Marine Geophysicist/Geologist

Wessex Archaeology is seeking to appoint a Marine Geophysicist / Geoscientist (Officer/Senior Officer grade) to join our Marine Geophysics team under the GeoServices directorate, to be based in Salisbury, Bristol or Edinburgh and exceptionally at other regional offices. This opportunity offers the chance to work as part of the dynamic GeoServices team, which together employs technical experts from a wide range of science disciplines to provide specialist input into projects and deliver a range of services to our clients by applying Earth Science techniques to a wide range of archaeological projects. The role would suit an early or mid-career professional with prior experience in marine geophysical and geological assessment or palaeolandscape interpretation gained in an academic, research or commercial capacity. Our standard working hours are 37 hours per week, however we are happy to discuss part-time or other flexible working arrangements with the right candidate. It is our intention to offer a permanent contract although other arrangements are considered.

The Marine Geophysics team works with a wide range of stakeholders, including the offshore renewables industry, to support marine Cultural Heritage in the UK and worldwide. The successful applicants would assist in the production and delivery of a range of marine geophysical projects. At Officer grade the applicant would have capability to lead on small projects whereas Senior Officers grades are expected to lead large projects and contribute to the wider team leadership. As a Technical Specialist the role involves subject matter expert status in some of our disciplines. The primary responsibilities of the role include:

  • Processing and archaeological interpretation of a range of marine geophysical data sets (sidescan sonar, magnetometer and multibeam bathymetry);
  • Interpretation of 2D and 3D shallow seismic data for quaternary geological classification and submerged landscape assessment.
  • Ensuring all work and resulting reporting is carried out in accordance with relevant standards and guidance.
  • Acquisition and quality control of marine geophysical survey data.

Further essential and desirable skills for the role include:

  • A good degree in a relevant subject (e.g. Archaeology or Earth Sciences);
  • Experience in marine geophysical data processing and interpretation.
  • Shallow geological interpretation from shallow seismic data.
  • The ability to interrogate, interpret and integrate data from numerous sources.
  • Good organisation skills, and prior experience working to deadlines.
  • The ability to write and communicate clearly, and experience in producing technical reports.
  • Flexibility with working hours, including occasional work away from home.
  • The ability to work as part of a team and the willingness to support and assist others.
  • A full, clean UK driving licence.


  • Prior experience in the offshore survey industry.
  • Extension of shallow geological interpretation to geoarchaeological and or palaeolandscape assessments.
  • Experience of software development in python and other languages.
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (or another appropriate professional body);
  • Current offshore sea survival (Personal Survival Techniques) and offshore medical certificates
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