Oxford Archaeology is one of the largest independent archaeological practices in Europe. Our size and reputation ensures that we work on the most exciting and varied projects, and can offer real opportunities for long term employment and career development. We have offices in Oxford, Lancaster and Cambridge and we are a registered heritage charity.
We are enjoying a sustained period of growth and as a result we are looking for a Geoarchaeologist to work on projects from our Oxford office. Our work is wide-ranging and varied and includes some of the largest projects currently being undertaken in the UK. You will be working alongside a team of highly qualified specialists from a range of disciplines, committed to promoting a holistic approach to archaeological investigation in both commercial and research environments.
The role is both field (including ‘away based’ sites) and office based and will primarily involve directing auger, borehole and test pit surveys, geotechnical watching briefs and sampling during evaluations and excavations. A significant component of the role will be the production of predictive deposit models, sediment recording and interpretation of past depositional environments. The role will involve contributions to client reports and post-excavation analyses to publication.
We are looking for a Geoarchaeologist who can demonstrate significant experience at Supervisor level or above, and who are able to take on responsibility for geoarchaeological projects in the field and make a significant contribution during the post-excavation process. You should have experience of a range of project types as well as good IT skills and proven writing skills. You will have a good understanding of commercial archaeology in the UK and the Health and Safety legislation relevant to it, as well as the needs and priorities of clients. You will need to be a confident and energetic problem solver with strong communication and interpersonal skills, and have a commitment to engaging the wider community in aspects of our work. Candidates will report directly to the Head of Geoarchaeological Services.
- Significant practical experience of archaeological fieldwork within the UK.
- Knowledge of the application of geoarchaeological strategies to site prospection and evaluation along with relevant industry guidance.
- Experience supervising borehole and auger surveys and production of geoarchaeological deposit models.
- A post graduate qualification in geoarchaeology or related earth science discipline.
- In depth knowledge and practical experience of a range of geoarchaeological field and lab methods including detailed sediment recording and interpretation.
- Experience of supervising teams in the field and associated health and safety considerations.
- Demonstrable report writing and IT skills.
- Excellent time management and problem solving skills. The ability to take responsibility and successfully work to project deadlines and budgets.
- Ability to work as part of a team.
- A full driving licence and the ability to drive OA company vehicles is essential, as is a current CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card.
- Competent use of geological modelling software (eg Rockworks), GIS and CAD packages.
- Specialist skills in a particular sub-discipline or area of geoarchaeology.
- Survey skills eg. use of GPS.
- A recent publication record and an active involvement in the research community.
- Enthusiasm for promoting geoarchaeological approaches to site evaluation within the wider archaeological sector.
- Experience of working in lowland estuarine and alluvial environments, particularly the Thames and Trent catchments.
- Familiarity with the integration of borehole data with remote sensing and geophysical survey eg. electromagnetic techniques, ground penetrating radar and Lidar.
- Experience of integrating palaeoenvironmental proxy data and scientific dating results into geoarchaeological deposit models.
Applicants should be members, or eligible for membership, of the CIfA.
In return, we offer an exciting range of employee benefits.
If you would like to discuss the role and opportunities on offer please contact in complete confidence Liz Stafford, Head of Geoarchaeological Services email@example.com or 07584 501532.
- Competitive salary range up to £27,648 (appointments will be made on the basis of demonstrated ability and previous experience).
- Up to 35 days holiday (including statutory holidays and concessionary days at Christmas).
- Company pension scheme.
- Cycle to work scheme.
- Training including placements, and opportunities for career progression.
- 100% of CIfA subscription fees, up to ACIfA level (those at MCIfA level will receive the equivalent of ACIfA level).
- Free transport from regional offices to sites.
- High quality personal protective equipment (inc. breathable waterproofs, fleeces etc).
- Subsistence payment (£15 per night) and free accommodation (B and B / self-catering) provided for away-based projects. No sharing – single rooms only.
- Overtime will be paid for additional hours worked including travelling time where you are the ‘responsible person’ or driver.
- Childcare vouchers.
If you would like to join the team responsible for some of the most exciting archaeological projects in the UK and be part of a respected and established organisation at the forefront of British archaeology please apply by completing an application form, available from:
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Please enclose a CV and covering letter with your application.
Closing Date: Monday 28 August 2017.
Oxford Archaeology is an Equal Opportunities employer. All applications are judged on the relevant skills and experience of the candidate, and not by gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, belief, age, nationality (other than where work permits may be required), or ethnicity. You must meet the requirements to live and work in the UK by UK Visas and Immigration.
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