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The Maritime Asia Heritage Survey (MAHS) is based at the Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies and supported by Arcadia (a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin). The project conducts field surveys of historical sites, structures, objects, and manuscripts across five 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. 


Job title:

Spatial Data Technician



Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University

46 Shimo-Adachi cho, Yoshida, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8304


Job Descriptions:

The Spatial Data Technician will work with an international team to curate records and other digital heritage assets for our on-line, open-access heritage archive. Primary duties include processing spatial information collected through LiDAR, photogrammetry, and GIS data capture processes to produce orthophotomaps, extract measurements for export to support CAD work by project architects, digitally filter aerial images to expose topographic features covered by forest canopy, and to produce textured 3D models of landscapes, structures, and small objects.

The successful candidate will also be responsible for managing digital workflow within the collaborative structure of the MAHS Digital Heritage Documentation Lab and for organizing metadata for all digital assets created in the course of their work.



  • Experience in processing spatial information collected through LiDAR, photogrammetry, and GIS data capture processes.
  • Proficiency with 3D modeling and photogrammetry software such as Autodesk ReCap Pro, Agisoft Metashape, DroneDeploy, Pix4D, etc.
  • Professional experience working with architectural documentation, archaeological or heritage survey, or documentary archive work in Asia will be preferred.
  • A high level of English proficiency is required, and preferred candidates will also bring some proficiency in Japanese and/or one of our primary field languages (Indonesian, Vietnamese, Thai, Dhivehi).

–  The position will be based at the Kyoto University Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS)


Starting date and term:

June 1, 2023, to May 31, 2024. The contract may be renewed/ extended depending on achievements up to August 31, 2025, when the project ends.

Probation period:

6 months

Working Conditions:

Five (5) working days per week (days off: Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays, year-end and New Year holidays, Foundation Day, and summer vacation, as per university guidelines) Working hours: 38 hours 45 minutes per week under a discretionary labor system.


Paid in compliance with the rules of Kyoto University, depending on skills and experience.


No allowance (such as for commuting, housing, bonuses, etc.) will be provided.

Social insurance:

Eligible for MEXT mutual aid association membership, employee’s pensions, employment insurance and workers’ compensation insurance.

Application procedure:

Applicants are requested to send followings via email

  • A cover letter (in English)
  • CV (in English)
  • Contact information for two references

Attention to Ms. Maida Irawani
Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University


Application deadline:

27 March 2023


Evaluation procedure:

Applicants who pass the document screening will be invited by e-mail to the second round of the selection process.

Contact details:

Ms. Maida Irawani
Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University



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