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Okla Museum of Natural History, NAGPRA, Research Fellow

  • 09 Oct 2018 9:02 AM
    Message # 6714428
    Susie Fishman-Armstrong (Administrator)

    Research Fellow - Job Number: 182286 

    Organization: Okla Museum of Natural History

    Job Location: Oklahoma-Norman-Norman Campus

    Schedule: Full-time

    Work Schedule: M-F, 8-5. Salary Range: $40,000

    Benefits Provided: Yes 

    Required Attachments: Resume, Cover Letter

    Position Description: The Sam Noble Museum seeks an experienced biological anthropologist or bioarchaeologist to carry out analysis of human remains from archaeological sites in Oklahoma that are subject to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. At a minimum, this will include skeletal analyses to determine the minimum number of individuals, age, and sex. The NAGPRA Research Fellow will also facilitate the specialized repackaging of human remains for repatriation. The Fellow will carry out research on museum documentation and other sources to identify affiliated funerary objects associated with human remains. The NAGPRA Research Fellow must demonstrate a sensitivity to and respect for diverse systems of belief while engaging in consultation with tribal representatives, archaeologists, and officials from local, state, and federal agencies. The NAGPRA Research Fellow will work under the supervision of the Archaeology Department’s Collection Manager and Curator of Archaeology.

    This is a full-time temporary 12-month position, but with the potential for renewal—pending the availability of external grant funding.

    *Review of applications will begin on November 15th, 2018.*

    Major Tasks and Responsibilities:

    - Skeletal analysis of fragmentary human remains from archaeological sites

    - Database management and data entry

    - Repackaging of human remains

    - Overseeing student interns and volunteers


    Required Qualifications:

    - Minimum of a MA degree in Anthropology (Biological Anthropology, Bioarchaeology, Archaeology) or an equivalent combination of education and experience

    - Minimum of 24 months of experience in human osteological analysis and research, including a knowledge of up-todate practices in methods, techniques and theory

    - Experience in NAGPRA implementation and work on grant-funded projects

    - Demonstrated ability to work with computers, especially working with databases and spreadsheets

    - Willingness to work effectively and respectfully with tribal representatives and organizations

    - Basic knowledge of NAGPRA legislation and a willingness to deepen this understanding

    - Strong communication (verbal and written) and organization skills

    - Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively

    Department Preferences:

    - PhD in Biological Anthropology or Bioarchaeology

    - Publications in biological anthropology, bioarchaeology, or related field

    - Demonstrated experience in project management

    - Experience in NAGPRA consultation

    - Working knowledge of archaeology of the Plains and Southeast regions of the US

    Working Conditions: position requires working primarily indoors, moving boxes (up to 50 lbs.), ability to climb ladder, and will need to sit and stand for extended periods of time.

    Special Instructions: If you are selected as a final candidate for this position, you will be subject to The University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Tuberculosis Testing policy. To view the policy, visit

    Hiring contingent upon a Background Check?- Yes

    Special Indications: Hiring contingent upon police records check, Hiring contingent upon driver's license check 

    Job Posting: Sep 26, 2018


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