The University’s NAGPRA Office is recruiting a qualified Postdoctoral Researcher to be responsible for the laboratory identification, documentation, and interpretation of funerary and other objects held within the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign collections pertinent to compliance with NAGPRA. This will also involve the collection and compilation of records related to those collections; assisting with updating existing collection inventory; and supervising undergraduate student employees. The postdoctoral position is full-time, 2-year duration with possibility of annual extensions, contingent upon performance and funding.
A postdoctoral researcher with a strong background in Anthropology or Museum Studies is sought to join a dynamic team of researchers. The successful candidate will conduct laboratory documentation of funerary and other objects from archaeological contexts held in UIUC collections that fall under NAGPRA and ensure all activities are completed compliance with applicable university policies, as well as state and federal laws. Responsibilities also include compilation of existing records and publications related to collection needed for the inventory process; working with the team to consult with concerned parties that include federally-recognized Indian tribes, local/state/federal agencies, and kin relations; and preparing required documentation to meet federal and state standards. Supervisory duties of hourly staff involve task assignment, monitoring work performance, and providing feedback as needed.
The successful postdoctoral candidate will have a Ph.D. in Anthropology, Museum Studies, or related field. Minimum of 2 years of laboratory and/or field experience in the archaeology or precontact history of the American Midwest. Familiarity with appropriate storage and handling of museum and/or archaeological collections. Candidates should also have excellent written and verbal communication skills, sound judgment, and demonstrated ability to perform with a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities, under stringent deadlines. Proficiency in spoken/written English is mandatory. Experience with NAGPRA compliance or other consultation work with Native nations and/or research experience in the American Bottom and Illinois River Valley regions of the American Midwest is preferred. Candidates will be considered if graduation with a Ph.D. is expected by the targeted starting date.
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