The University’s NAGPRA Office is recruiting a qualified Postdoctoral Researcher 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.
A postdoctoral researcher with a strong background in Anthropology or Museum Studies is sought to join a dynamic team of researchers. The successful candidate 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.