Job News

I am very pleased to pass along that I have just accepted a temporary appointment as a Research Scientist (Archaeologist) at the Desert Research Institute. The position is here in Las Vegas.

Some of you may recall that I was an Archaeological Technician at DRI from 1991-1998. So I’m back several years later with a Master’s degree, which makes quite a bit of difference in terms of what you can do…

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I am the non-admin personality of blivet tool & die I have been academically trained as a professional archaeologist (MA, RPA) and now live in Arvada, CO. Father, husband, scientist, geek of several trades, and high-functioning Autistic adult. Future planetary expatriate?

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  1. Congratulations, bwana! High time you had a position reflecting your qualifications and abilities. Any chance that “temporary” can become “permanent?”

  2. Thanks everyone!

    Presently ‘temporary’ = 6 months, which astute followers of U.S. Federal fiscal policies know (what? none of you fit that description? lucky you…) carries us past the oft referred to ‘end of fiscal.’ New positions (of which this will be one) are posted at the ‘end of fiscal.’ Which I could enter into the open competition for… And, if successful, dwell in soft-money land.

    Truth be told, that ain’t so bad. Cause, when you shake the money trees yourself, you get to decide where to go. If somebody else does the shaking, you’re just along for the ride.

    Yes, all of the societal prestige of University faculty with none of the financial reassurances of tenure or endowments…

    But the benefits are out the kazoo. I could (and did) make anywhere from $10-$15K more in the corporate side of things, which would just about cover the costs of additional medical coverage, life insurance and retirement it would take to be comparable to this organization. At this point, that’s worth far more…


    Besides, where else do you get to answer things like, “You know, I’ve always wondered, is it true that a razor blade kept inside a pyramid will stay sharp forever?”

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