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Our program areas encompass diverse aspects of global health, anthropology, environmental social science, museum studies and applied mathematics for the life and social sciences. Whether exploring food deserts, water scarcity or epidemiology, bioarchaeology, human origins or the human-land relationship, we are pushing social science boundaries and effecting change. Join us.

Faculty

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC) at Arizona State University (https://shesc.asu.edu/) invites applications for a full-time, fiscal-year appointment as Curator of Collections at the academic rank of Assistant Research Professor.  We seek applicants with applied experience and theoretical knowledge of current collections-management approaches, museum experience, engagement with tribal communities and experience with NAGPRA compliance. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2022.  This appointment will be renewable on an annual basis and will not be eligible for tenure consideration.   

As curator for SHESC’s anthropology collections (https://shesc.asu.edu/research/collections), the successful candidate works with archaeological, bioarchaeological, and ethnographic materials located at the Alameda Repository and other ASU facilities. The position manages the curation and use of collections in exhibits and other educational and outreach programs for the School and cooperates with various centers within the School, such as the Center for Archaeology and Society, the Center for Bioarchaeological Research, the Center for Global Health, and the Teotihuacan Research Facility. These duties involve applying contemporary collections practices for large and diverse collections, consultation on interdisciplinary research projects involving collections, advancing the School’s engagement with local communities,  and supervising staff.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, Archaeology, Museum Studies, or a related field by time of appointment.
  • Previous experience in managing museum or institutional collections, using collections practices informed by contemporary approaches to archaeological collections management.
  • Knowledge of and research interests in central Arizona and the broader U.S. Southwest.
  • Knowledge and experience in working directly with Indigenous communities and tribal organizations to develop plans for the use and management of archaeological collections.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience as a director of collections  or collections curator, including administration and grant leadership, within an academic, cultural resource management, museum, or institutional collections-management setting.
  • Demonstrated experience in coordinating with multiple stakeholders on diverse projects and tasks, with knowledge of planning, budgeting, and implementation of projects.
  • Experience with NAGPRA and consultative research.
  • Knowledge and experience of database management
  • Ability to work with students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Candidates are expected to demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of and commitment to challenging and disrupting harmful and unethical historical scholarly practices relevant to archaeological stewardship
  • Demonstrated potential to meet the needs of diverse student populations and/or reach out to diverse communities

To apply, please submit application materials electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/100142.  Required materials include 1) a letter of application, 2) curriculum vitae,3)a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellenceand 4) contact information for three references.Please make sure your last name appears in each uploaded file name. Please address your cover letter to Dr. Matthew Peeples, Search Committee Chair.

Initial deadline for complete applications isJanuary 22, 2022.

Information about the School can be found at http://shesc.asu.edu. SHESC is a global leader in transdisciplinary social science research, providing many opportunities for the successful applicant to engage with a world-renowned, collaborative research and teaching environment. For example, the School collaborates extensively with ASU’s Institute of Human Origins (http://iho.asu.edu), the Center for Evolution and Medicine (https://evmed.asu.edu), and the Center for Global Health (https://shesc.asu.edu/degrees/global-health).  Opportunities for the curator to conduct collaborative research are considerable.

The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.

A background check is required for employment.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. ASU’s full non-discrimination statement (ACD 401) is located on the ASU website at: https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html   https://www.asu.edu/titleIX

Under the recent executive order issued by President Biden requiring all employees of federal contractors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, ASU expects all employees, including new hires, to be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation.  Proof of vaccination will be required by January 4, 2022.  For questions about medical or religious accommodations, please visit the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s webpage

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources.  ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf.  You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.

