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Research Associate: Landscape Archaeology

Requisition ID:  1329

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date:  02-Dec-2019


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: £30,942 - £44,045 Pro Rata 

Closing Date: 2 January 2020


The role

The postdoctoral Research Associate will conduct Landscape Archaeology 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.


The PDRA will carry out field survey and geoarchaeological sampling, landscape characterisation and analysis, and landscape modelling using GIS and numerical methods. 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. They will contribute to dissemination and research impact activities which will target a range of audiences in the UK and abroad.


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 you at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.


This post is a (maximum) 36-month fixed term Post-doctoral Research Associate in Landscape Archaeology, part-time (at 80% full-time equivalent). The successful candidate will start work as soon as possible after 1 January 2020. Flexible working is welcome, but you must be willing to travel for fieldwork and other research activities with the project team.


For informal enquiries about the position, please contact the PI, 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


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.


Key Accountabilities

The researcher will be expected to undertake the following tasks as directed by the principle investigator and/or co-investigators:

  • Conduct landscape archaeological survey in the case-study areas and contribute to geoarchaeological sampling for scientific dating, sediment micromorphology and related techniques
  • Undertake GIS-based landscape characterisation of the study areas
  • Use spatial analysis and numerical modelling methods to assess landscape change, including soil-loss modelling and production of potential future change scenarios
  • Author/co-author academic publications and technical reports
  • Contribute to the project engagement 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 landscape survey
  • A strong track-record using GIS for landscape archaeology
  • Knowledge of spatial analysis and numerical methods for landscape modelling
  • 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



  • Must possess PhD in a relevant field at the time of application


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.


Requisition ID: 1329