Topic ID #34426 - posted 1/14/2015 3:00 AM

Archaeobotanist - Illinois State Archaeological Survey

Jennifer Palmer

Archaeobotanist - Illinois State Archaeological Survey (A1500009)
Institution:    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Location:    Urbana, IL
Admin - Laboratory and Research
Posted:    01/09/2015
Application Due:    02/06/2015
Type:    Full Time
Notes:    included on Affirmative Action email
Illinois State Archaeological Survey
Prairie Research Institute
The Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS), Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, is seeking an Archaeobotanist to be located in Champaign, Illinois. This position will conduct analysis of plant remains from archaeological sites including all aspects of archaeobotanical sample collection, identification, analysis, archaeological interpretation, report preparation, and curation.
The Archaeobotanist will perform the identification and recordation of carbonized plant remains from archaeological sites, including the quantification of results and preparation of appropriate tables, analysis and interpretation of the archaeological significance of the archaeobotanical remains, and the preparation of archaeobotanical reports as appropriate. Maintain electronic and handwritten archaeobotanical laboratory databases, including, but not limited to the floatation sample number log, the radiocarbon date results database, and the Laboratory Tracking Form. Track samples through the analytic process by inventorying the movement of samples through the laboratory, maintain electronic logs of individual site samples, and ensure the analyzed floatation samples are curated properly. Undertake general laboratory duties, such as order supplies, organize storage shelves, help to maintain comparative collections, and sample cleaning and maintenance as needed. Supervise and/or train other staff members, archaeological assistants, lab technicians, and students in processing data and conducting analytical procedures and techniques.
The successful candidate should have an M.A. (PhD preferred) in Anthropology, Archaeology, or closely related field. A minimum of three year's experience in conducting archaeobotanical investigations in the Eastern Woodlands cultural area with a demonstrated ability to complete archaeobotanical projects and reports in a timely and competent manner. A detailed familiarity with plant anatomy, taphonomy, paleoecology, and native plant utilization is necessary. Candidate should have a basic familiarity with Eastern Woodlands archaeological culture history and Midwestern plant communities and ecology, and archaeobotanical research protocols and agendas. Candidate should have a basic familiarity with computer word processing, graphic, and database programs.
This is a full-time Academic Professional position. Salary is negotiable based on experience. Proposed starting date is as soon as possible after the closing date.

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