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Research Associate: Geoarchaeology

Newcastle University

Location: Newcastle
Salary: £31,406 to £40,927 per annum
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th September 2021
Closes: 4th October 2021
Job Ref: 11244

Company description:

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.

Job description:

The Role

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

This is for a 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 (, or the principal investigator, Prof. Sam Turner (

For further information about the team see: and

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
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