Wessex Archaeology invites applications for the following post:

Terrestrial Geophysics Project Officer

Based in Salisbury/Sheffield/Meopham, UK


Permanent Contract

£26,167 to £30,356 


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, Sheffield, or Meopham. The successful candidates 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 the delivery and management of a comprehensive range of geophysical surveys (gradiometer, resistivity, GPR, EM, ERT) across the UK.
  • To aid in design and set up of surveys.
  • To prepare, check, edit, collate, and process digital data.
  • To interpret the geophysical data and produce an informed and considered technical report based upon the results.
  • Quality control of data from sites as well as the interpretation and reports of peers.
  • To ensure the preparation of client reports is carried out in accordance with relevant legislation, planning policy, and current national guidance.

The successful candidates 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;
  • Experience of terrestrial geophysical data processing and interpretation;
  • 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 license.


  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists;
  • Experience of processing and interpreting radar data.


The behavioral 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.



Applicants are invited to submit a completed application form (available from the vacancies page on our website www.wessexarch.co.uk/vacancies) with a copy of their CV; and returned by e-mail to wa.applications@wessexarch.co.uk by 14th January 2022.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and positions may be filled prior to the submission deadline. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged. Further details, including Role Descriptions can be downloaded from our website. For all queries, please contact Tom Richardson (Terrestrial Geophysics Technical Manager) t.richardson@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.