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Salary £26,086 - £32,452 dependent upon experience
Location London

This is a Temporary, Full Time vacancy that will close in 15 days at 23:59 BST.

The Vacancy

Fixed term, maternity cover (9 months), with possibility of extension

MOLA is seeking to recruit an Archaeobotanist based at our London office.

The successful candidate will contribute to and develop an understanding of the past through the identification, recording, analysis, interpretation and reporting of botanical macrofossil assemblages, including charcoal.

Applicants should have a degree in archaeobotany or a relevant subject. They should have demonstrable experience of identifying seeds and other plant remains in waterlogged, charred and mineralised states and experience of assessing and analysing archaeobotanical assemblages and reporting on the results. The successful applicant should also have an understanding and awareness of current academic research within the specialism.

This post offers an opportunity to work with a team of other specialists on a wide range of exciting projects.

For full details of the required competencies and experience please see the Job Description and Personal Specification.

The closing date for all applications is Wednesday 15 September at 23:59.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 23 September and the appointee will ideally start in October 2021.

If you have any questions about the role or to arrange an informal conversation please contact MOLA’s Environmental Team Lead, Dr Lara Carretero Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!.

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

MOLA promotes diversity and equality of opportunity at all levels, and welcomes applications from people regardless of sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, age, or religion or belief.

The Company


Opportunity - our large, multi-disciplinary teams work on some of the UK’s biggest and most exciting projects, making headlines around the world. As a well-connected organisation and one of the largest in the country - with over 300 people in a range of specialisms - we can offer access to learning and development opportunities few other employers can.

Reputation - we are world-renowned for archaeological fieldwork, delivering social value, and undertaking highly significant research. We wrote the book on fieldwork recording methodologies, and continue to shape the industry today.

Support - we always seek new ways to support our people and have various wellbeing initiatives and financial assistance schemes available. We are proud supporters of the mental health charity Mates in Mind, and continuously work to make MOLA a safe and inclusive environment

MOLA is an experienced and innovative archaeology practice. We have been providing independent, professional heritage advice and services for over 40 years across the UK and internationally on schemes both large and small. Our commercial services are designed to help our development, infrastructure and construction sector clients to meet their planning process requirements swiftly and expertly, with the certainty and value they need.

As an education charity our aim is to inspire people to be curious about their heritage. We are proud of our award-winning community engagement and education programmes, which are founded on partnership and participation. As an Independent Research Organisation, we set out to share the knowledge and information we generate with the widest audience possible for the benefit of society. The research we conduct as part of the planning and development process takes place alongside our own research framework.

The Benefits

Generous annual leave allowance

Cycle to work scheme

Healthcare cash plan

Generous sick pay provision

Employee Assistance Programme

Gym discounts

Generous parental leave

PPE provided

Relevant professional subscriptions paid

Employer contribution pension scheme

Free access to over 900 museums, galleries & exhibitions

Season ticket loans

Job Title:
Research and Engagement (London)
Grade & Salary
MOLA Pay Band 2.3
37 hours per week, Monday to Friday, Flexibility with working hours will be required.
Primarily Mortimer Wheeler House, Eagle Wharf Road, London, N1 7ED
Responsible to:
Environmental Team Leader
Responsible for:
Volunteers and students (after appropriate training)
Overall Job Purpose:
To contribute to and develop understanding of the past through the identification, recording, analysis, interpretation and reporting of botanical assemblages.
Key Result areas:
• To identify, record, analyse, interpret and report on botanical assemblages (including seeds and fruit from waterlogged, charred and mineralised contexts) within defined project objectives.
• To complete all work on time and within budget and contribute to the successful commercial operation of MOLA.
• To work to established standards, procedures and guidelines as set out by the MOLA manuals, CIFA, HE, and other professional bodies.
• To check, proof-read and edit work including the work of others to established standards, procedures and guidelines as above.
• To liaise with colleagues during excavation and post-excavation on appropriate techniques and procedures for sampling, recovery, processing and subsequent stages of work.
• To prepare estimates and project designs for archaeobotanical work.
• To be aware of regional, national and international research agendas.
• To contribute to the development of MOLA and its research programmes.
• To maintain and develop reference materials and databases.
• To assist in the training and development of junior staff.
• To ensure all work is undertaken in accordance with copyright and other relevant legislation.
• To supervise staff, volunteers and students as required.
• To support and promote MOLA’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity agenda within and beyond the organisation
• To work in accordance with MOLA’s Health and Safety policy at all times.
• To promote the work of MOLA and disseminate information to clients, colleagues and the general public as appropriate.
• To undertake any other task compatible with the post as may be required.
Working Conditions
• Occasional travel beyond London may be required
• The work involves repetitive manual tasks and lifting
• Work involves significant time at a lab bench looking down a microscope
NB This job description reflects the requirements of MOLA as of August 2021. This job description should not be taken as an exhaustive description of the role and is rather indicative of the types of responsibility covered by this job. MOLA reserves the rights to make reasonable changes as are necessary and commensurate with the nature of the post held.
Assessment Method
• A degree in archaeology or a related subject
• Post-graduate qualification in archaeobotany / environmental work or a related subject
• Membership of CIFA and/or a relevant professional body
• AF
Experience & Knowledge
• Demonstrable experience of identifying seeds and other plant remains in waterlogged, charred and mineralised states
• Demonstrable experience of assessing and analysing archaeobotanical assemblages and reporting on the results
• Understanding and awareness of current academic research within the specialism
• Good general knowledge of British Archaeology
• Experience of working in a commercial environment
• Excavation experience
• Understanding of Health and Safety issues in archaeology
• Knowledge of current legislation and guidelines
• Archaeobotanical publications
• AF / I / T
• Excellent organisational skills
• Demonstrable writing skills: the ability to synthesise ideas from a range of sources and data to present ideas and arguments as written text
• Ability to work rapidly and accurately under pressure
• Excellent attention to detail
• Ability to work within a team and independently
• Approachable manner with a positive and flexible response to time pressures
• Able to manage own workload
• Microsoft Office at an intermediate level
• Database experience at an intermediate level
• Knowledge of statistical analysis
• AF/ I / T
Assessment Method Code:
AF – Application Form
I – Interview
T - Test
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