NAGPRA Postdoctoral Research Associate
The University’s NAGPRA Office is recruiting a qualified Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) 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. The NAGPRA PDRA 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. Starting Date: As soon as possible after closing date of November 1, 2021. Position will remain open until filled. The appointment is renewed annually, contingent upon performance and funding availability. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience in relevant research. Application Process: To ensure full consideration, qualified candidates must send a cover letter, CV, and contact information of three references via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 1, 2021. All requested information must be submitted to the above email in order for your application to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Qualified applicants will be immediately reviewed upon receiving the application while the search may continue until the position is filled. Questions related to the positions should be addressed to klkrupa@illinois.