Barak received his B.A. in Archaeology and Jewish History, and M.A. in Archaeology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His M.A. thesis focused on the Persian and Hellenistic plain ware pottery of the southern Carmel coast as a means to understand and track social, economical, cultural and behavioral processes. In his Ph.D. research, Barak decided to continue his previous study on southern Phoenicia and its surroundings during the Persian, Hellenistic, and the Roman periods and to focus on the study of food ways and clay-cooking wares.
Currently Barak is a Rotenstreich Fellow on behalf of the 'National Council for Higher Education'. During the 2014-2015 academic year Barak will be The 'Mandel Study Abroad Fellow', carried out at the department of History of Art and Architecture, Boston university, hosted by Prof. S. Rebecca Martin.
Barak started to work in Tel Dor project at 2005, serving as an area recorder and the museum registrar during the excavations. Since 2007 he is in charge of identifying and sorting of the late (Persian, Hellenistic and Roman) pottery and special finds. He is involved in the publication of Persian, Hellenistic and Roman pottery assemblages from the Hellenistic Monumental Complex (Areas D1, D2 and D4), together with Prof. S. Rebecca Martin (Boston University). Together with Yiftah Shalev (University of Haifa), Barak published the Persian Period pottery assemblage from Area G at Tel Dor.
Barak is the author and co-author of several entries to the 'Levantine Ceramics Project' (LCP) http://www.levantineceramics.org/.
From 2009 to 2012, Barak was the pottery analyst of the Horvat Eleq at Ramat HaNadiv excavation, publishing pottery finds on the Iron Age to the Roman period from the renewed excavations at the site by Dr. Orit Peleg-Barakt (HUJI) and Yotam Tepper (TAU&IAA).
Between 2011 to 2013, Barak worked at the Israel Antiquity Authority where he was an area supervisor at excavations in Judea region and director of a few small-scale salvage excavations in the Jerusalem area. Barak also published the pottery from IAA excavation at Kh. Hassan and together with Alla Nagorsk (IAA) he published the pottery of IAA excavation at Tel Hanan.