Forensic Anthropologist – Postgraduate Research Associate (HI)

SNA International

SNA International, a world leader in forensics, biometrics, and identity intelligence, is currently looking for a Forensic Anthropologist – Postgraduate Research Associate.

The Forensic Anthropologist supports the Department of Defense’s personnel accounting efforts by conducting technical and scientific analysis, forensic testing, and providing associated reports at the expert level in order to identify unaccounted-for Americans from past conflicts.


Minimum Requirements:
M.A./M.S. degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, Biology or other relevant fields
Expert knowledge in human skeletal anatomy
Experience with forensic materials or in a forensic laboratory is beneficial but not required
Demonstrated experience/familiarity with ForDisc
Demonstrated experience with generating a biological profile, including ancestry.

NOTE: The selected candidate must pass a competency examination within 90 days of the start date.  Please plan in advance as requests for personal leave will not be considered (unless an emergency situation or some extenuating circumstances require the leave) until competency is passed.

Critical Work Responsibilities:

Conducting osteological/anthropological analyses and producing Forensic Anthropology Reports including, but not limited to:Cleaning and processing remains
Discerning human, non-human, and non-osseous specimens
Determining the minimum number of individuals
Nominating samples for DNA and/or histology
Assessing biological profiles (sex, age, ancestry, stature) of individuals from skeletal elements
Photographing and, when necessary, radiographing remains or other evidence
Identifying perimortem/antemortem trauma, taphonomy, pathology, and other general observations, where applicable
Identifying non-evidentiary and non-probative materials
Performs forensic anthropological research and tests; interprets data resulting from forensic anthropological, archaeological, odontological, or isotopic tests in the laboratory or from outside sources.
Conducts evidence database searches to address specific research problems; and provide expert review of research papers and proposals, case reports, and identification report packets.
Completes reports and other assignments in a timely manner and with minimal errors (attention to assigned suspense date)
Effectively peer reviews reports in a timely manner (attention to suspense date)
Completes preliminary skeletal and dental reports; generates written forensic comparison reports
Maintains continuing education per SOP requirements (e.g. conference attendance, in-house training, etc.).
Maintains competency via successful proficiency exams
Assists with evidence movement duties (internal and external): packaging evidence, labeling evidence containers, and performing evidence transactions in StarLIMS or other programs as required by the lead evidence coordinator.
Supports various laboratory duties (second review of case packets; laboratory tours, internal auditing).
Participates in the preparation of scientific manuscripts, presentations, and lectures based on research results.
Protects organization’s value by keeping information confidential
Follows all client policies and procedures
Performs other duties and conduct special projects as needed
Travel nationally and internationally, if required (travel anticipated to be approximately 5-10% of the time)
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Possess strong pattern recognition skills
Possess strong attention to detail and excellent recordkeeping skills
Possess the ability to work well under pressure
Possess strong written and communication skills
Proficient in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat
A demonstrated history of initiative and achievement
Experience working independently with minimal direction or supervision
Experience supporting and anticipating client needs and demonstrating problem-solving skills
Experience performing tasks under tight deadlines and managing shifting priorities
Self-motivated, detailed-oriented, and organized
Able to work well independently, as well as in a team environment
Strong written and communication skills
Competencies required: Osseous/Forensic Anthropology Report (FAR); Commingled Human Remains (CHR)

Physical Requirements:
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to access information using a computer for up to 4 hours at a time
Requires sitting at a desk for long periods of time
Possible exposure to noxious odors, hazardous chemicals, poisons, radioisotopes, corrosive reagents, infectious tissue, and X-ray, laser, and ultraviolet rays
Interested Foreign Nationals:

Foreign Nationals may be considered for this position.  All foreign nationals must be able to demonstrate that they have lived in the United States for 3 of the past 5 years and have a US Social Security Number.  These requirements must be met in order to move forward with the application process.

Please submit a cover letter along with your CV. CVs without a cover letter will not be considered.

SNA International is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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