Research Zooarchaeologist - Illinois State Archaeological Survey (145356)
University of Illinois

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Research Zooarchaeologist

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, visit

ISAS is seeking a Research Zooarchaeologist to conduct archaeological field investigations and zooarchaeological studies based at the American Bottom Field Station, in Collinsville, Illinois including analyses of non-human animal remains encountered during ISAS projects in conjunction with state and federal laws and regulations.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct general and specialized studies of molluscan and terrestrial animal remains from archaeological sites.
  • Conduct and supervise ISAS archaeological field projects. Sporadic in-state travel to and from field projects for the purpose of participating in and/or conducting fieldwork.
  • Author analytical chapters and edit volumes/reports detailing archaeological sites and projects.
  • Interpret and synthesize field notes and data.
  • Coordinate and communicate with teams of researchers and analysts to complete archaeological field investigations, reports, and publications.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in anthropology, archaeology, or closely related field. Minimum of one to three years' experience with all phases of laboratory or field investigations in the Midwest, Southeast, or Eastern Woodlands of the United States. Demonstrated ability to conduct studies and develop inferences of the social, ecological, and cultural interrelationships between human beings and non-human animal populations. A demonstrated writing record and proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, and graphic software. Knowledge of the archaeological resources of Illinois, the Midwest, or Southeast, and ability to coordinate and communicate effectively with a team of analysts to complete archaeological project reports. Must possess a valid driver's license and insurance.

Preferred Qualifications: A research agenda focused on inferring from zooarchaeological remains the processes of social, ecological, and cultural change, as well as human-animal adaptations. Previous supervisory experience.

This is a full-time, academic professional, grant supported, 12-month position subject to the continued availability of funding and programmatic need. The starting date is negotiable and the salary is commensurate with experience.

Applications must be received by May 18, 2021. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after this date. To apply, please visit to complete an online profile and to upload 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 résumé/CV, and 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional (not personal) references. All requested information/documentation must be submitted for applications to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, Prairie Research Institute, at or 217-244-2401.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility

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