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The Oriental Institute was founded in 1919 by James Henry Breasted with the financial support of John D. Rockefeller Jr., and was originally envisaged as a research laboratory for the investigation of the early human career that would trace humankind’s progress from the most ancient days of the Middle East. The goal of the Oriental Institute is to be the world’s leading center for the study of ancient Near Eastern civilizations by combining innovation in theory, methodology, and significant empirical discovery with the highest standards of rigorous scholarship.
Unit Job Summary: The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago invites applications for a position of Managing Director for the Afghan Heritage Mapping Project. This is a three year position with the possibility of extension. The Project is funded by the US Department of State with two main goals: a) the use of satellite imagery to develop a comprehensive map and GIS database of all identifiable archaeological sites in Afghanistan, and b) the training of Afghan archaeologists and heritage professionals in the methods of landscape archaeology, satellite image processing for archaeological site detection, and GIS. Project work will be conducted in Kabul Afghanistan and in Chicago at the Oriental Institute.
Applicants must have expertise and practical experience in archaeological research and archaeological/cultural heritage preservation projects. Regional focus on the Middle East is preferred but not required. As Field Director of the newly founded AHMP, the successful applicant should have practical experience in at least some of the following areas: landscape archaeology, site survey, cultural heritage preservation, capacity building/training, efforts to combat the illicit antiquities trade, and experience working with local governments. The position requires extensive international travel for 1-2 month training sessions in Afghanistan. The successful applicant may also be asked to teach up to two courses per year on aspects of remote sensing, landscape archaeology, or cultural heritage preservation.

Unit Education: Doctoral degree in a field of study relevant to the research being conducted required.

Unit Experience: A minimum of five years of related experience required.
(A minimum of seven years of related experience for the BSD) required.
Experience facilitating and promoting a research project or contributing to the scientific direction of a research resource (core facility) required.

Supervisory experience preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Advanced knowledge in relevant scientific field required.
Advanced knowledge of research techniques or methods required.
Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures required.
Analytical skills required.
Problem-solving skills required.
Attention to detail required.
Organizational skills required.
Verbal and written communication skills required.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Ability to train others required.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office required.

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