Topic ID #38507 - posted 7/14/2017 4:00 PM

Assistant Research Scientist, Archaeologist


The Division of Earth and Ecosystem Science at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) seeks an Assistant Research Scientist, Archaeologist to be located in Las Vegas, NV.  This position involves development and implementation of applied cultural resource research projects in collaboration with other DRI faculty.  Ongoing tasks include (but are not limited to) performance of various field and laboratory archaeological research activities, report preparation, development and pursuit of applied research proposals, positive interactions with clients and sponsors, and presentation of research to professional, agency, and public audiences.  The successful applicant will work on existing archaeological projects in the Great Basin and Mojave Desert, primarily in southern Nevada, under PI supervision. In addition, the applicant will assist in the pursuit of additional research contracts and grant opportunities to support his/her salary.

Key responsibilities include:
•    Participation in cultural resource survey, monitoring, site recording and evaluation, excavation, and other cultural resource data recovery efforts for diverse types of cultural resources (prehistoric, historic, and Cold War);
•    Archaeological and historic analysis of artifacts, sites, structures, and buildings;
•    Preparation of technical cultural resource reports, forms and other documents in compliance with grant/contract requirements;
•    Interaction with American Indians regarding cultural resource projects and results;
•    Conducting artifact collection curation tasks and management of archival records;
•    Effective communication with Pls and agency clients/sponsors, particularly in the Department of Energy;
•    Participating in proposal development activities.
•    Masters degree in anthropology or closely-related discipline with an emphasis in archaeology from an accredited institution;
•    Minimum of two years prior field/lab experience focusing on archaeology in the Great Basin/Mojave Desert;
•    Experience with ArcMap, Word and Excel;
•    Demonstrated experience in timely completion of technical cultural resource reports and other documents related to contract-driven applied archaeological research;
•    Demonstrated experience in curation activities and archival records management.

Salaries are competitive and commensurate with qualifications. This position is eligible for DRI’s benefits package and relocation assistance. See this link for a benefits overview:

Qualified individuals interested in this position must apply online at  To ensure full consideration, your application package should be received by July 29, 2017.

For questions regarding this position, please call the DRI recruiting office at 702-862-5548.

DRI is an AA/EEO employer who gives consideration in employment without regard to race, color, religion, and sex. Individuals with disabilities or protected veteran status are encouraged to apply.


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