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Research Assistant/Associate: Geoarchaeology

Requisition ID:  1353

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date: 

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Salary: £28,331 - £44,045 

Closing Date: 21 April 2020


The role


You will conduct geoarchaeological research as part of the AHRC-funded project TerraSAgE: Terraces as Sustainable Agricultural Environments. TerraSAgE is geared towards uncovering knowledge of past landscapes in the Mediterranean region and using it to model scenarios of change and thereby inform sustainable strategies for the future of land-management. Terraces provide an excellent case for understanding long-term environmental impacts of land-use and evaluating long-term sustainability in agricultural practice and policy. The project is a collaboration between the universities of Newcastle (Prof. Sam Turner, Dr Lisa-Marie Shillito), St Andrews (Dr Tim Kinnaird) and Granada (Prof. José Maria Martin Civantos) working with partners across the Mediterranean.


You will carry out analysis of archaeological soils and sediments using thin section micromorphology and complemetary techniques. They will work closely with other members of the project team in the UK and internationally, contributing to developing a new understanding of the formation, uses and management of agricultural terraces.


The post of Research Assistant/ Associate in Georchaeology will be full-time for a maximum of 24-months (fixed term). The successful candidate will commence work in summer 2020. The postholder must be willing to travel for fieldwork and other research activities with the project team.

For informal enquiries about the position, please contact the project co-investigator Dr Lisa-Marie Shillito (lisa-marie.shillito@ncl.ac.uk), or the principal investigator, Prof. Sam Turner (sam.turner@ncl.ac.uk). 


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

Key Accountabilities

The researcher will be expected to undertake the following tasks as directed by the co-investigator (Dr Lisa-Marie Shillito) and/or principal investigator (Prof. Sam Turner):

•    Conduct geoarchaeological fieldwork and collect samples for sediment micromorphology and related techniques
•    Prepare samples with assistance from lab technical staff, and analyse samples according to established methodologies
•    Author/co-author academic publications and technical reports 
•    Contribute to the project outreach and impact activities
•    Contribute to the wider research culture within the School and the McCord Centre for Landscape


The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

•    Expertise in archaeological soil micromorphology in one or more of the case study regions
•    Experience of geoarchaeological field work in one or more of the case study regions
•    Expertise in one or more complementary soil analysis techniques (e.g. phytolith analysis, organic geochemistry, pXRF, etc)
•    Knowledge of good research practice and data management 
•    Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, including verbal and written communication skills

Attributes and Behaviour

•    Ability to work independently and as part of a team
•    Willingness to work flexibly and independently
•    Clear commitment to interdisciplinary research
•    Willingness to take part in fieldwork in the case study regions for extended periods



•    A PhD in a relevant field is desirable and is essential for appointment to Research Associate level


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.


Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.


Requisition ID: 1353