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Research Archaeologist
Research Laboratories of Archaeology,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Research Laboratories of Archaeology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, invites applications for a Research Archaeologist position. Candidates must have experience in eastern U.S. archaeology, with strong interests in North Carolina archaeology. A PhD is preferred, but an ABD will be considered.

Duties of this position include curating and providing access to the N.C. Archaeological Collection; implementing Federal laws pertinent to the collection (including NAGPRA); training undergraduate and graduate students in archaeological laboratory and field methods; teaching archaeological field schools; serving on student thesis committees; designing and carrying out research on the archaeology of North Carolina and nearby regions; and engaging with the public by fielding requests for information, giving presentations, and working with museums and other organizations to design exhibits and programs.

Additional qualifications include a mastery of archaeological laboratory and field methods; strong interpersonal, organizational, writing and communications skills; and the ability to plan research and to write successful grant proposals. Experience with archaeological collections, databases, public programming, and NAGPRA implementation is desirable.

Initial application requires a letter summarizing the candidate’s background and qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses (including email) of three references. Additional information may be requested as the search proceeds.

Applications must be submitted by April 11, 2022. See additional information and upload application materials at

About the Research Laboratories of Archaeology, UNC-Chapel Hill

The Research Laboratories of Archaeology (RLA) is an independent unit within the College of Arts and Sciences that houses the Curriculum in Archaeology and has close ties with the Departments of Anthropology, Classics, and American Studies, as well as with other programs such as the Center for the Study of the American South and the American Indian Center. Founded in 1939, the RLA was the first center for the study of North Carolina archaeology. Serving the interests of students, scholars, and the general public, it is currently one of the leading institutes for archaeological research and teaching in the South. On the UNC campus, it provides support for faculty and students working not only in North Carolina, but also throughout the Americas and overseas. The RLA’s archaeological collections include more than 8 million artifacts from 10,000 archaeological sites (mostly in North Carolina and nearby states), as well as over 60,000 slides, negatives, and photographs.

The University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and welcomes all to apply without regard to age, color, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.