ART Anthropology

Competition No.  -    A107347881
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA).

Salary will be commensurate with experience and in accordance with the Faculty Service Officer Agreement and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be found here: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

Applications are invited for a Faculty Service Officer (FSO) - Osteologist and Curator for Osteology, Fossil Hominid, Non-human Primate, and Bryan/Gruhn Ethnographic Collections in the Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Arts.

Reporting to the Chair, the Faculty Service Officer supports and facilitates the teaching and research functions of faculty members, both by direct contributions to research and teaching and by providing administrative, managerial, and organizational support. The expectation is that the successful applicant will serve as Curator of the Osteology, Fossil Hominid Cast, and Bryan/Gruhn Ethnographic Collections. The Curator acts as a key liaison between the public and the University research and teaching collections.

As Curator for the Collections, the successful applicant must adhere to the highest ethical standards in handling, preserving and managing the human remains and artifacts.  This relates to the use of collections, collection of materials, and disposal of materials. Legislation relating to handling/storing human remains and cultural property must be adhered to, in order to prevent liability to the university (maintaining the University’s Category A. status). The position serves as the key liaison with University of Alberta Museums in respect to the Department's Collections.

The FSO will also teach biological and forensic anthropology courses as required, and train and supervise graduate teaching assistants assigned to these courses. The Faculty Service Officer will maintain a research program as well as supervise Honours and graduate students within their areas of expertise. The position requires continuous upgrading of pertinent knowledge related to the discipline, as well as a broad knowledge of departmental collections and teaching aids (e.g. ethnographic, skeletal and fossil hominins), as well as curatorial standards, legislation and practices.

Given the role as designated contact on Repatriation, the incumbent must understand the complexity of the issues around repatriation of human remains. This includes familiarity with the ethics guidelines/policies concerning human remains of the Canadian Association for Biological Anthropology and the Canadian Archaeological Association. 

Depending on the forensic skills of the successful applicant, the FSO may be called upon to work with Edmonton Police Services, the RCMP and the Medical Examiner's Office in criminal investigations, and may be required to serve as an Expert Witness during criminal proceedings.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  

  • Post-graduate degree (minimum MA) in Physical/Biological Anthropology, with experience working with human osteological collections.
  • Some teaching experience at a post-secondary institution.
  • Participation in professional conferences and continued membership in relevant professional organizations (e.g., Canadian Association for Biological Anthropology; American Association of Forensic Sciences; Canadian Society for Forensic Science; Alberta Museums Association).
  • Knowledge and application of current, specialized information and techniques associated with osteology and biological anthropological analysis of skeletal remains.
  • Knowledge of (or willingness to learn) basic curatorial practices for other classes of materials, such as textiles and organic materials.
  • Knowledge of relevant university, provincial, and federal legislation relating to human remains, as well as the various conventions and treaties relating to museum collecting

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Alberta is known internationally for the quality of its scholarship.  We are a four-field anthropology department with active research programmes throughout the world.  We have a vibrant department and expertise in several major branches of the discipline of anthropology that focus on different aspects of human populations, societies and cultures. Our work contributes to new ways of thinking for an anthropology of the 21st century, but also for how we think about the world in which we live.

Applicants interested in learning more about the Department of Anthropology are invited to view our home page (https://www.ualberta.ca/anthropology).

Interested individual are asked to submit their curriculum vitae, a cover letter, as well as the names and contact information of three references.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.