PFA Research Specialist

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Hyde Park Campus

41460 Oriental Institute

About the Unit
About the Unit: The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago is a research organization and museum devoted to the study of the ancient Near East. Founded in 1919 by James Henry Breasted with the financial support of John D. Rockefeller Jr., it 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. It is an internationally recognized pioneer in the archaeology, philology and history of ancient Near Eastern civilizations. 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. Its research objective is to integrate archaeological, textual, and art with historical data to understand the development and functioning of the ancient civilizations of the Near East from the earliest Holocene through the Medieval period.

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Job Summary:

Principal contribution is providing research support for the Persepolis Fortification Research Project. Under general supervision, performs moderately complex research-related duties and tasks. Will interact with other staff under the direction of the principal investigator.


  • Primary recording of seals impressed on Persepolis Fortification tablets, including scale drawings of individual impressions and of collated seal images; assisting with building databases.
  • Analyzing data, including identification of seals and patterns of usage.
  • Collecting and maintaining data.
  • Collaborating with other Project personnel in seal identification and recording.
  • May orient or coordinate the work of research support staff and students.


  • Working knowledge of research being conducted on Persepolis Fortification Archive Project.
  • Working knowledge of PFA Project research techniques and methods.
  • Familiarity with Achaemenid seals, sealings and seal art.
  • Ability to recognize known seals represented by impressions and to catalog new seals represented by impressions.
  • Ability to make accurate drawings of seal imagery from impressions on clay tablets.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted.

  • Relevant research experience in recording seal impressions on clay tablets.
  • Experience with recording methods and tools of Persepolis Fortification Archive Project.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
  • Research office environment.

Required Documents:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • These documents are to be uploaded with application

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

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Job No:
Posted: 12/22/2018
Application Due: 2/20/2019
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