We are pleased to announce an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher position in the Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering at Northumbria University starting from January 2022. This position is part of a project funded by the British Academy Knowledge Frontiers 2021 Scheme, entitled Water in Istanbul: Rising to the Challenge? The project brings together archaeologists, historians, civil engineers and socian scientists to investigate the water management infrastructure of Istanbul at two key phases in the city’s life: the transition from Roman to Ottoman rule in the 15th Century, and the period of population explosion beginning circa 1980. Your role will be to use GIS mapping and water network modelling to shed light on the water management in the Topkapı/Aya Sofya area of Istanbul in the Roman and early Ottoman periods. You will draw on existing GIS maps and other archaeological and historical data, reconstruct the likely networks of water supply pipes, conduits and cisterns and create an hydraulic model linking them using the industry standard modelling software InfoWorks ICM®. Working with an interdisciplinary team, you will develop, run and interpret the results of various modelling scenarios to shed light on the water network management in this area and time period.
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