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Technician in Archaeomaterials Preparation and Analysis

Institute of Archaeology

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UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 21st Dec 2021
  • Salary: £36,770 - £44,388 per annum
  • REF: 1881489
  • Closes: 21st January 2022
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities

The UCL Institute of Archaeology is seeking to appoint a Technician in Archaeomaterials Preparation and Analysis. With the appointment we want to maintain and further develop our reputation and competence in the study of ancient materials by providing high quality preparation and laboratory support for research and teaching in the analysis of ceramics, glass, lithics, and metals.

The post-holder will be responsible for the smooth operation of the sample preparation laboratories via routine maintenance of spaces and equipment, general upkeep, and management of consumables. They will work closely with a team of academic and technical staff to provide high quality support to Wolfson Archaeological Science Laboratories users in the analysis of materials by instrumental methods.

They will also offer specialized technical training to UCL Institute of Archaeology students, staff, and external clients in the preparation of archaeological materials for SEM, LA/LIBS-ICP-MS, XRF, XRD and optical microscopy.

Key Requirements

Candidates will have an MSc in Archaeological Science, Earth Science, Materials Science, Chemistry or a related scientific discipline. They will have knowledge of the relationship between chemistry, phases, and material properties and of general laboratory chemistry and best practices.

The successful candidate will have experience in the preparation, characterisation, and reporting of archaeological or geological materials by light microscopy and spectrographic methods. They will also have previous experience in a technical position in a laboratory or significant analytical research into inorganic materials.

Further Details

A Job Description and Person Specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

Informal inquiries about the post may be addressed to Dr Mike Charlton at m.charlton@ucl.ac.uk.

If you have further queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Louisa Goldsmith (HR Administrator) at l.goldsmith@ucl.ac.uk.

The UCL Ways of Working for professional services supports colleagues to be successful and happy at UCL through sharing expectations around how we work – please see www.ucl.ac.uk/ways-of-working to find out more.

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

21 Jan 2022

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Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality.

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

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