Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum has always been one of the world’s great archaeology and anthropology research museums, and the largest university museum in the United States. With roughly one million objects in our care, the Penn Museum encapsulates and illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from. As a dynamic research institution with many ongoing research projects, the Museum is a vibrant and engaging place of continual discovery, with the mandate of research, teaching, collections stewardship, and public engagement—the four “pillars” of what we do.

Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials Lecturer in Digital Archaeology

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) and the School of Arts and Sciences are seeking a Teaching Specialist in Digital Archaeology for their new Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM). CAAM is a joint endeavor of the Penn Museum and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences, and will support teaching and mentoring of students at all levels of research preparation. CAAM is envisioned as consisting of teaching and research specialties in archaeobotany, archaeometallurgy, archaeozoology, ceramics, conservation, digital archaeology, human skeletal analysis, and lithics. Several of these specialties will have dedicated Teaching Specialists within CAAM. The appointment is at the rank of Lecturer A in the School of Arts and Sciences, and will be made in one of the CAAM stakeholder departments according to the appointee’s areas of expertise. Teaching Specialists also report to the CAAM Director with oversight from the CAAM Faculty Steering Committee. The teaching Specialist will teach or co-teach one course per semester; train and supervise students in their respective technical area; support Penn Museum archaeological projects; publish and/or assist in publication of relevant research; and monitor and maintain their respective lab equipment.


Minimum: MA/MS, with a PhD highly preferred, in archaeology or a related field plus 3-5 years of archaeological field work or equivalent combination of education and experience; broad knowledge of archaeological material culture and a record of involvement in digital approaches to archaeology; teaching and mentoring experience. Knowledge of a wide variety of digital tools and technologies for the collection, analysis, visualization, and dissemination of archaeological data is required including spatial mapping, linked data, 3D and augmented reality, and other digital applications. Organizational skills, and attention to detail, multi-tasking, and collaborative abilities. Ability to travel as may be required.

Candidates should apply online here. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three individuals who will be asked by the University to submit a letter of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on February 29 and will continue until the position is filled.

Posted January 27, 2016

Museum and School Educator

Unpacking the Past is a FREE program that connects middle school classrooms in Philadelphia public and Title I charter schools with the world-renowned collections and teaching resources of the Penn Museum. The four stages of the program include (1) faculty in-service days for the teachers at the Museum; (2) an in-school visit from Unpacking the Past educators featuring a workshop about concepts/objects that students will encounter at the Penn Museum; (3) a class visit to the Penn Museum with a gallery tour and hands-on workshop; and (4) post-visit student projects highlighting the sum of the students’ learning, developed collaboratively between Museum Educators and classroom teachers. Unpacking the Past programs focus on either ancient Egypt or ancient Rome. Student and teacher needs are assessed and addressed by the Unpacking the Past team through ongoing communication with participating teachers. Reporting to the Unpacking the Past GRoW Annenberg Program Manager, the Museum Educator is responsible for learning and teaching a variety of workshops and gallery tours, both in the Penn Museum and in the community. The Museum Educator will be required to learn a significant amount of information about ancient Egyptian and ancient Roman civilizations and will need the ability to teach the content in an engaging and spirited manner. The Museum Educator will follow a scripted curriculum and must be willing to receive constructive criticism and make adjustments according to specific feedback. The Museum Educator must have excellent classroom management technique and be comfortable in an urban middle school setting. Commitment and passion for delivering a high quality, core content, standards-based program, along with a sense of fun and adventure are essential. This is a grant funded position, with funding currently in place through June 30, 2017. The Museum is actively fundraising to provide support for the position beyond that date, so renewal is subject to funding.


Bachelor’s degree in education, history, anthropology, or related field preferred, plus 2 years of experience teaching in urban schools or equivalent combination of experience and education. Flexible personality and engaging, creative teaching style. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, Proven Common Core-aligned lesson-planning experience. Valid driver’s license required. Attention to detail and good organization/time management skills a must. Some weekend and evening work may be required. Criminal background, Child Abuse Clearance and FBI fingerprinting required upon hire.

Applicants must apply through the Jobs@Penn website. The job posting can be found here. No phone calls will be accepted for the position.

Posted January 12, 2016

Digital Media Developer

The Digital Media Developer (DMD) works to produce and maintain digital content for the Museum’s website(s). The DMD will generate and edit webpages in our content management systems including coding HTML/CSS and the creation of images. The DMD will develop informational, promotional, and educational videos and interactive content for use on the Museum’s website and social media outlets. The DMD is responsible for maintaining and monitoring the Museum’s web style guide in conjunction with the Museum’s overall branding and art direction. The DMD performs their duties under direction of the Museum’s Web Developer.


A Bachelor’s Degree and related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Proven working knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite and the creation and manipulation of images is necessary. A background in video production and editing in Final Cut Pro, Sony Vegas Pro or Adobe Premiere is essential. Experience in coding HTML/CSS by hand is preferred. Experience with major Content Management Systems like Joomla, Drupal, Wordpress recommended. Any web programming experience is helpful. Professional communication skills are necessary. An interest in archaeology, anthropology, and museums is helpful, as is an affinity for working in a non-profit environment. Time management, self-motivation, and multitasking are essential to the role that this position plays within the institution.

Applicants must apply through the Jobs@Penn website. The job posting can be found here. No phone calls will be accepted for the position.

Posted November 25, 2015

Anthropology Department and University Museum Endowed Professorship in Anthropology

The University of Pennsylvania Department of Anthropology and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology seek to hire a leading archaeologist at the Associate or Full Professor level to fill the Sally and Alvin V. Shoemaker Endowed Professorship in Anthropology. We are looking for candidates with outstanding research and publication records who can bring innovative ideas, techniques, and new kinds of data to broad questions of current anthropological significance. This will be a dual appointment in the Department and the Museum. For the Department, the successful candidate will teach two classes per year ranging from scientific research methodology to the department’s core archaeological curriculum, including undergraduate courses and seminars on theory and her/his regional/temporal specialty. Within the Museum, he or she will hold a curatorial position, and be expected to provide leadership in discussions of collections-based research. The ideal candidate would also be able to contribute to the Museum’s new laboratory-based Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) in both teaching and research.


Temporal focus and geographical area are open, although some preference will be given to candidates with research interests in Africa, Oceania, South Asia or the Maya World. An on-going field and/or laboratory project is essential and researchers who have made major contributions to archaeological science should emphasize this in their applications. The ability to collaborate with archaeological programs in other departments is also desirable.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application and CV here. Review of applications will begin November 12, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Anthropology and the University Museum are strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to establishing a more diverse faculty (for more information see: The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

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