Bioarchaeologist and Research Archaeologist

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Education or Equivalency Required

A Master’s degree with an emphasis in human osteology and archaeological studies or closely related field. Alternatively, a Bachelor’s degree in a related field with extensive experience in human osteology and archaeological studies.

Required Qualifications

  • Applicant must meet minimum professional qualifications for archaeology as defined by the Department of the Interior (36CFR 61). Applicant must have advanced knowledge of human osteology and bioarchaeology.

  • Typically, 2-3 years of full-time professional experience or equivalent specialized training in human osteological research and archeological research, administration or management in North America.

  • Typically, 2-3 years of full-time professional experience at a supervisory level in the study of historical archives and archaeological resources.

  • Typically, 2-3 years of experience in preparing documentation required by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).

  • Demonstrated ability to carry research to completion on time and on budget.

  • Understanding and ability to comply with the Association of Iowa Archaeologists Guidelines:

  • Extensive experience with MS Word and Excel for reporting and data collecting and management.

  • Experience with GIS and GPS mapping.

  • Valid U.S. driver's license in good standing with three years' driving history and ability to meet all other UI requirements for driving UI vehicles listed at:

  • Physical ability to work and walk outside all day in all weather conditions carrying heavy loads while conducting field survey and excavation.

Highly Desirable Qualifications

  • More than three years of full-time professional extensive experience with the basic qualifications listed above as well as tribal consultation under NAGPRA.

  • More than three years of extensive experience in Iowa archaeology or the archaeology and history of adjacent states.

  • Demonstrated understanding of geomorphology, including soil type identification, description, and analysis.

  • Extensive knowledge of Plains or Midwestern prehistoric and historic archaeology.

  • Extensive experience with GIS ArcMap 10.x to create maps and gather spatial data.

  • Extensive experience with GPS or Total Station data collection devices.

  • Basic PowerPoint, Photoshop, Access, and Acrobat experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to publish results in professional journals or books.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Professional experiences with public outreach, education, and volunteer coordination as well as collaborative work with tribal partners.

Position and Application Details and Instructions:
Include your driver’s license information under the Experience & Credentials section, as a license.

Upload the following required documents and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission:

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, and verification of a valid state or commercial driver’s license, and ability to meet University Fleet Safety Standards. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

Contact:  Sarah Tillman (

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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