Careers

Some of the UK's leading archaeologists have started their careers with the CAU. We continue to develop as one of the country's leading units though our recruitment, teamwork and training.  

We advertise all job vacancies on BAJR, but if you think you have something special we'll be interested in, then do send our admin team an email

Fieldwork

Roughly two-third of our team are field archaeologists. Most work on sites destined for housing, commercial development, infrastructure or quarrying. Most projects are based in Cambridgeshire, although we do travel out to neighbouring counties. We look for all-rounders to be part of our field team: people able to recognise archaeology, excavate and record it, then analyse and report what they find. 

Specialists

The CAU maintains a team of in-house specialists covering topics including pottery, human remains, animal bone, preserved wood, and geoarchaeology. We also draw on expertise in the University's Archaeological Sciences Laboratories, which have experts in isotopes, archaeobotany, archaeometallurgy, environmental archaeology, biomolecular science, materials science, and ancient DNA. The CAU also maintains a wide network of object and environmental specialists across the UK. 

Survey and Graphics

Our field team is supported by a survey team, who make use of technology such as CAD, geographic information systems and photogrammetry to plot and record our excavations. They work closely with our graphics team who produce maps, drawings, photographs and our award-winning publications. 

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Benefits

The CAU offers a range of benefits to all our staff, including: 

  • Leave: a generous leave allowance plus family-friendly leave to help with work-life balance, including maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental leave, emergency leave, unpaid leave for family reasons.​

  • Pensions: enrolment in the University Superannuation Scheme

  • Childcare: vouchers (with certain restrictions), a Workplace Nurseries’ Salary Exchange Scheme, access to three University nurseries, and a Holiday Playscheme through the University's Childcare Office

 

CAU staff also have access to hundreds of other benefits from the University of Cambridge's CAMbens programme. 

Training

The CAU recognises the importance of training for all our staff. We have a Training Policy which ensures everyone receives the training they need to do their job safely and professionally, and also to advance in their careers. For staff with skills beyond those required for their day-to-day work, we also have opportunities in specialist roles from time to time. 

 

Types of training we provide includes toolbox talks on site, formal courses, and mentoring for tasks like report writing and desk based assessments. CAU staff can also access online learning from the University's Personal and Professional Development courses. CAS staff also have many opportunities for self-directed learning with free access to: 

CAMbens

As members of the University of Cambridge, CAU staff have access to the University’s CAMbens Employee Benefits package. This includes: 

  • Shopping: discounts at thousands of shops across the UK via the CAMbens Discount scheme, TOTUM card, and from the wholesaler CostCo. 

  • Local business discounts: discounts on products and services from many Cambridge businesses, including computer suppliers, bookshops, gyms, restaurants, and financial and legal services. 

  • Rent: for new starters staff on 12-month contracts, an interest-free loan of up to one month’s wages or £3,000 to help with initial rent deposits, or the first month’s rent, or other fees associated with renting.

  • Cycling: a cycle-to-work salary sacrifice scheme covering a new bicycle or cycle equipment; cycle shop discounts; access to the borrow-a-bike scheme; bike repairs and free bike checks with Doctor Bike

  • Car share: access to Cambridge’s largest car share scheme, CamShare.

  • Public transport: for staff on contracts over three months, Travel to Work loans worth up to £2,500 to buy an annual bus pass or rail season ticket.

  • Buses: university staff pay just £1 per trip on the Universal Bus Service

  • Trains: a 10% discount on some train services

  • Gym membership: a 12% discount on membership of the University of Cambridge Sports Centre.

  • Mental wellbeing benefits: free use of the University's Staff Counselling Service, with access to professionally accredited and widely-experienced counsellors and therapists

  • Private medical insurance: access to competitive rates on private medical insurance through General and Medical Healthcare; staff can also join Health Shield and Westfield Health for cover on optical, dental, physiotherapy and specialist consultation fees. ​

The CAU at work