The University of the Highlands and Islands is the United Kingdom’s leading integrated university encompassing both further and higher education. Based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, our distinctive partnership of 13 independent colleges and research institutions is locally based and rooted in communities, but with national and international reach, as part of a regional university structure.

To support our work we are recruiting to the following role:

Postdoctoral Researcher (ORCA)

Salary range £31,134 - £36,092 per annum
DurationFixed term for 12 months
Working hours35 hours per week
LocationOrkney College
Closing DateSunday 7 March 2021

This post is part of a three-year Historic Environment Scotland-funded project to collate, record and disseminate the archive of 1970s excavation in an important Pictish/Norse cemetery at Newark, Orkney; the appointee will work with the project team which is based University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute in Kirkwall, Orkney.

The appointee will be required to undertake an osteo-archaeological study of an assemblage of human remains; they will record and analyse the human remains of circa 300 individuals. Radio-carbon dating and isotopic analysis will inform the production of a report. The assemblage is located partly in Orkney and partly in London and given the recent advances in working remotely the appointee could work in Orkney, London, or a third location.

The appointee will possess a doctorate relevant to human osteoarchaeology and be able to demonstrate experience in research organisation and management. Knowledge of the human osteo-archaeology of Orkney would be an advantage. Good verbal and written communication skills are essential, as is the ability work effectively both alone and as part of a team.

A detailed job description and person specification for the post are attached.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Pete Higgins (Senior Project Manager) with informal questions by email at

Interviews will be held week commencing Monday 22 March 2021.

If you have any queries about the application process please contact the Personnel Office at or on 01463 279239.