Biocultural and Health EMSW hourly

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Job Code/Title 83003 - H - Research Coordinator 3 Position Number HU1283 Working Title Biocultural and Health EMSW hourly Department Forensic Science Organizational Overview

At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity, service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. A premier, urban, public research university nationally recognized as one of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place to work. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supported and your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leave package, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and an opportunity to do mission-driven work.

Recruitment Pool All Applicants Anticipated Hiring Range $22 to $27 per hour depending on experience Campus Monroe Park Campus Position Type Hourly Hours/Week Normal work days Normal work hours Job Category Does this position provide patient or clinical services to the VCU Health System? No Does this position require a pre-placement medical assessment? No Is any portion of this position grant-funded? No Sensitive Position No Resource Critical Yes Description of the Job

The East Marshall Street Well Project is a VCU initiative designed to work with the community in addressing the discovery of human bones and artifacts from the 19th century in an abandoned well uncovered during construction on Virginia Commonwealth University’s MCV Campus. The work has involved a community process that encouraged learning about the human remains discovered near East Marshall Street and sought community input in the formation of the Family Representative Council. The Family Representative Council served to represent the “descendant community” and made recommendations on behalf of those individuals whose remains were discovered to support appropriate study, memorialization and reburial with dignity. For additional information on the project, please see:

Within the EMSWP, the Memorialization and Interment Implementation Work Group is focused on ensuring that the EMSW Ancestors receive proper memorialization and reburial. Plans currently in progress include creating physical memorialization sites in the VCU Kontos Education Building, as well institutionalizing an annual EMSW remembrance to be observed by all VCU medical and pre-health students taking an anatomy class. In addition, this group will establish guidelines for University policy, to address future discoveries of human remains on campus, and, in collaboration with the EMSW Research Implementation Committee, will develop (via cross-institutional and interdisciplinary RFPs) the first formal studies of the historical legacy of slavery in the University and mechanisms for redressing that legacy. Ultimately, an interment ceremony will be planned and designed with input from funerary experts in West African traditions. This public event will be intentionally inclusive, honoring a variety of faith traditions (including African indigenous practices) and engaging the diverse Richmond community in the longer-term civic project of combatting structural racism and health disparities.
Responsibilities would include:
o measurement of skeletal remains
o analysis of measurements for stature, sex, ancestry/population affinity
o assessment of age and health status re. pathology, trauma
o analysis of postmortem damage/trauma
o maintain chain of custody of skeletal remains and samples
o control access of other personnel to skeletal remains
o oversee skeletal sampling and maintain a relational database of samples taken for DNA and chemical analyses
o help coordinate and oversee the work of student research assistants
o work collaboratively as part of the interdisciplinary research team
o assist with public outreach initiatives

Required Qualifications

o Completed or pursuing MS in anthropology or related field
o osteological experience, to include: forensic anthropology techniques of skeletal identification and biological profile reconstruction (including metric analyses) and knowledge of palaeopathology/trauma
o database construction and management experience
o forensic evidence management experience
o scientific writing skills

Preferred Qualifications Job Open Date 04/22/2021 Remove from posting on or before Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

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  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV)

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