Wessex Archaeology invites applications for the following post:

Terrestrial Geophysicist

Fixed Term contract, 3 months initially

South Region


Technician £18,003 to £19,432

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 and management of a comprehensive range of geophysical surveys (gradiometer, resistivity, EM, GPR, ERT), both office-based and on field investigations across the UK;
  • To assist other members of the team with project-specific research to support and inform the preparation of reports;
  • To ensure the preparation of client reports is carried out in accordance with relevant legislation, planning policy, and current national guidance;
  • To prepare, check, edit, collate, and process digital data; and
  • To ensure the preparation of a suitable archive for deposition with national bodies.

The successful candidate must have a demonstrable understanding of British archaeology and the typical responses expected from various features for each technique; the ability to write with clarity and accuracy; and the ability to interrogate, interpret and analyse datasets from multiple sources. Further essential and desirable skills include:


  • 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 occasional 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 licence


  • A valid CSCS card
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists
  • SSSTS qualification

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 4%;
  • 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;
  • Childcare vouchers;
  • 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 30 March 2018. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged. Further details, including Job Descriptions can be downloaded below. For all queries, please contact Lucy Parker (Terrestrial Geophysics Manager)  l.parker@wessexarch.co.uk.

Whilst Wessex Archaeology welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, it is essential that all applicants must be either a British citizen, EU National or hold a full work visa and where appropriate be registered under the ‘Worker Registration Scheme’, or must hold a current work permit.  Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK will be required prior to commencement of employment.