Iron Age & Roman Pottery Specialist - Northampton

Pay range: £24,000 – 30,000 pa (dependent on experience, salary negotiable)
Full time  (37.5 hours per week)

The Role

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated and experienced pottery specialist to join our expanding Northampton team. The successful candidate will have extensive knowledge of the national, regional and local types of Iron Age and Roman pottery found in Northampton and the surrounding regions. Excellent identification skills and a proven record of publication to a high standard in this area of expertise are also vital to this role.

This post offers the opportunity to collaborate on projects with a team of highly qualified specialists in all areas of artefact and ecofact analysis.  Work would be undertaken on material mainly from East Anglia and the Midlands and in particular from current infrastructure projects and other developer-led rural excavations. There may also be opportunities to be involved in analysis of Roman pottery assemblages from the south-east in conjunction with our in-house specialists in London.   An ability to work within tight timescales and to highly specified briefs is essential.

The Candidate

Applicants should ideally have at least three years’ experience in Iron Age and Roman pottery.  Relevant European commercial experience will also be considered and we welcome applications from EU Citizens. All applicants must have the right to work in the UK without restrictions, and proof of eligibility will be required prior to commencement. Candidates should demonstrate an ability to work well within large teams and independently. CSCS card holders are preferred however, we can arrange and pay for the test if necessary. Please note: the CSCS test stations are exclusively located in the UK.

Essential Criteria:

  • Proven Iron Age and Roman pottery identification skills
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience of Iron Age and Roman pottery analysis
  • Publication record relating to this area of expertise
  • Knowledge of archaeology of Northamptonshire and the surrounding regions
  • Excellent writing skills: the ability to synthesise ideas from a range of sources and data to present ideas and arguments as written text
  • Understanding and awareness of current academic research within the specialism
  • A degree in archaeology or a related subject
  • Understanding of Health and Safety issues in archaeology

Desirable Criteria:

  • Post-graduate qualification in finds work or a related subject
  • Membership of CIFA
  • Experience of working in a commercial environment

Employee Benefits

We offer a range of benefits to our employees including the following:

  • Proficiency based pay progression
  • 30 days annual leave (including bank holidays), rising based on service length
  • Company pension scheme
  • Health care cash plan (including dependent children)
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Subsidy for relevant professional memberships
  • Cycle Scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Season interest-free travel loan
  • Free access to many of London’s museums and galleries (excluding ticketed events)

We are committed to mentoring and training staff at all levels in order to develop individual capability and enhance career prospects. We offer a highly competitive salary and a generous benefits package.

To find out more and to apply, please download a full job description and application form below. Applications without an application form will not be considered.

Applications should be submitted electronically to

The closing date for the vacancy is Sunday 22 October 2017 23:59.

All applicants must have the right to work in the UK without restrictions. Proof of eligibility will be required prior to commencement.