The Assistant Curator of Zooarchaeology is a continuing-eligible (tenure equivalent) Academic Professional position functioning in the Research Division of the Arizona State Museum (ASM) at the University of Arizona (UA). The incumbent provides curatorial oversight for the comparative zooarchaeological collections (modern, non-human animal skeletal collections) housed at ASM and facilitates access to these collections for the purposes of research and education. The incumbent also conducts sponsored research and prepares publications in zooarchaeology, with an emphasis on the US Southwest and northern Mexico. Other duties include community outreach, contributing to museum exhibits and programming, teaching and mentoring students, committee service within ASM and UA, and review of applications for paleontological permits issued by ASM.
The ideal candidate for this position will take a proactive approach to management of the ASM Zooarchaeological Collections and engage with the public as part of the Museum’s and UA’s mandate as a land grant institution. They will be an innovative and motivated researcher with a productive research program. They will also actively seek initiatives to improve the functioning of the lab and facilitate researcher and student interactions with the collections. We are looking for someone who is eager to apply new ideas to an old collection and develop stimulating new ways of interacting with the public and exciting them about ASM, UA, and what one can learn from zooarchaeology.
Duties and Responsibilities:
A. Academic Professional Activities (40%) • Oversees and manages ASM’s Stanley J. Olsen Laboratory of Zooarchaeology. o Curates the modern comparative zooarchaeology collection in accordance with professional standards and best practices. o Develops and maintains policy and procedural guidelines for access to and handling of faunal remains in the comparative zooarchaeological collections, in collaboration with ASM’s Head of Collections and Head of Preservation. o Coordinates collections management activities with ASM’s Head of Collections and Registrar. o Provides access to the modern comparative zooarchaeology collection for the purposes of research and education. • Serves as liaison between ASM, researchers, and other museums, universities, and agencies on issues pertaining to comparative zooarchaeological materials. • Responds to public inquiries concerning zooarchaeology and the modern comparative non-human animal skeletal collections. • Provides scholarly review and oversight of vertebrate paleontological permits issued by ASM under state law.
B. Research and Creative Activities (35%) • Conducts and publishes research in zooarchaeology with an emphasis on the US Southwest and northern Mexico. • Obtains external funding, through grants and contracts, to support scholarly research activity. • Provides zooarchaeological expertise as needed within ASM. a. May contribute to or curate exhibitions focused on or incorporating zooarchaeology.
C. Teaching and Other Educational Activities (15%) • May prepare and teach university courses in the field of zooarchaeology and other topics. • Promotes and supervises undergraduate and graduate student research. • Supervises independent studies and internships, trains students in research methods, and encourages student participation in ongoing research initiatives. • Serves on student committees for honors theses, master’s theses, doctoral comprehensive examinations, and Ph.D. dissertations.
D. Service and Outreach (10%) • Serves on ASM committees. • May serve on UA committees. • May serve on committees within professional and avocational organizations. • Conducts outreach to communities served by ASM at the university, local, and state levels. • Public education may include lectures, presentations, workshops, and field trips.
Additional duties may be assigned
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Ph.D. in anthropology with an emphasis in the zooarchaeology of North America upon hire.
Research experience in zooarchaeology and field experience in archaeology.
Research capability demonstrated through publications.
Experience in the management of zooarchaeological collections and/or a zooarchaeological laboratory.
Demonstrated capacity to obtain grants for research.
Demonstrated experience working successfully with Native American tribes.
University teaching experience.
Internal Number: F21531
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