University of Mississippi Medical Center Seeks Lead Bioarchaeologist – Jackson MS

Application Deadline Extended

The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) has an exceptional set of circumstances requiring a bioarchaeologist with extensive field and laboratory experience to lead the excavation of a historic cemetery on the UMMC campus. 

The primary responsibility is to direct the archaeological component of the Asylum Hill Project ( which includes excavation of at least 4000 burial sites and the curation of the skeletal remains as well as the development of field schools. This project is a 12mo/year operation taking a minimum of 5 to 7 years to complete. 

The occupant of this position will recruit and supervise a team of seven technicians dedicated to the excavation.  The Asylum Hill Project is a distinctly transdisciplinary endeavor and the successful applicant will be expected to collaborate among a variety of professional disciplines in order to maximize the cultural, scientific, and educational value of the enterprise.  Further, the lead bioarchaeologist is expected to model and maintain the highest ethical standards of community-engaged archaeology, the management of human remains, cultural sensitivity, supervision of a complex work environment, and compliance with applicable state and federal law.   UMMC’s senior leadership is committed to recruiting, developing, and retaining future-oriented faculty in support of the institution’s tripartite mission of education, research, and health care. 

The successful candidate must have a PhD or equivalent in anthropology or archaeology and will receive a non-tenure track academic appointment in the School of Medicine at the appropriate rank.  

Compensation arrangements are competitive and will be commensurate with the selected candidate’s experience, achievements, and the responsibilities of the position. 

Interested individuals may submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to Lida B. Gibson by November 1, 2021.

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