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    Posted: 08/06/2020

    Supplemental Information

    Applications are invited from qualified candidates for a Laser Scanning Research Associate at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT). NCPTT is an office of the National Park Service (NPS) located on the NSU campus in Natchitoches, Louisiana. NCPTT serves the historic preservation community nationwide by advancing the application of science and technology to historic preservation issues. The Laser Scanning Research Associate will be an employee of Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

    To Apply: Send a letter of interest and resume to:
    645 University Parkway
    Natchitoches, LA 71457
    Attn. Chief of Technical Services
    FAX to 318-356-9119
    or email to Jason_ 

    Position is open until filled. For more information, call 318-356-7444. 

    The successful candidate will be subject to a background check, as a condition of employment.

    Northwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, and veteran or retirement status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies (i.e., Title IX):
    ·         Employees/Potential Employees – Veronica M. Biscoe, EEO Officer
    ·         Students – Frances Conine, Dean of Students (318-357-5286)

    For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns, contact the Disability Support and Tutoring Director, Randi Washington at 318-357-4460. 

    Additionally, Northwestern complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act. Information about NSU’s campus security and crime statistics can be found at http://universitypolice.nsula.edu/annual-security-report/.
    Full disclosure statement:  http://universityplanning.nsula.edu/notice-of-non-discrimination/
    *Inquiries regarding employment application status should be made to the individual receiving the application packet. 
    Department: NCPTT
    Telephone:  318-356-7444



    • Knowledge of 3 D laser scanning hardware and software (bonus for experience with FARO Focus Scanners).
    • Experience with various photographic techniques and editing software.
    • Base knowledge of architectural history (particularly vernacular architecture) and labor history of the United States.
    • Ability to travel for weeks on end to various rural locations throughout the United States.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills.
    • Ability to work and travel in a team.
    • Working knowledge of computer programs such as Microsoft Office Suite, Auto CAD, 3D modeling software, and 3D scanning software (ideally FARO Scene) to produce reports, spreadsheets, and process 3D scans.


    Job Concepts

    The Laser Scanning Research Associate will travel to historic sites throughout the United States to document existing slave cabins and tenant farming houses. The Laser Scanning Research Associate will document these vernacular structures using photography and 3D laser scanning. These scans will then be processing into walk thought videos as well as other products used for documentation, education, and preservation.