Research Archaeologist, Northern Illinois Field Station, Illinois State Archaeological Survey (PRI, UIUC)

03/16/2016 4:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Research Archaeologist 

Northern Illinois Field Station 

Illinois State Archaeological Survey 

Prairie Research Institute 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

The Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS), Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, is seeking a Research Archaeologist for its Northern Illinois Field Station (NIFS) located in Elgin, Illinois. This individual will work with the NIFS Field Station Coordinator and other staff in performing Phase I and II level archaeological surveys and testing for transportation projects across Northern Illinois. Other duties will include planning, conducting and supervising archaeological surveys, testing and excavations, archaeological analyses of recovered data, and preparing archaeological research reports meeting state and federal standards. Responsibility for the day-to-day management of all field and laboratory equipment, and vehicles assigned to their project. Coordinate field investigations as necessary, with landowners, contracting and regulatory agencies, construction firms, university administration, and ISAS staff. May serve in a leadership capacity, e.g., as a Senior Research Archaeologist, functioning as a project director, site supervisor, or section leader with responsibility for supervision of lower-level Research Archaeologists and technical staff. 

The successful candidate must have an M.A. in anthropology, archaeology or a closely related field, plus 3 years of relevant field experience in conducting archaeological field and laboratory investigations in the Eastern Woodlands cultural area. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to complete projects and reports in a timely and competent manner and a basic familiarity with Eastern Woodlands archaeological culture history and Illinois archaeological culture history and research agendas. A basic familiarity with Federal and State of Illinois historic preservation and burial laws and regulations is required. Preference will be given to those candidates who have demonstrated archaeological excavation and analysis experience in transportation archaeology. Individual must have a valid driver’s license and a basic familiarity with computer word processing, graphic, and database programs. Projects are located throughout the state of Illinois and travel, including some overnight stays, is a requirement for this position. 

This is an academic professional position. Salary is negotiable based on experience. Proposed starting date is as soon as possible after the closing date. All candidates must complete an online profile through Please upload your cover letter, resume detailing your relevant qualifications, and the contact information of three references through this system. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Ms. Janice Pankey <>. Individuals having questions concerning this position should contact Ms. Paula Porubcan <>. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by April 5, 2016. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. 

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity ( 

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