Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Position Announcement: NAGPRA Research Fellow, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, University of Oklahoma

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, University of Oklahoma
Job Title: NAGPRA Research Fellow
Department: Archaeology Department, SNOMNH
Supervisor: Collections Manager
Coordinates with: Curator of Archaeology
Salary: $40,000/year + health insurance

Position Description: The Sam Noble Museum seeks an experienced biological anthropologist or bioarchaeologist to work with human remains from archaeological sites in Oklahoma to assist in the implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. At a minimum, this will include skeletal analyses to determination related to the minimum number of individuals, age, and sex. The NAGPRA Research Fellow will also be involved in the specialized repackaging of human remains for repatriation. The Fellow will also work with 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.

Major Tasks and Responsibilities:
• Osteological 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 MA degree in Anthropology (Biological Anthropology, Bioarchaeology,
Archaeology) or an equivalent combination of education and experience
• Minimum of 2 years of experience in human osteological analysis and research,
including a knowledge of up-to-date 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
• Willingness to work effectively and respectfully with tribal representatives and
• 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

Desired Qualifications:
• 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.

How to Apply: applicants must submit digital files including cover letter, CV, and list of three professional references at the OU jobs website ( The job requisition number is 23089. See job post here.

Application Review: will begin on September 1st and will continue until the position is filled. The appointment can begin as soon as mid-September, with a later starting date negotiable based on candidate availability. 

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