The SUMO Group, a diverse multinational survey organisation are recruiting:


Archaeological Geophysicists

SALARY: £17,600 - £24,000 variable upon experience

LOCATION: Bradford & Upton upon Severn

HOURS: Full time 40 hrs/week

SUMO Geophysics: Archaeology and Engineering (incorporating GSB Prospection Ltd and Stratascan Ltd) is the largest and most experienced group of archaeological geophysicists in the UK, with over 50 years of combined experience. We are looking to further expand our teams in the Midlands (at Upton upon Severn) and in the North (at Bradford) and invite candidates with varying levels of experience to join this multi-disciplined Group. In addition to Archaeological and Engineering Geophysics, SUMO also specialises in Utility Detection, Topographic Surveys, Measured Building Surveys, Laser Scanning and Aerial Surveys (in conjunction with Aerial Cam).

We are looking for an experienced operators (permanent posts) and 1 trainee (initial 3-month contract leading to possible permanent posts).
Start date: ASAP (hence early applications welcomed)  


Qualifications Preferred: Degree in Archaeology, Archaeological Sciences or related subject.
An MSc in Archaeological Prospection, or similar, would be advantageous for the Experienced positions.
Full training given.
CIfA membership welcomed, as are holders of CSCS cards.

Role: Carrying our geophysical surveys primarily using Bartington and Geoscan instruments, plus Trimble GPS survey equipment.
Occasional utility detection work / building and topographic surveys etc.

The trainee post is a full time field positions; the experienced post is also field based, but suitable candidates will become involved in data processing, interpretation and report writing. All posts require a willingness to work outdoors in all weathers, in small teams staying away from home throughout the UK. Applicants need to be able to undertake these duties.

  • Accommodation (hotel/B&B/pub) and subsistence provided when working away from base.

  • Permanent posts will qualify for Pension Enrolment and 33 days paid holiday (inclusive of Public Holidays).

  • Full PPE provided. Full driving licence required for ALL posts.


To apply please send a cover letter, CV and names of two referees (who can be contacted by email) to:

Dr John Gater, Director of Archaeology – jag@sumoservices.com


Senior Near Surface Geophysicist: 

SALARY: An attractive package will be negotiated with the successful candidate and will reflect qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience.

LOCATION: Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire, UK

HOURS: Full time 40 hrs/week

HOLIDAY: 5 weeks per annum excluding bank holidays  

SUMO Geophysics Ltd: Archaeology and Engineering (incorporating GSB Prospection Ltd and Stratascan Ltd) is the largest and most experienced group of archaeological geophysicists in the UK, with over 50 years of combined experience. In addition to Archaeological and Engineering Geophysics, SUMO also specialises in Utility Detection, Topographic Surveys, Measured Building Surveys, Laser Scanning and Aerial Surveys (in conjunction with Aerial Cam).  

In order to expand our engineering geophysics capacity, we invite candidates with a sound knowledge of the near surface geophysical techniques typically used in engineering and environmental applications. 

The ideal candidate will have experience in GPR, Total Field Magnetics, Seismic Refraction, Resistance Tomography and Micro Gravity. The successful candidate will be involved in the entire project life-cycle from project design and quoting right through to the deliverables. A good commercial background to contract geophysics is essential with experience in marketing and sales in the application of near surface geophysical techniques. 

The post will therefore involve working with the groups marketing and sales department in winning work. When enquiries are received a project design will be agreed with the client and which will form the basis of a quotation. Upon winning the work the successful candidate will be responsible for data collection, data processing, interpretation, report writing and presentation of the results using AutoCAD. A willingness to work outdoors in all weathers, in small teams staying away from home throughout the UK is essential.  

Applicants are also asked to note:

  • Accommodation (hotel/B&B/pub) and subsistence provided when working away from base.

  • Permanent posts will qualify for Pension Enrolment and 33 days paid holiday (inclusive of Public Holidays).

  • Full PPE provided.

  • A full manual driving licence is required.

  • The successful candidate will be required to obtain a CSCS card.

To apply please send a cover letter, CV and names of two referees (who can be contacted by email) to:

Peter Barker, Director – peter.barker@sumoservices.com


SUMO are an equal opportunities employer.
Applicants must have the right to work and remain in the UK.

Please note that certain surveyor jobs entail long periods of driving and involve physical, manual labour which includes bending, heavy lifting, walking long distances or standing for extended periods of time. Therefore applicants should be physically able to undertake these duties

SUMO Services, Unit 8 Hayward Business Centre, New Lane, Havant, Hampshire PO9 2NL.