Terrestrial Geophysics – Project Officer

Wessex Archaeology
Closing date: 
Monday, December 12, 2022
Permanant Contract
£28,529 - £33,095


Wessex Archaeology, operating throughout the UK, is a market leader in the provision of integrated archaeological and heritage management services to government, education and the private sector. As a registered charity, we aim to promote the advancement of education, the arts, culture, heritage and science.

The position:

An opportunity has arisen for an additional geophysicist to join the Geoservices Team. The successful candidates will be well-placed to develop and improve their existing geophysics skills and will have the opportunity to work on some of the highest profile and most interesting development projects in the UK today.

The primary responsibilities of the role include:

  • To be responsible for the delivery and management of a comprehensive range of geophysical surveys (gradiometer, resistivity, GPR, EM, ERT) across the UK.
  • To aid in design and set up of surveys.
  • To prepare, check, edit, collate, and process digital data.
  • To interpret the geophysical data and produce an informed and considered technical report based upon the results.
  • Quality control of data from sites as well as the interpretation and reports of peers.
  • To ensure the preparation of client reports is carried out in accordance with relevant legislation, planning policy, and current national guidance.

The successful candidates must have a demonstrable understanding of British archaeology and the typical responses expected from various features for each technique.


About you:

This will be both a challenging and rewarding role and we are looking for an ambitious individual with the aptitude and aspiration to develop the team and service. We are looking for an applicant:

  • educated to at least degree level in an appropriate subject or to hold demonstrable experience to an equivalent level and ideally a post-graduate qualification in Geophysics or a related discipline;
  • with experience processing, interpreting, and reporting on geophysical data;
  • with experience of providing quality assurance and editing of project deliverables;
  • be technically astute and have experience in tendering, design, planning, management, and delivery of projects;
  • a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of health & safety associated with fieldwork, preferably backed up with qualifications and accreditations;
  • ability to work with self-awareness and the confidence to ask questions;
  • the ability to work as part of a team and the willingness to support and assist others;
  • have membership of an appropriate accredited professional body and have a full UK Driving Licence.


Wessex Archaeology’s Terrestrial Geophysics team operate nationwide from our regional offices in Salisbury and Sheffield. This position will be ideally based in Salisbury or Sheffield, although other locations will be considered for the right candidate.

Wessex Archaeology is a truly collaborative organisation, and the successful candidate will work with our project teams in all regions on some of the most significant and challenging heritage projects across the UK and beyond. A certain level of travel site and our other offices will be expected as part of this role.


Applicants are invited to submit a completed application form (available from the vacancies page on our website www.wessexarch.co.uk/vacancies) with a copy of their CV; and returned by e-mail to wa.applications@wessexarch.co.uk by 12th December 2022. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged. Further details, including Role Descriptions can be downloaded from our website. For all queries, please contact Tom Richardson (Terrestrial Geophysics Manager) t.richardson@wessexarch.co.uk.

Whilst Wessex Archaeology welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, it is essential that the successful candidate must by the start of their employment have permission to work in the UK. Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK will be required prior to commencement of employment.

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