Jakob Kainz studied archaeology, geophysics and history in the United Kingdom. He completed his BA in Archaeology and History at the University of Southampton from 2000-2003. In 2006 he attended Orkney College at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland for an MA in Archaeological Practice. From 2006 he has worked on archaeological commercial and research projects in the Northern Isles of Scotland for ORCA and EASE Archaeology; these included the Ness of Brodgar and the Links of Noltland. During 2007-2010 he worked for OCGU on geophysical surveys at the World Heritage Area in Orkney. This started his interest in geophysical prospection for archaeology and led to an MSc in Shallow Geophysics for Archaeologists and Environmentalists at Orkney College in 2010. In 2011 he worked in the assessments department at the Museum of London writing desk based assessments.
His main interests lie within prehistoric archaeology and archaeological geophysics. His current research interests are the integration of archaeological prospection data, from geophysical and remote sensing methods, within a geoarchaeology framework. This will provide an insight into the physical properties and formation processes of archaeological features and their anomalies, allowing for an assessment of the prospectability of various archaeological features. Overall, this will increase the understanding of their temporal visibility/invisibility within prospection data and during excavation. The data will be integrated within a GIS framework in order to understand the archaeological features and their anomalies within a spatiotemporal landscape archaeology approach.