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Geoarchaeological Technician

University of Reading - SAGES Support

Location: Reading
Salary: £25,217 to £30,048 per annum.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 21st September 2021
Closes: 17th October 2021
Job Ref: SRF36941

We seek a highly motivated individual to join the Quest team as Geoarchaeological Technician.

Quest (Quaternary Scientific) is a well-established enterprise within the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science (SAGES) at the University of Reading. We provide an expert Archaeological Science service to archaeological unitsenvironmental consultancies, government organisations, charities and university-led research projects (for more information visit

As Geoarchaeological Technician, you will:

  • Undertake geoarchaeological fieldwork in rural and urban locations (including busy construction/ demolition sites).
  • Be responsible for the manufacture of thin sections for soil and sediment micromorphological analysis.
  • Undertake laboratory-based geoarchaeological techniques including (but not limited to): sediment descriptions, organic-matter determinations, peat humification, particle size analysis.
  • Support geophysical work through fieldwork and data processing.
  • Undertake geoarchaeological deposit modelling, tabulation of data and preparation of basic reports.
  • Deliver training to students, and on occasions to staff and visitors on a variety of geoarchaeological techniques.

You will have:

  • Excellent field & laboratory work skills – specifically in geoarchaeology.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to contribute to team meetings and tabulate results.
  • Excellent organisational and time-management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to deal with students, other team members and senior staff.

Informal Contact Details
Contact role: Director of Quest
Contact name: Dr Rob Batchelor
Contact phone: 0118 378 8941 / 07734 530438
Contact email:

Interview date to be confirmed.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. By reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship may be possible under the Skilled Worker Route. Applicants should ensure that they are able to meet the points requirement under the PBS. There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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