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Community Archaeologist

Requisition ID:  4441

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date: 


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £28,331.00 - £40,322.00  pro rata

Closing Date: 20 April 2020


The Role


You will be a key member of the team delivering the ‘Hadrian’s Wall Community Archaeology Project’ (WallCAP, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund). The Research Assitant/Associate will support the work of the project team, working closely with the Project Manager, Volunteer Coordinator, Digital Heritage Officer, and Project Support Officer. Their responsibilities will include planning, coordinating, and participating in archaeological fieldwork and consolidation of some archaeological remains.


This will includes tasks such as acquiring statutory and landowner permissions necessary for fieldwork and leading on project designs and implementation. You will be expected to coordinate and be present during fieldwork and post-excavation activities, proviidng supervision and training to volunteers in the use of specialist methods and equipment. You will also be expected to contribute to community events and volunteer training programs, as well as contributing to project dissemination and reporting, including evaluation activities.


You must have a degree in a relevant subject and an understanding of archaeological data, with experience of coordinating and leading archaeological fieldwork (survey and excavatoin), and you should be familiar with the archaeology of Hadrian’s Wall. You must be able to work as part of a team and have good communication skills.


As part of our commitment to career development for research staff, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles.  These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.


This post is a (maximum) 18-month fixed term contract (0.5 FTE), 18.5 hours per week. You will start work on 1 May 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.


You must be willing and able to travel for fieldwork and other research activities with the project team.


For informal enquiries about the position, please contact the Project Manager, Dr Rob Collins (robert.collins@ncl.ac.uk) or the PI, Prof. Sam Turner (sam.turner@ncl.ac.uk).


For further information about the team see: https://wallcap.ncl.ac.uk and www.ncl.ac.uk/mccordcentre



Key Accountabilities

You will be expected to undertake the following tasks as directed by the project manager and/or other investigators:


  • Planning, implementing, and managing fieldwork projects related to the Heritage At Risk strand of the project
  • Liaising with other project and University staff, consultants, key stakeholders, and volunteer and community groups to ensure appropriate reporting standards are met
  • Developing and contributing to project reportin
  • Contribute to the project engagement and impact activities
  • Contributing appropriate archaeological knowledge to WallWatch, supporting the Volunteer Coordinator
  • Contribute to the wider research culture within the School and the McCord Centre for Landscape



The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of the archaeology of Hadrian’s Wall and/or Northern England
  • Experience in implementing and leading archaeological survey and fieldwork
  • Experience of volunteer management
  • Experience of delivering reports and/or academic publications
  • Ability to communicate, network and negotiate with stakeholders and partners
  • Experience of working on a National Lottery Heritage Funded project (desirable)


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness to work flexibly and independently
  • Willingness to take part in fieldwork for extended periods
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, including verbal and written communication skills



  • A degree in a relevant subject (achieved before application)
  • A PhD in a relevant subject (achieved before application for the Research Assistant level)
  • Driver’s licence (desirable)





Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe


Requisition ID: 4441