Archaeologist

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine

Join the HJF Team!

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing military medicine. We serve military, medical, academic and government clients by administering, managing and supporting preeminent scientific programs that benefit members of the armed forces and civilians alike. Since its founding in 1983, HJF has served as a vital link between the military medical community and its federal and private partners. HJF’s support and administrative capabilities allow military medical researchers and clinicians to maintain their scientific focus and accomplish their research goals.

This position will be part of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Lab Support Services. The DPAA is the US Department of Defense Agency responsible for the recovery and identification of fallen US service members from WWII to the gulf war. Its mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting of missing personnel to their families and the nation. To accomplish this, the DPAA executes recovery missions worldwide, and recovered material is analyzed in the state-of-the-art DPAA laboratory.

HJF is seeking an Archaeologist to provide professional and scientific assistance pertaining to DPAA’s laboratory and field related activities. These positions deploy up to 140 days a year to recovery sites (both foreign and domestic) which may include remote, isolated, and/or austere environments..

  • Provides professional forensic and archaeological laboratory analysis and designs and implements analyses of a variety of materials associated with covered conflicts, including the Cold War, Vietnam War, Korean Conflict and World War II.
  • Apply expertise in fundamental spatial concepts for assessing, visualizing, and managing data using software, such as ArcGIS, AutoCAD, Surfer and GoogleEarthPro.
  • Serves as a scientific-decision maker to create and iteratively execute archaeological strategy to excavate a site and forensically process any evidence.
  • Deploys up to 140 days a year to recovery sites (both foreign and domestic) which may include remote, isolated, and/or austere environments.
  • Follow all DPAA policies and procedures to serve as a scientific-decision maker to create and iteratively execute an archaeological strategy to excavate a site and forensically process any evidence.
  • Perform to DPAA Laboratory standards the direction and supervision of a team of military and civilian personnel in the execution of an established archaeological strategy.
  • Comply with all DPAA requirements for reporting and coordinating all plans and results through all appropriate channels.
  • Apply knowledge of human remains identification procedures, and comprehensive knowledge of remote-sensing, mapping, probing, coring, and test excavation methods/techniques to recover and stabilize human skeletal and dental remains and material evidence from archaeological and other contexts in the field and laboratory.
  • Write, implement, and follow standard operating procedures.
  • Assists lab personnel by answering questions, troubleshooting issues, and providing feedback regarding LIMS as required by the LIMS Project Leads.
  • Follow all Government policies and procedures.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must possess a Master’s degree in archaeology, anthropology, or closely related field.
  • Leadership background required with at least one (1) year of full-time professional experience at the supervisory level in the study of archaeological resource
  • Demonstrate extensive Phase III terrestrial experience in the recovery of human remains.
  • At least one (1) year of full-time professional experience or equivalent specialized training in archaeological research, administration, or management.
  • At least one (1) year of supervisory field and analytic experience in general archaeology.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of best practices in forensic and archaeological laboratory analysis procedures.
  • Comprehensive knowledge in designing, directing, and supervising all phases of archaeological projects to include Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III archaeological processes, mapping methods and techniques.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of artifact and material evidence analysis to include identifying circumstantial and direct evidence supporting casualty identifications.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of forensic laboratory best practices and accreditation standards.

Physical Capabilities

Lifting: Requires lifting materials up to 25 lbs.

Work Environment

  • Takes place in Lab enviroment or archaeological field environment.

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree required; PhD preferred
  • Minimum 5 years of experience

As per Executive Order 14042, all HJF employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination or an approved religious or medical accommodation will be required.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, education and credentials, a criminal background check, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check if applicable. Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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