Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Research Fellow (short term)

Richards, Nathan <RICHARDSN@...>

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Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Research Fellow

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Research Associate

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Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Research Fellow

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Full Time

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Commensurate with Qualifications

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Non-Faculty Instructional & Research

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The Department of History in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences at East Carolina University is composed of 21 full-time faculty members. The Program in Maritime Studies is an internationally-known and respected program housed within the Department of History. The program has 4 full-time faculty members, but the entire department contributes. The Department of History offers a BA degree in History, a minor in History, a minor in Public History, MA in History, and MA in Maritime Studies. East Carolina University is located in Greenville, North Carolina, a city of approximately 90,000. Greenville is located about 80 miles east of Raleigh and is within a short drive to the Outer Banks and other Atlantic Ocean beaches.

Job Duties

The Department of History and the Program in Maritime Studies invite applications for a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Research Fellow appointment in Maritime Archaeology to begin as soon as possible. The DPAA Research Fellow for the History Department at East Carolina University is a temporary position beginning as soon as possible and ending April 16, 2019. The Fellow will work in collaboration with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), an agency of the Department of Defense whose mission is to search for, recover and identify remains of missing personnel from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Gulf Wars, and other recent conflicts. DPAA’s cases are based on information received from families, archival and historical research, findings from local residents in the area where these wars were fought, and field investigations.

The DPAA Fellow will have the following responsibilities:
• Initiate a research agenda and contribute to the historical and archaeological scholarship on unaccounted-for service personnel (e.g., missing in action, killed with no body returned, or prisoners of war that did not return).
• Facilitate historical and archaeological research to conduct geospatial analysis of available primary sources to define prioritization of historical events and provide a defined search grid and survey plan to locate prioritized underwater loss incidents identified by
• Build and manage a network of constituencies involved in underwater archaeology who can contribute to on-going research on POWs/MIAs.
• Communicate with
DPAA Fellows at other institutions to build effective scholarly collaboration on POW/MIA research issues. Other institutions include The University of Wisconsin, Brigham Young University, Tuskegee University, and Scripps Oceanographic Institute.

Minimum Education/Experience

Master’s degree in Maritime Studies, History, or Anthropology with a field specialization in underwater archaeology, and who is certified to Register of Professional Archaeologist standards is required.

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation


Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

A preference will be given to candidates with SCUBA certification from the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS). Candidates who have experience working on battlefield archaeological sites, with advanced GIS and remote sensing experience, and experience with project planning, execution, and post-processing datasets will be given preference.

License or Certification Required by the Department

Special Instructions to Applicant

Screening will begin January 21, 2019. Candidates should submit an online candidate profile, letter of application, curriculum vitae and a list of three references, including contact information at Also, arrange for three current letters of recommendation and official graduate transcripts to be sent to:

Dr. Jennifer McKinnon,
Search Committee Chair,
Program in Maritime Studies,
Eller House, Mail Stop 149,
East Carolina University,
Greenville, NC 27858.

Questions can be sent to Dr. Jennifer McKinnon at mckinnonje@...

Additional Instructions to Applicant

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

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Open Until Filled


Job Close Date - Positions will be posted until 11:59 p.m. EST on this date. If no closing date is indicated, the position may close at any time after the initial screening date.


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Not Applicable

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