Kyoto opportunities

Job title:

Digital Heritage Manager

The Maritime Asia Heritage Survey (MAHS) is recruiting a Digital Heritage Manager with extensive experience creating and managing digital heritage assets to join the Project’s core leadership team. Duties include managing digital heritage data collected by our in-country field survey teams, processing and visualization of spatial data, and supervision of junior colleagues in the MAHS Lab. The ideal candidate should have operational experience with terrestrial and/or drone-based LiDAR and photogrammetry capture and data processing, preferably within the domain of heritage, historic preservation, architecture, and/or archaeology. Additional experience/familiarity with RTK surveying, geospatial analysis,photogrammetry is an asset. The person hired for this position must have a high level of English-language proficiency and be willing and able to work with a diverse international team.


The Digital Heritage Manager position will be based in the MAHS Digital Heritage Documentation Lab at the Kyoto University Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS).


We are looking for a candidate with a PhD (or MA) with a background in heritage, archaeology, or architecture. We welcome candidates from other academic backgrounds, as well as from non-academic backgrounds, if they have extensive relevant professional experience.

About the Project:

The Maritime Asia Heritage Survey (MAHS) is supported by the Arcadia Fund, and based at the Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies. The project documents historical sites, structures, objects, and manuscripts across four countries in Maritime Southern Asia: Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Maldives. The data collected through this work is made open-access available on the project website and securely archived in order to produce and maintain records of the diverse and distinctive heritage of the region, which currently faces compound environmental and human threats to its preservation. 

Applicants are requested to send a cover letter, CV, and the contact information for two references.

Professor R. Michael Feener
Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University
46 Shimo-Adachi, Yoshida, Sakyo-ku, 
Kyoto 606-8501

The application deadline is 21 May 2023 and the initial contract for this position will be for one year, with possibility of extension for up to two and a half years in total.