Technician in Archaeological Science

£22417 - £25941 per annum
16 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
15 Jan 2021
Durham University
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Archaeology
Contract Type
Full Time

The Department of Archaeology at Durham has a world-class teaching and research reputation. We are regularly ranked one of the top two Archaeology departments in the UK and one of the top six globally. We run fieldwork projects across the world and our staff are passionate about sharing their expertise with students. We run six undergraduate programmes and six taught postgraduate programmes and have an academic community of some 400 staff and students combined. Our research and engagement, as well as our teaching, stretches from excavation and heritage protection work in Nepal and Sri Lanka, to our field training excavations at Auckland Castle, Co. Durham and we use our cutting-edge laboratories and expertise to take forward research and teaching on internationally significant projects and collections. Our portfolio is diverse and dynamic, and we are actively developing our teaching programmes to reach new UK and world audiences. We host a commercial archaeology unit in the Department and are developing a range of lab-based commercial operations around our applied and scientific research expertise.


Archaeological Science represents one of our leading strengths. Our Bioarchaeology group has a world leading reputation and we translate this in to our teaching at all levels with research-led tuition and supervision in osteology, palaeopathology, isotope studies, ancient DNA (aDNA), chronometry and environmental archaeology. Our research and teaching strengths in Human Bioarchaeology will shortly be complemented with expertise in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology and our dedicated human bioarchaeology facilities include dedicated laboratories and collections, an aDNA suite and a research and commercial isotope facility.

The Technician in Archaeological Science will bring established expertise and professional skills in supporting laboratory, research and teaching needs in areas of science relevant to human bioarchaeology (human osteoarchaeology, ancient DNA, isotope analysis). Training and experience in human osteology/palaeopathology is essential and genetics/ancient DNA and stable isotope analysis is desirable. The post holder will be responsible for supporting our activities across our bioarchaeology laboratories and in particular research and training activities connected to our MSc in Human Bioarchaeology, MSc in Bioarchaeology and our proposed MSc in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology. They will also take responsibility for the curation and management of the human skeletal collections and their documentation, managing loans and supporting visiting researcher needs. They will advise on and support research project development and project work, and assist with recruitment work centred on archaeological science programmes. They will contribute some specialist teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels and support of student dissertation and PhD projects. The postholder will take on elements of health and safety work and monitoring relating to relevant technical facilities, working closely with our existing technical support group to underpin our laboratory and field based research and teaching.

The ideal candidate will be organized, conscientious, methodical and practical but able to respond to changing deadlines and new challenges in a flexible, informed and considered manner.