Title Geophysical Field Assistant
Salary £22,284.50 – £23,675
Location Bradford
Job Information

We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic individuals to join us in the role of Assistant Archaeological Geophysicist. This will be a permanent position within the company, following a successful probation period.

Magnitude Surveys is the largest independent provider of archaeological geophysics in the UK. We have grown organically from 3 to 40 employees over the past 6 years. We are a company with a welcoming and inclusive attitude, shortly to be operating out of bespoke offices in a 19th century converted mill in central Bradford. We work alongside major archaeological contractors on a wide range of exciting projects throughout the UK, including small-scale community surveys and national-scale infrastructure projects. We are a CIfA Registered Organisation and a member of FAME.

MS offer a suite of geophysical techniques ranging from quad-towed magnetometer arrays to hand-pushed ground penetrating radar surveys, and drone-based LiDAR and photogrammetry. Successful candidates will receive training in all survey techniques where necessary.

We welcome archaeologists or geophysicists at the start of their career or those interested in a change of direction. We offer training and opportunities to progress in different areas of the business that may be of interest, including equipment development, drone piloting, report writing, and the application of geophysical techniques in both heritage and non-heritage settings. Fieldwork experience is desirable but not required, and a willingness to learn is essential. Assistants can expect to advance to Field Supervisor roles as required competency levels are achieved.

The Role and Responsibilities

  • Geophysical survey throughout the UK: undertaken alongside a Supervisor, involving a range of techniques including Magnetometry, Electromagnetic and Ground Penetrating Radar.
  • Driving company vehicles.
  • Assisting supervisors with on-site equipment maintenance and repairs.
  • Assisting with the production of site documents, including site notes and photos, survey considerations and risk assessments.
  • Data analysis and interpretation, and report writing for magnetic and non-standard heritage surveys (with assistance and guidance from others).
  • Other field and office tasks within the survey project life cycle.
  • A mixture of both fieldwork weeks and office weeks, with the majority of these being fieldwork based. Surveys are largely carried out Monday to Friday, travelling from our base in Bradford at the start of each week.

Person/Skill Requirements

  • The ability to:
    • Work under pressure and adapt to changeable conditions or equipment issues is critical.
    • Work in a small team under supervision.
    • Solve problems appropriate to job level.
    • Communicate effectively with both colleagues and managers.
  • Due to the nature of the role, tasks will include extended periods of walking across rough terrain and loading/unloading of equipment.
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Experience of the use of non-standard equipment (e.g. EM and GPR) is desirable but not essential as training will be given.
  • Good understanding of written scientific English.
  • A degree in archaeology, geophysics, geology, or a related field would be advantageous.
  • Possession of a valid CSCS card would be beneficial.
  • Membership of CIfA would be an advantage.
  • A valid full and clean UK driving license is required.
  • Applicants will be expected to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK, visa sponsorship may be available for outstanding candidates.

Employee Benefits

  • Companywide performance-based bonus scheme
  • 20 days holiday plus Bank Holidays
  • Additional paid leave for Christmas & New Year closure period
  • Additional holiday with length of service
  • Auto enrolment onto company pension scheme with 6% employer-matched pension contributions
  • Employee perks package, including discounts at major retailers
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Newly renovated office facilities
  • Field and office-based training
  • Clear career progression within the company
  • High quality PPE
  • Paid site safety certifications (e.g. CSCS)
  • Paid professional accreditation (e.g. CIfA)
  • Subsistence and accommodation provided for all surveys
  • Travel between the office and site is included within working hours

Application Process

Applicants should submit a covering letter and CV through our website.

Applications through employment agencies or those not submitted through the link above will not be accepted.

For further information about the position, please contact Ruby Carter at [email protected] or 01274 926026.




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