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Lead Bioarchaeologist

University of Mississippi Medical Center, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities
Jackson, Mississippi
Competitive and commensurate with experience
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Nov 1, 2021

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University of Mississippi Medical Center Seeks Lead Bioarchaeologist (Updated Sept 27, 2021)

The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) seeks a lead bioarchaeologist to direct a large-scale multi-year research project focused on the excavation, curation and study of a cemetery associated with the original Mississippi State Mental Asylum. This cemetery is located on the UMMC campus and contains over 4,000 sets of unmarked human remains. The Asylum Hill Project has been funded to excavate, study, and curate these patients. The director will be engaged in all aspects of the project--a project that reflects an exceptional moment in American bioarchaeology. The project will also permanently memorialize the patients during a later phase.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in bioarchaeology with the field and laboratory experience necessary to direct this complex long-term project. This is a non-tenure track academic position appointment in the School of Medicine at the appropriate rank. The primary responsibilities include directing the archaeological component of the Asylum Hill Project ( which includes excavation of the burial sites, their curation and study, as well as creating a field school program. This is a 12mo/year project taking a minimum of 5 to 7 years to complete. The bioarchaeologist will recruit and supervise a team of seven technicians dedicated to the excavation and curation.

The Asylum Hill Project is a distinctly transdisciplinary endeavor and the successful applicant will be expected to collaborate among a variety of professional disciplines in order to maximize the cultural, scientific, and educational value of the enterprise.

The bioarchaeologist is expected to model and maintain the highest ethical standards of community-engaged archaeology, the management of human remains, cultural sensitivity, supervision of a complex work environment, and compliance with applicable state and federal law. UMMC’s senior leadership is committed to recruiting, developing, and retaining future-oriented faculty in support of the institution’s tripartite mission of education, research, and health care. Compensation arrangements are competitive and will be commensurate with the selected candidate’s experience, achievements, and the responsibilities of the position. Interested individuals may submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to Lida B. Gibson by November 1, 2021.


The University of Mississippi Medical Center, located in Jackson, is the state's only academic health science center. UMMC includes seven health science schools: medicine, nursing, dentistry, health related professions, graduate studies, population health, and pharmacy. (The School of Pharmacy is headquartered on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford.) Enrollment in all programs is more than 3,000 students.

The Medical Center's three-part mission is to improve the lives of Mississippians by educating tomorrow's health care professionals, by conducting health sciences research, and by providing cutting-edge patient care. A major goal of the Medical Center is the elimination of differences in health status of Mississippians based on race, geography, income, or social status.

Integral to its education and research missions, UMMC provides wide-ranging patient care programs. Three specialized hospitals on the Jackson campus include the only children's hospital in Mississippi, a women and infants' hospital, and a critical care hospital, along with University Hospital. UMMC offers the only Level 1 trauma center, the only Level 4 neonatal intensive care nursery unit, and the only organ transplant programs in the state, in addition to many other referral services. University Physicians, the faculty group practice of the School of Medicine, includes about 500 doctors, many of them among leaders in their field, who care for patients in the hospitals and clinics on campus, around the Jackson metro area, and in outreach clinics around the state. UMMC includes two community hospitals, UMMC Holmes County and UMMC Grenada.

With more than 10,000 full- and part-time employees, UMMC is one of the largest employers in Mississippi. The Medical Center's $1.6 billion annual budget - approximately one-tenth from state appropriations - represents 10 percent of the Jackson metro area economy and two percent of the state economy. UMMC continues to grow in all its mission areas.

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