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ASU - Postdoctoral Research Scholar in NAGPRA

11/14/2023 21:57 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC) at Arizona State University is recruiting one Postdoctoral Research Scholar under the supervision of the Curator of Collections, Center for Archaeology and Society Repository (CASR). The postdoctoral research scholar will oversee the documentation and organization of archaeological collections subject to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) from Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) administered land. Human remains, funerary objects, and other cultural items were removed from Tribal reservation lands by staff of the Office of Cultural Resource Management and faculty of the former Department of Anthropology. To assist the BIA with repatriation, the collections must be located, inventoried, compared to existing documentation, and readied for repatriation. Additionally, non-NAGPRA collections will be prepared for transfer of custody, as specified by the BIA.

This is an in-person, full-time, fiscal-year, term-limited 1-year position, which may be renewable for a second year, contingent on funding and satisfactory performance. Job expectations are contingent on current and future obligations specified in BIA cooperative agreement. Applicants must be within five years of receipt of their Ph.D. to be considered. The anticipated start date is January of 2024.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in anthropology or related fields by the time of appointment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with faculty, staff, students and communities to advance the principles of the ASU Charter

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience in Human Osteology and Archeology
  • Demonstrated knowledge of U.S. Southwest archaeology
  • NAGPRA related collections documentation experience;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the appropriate handling of curated archaeological collections;
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience with student workers;
  • Evidence of excellent organizational and project management skills;
  • Experience working independently and collaboratively in a team.

To apply, please submit application materials electronically to, please submit application materials electronically.

Required materials include:

  1. a cover letter outlining qualifications and previous research
  2. a current curriculum vitae, and
  3. up-to-date contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references.

General questions about this position should be directed to Dr. Christopher Caseldine (

Initial deadline for complete applications is November 29, 2023; if position not filled, review of complete applications will occur every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.

The fiscal year (12-month) salary for this position is $55,000 along with competitive benefits through ASU including health insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. The postdoctoral research scholar must be in residence in the greater-Phoenix metropolitan area during the appointment.

Information about SHESC can be found at Information about research areas can be found at

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