Job Opening in the OSA Burials Program

BURIALS PROGRAM DIRECTOR (PRK4/5A Research Manager) Office of the State Archaeologist, salary range $61,500 to commensurate.


UI seeks an experienced bioarchaeologist to supervise, coordinate, and direct all activities pertaining to ancient human remains and burial sites in the state of Iowa. In consultation with the State Archaeologist of Iowa, the successful applicant will be expected to maintain compliance with all state and federal legislation regarding human remains (Code of Iowa 263B.7-9, 523I.316(6), 716.5; Iowa Administrative Rules 685-11.1; Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) 25.U.S.C. 3001 et seq.; 43CFR10). Additionally, the applicant must demonstrate the highest degree of sensitivity to, and respect for, cultural differences and diverse systems of belief while engaging in regular consultation with tribes and other descendant communities along with archaeologists and agency officials from local, state, and federal organizations as well as landowners, developers, and the general public. Responsibilities include operational, fiscal and staffing management; expertise and flexibility to respond as needed to diverse situations; and a willingness to collaborate. A valid driver's license is required (in-state travel frequent) and a successful credential and criminal background check will be required for the selected candidate.



*             Master's degree in Anthropology (Bioarchaeology, Archaeology, or Biological Anthropology) or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

*             Three year minimum experience in North American archaeology supervising field and lab activities including burial-related excavation.

*             Three year minimum experience in human osteological analysis and research including knowledge of and experience with professionally accepted human osteological methods, techniques, and theoretical advances in research.

*             Demonstrated experience in NAGPRA implementation and tribal consultation.

*             Success in grant writing and managing grant-funded projects.

*             Knowledge of Iowa and federal laws and regulations pertaining to ancient human remains and cultural resources.

*             Demonstrated ability to work effectively with tribal and descendant groups, agencies and organizations, other archaeologists and professionals, and the general public.

*             Demonstrated program administration, communication, writing, and computer skills.



*             Ph.D. in Anthropology (Bioarchaeology, Archaeology, or Biological Anthropology) or closely related field.

*             Publications in bioarchaeology-related research.

*             Proven success in managing multiple on-going projects.

*             Basic knowledge of Iowa/Midwestern/Plains archaeology.

*             GIS user knowledge and experience interpreting soils in burial and mound contexts.

*             Experience using social media.


For information about the UI Office of the State Archaeologist visit our website. Apply online.  Requisition #64510; applications due 6/18/14


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.