Position Announcement-- Geoarchaeologist American Bottom Field Station Research Archaeologist

Pankey, Janice L


American Bottom Field Station

Illinois State Archaeological Survey

Prairie Research Institute

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Collinsville, IL


The Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS) is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. For 80 years, the University of Illinois has studied the state’s archaeological heritage. ISAS incorporates that knowledge into its programs to protect, preserve, and interpret these irreplaceable and non-renewable resources within the context of Illinois’s need to encourage and promote sustainable development. Learn more at go.illinois.edu/PRIjobs.


The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.


ISAS is seeking to hire a Geoarchaeologist, at its American Bottom Field Station in Collinsville, IL, to conduct geoarchaeological field investigations for research and projects associated with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA); analyze and interpret this data; write Archaeological Survey Short Reports (ASSR), Archaeological Testing Short Reports (ATSR), and Technical Report chapters detailing the results of these studies.  Additional duties include conducting and/or supervising all levels of archaeological survey and excavation in Illinois and preparing reports (ASSR, ATSR, and Technical Reports) on the results.  Occasional overnight travel is required. Must possess a valid driver’s license and insurance.  Work is conducted in both office and outside settings. Some outdoor work may include heat, humidity, biting insects, cold, and wet conditions.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:


·         Conduct geoarchaeological field investigations (e.g., collecting soil cores, backhoe trenching).

·         Perform analyses and provide interpretations of geoarchaeological data (e.g., site formation processes, stratigraphic interpretations, natural and cultural modification, landscape reconstruction).

·         Conduct and/or supervise Phase I, II, and III archaeological field investigations ensuring professional and regulatory standards are met.

·         Compile, edit, and author ATSRs, ASSRs, and technical reports and report chapters detailing recovered geoarchaeological and archaeological data.

·         Work with ISAS personnel designing and implementing research strategies and projects incorporating geoarchaeological data. This will include working with the new ISAS Environmental Archaeology Laboratory.

·         Conduct independent and supplemental research activities as time and workflow dictates. Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of ISAS and PRI.


Required Qualifications:


·         M.A. in Anthropology, Archaeology, or closely related field, such as Earth or Soil Sciences.

·         Demonstrated proficiency in geoarchaeological methods and archaeological applications.

·         Demonstrated ability to conduct all phases of field investigations in research and cultural resources settings.

·         Basic knowledge of the archaeological resources and culture history in the Midwest.

·         Basic computer skills.

·         Ability to collaborate with co-workers and fellow researchers.

·         Attention to detail, sound judgement, and strong conflict resolution skills.

·         Ability to meet project deadlines in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment.

·         Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of ISAS and PRI.


Preferred Qualifications:


·         Ph.D. in Anthropology, Archaeology, or closely related field, such as Earth or Soil Sciences.

·         Three years of experience assisting with all phases of field investigations in the Midwest.

·         Specialization in Midwestern archaeology, particularly the Late Woodland and/or Mississippian periods in the American Bottom.

·         Experience with Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) requirements and guidelines for archaeological investigations and reporting.


This is a regular full-time benefit eligible, academic professional appointment, renewable annually based upon satisfactory performance in the position and continued funding.  The starting date is as soon as possible after the closing date and salary is commensurate with experience.  To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by February 20, 2020, however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  To apply, please visit <http://jobs.illinois.edu> to complete an online profile and upload 1) a cover letter that clearly demonstrates how your qualifications and experience make you an eligible candidate for this position, 2) a résumé/CV detailing your relevant qualifications, and 3) contact information (including email addresses) of three professional references.  All requested information/ documentation must be submitted for applications to be considered.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Ms. Janice Pankey, ISAS Administration, at <jpankey@...>. Individuals with questions concerning this position should contact Dr. Jacob Skousen, <bskousen@...>.  For technical inquiries, please contact Dr. Timothy Pauketat at <pauketat@...>.  The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.



Janice Pankey, IL CRA

Business/Administrative Manager

Illinois State Archaeological Survey

Prairie Research Instute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
209 Nuclear Physics Lab

23 Stadium Drive

Champaign, IL  61820
Ph: 217-244-4244
Fx:  217-244-7458



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