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Research Associate: Geoarchaeology

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 14th Sep 2021
  • Salary: £31,406.00 - £40,927.00 per annum (pro-rata)
  • REF: 11244
  • Closes: 04th October 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

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: £31,406.00 – £40,927.00 per annum (pro-rata)

Closing Date: 4th October 2021

The Role

We are looking for a Post-doctoral Research Associate in Geoarchaeology.

This is fora maximum of 21 months (fixed term). You will commence work as soon as possible. You should 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 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 sediment micromorphology
• Experience of geoarchaeological field work
• 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


• Must possess PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant field at the time of appointment

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues 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.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all. You can learn more about what is available here on ourBenefitsWebsite page.

Requisition ID: 11244

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