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Scientific Specialist, Archaeology - Illinois State Archaeological Survey

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Job Location:
Collinsville, Illinois
Laboratory and Research
Scientific Specialist, Archaeology
Illinois State Archaeological Survey
Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS) is part of
the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign, which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and
Indianapolis. For 80 years, the University of Illinois has studied the state's
archaeological heritage. ISAS incorporates that knowledge in its programs to
protect, preserve, and interpret these irreplaceable and non-renewable
resources within the context of Illinois' need to encourage and promote
sustainable development. Learn more at

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity,
Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without
regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age,
national origin, disability, or veteran status. For more information,

ISAS is seeking to hire a Scientific
Specialist, Archaeology
(up to 4 depending on applicant pool and programmatic
need) to conduct field archaeological investigations and analysis projects. Position
is based in the ISAS American Bottom Field Station in Collinsville, Illinois.

Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Conduct fieldwork to identify archaeological materials,
delineate the spatial extent of archaeological materials, and determine
landscape conditions and soil characteristics.
  • Locate and document archaeological sites using topographic
maps, field sketch maps, and electronic mapping devices.
  • Gather archival, cartographic, geophysical, and geographic
information relevant to the site investigations and/or project areas.
  • Ensure the safety of staff and equipment.
  • Conduct laboratory processing of precontact and historic
era artifacts.
  • Process, identify, and catalog ceramic and lithic
  • Proof and finalize fieldwork paperwork and maps.
  • Contribute to technical scientific reports and chapters
documenting archaeological fieldwork and artifact analyses.
  • Coordinate and communicate with teams of researchers and
analysts to interpret and synthesize field notes.
  • Prepare digital data and materials for curation and
database entry.
  • Participate in public outreach and other educational
  • Keep abreast of developments in this discipline.
  • Perform other related duties as needed in order to further
the mission and goals of the Survey and PRI.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's
degree in anthropology, archaeology, history, American Indian or Native
American Studies, or closely related field. Alternate degree fields will be
considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it
relates to this position. Archaeological fieldwork experience in the Midwest or
southeastern US. Experience processing and identifying ceramic and lithic
artifacts. Valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree in anthropology, archaeology, history, American
Indian or Native American Studies, or closely related field. Alternate degree
fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the
experience as it relates to this position. Fieldwork experience in Illinois.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Required: Effective
communication, personal relations, collaboration, and teamwork skills.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a diverse and fast-paced work
environment of multiple and changing priorities with stringent deadlines, under
minimal supervision. Attention to detail, sound judgment, and strong conflict
resolution skills. Proficiency in commonly employed software and databases.
Preferred: Familiarity with Illinois archaeology. Familiarity with standard
survey and excavation methods and soil descriptions.

Work Environment: Work is conducted in both office and field settings. Fieldwork
will require working in adverse conditions (inclement weather, biting insects,
remoteness) and occasional travel (including driving to and from research
sites) throughout the state of Illinois in both rural and urban settings. Will
require overnight travel for up to one work week at a time. Will require
operating, lifting, and manipulating field equipment and other items over
uneven terrain weighing up to 50 pounds.

This is a full-time academic professional appointment renewable
annually based on satisfactory progress in the position and continued
funding. The starting date is negotiable and the salary is commensurate with

Procedure and Deadline Information:
must be received by 6:00 p.m. CST on October 7, 2022. Interviews and
hiring may be conducted before the closing date due to this being a multi-hire
search. To apply, please use the Apply Now button.
Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. Application materials must include a 1) a
cover letter that clearly articulates how your qualifications and experience
make you a viable candidate for this position and should address the
qualifications listed above, 2) a CV or resume, and 3) the names and contact
information including e-mail addresses of three professional (not personal)
references. All requested information and documentation must be submitted for
applications to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources,
Prairie Research Institute, at or 217-244-2401. For questions regarding the application
process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

Requisition ID: 1012120

Job Category: Research

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