Seismic Mapping Research Assistant (Life On The Edge project)

The School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated person to join us as a Seismic Mapping Research Assistant as part of our Submerged Landscape Research group to make significant contributions in research into Late Palaeolithic/Late Pleistocene Submerged Landscapes as part of a project being undertaken by Dr Simon Fitch. We are looking for someone who is highly computer literate, has experience in interpreting 2D and 3D seismic data, has good written and oral communications skills and is willing to learn new skills and technologies to enable the integration of the seismic data with other data sources. You should also have a PhD qualification or similar suitable experience in a relevant subject. The post will be appointed at Grade 7 as a fixed term contract until the 30th April 2027 (the project end date). 

You will assist Dr Simon Fitch in his research into the Submerged continental shelf archaeology of Europe utilising seismic survey data as part of the UKRI funded “Life on the Edge” project.  You will be expected to have experience in submarine geophysics and be familiar with marine core data or similar geoarchaeological techniques. You will be expected to be able to utilise GIS to collate maps of Late Palaeolithic/Late Pleistocene landscapes. The successful candidate will be capable of liaising with European partners, wind energy and groups to assist in the planning of detailed surveying and coring campaigns. It is expected that you will participate in these survey missions and associated activities, and training will be provided to support this. The successful candidate will be encouraged to contribute to publications, conferences, and policy documents, and will be expected to assist undergraduate and masters’ students where their projects fall within the scope of activities undertaken by the Submerged Landscapes research group. 

The School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences provides a supportive and developmental environment to all academic staff. It has one of the most experienced groups in the UK for the processing and visualisation of submerged landscape geophysical data. It has a state-of-the-art archaeological visualisation facility and a variety of geophysical processing resources available to it. The candidate will be provided with access to the University’s new computer cluster and the recently acquired CAPCO research data storage system which will provide fully secure storage for the project. The School also has geochemical and palaeomagnetic laboratories that will support the sediment core analysis needed by this research and are available for both for research, student teaching and final year research projects.

 We will consider applications for job-sharing and flexible working. Informal enquiries may be made to Dr. Simon Fitch, via email on 

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