ass. archaeologist




East Sussex


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Assistant Archaeologist, - Ref:1420735

UCL Department / Division
Institute of Archaeology
Specific unit / Sub department
Archaeology South-East
Location of position
East Sussex
Full Time
£20,092 - £21,686 per annum
Duties and Responsibilities
Operating out of offices in East Sussex, Essex and London Archaeology South-East (the Field Unit of the Institute of Archaeology, UCL) requires short-contract staff to work on excavations in southern England and/or process finds.

Work opportunities can arise at very short notice, and we currently have in place a number of tenders, which if successful mean that we will require Assistant Archaeologists at short notice. Therefore, we are looking for expressions of interest from suitably experienced/qualified Assistant Archaeologists whom we can contact as and when circumstances require.

Successful applicants will be required to excavate and record archaeological features and deposits and/or to undertake finds-processing duties.

These contracts are available on a fixed term basis for approximately 3 months with the possibility of extension.
Key Requirements
Applicants should be competent at general excavation and recording techniques, with a sound understanding of the principles of archaeological stratification, and have a careful and methodical approach to work. Ideally the applicant will have a degree in archaeology (or closely related topic).

Membership of Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) at Practitioner (PIFA) or Affiliate level is desirable. A working knowledge of at least some period(s) of British archaeology is essential as is proven experience of archaeological fieldwork. Ideally this builds on previous professional employment in UK (or equivalent) contract archaeology.
Further Details
If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Samantha Clacher, Archaeology South-East, Units 1&2, 2 Chapel Place, Portslade, East Sussex, BN41 1DR. Email Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!.

Applications must include both an email address and telephone number that will allow us to make contact at short notice. If you have already contacted us seeking work within the past three months there is no need to re-apply, and we will actively consider your application as project work arises.

N.B. Field projects may require periods away from home, for which accommodation will normally be provided.

There is no closing date for this vacancy.

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We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.
Closing Date
31 Dec 2022
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This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

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Job Description
Assistant Archaeologist Grade: 4
Department: Institute of Archaeology (UCL Field Archaeology Unit) Location: Portslade, Sussex or Witham, Essex
Reports to:
Assistant Director, Archaeology South-East
Operating out of offices in East Sussex, Essex and London Archaeology South-East (the Field Unit of the Institute of Archaeology, UCL) requires staff to work on excavations in southern England.
Main purpose of the job
 To carry out general excavation, recording and post-excavation processing duties as instructed by supervisory staff
 NB: Field projects may require periods away from home, for which accommodation will normally be provided
Duties and responsibilities:
 To excavate, draw, describe, and photograph archaeological features and deposits
 To wash, mark and quantify archaeological finds
 To process bulk soil samples
 To carry out any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as required by CAA/ASE management
 To implement all relevant UCL policies, including Equal Opportunities and Race Equality policies
 To be aware of and observe all relevant Fire and Health and Safety Regulations (including those set out in the CAA/ASE Health & Safety Policy) and to follow safe-working requirements set out in Risk Assessment and other project-specific documents

Person specification
Criteria Essential or Desirable
Qualifications, experience and knowledge
Understanding of the principles of archaeological stratification Essential
Ability to identify the key classes of archaeological find commonly encountered in fieldwork in Britain (e.g. Roman pottery, human bone, etc) Essential
Working knowledge of some periods/topics relevant to fieldwork in British archaeology (e.g. Romano-British landscapes, cemetery archaeology, geo-archaeology, etc) Essential
Degree in archaeology (or closely related topic) Desirable
Membership of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) at Practitioner (PIfA) or Affiliate level Desirable
Sufficient previous experience of archaeological fieldwork to understand professional working practice Essential
Experience that indicates a careful and methodological approach to meeting deadlines whilst working under supervision Essential
Previous employment in UK (or equivalent) contract archaeology Desirable
Skills and abilities
Competent and safe use of hand-tools in excavating archaeological features and removing spoil from areas of investigation Essential
Methodological and ordered working in the handling and processing of archaeological finds and records, whilst meeting sensible working deadlines Essential
Competence in the recording of archaeological features/finds using professionally agreed-upon recording systems (including scale-drawing, pro-forma context recording and stratigraphic matrix) Essential
Numerate and literate: capable of providing clear descriptions of observations and interpretations made in the conduct of archaeological work Essential
Driving licence and own car and willingness to use it for work purposes Desirable
CSCS card Desirable
Personal attributes
Commitment to professional standards of archaeology Essential
Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team Essential
Commitment to UCL’s policy of equal opportunity and the ability to work harmoniously with colleagues, students and others of all cultures and backgrounds Essential

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