address:
SEAHA Centre Manager
UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage
The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER) 4th Floor, Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
London, WC1H 0NN

Application deadline: Midnight (GMT), 1st March 2015

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The SEAHA Studentship will cover home fees and a stipend of up to a maximum of ᆪ16,726 per year (current rate) for eligible applicants ( http://www.seaha-cdt.ac.uk/opportunities/eligibility-criteria/), and a substantial budget for research, travel, and cohort activities.

The award will be subject to Grant Agreement between The University of Oxford and Headwall Photonics.

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