Research Analyst - Center for Digital Antiquity

Updated: 18 days ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 28 Jun 2024

102215BR

Campus: Tempe

Research Analyst


Job Description

The Center for Digital Antiquity (CDA) at Arizona State University is seeking a Research Analyst for a 9-month appointment beginning in August 2024. In collaboration with CDA researchers, the successful applicant will work on the Comparative Digital Archaeological Studies sponsored by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).  The Research Analyst will work with DPAA to explore how the management, organization, and analysis of archaeological data can enhance its search and recovery efforts for missing service personnel.  The position will develop and execute a collaborative research project that will increase the applied and scholarly impact of the DPAAs datasets, by leveraging the unique capabilities of tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record; www.tdar.org ). The Research Analyst will be expected to work with the DPAA to create project deliverables and publish the results of this research in appropriate venues.  The candidate for this position will need to meet and maintain information access requirements of the Department of Defense.
As currently conceived, the project has three focus areas.  First, the Research Analyst will work on data organization, management, and interoperability of existing data from past DPAA project. Second, the project will explore the use Machine Learning, and other AI, to extract meaningful information from legacy documents for analysis.  Finally, the project will explore ways to increase data interoperability across existing DPAA datasets.
The Center for Digital Antiquity (CDA) at Arizona State University is a multi-institutional organization dedicated to ensuring the long-term preservation of irreplaceable archaeological data and to broadening access to these data. Our mission is to extend our knowledge of the human past and improve the management of our cultural heritage by permanently preserving digital archaeological data and supporting their discovery, access, and reuse. As part of fulfilling these goals, CDA oversees the use, development, and maintenance of the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR), an international repository for the digital records of archaeological investigations, organizations, projects, and research. One of CDA’s key objectives is to foster the use of tDAR and ensure its financial, technical, and professional sustainability. Use of tDAR has the potential to transform archaeological research by providing direct access to digital data from current and historic investigations along with powerful tools to analyze and reuse it.


Job Family

Research & Laboratory


Full-Time/Part-Time

Full-Time


Grant Funded Position

This is a grant funded position. Continuation is contingent on future grant funding.


Salary Range

$50,000 per year


Essential Duties

  • Organizing digital data for archiving
  • Processing digital documents and metadata in tDAR
  • Data mining using conventional or other machine learning
  • Extracting and interoperating data for use in GIS
  • Preparing reports and manuscripts with collaborators
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a related field AND three years of experience in research, information analysis or program evaluation; OR, Master's degree in a related field AND one year of experience in research, information analysis or program evaluation; OR, Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


Desired Qualifications

  • Evidence of a Master’s degree in Anthropology, Data Science, or related field by the start of the appointment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of machine learning models, data manipulation, and data visualization.
  • Experience of collaborative research and outreach activities
  • Evidence of effective communication 
  • Experience in preparing and summarizing data for management reports and policy decisions.
  • Ability to apply advanced knowledge of the principles, practices and methods of internet-based research.

Working Environment

  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods ofsitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse
  • Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work
  • Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts
  • Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions

Department Statement

Known for its leadership in innovative education and research, the School of Human Evolution and Social Change includes one of the nation's top-ranked anthropology programs and the largest and most research-productive transdisciplinary anthropology faculty in the nation. Staying true to our four-field anthropological origins means we remain committed to leveraging a long-term, comparative, and holistic perspective on human origins and diversity as a way to understand and address complex problems, now and for the future, and a deep concern for community engagement and social justice. In addition to anthropology, our students can earn degrees in global health, applied mathematics for the life and social sciences and museum studies. We are also known for our high quality study abroad, field school programs and research apprenticeship opportunities for our 700 undergraduate majors and nearly 200 graduate students.

We offer a dynamic, collegial, and challenging work environment due to the pace of innovation, complex array of research and academic programs, and high profile initiatives. SHESC is the largest social science unit in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ASU's largest and most diverse college. For complete information see
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Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.



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