Wessex Archaeology invites applications for the following post:

Unreal Engine Developer

Unreal Engine Developer for multi-platform applications including AR/VR

Based in Salisbury

REF: SALDO.06.22

£21,875 to £28,047 - Salary commensurate with skills and experience

Initially a one-year contract


About us

Wessex Archaeology is one of the UK’s leading providers of archaeological and heritage services, and a charity seeking to promote the education of the public in: science, the arts, culture, and heritage. 

Our Studio comprises an exciting and innovative blend of illustrators, animators, designers, 2D and 3D artists, along with videographers. We provide a comprehensive and professional set of heritage interpretation services. We are constantly developing new and creative ways to engage people with their heritage by bringing the past to life.  


The position

We are offering a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic developer to join our Studio. The successful candidate will be working alongside our existing 3D and 2D content creators. Using Unreal Engine and Visual Studio you will help develop an exciting range of heritage-based experiences for our clients across multiple platforms including VR, AR, touchscreen interfaces and mobile devices.

Based in our busy Salisbury office, the successful candidate will have the programming skills to create a variety of content for both our commercial clients and to meet our charitable educational objectives.   

As a member of our Studio, they will receive the training and support required to expand their knowledge about the heritage sector and to develop their existing programming skills. This will enable them to build an exciting career within the heritage profession. Working alongside a diverse, innovative and experienced set of creatives, they will be encouraged to explore new ways to serve up heritage content in engaging and informative ways.  

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

This is a new role within the Wessex Archaeology Studio and is initially a one-year contract. A relocation package may also be available.  


About you

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic about presenting heritage to a wide audience through digital media. They will be open to learning and thrive when working in collaboration with other likeminded creatives.


Essential skills:

  • Experience with C++
  • Good working knowledge of Unreal Engine
  • Ability to modify and build engine source code
  • Experience with Visual Studio
  • Experience with UE blueprints
  • Experience of AR/VR development


Additional skills an advantage:

  • A bachelor's degree in a related field
  • Experience with UI/UX 
  • Knowledge of C#, JavaScript, Python or Visual development tools
  • Experience of games development


Personal Attributes:

  • Innovative
  • Good collaborative worker
  • Good communication skills 
  • Positive attitude towards learning and sharing
  • Good time keeping, organisational skills and able to receive direction
  • Responsible and accountable for their work, actions and decisions
  • Be both analytical and creative, with ability to solve problems as they arise
  • Able to work independently as well as part of a team and demonstrate a professional approach to others.


What will we provide?

The successful candidate will receive:

  • An opportunity for continuous professional development
  • an opportunity to unlock heritage stories through digital applications
  • an opportunity to work for the largest archaeological company in the UK
  • an opportunity to join the largest Studio teams in the heritage profession
  • an opportunity to help develop new workflows and products within the heritage sector
  • an opportunity to engage the public with heritage to increase their sense of place and wellbeing
  • an opportunity to expand their portfolio of work  


Our commitment

The pressure of an increasingly demanding work culture in the UK is perhaps the most pressing challenge to the mental health of the population. At Wessex Archaeology, we are committed to promoting a healthy work-life balance, and many of our staff work flexibly, whether that be part-time, remote- or home-working, term time arrangements, compressed hours etc. Please talk to us about the flexibility you’ll need. We can’t promise to be able to give you exactly what you want, but we absolutely promise to listen and provide what we can.


Employee benefits

  • Competitive salary range in line with CIfA salary guidelines. 50% contribution towards CIfA (or comparable professional association) 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);
  • High quality personal protective equipment;
  • Drivers are entitled to time in lieu in excess of the 7.4 working day;
  • Individual training and development, HSE certification, mentoring, annual appraisal, personal development plans and career progression maps;
  • Life assurance scheme;
  • Bike2Work scheme;
  • Financial assistance with relocation;
  • Staff discounts for local businesses.  



Applicants are invited to submit a completed application form, which is available to download below, along with a copy of their CV and links to 3D/2D work they have produced either alone or as part of a team (please specify your role); and returned by e-mail to wa.applications@wessexarch.co.uk 

Applications must be received by close of business on 18 July 2022. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged. Candidates invited to interview will be expected to give a 5-10 minute presentation about their experience in this field. For all queries, please contact Karen Nichols, Studio Manager k.nichols@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 the successful candidate must by the start of their employment have permission to work in the UK. Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK will be required prior to commencement of employment.