Glenn Black Laboratory: Curator of Collections

06/26/2015 5:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Job Summary: The Glenn Black Laboratory (GBL) of Archaeology is a well-known resource for the study and interpretation of the past peoples of Indiana and the Midwest. Research in field archaeology couples with laboratory analysis and historic archival research to answer questions about history, ways of life, food and shelter, technology and art, belief and ritual, and interaction in the past, and makes it accessible to stakeholders including descendent communities. GBL collections comprise library and archives related to archaeology and ethno-history along with artifacts and samples from archaeological sites.

This Curator of Collections has the responsibility to curate the archaeological collections of the Lab; to provide access to the Lab's collections to IU faculty, staff and students; to respond to public inquiries, and to promote collections research at GBL.

The Curator will oversee management and preservation of archaeological materials and documents; conduct, publish and enhance research on GBL collections; oversee contracts with government agencies and private firms; ensure compliance with government regulations; apply for collection preservation and digitization grants; develop and facilitate educational programming, website enhancements and exhibits; present and publish work related to GBL collections; manage support staff and advise student academic appointees; serve on internal and external committees.

Qualifications: Review your qualifications prior to applying to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. Resume and cover letter required.

REQUIRED: Master's degree and two years of experience in museum collections management and development, archaeological laboratory collections management or archaeological curation.

Must have broad knowledge of archaeological materials and expert knowledge in archaeology of the American Midwest; must be experienced and familiar with archaeological survey, excavation, and remote sensing data; must have expertise in database development and use; must be up-to-date on Federal and State laws and guidelines; must be able to communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders from the general public to tribal cultural resource officer, to university students, faculty, and administrators. Must have working knowledge of general office equipment and Microsoft Office software, including Access. Filemaker Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, and ArcGIS experience very helpful.

Preferred: PhD in Anthropology with Archaeology focus, or Masters in Anthropology/Archaeology AND a Masters in Museum Studies.

Pay: This position is a 3RS position with a minimum starting salary of $39,707.

Applications: Applications accepted until July 9, 2015, or until position is filled.  Apply online at

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