Wessex Archaeology invites applications for the following post:

Terrestrial Geophysicist

Based in Salisbury, UK


Technician/Assistant Supervisor £20,064 to £23,201

Fixed term contracts, 3 months initially

Salary commensurate with skills and experience


Wessex Archaeology, operating throughout the UK, is the market leader in the provision of integrated archaeological and heritage management services to government, education and the private sector. As a registered charity, we aim to promote the advancement of education, the arts, culture, heritage and science.


The position:

An opportunity has arisen for an additional geophysicist to join the Geoservices Team based in Salisbury. The successful candidate will be well-placed to develop and improve their existing geophysics skills and will have the opportunity to work on some of the highest profile and most interesting development projects in the UK today.

The primary responsibilities of the role include:

  • To be responsible for assisting in the delivery of a comprehensive range of geophysical surveys (gradiometer, resistivity, GPR, EM, ERT) on field investigations across the UK;
  • To assist in the preparation, checking, editing, collation, and processing of digital data;
  • To assist other members of the team with project-specific research to support and inform the preparation of reports.

The successful candidate must have a demonstrable understanding of British Archaeology and the typical responses expected from various features for each technique.  


Position requirements: 


  • A good degree in archaeology or related subject
  • An excellent, organised and efficient researcher
  • Ability to work with self-awareness and the confidence to ask questions
  • Ability to manage own time and work to tight deadlines
  • A flexible approach to working hours to meet the demands of the role, including working away from home
  • The ability to work as part of a team and the willingness to support and assist others
  • A full, clean driving license
  • A valid CSCS card 


  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists
  • SSSTS qualification


The behavioural attributes that we expect from you are:

  • Be open to learning and receiving direction; 
  • Be approachable in providing support, guidance and advice; 
  • Communicate appropriately and respectfully; 
  • Be responsible and accountable for your work, actions and decisions; 
  • Be confident, innovative and show good judgement in problem solving and decision making; 
  • To work collegiately across all departments and regional offices.


Employee benefits

  • Competitive salary range in line with CIfA salary guidelines (appointments will be made on the basis of demonstrated ability, previous experience and CIfA membership as appropriate). 50% contribution towards CIfA subscription fees;
  • A company Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) – confidential external advice on health and wellbeing;
  • 22 days p.a. holiday entitlement (plus bank holidays) rising to 27 after 5 year’s continuous employment;
  • Paid sick leave from start of contract;
  • Immediate eligibility for inclusion in the group pension plan with an employer contribution of 5%;
  • Free accommodation provided for projects beyond reasonable travel distances, as well as an overnight subsistence payment (£15 per night, with a further £5 per night as breakfast contribution if in S/C accommodation);
  • Free transport from regional offices to sites;
  • High quality personal protective equipment;
  • Drivers are entitled to time in lieu in excess of the 7.4 working day;
  • Individual training and development, including free BAJR skills passport, HSE certification, mentoring, annual appraisal, personal development plans and career progression maps;
  • Life assurance scheme;
  • Bike2Work scheme.



Applicants are invited to submit a completed application form with a copy of their CV; and returned by e-mail to wa.applications@wessexarch.co.uk by 10 December 2020. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged.

Further details, including Job Descriptions can be downloaded below. For all queries, please contact Tom Richardson (Terrestrial Geophysics Technical Manager) t.richardson@wessexarch.co.uk.    

Wessex Archaeology is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is committed to promoting equality of opportunity. 

All applicants must have the right to work in the UK without restrictions. Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK will be required prior to commencement of employment.