Postdoctoral Scholars

The Center for Digital Antiquity (CDA) at Arizona State University is seeking a postdoctoral researcher for an anticipated 18-month appointment. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, fiscal-year appointment with an anticipated start date in January 2022. In collaboration with CDA researchers, the successful applicant will work on the Comparative Digital Archaeological Studies sponsored by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).  The postdoctoral researcher will work with DPAA materials to explore how the management and organization of archaeological data can enhance the recovery of missing service personnel.  The position will develop and execute a collaborative research project that will increase the applied and scholarly impact of the DPAAs datasets, by leveraging the unique capabilities of tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record; www.tdar.org). The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to work with the DPAA to create project deliverables and publish the results of this research in appropriate venues. The postdoctoral position is scheduled to be in effect for a total of 18 months given that the candidate has satisfactory performance, there are funds available and based on University needs.  The annual salary for this position is $50,500 per year. The associate does not need to be in residence in Tempe, Arizona during the appointment, but is preferred.

As currently conceived, the project will develop computation models to assess landscapes in regions of interest by aggregating existing hard-copy data from DPAA reports, along with freely available spatial gridded environmental data.  Using known recovery locations of missing service personnel contained in existing reports, archaeological data, and a suite of environmental data, the project seeks to understand where other missing service personnel are likely, or not, to be recovered in the future.  

The Center for Digital Antiquity (CDA) at Arizona State University is a multi-institutional organization dedicated to ensuring the long-term preservation of irreplaceable archaeological data and to broadening access to these data. Our mission is to extend our knowledge of the human past and improve the management of our cultural heritage by permanently preserving digital archaeological data and supporting their discovery, access, and reuse. As part of fulfilling these goals, CDA oversees the use, development, and maintenance of the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR), an international repository for the digital records of archaeological investigations, organizations, projects, and research. One of CDA’s key objectives is to foster the use of tDAR and ensure its financial, technical, and professional sustainability. Use of tDAR has the potential to transform archaeological research by providing direct access to digital data from current and historic investigations along with powerful tools to analyze and reuse it.

Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in anthropology or a related field in hand by the time of appointment. Additional desired qualifications include knowledge of and experience with archaeological data and materials, GIS, Natural Language Processing, and a strong record of collaborative research and outreach activities. 

Job duties will include:

  • Organizing hard-copy reports for scanning at DPAA facilities
  • Processing digital documents and metadata in tDAR
  • Data mining using conventional or Natural Language Processing techniques
  • Building datasets for use in GIS
  • Preparation of reports and manuscripts
  • Other duties as assigned

To apply, please submit application materials electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/99889

Required materials include: 1) a cover letter outlining qualifications; 2) a 2-3 page statement outlining proposed research, as specified above 3) a current curriculum vitae, 4) a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence, and 5) contact information for three references.  General questions about this initiative should be directed to Dr. Christopher Nicholson (Christopher.M.Nicholson@asu.edu).

Initial deadline for complete applications is December 31, 2021; if not filled, review of complete applications will occur every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.

Information about SHESC can be found at http://shesc.asu.edu. Information about tDAR can be found at  www.tdar.org.

The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.

A background check is required for employment.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. ASU’s full non-discrimination statement (ACD 401) is located on the ASU website at: https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html   https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/   

Under the recent executive order issued by President Biden requiring all employees of federal contractors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, ASU expects all employees, including new hires, to be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation.  Proof of vaccination will be required by January 4, 2022.  For questions about medical or religious accommodations, please visit the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s webpage.

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf. You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.

The Paleoecology Lab in the Institute of Human Origins and School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University is recruiting one Postdoctoral Research Scholar in paleoecology under the supervision of Dr. Denise Su. The postdoctoral research scholar will be contributing to a project on testing paleoecological hypotheses with modern ecological data. This project is a collaboration between Su and the Greater Mahale Ecosystem Research and Conservation project (GMERC). The successful candidate will be using ecological data collected by GMERC to examine the relationships between modern mammal communities and environmental factors and testing hypotheses about the paleoecology of Australopithecus afarensis at Laetoli, a Pliocene site in Tanzania.

The Paleoecology Lab is committed to making paleoanthropology a diverse, inclusive and equitable field. We highly encourage applications from historically excluded and underrepresented groups in science.

This is a full-time, fiscal-year, term-limited 1-year position, which may be renewable for a second year, contingent on funding and satisfactory performance. Applicants must be within five years of receipt of their Ph.D. to be considered. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2022 but may be earlier.

Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in anthropology, biology, geology or a related field by the time of appointment.

Desired qualifications include experience in ecological modeling, such as ecological niche modeling; demonstrated knowledge of African Plio-Pleistocene and/or modern faunal communities; demonstrated knowledge of mammalian ecology and/or behavior.

To apply, please submit application materials electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/99406. Required materials include: 1) a cover letter outlining qualifications and previous research, 2) a current curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references,4) a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence. General questions about this position should be directed to Dr. Denise Su (denise.su@asu.edu).

Initial deadline for complete applications is January 6, 2022; if not filled, review of complete applications will occur every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.

The fiscal year (12-month) salary for this position is $50,000 along with competitive benefits through ASU including health insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. The postdoctoral research scholar must be in residence in the greater-Phoenix metropolitan area during the appointment.

Information about the School can be found at http://shesc.asu.edu. The School collaborates extensively with ASU’s Institute for Human Origins (http://iho.asu.edu) and the Center for Evolution and Medicine (https://evmed.asu.edu). 

The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.

A background check is required for employment.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. ASU’s full non-discrimination statement (ACD 401) is located on the ASU website at: https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html   https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/  

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf. You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC) at Arizona State University is recruiting one Postdoctoral Research Scholar under the supervision of the Curator of Collections, Center for Archaeology and Society Repository (CASR). The postdoctoral research scholar will oversee the documentation and organization of archaeological collections subject to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) from US Forest Service land. Relevant materials were collected from Tonto National Forest by faculty of the former Department of Anthropology and include human remains and funerary objects. To assist the Forest Service with repatriation, the collections must be located, inventoried, compared to existing documentation, and packed for transfer.

This is an in-person, full-time, fiscal-year, term-limited 1-year position, which may be renewable for a second year, contingent on funding and satisfactory performance. Job expectations are contingent on current and future contractual obligations specified in Forest Service contracts. Applicants must be within five years of receipt of their Ph.D. to be considered. The anticipated start date is January of 2022, but may be earlier.

Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in anthropology or related fields by the time of appointment.

Desired qualifications include bioarcheological experience; demonstrated knowledge of U.S. Southwest archaeology; NAGPRA related collections documentation experience; demonstrated knowledge of the appropriate handling of curated archaeological collections; supervisory experience with student workers; excellent organizational and project management skills; experience working independently and collaboratively in a team.

To apply, please submit application materials electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/100000. Required materials include: 1) a cover letter outlining qualifications and previous research, 2) a current curriculum vitae, 3) a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellent, and 4) up-to-date contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references. General questions about this position should be directed to Dr. Christopher Caseldine (ccaseldi@asu.edu).

Initial deadline for complete applications is January 5, 2022; if not filled, review of complete applications will occur every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.

The fiscal year (12-month) salary for this position is $50,000 along with competitive benefits through ASU including health insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. The postdoctoral research scholar must be in residence in the greater-Phoenix metropolitan area during the appointment.

Information about SHESC can be found at http://shesc.asu.edu. Information about the Repository can be found at https://shesc.asu.edu/research/collections.

The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.

A background check is required for employment.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. ASU’s full non-discrimination statement (ACD 401) is located on the ASU website at: https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/

Under the recent executive order issued by President Biden requiring all employees of federal contractors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, ASU expects all employees, including new hires, to be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation. Proof of vaccination will be required by January 4, 2022. For questions about medical or religious accommodations, please visit the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s webpage.

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf. You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.

Visiting Researchers

'Visiting researcher' is an honorary title that denotes a collaborative affiliation with our school.

If you are interested in working with us in this capacity, please secure the sponsorship of one of our regular faculty members and provide that person with the information specified on the following two forms:

PDF icon Form 1: visiting researcher application
  PDF icon Form 2: courtesy affiliate ID request request

Please note: You must fill in and submit both forms 1 and 2 in order for your application to be considered complete.

Applications may be submitted on a rolling basis during the first year and are due by April 1 every year thereafter.