Visiting Archaeometry Research Specialist (25% time), Illinois State Archaeological Survey

07/26/2017 5:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Visiting Archaeometry Research Specialist (25% time), Killarney Research Annex

Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS), Prairie Research Institute (PRI), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is seeking a quarter-time Visiting Archaeometry Research Specialist for its Killarney Research Annex, located in Urbana, Illinois. This individual will work with the Associate Director, Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials (ATAM) program, and other staff in providing technical expertise and research support in the interpretation and presentation of archaeometric data related to the investigation of archaeological materials for the Illinois State Archaeological Survey. Associated duties will include providing technical expertise and research support in the interpretation and presentation of archaeometric data related to investigations of archaeological materials. This includes laboratory work involving collagen extraction and apatite purification for stable isotope analysis and operation of isotope mass spectrometer (elemental analyzer, Kiel device); the presentation and interpretation of archaeometric isotope data; and collaboration with senior researchers on technical and research reports, and other presentations and professional publications associated with disseminating research results. The Visiting Archaeometry Research Specialist will provide management and oversight of archaeometric analyses and will supervise assigned staff; this includes task assignments, training, scheduling, performance monitoring and evaluation, position/career mentoring, and leave/travel approval.

The successful candidate must have a B.A./B.S. in Archaeology, Anthropology, or related field; plus, archaeological field and laboratory experience in North America. Must have a minimum of seven years’ experience in the analysis, interpretation and presentation of isotope data—including demonstrated proficiency in collagen extraction and apatite purification for stable isotope analysis, operation of isotope mass spectrometer (elemental analyzer, Kiel device). Technical training, experience with lab procedures, equipment, and relevant software is required. Must have knowledge of archaeometric techniques with an emphasis on isotope and elemental analyses, and have documented experience in interpreting and presenting results of isotopic analysis in professional contexts and publications. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively with a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities, under minimal supervision. Must possess effective communication, organizational, interpersonal, teamwork, and leadership skills. Attention to detail and accuracy is critical. Familiarity with Midwestern archaeological chronology, material culture, cultural history and research agendas. Strong computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, Photoshop, Powerpoint, FileMaker, DataGraph, as well as other commonly employed databases and software.

This is a Visiting Academic Professional position but could become non-visiting, in the future, contingent on funding and Survey needs. Salary is negotiable based on experience. Proposed starting date is as soon as possible after the closing date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

All candidates must complete an online profile through Please upload a cover letter, resume detailing your relevant qualifications, and the contact information of three references through this system. To ensure full consideration your application, and supporting documents, must be submitted through this online system and received by August 8, 2017. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Ms. Janice Pankey, <>. Individuals having questions concerning this position should contact Dr. Kristin Hedman,

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit 

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