Research Assistant/Associate WallCAP Project Support Officer

Newcastle, GB
£28,331.00 - £44,045.00
Jun 15, 2020
Jul 15, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type

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Salary: £28,331.00 - £44,045.00
Closing Date: 3 July 2020

The Role

You will be a key member of the team delivering the 'Hadrian's Wall Community Archaeology Project' (WallCAP, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund). The Research Assitant/Associate will support the work of the project team, working closely with the Project Manager, Volunteer Coordinator, Community Archaeologist, Community Geologist and Digital Heritage Officer. Your responsibilities will include processing data in hard copy and digital formats that will be utilised in all aspects of the project, and planning and participating in fieldwork activities.
This includes tasks such as the collation of hard copy and digital data in partnership with project partners, data creation and management, and ensuring data is available when needed by project members. You will ensure project data is archived in appropriate formats.

You must have a degree in a relevant subject and an understanding of archaeological data, and should be familiar with the archaeology of Hadrian's Wall. You must have the ability to use GIS software and data, and experience of using and manipulating 3D data created through digital survey. You must be able to work as part of a team and have good communication skills. You should have experience of planning and undertaking archaeological survey and fieldwork.

As part of our commitment to career development for research staff, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles . These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.

This post is up to a maximum 20-month (full-time) fixed term Research Assistant/Associate.

You must be willing and able to travel for fieldwork and other research activities with the project team.

For informal enquiries about the position, please contact Dr Rob Collins (Project Manager) on ( ) or the PI, Prof. Sam Turner at ( ).

For further information about the team see: and .

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.

Key Accountabilities

The researcher will be expected to undertake the following tasks as directed by the project manager and/or other investigators:

  • Planning, implementing, and managing the data archive created and collated by the project in association with the Project Manager and Digital Heritage Officer
  • Collating data from project partners, and completing data entry necessary for digital resources created by the project, in support of the Project Manager and Digital Heritage Officer
  • Supporting the Volunteer Coordinator in collecting, maintaining and developing up-to-date information about volunteer activities that can be utilised for project reporting and University reporting
  • Supporting the Community Archaeologist and Community Geologist in delivering fieldwork and reporting
  • Liaising with other University and project staff to ensure appropriate reporting and archiving standards are met
  • Author/co-author academic publications and technical reports
  • Contribute to the project engagement and impact activities
  • Contribute to the wider research culture within the School and the McCord Centre for Landscape

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Experience in archaeological survey and fieldwork
  • A strong track-record using GIS and databases for archaeology
  • Ability to use and manipulate 3D-data and software
  • Experience of data management
  • Ability to maintain/update webpages and digital archives

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness to take part in fieldwork for extended periods
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, including verbal and written communication skills


  • A degree in a relevant subject (achieved before taking up post) for the Research Assistant level
  • A PhD in a relevant subject (achieved before taking up post) for the Research Associate level
  • Driver's licence (desirable)

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.
Requisition ID: 2786