Research Assistant/Associate – Seascapes

Closing Date: 11 January 2021

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced researcher with a keen interest in innovative approaches to sub-tidal mapping, and a desire to work with local groups, to share local natural and cultural heritage. You will join the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences (SNES), Newcastle University, and lead activity within the  ‘Beneath the Waves’ project, producing and sharing shipwreck and rocky reef models and digital material gathered from the Tyne to the Tees.

You will be working within a large multi-institution, multi-disciplinary project team formed by the overarching ‘Seascapes’ project run by Durham Heritage Coast and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. You will lead the science for the ‘Beneath the Waves’ component, developing innovative sub-tidal mapping methods, and working with local dive clubs to train divers to collect robust data. You will support diver creation of individual wreck and reef research projects with a view to producing historical narratives, virtual models and videos to share via Seascapes hubs across the region. 


Seascapes aims to reveal the regions hidden heritage, bringing it to audiences previously not capable of accessing this world beneath the waves, and you critically bridge this gap. You are comfortable with working in cold-water environments, with a variety of divers and organising dive projects, and you underpin this with advanced knowledge of marine habitats and species and experience delivering innovative sub-tidal methods, such as 3D photogrammetry, which allow underwater experiences to be shared more widely.


You will be excited by the opportunity to support our local communities to interact with and experience the marine environment, both physically and virtually; you will increase appreciation, enjoyment and promote an understanding of our seascape, while enhancing the capacity of existing underwater explorers to appreciate multiple dimensions of their marine heritage. The project will address both natural and cultural heritage streams, building capacity in each by encouraging divers to find out more about 1) the wrecks they dive and their history and 2) the natural habitats at local dive sites and the species that inhabit them; both encouraging ownership of and advocacy for the marine environment.


We are looking for an individual with a high level of social, physical, scientific and technical skills. You will be committed, motivated and able to make decisions. You can work independently but are also excited at the prospect of being part of a diverse, interdisciplinary team. You can effectively communicate your research during seminars and at project meetings, and are keen to publish your research in journals, and disseminate findings at scientific conferences.


This post is full time (37 hours week) fixed term until 31st December 2023 and is available for an immediate start.

For any informal enquiries, please contact Clare Fitzsimmons via email clare.fitzsimmons@newcastle.ac.uk