Postdoctoral Research Associate (JobID 10865)

The Institute of Human Origins (IHO), a research center of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position to support a multi-year, transdisciplinary research grant, “Evolutionary Foundation of Human Uniqueness: Recovering Patterns of Cognition, Cumulative Culture, and Cooperation,” from the John Templeton Foundation. Anticipated start date is November 2014.

This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), benefits-eligible, year-to-year appointment. Renewal is possible on an annual basis contingent upon satisfactory performance, the continued availability of funding, and the needs of the program. For additional information and policies regarding postdoctoral scholars at ASU, please see Salary is $50,000 per year and the successful candidate is responsible for relocation and housing expenses.

The successful candidate will be expected to carry out the research plan and fulfill the goals established with their supervising faculty members, Professors Kim Hill, Curtis Marean, and Marco Janssen; assist supervising faculty members and other Principal Investigators in fulfilling the requirements of the project in a timely manner; communicate regularly with supervising faculty members and other members of the research team; and notify faculty members of any change in research plans. For further information about the position, contact Dr. Kim Hill at

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications below and must be eligible to work in the United States by the time of appointment.

Minimum Qualifications: PhD by the start of appointment; research background or focus in anthropology, archaeology, or other relevant field; strong record of research activity and intellectual engagement in questions relevant to understanding the behavior of hunter-gatherers and early modern humans; ability to work closely with faculty and students to integrate various types of knowledge into an agent-based model and perform analysis.

Desired Qualifications: demonstrated expertise with agent-based modeling, paleoanthropology, optimal foraging theory, and population ecology.

To Apply
Please submit all application materials electronically as a single PDF file. Application materials must include:
• Personal statement of outlines research interests and long-term professional goals, and details on how your expertise contributes to the interest of IHO ( and the project described above.
• Three best or most relevant publications/scholarly works.
• Contact information including name, email, phone number, and relationship to the candidate for three potential references.
• Scanned copies of current academic transcript from all degree-awarding institutions. Official transcripts will be requested from those who received formal offers.

Application materials should be sent to with “FirstName.LastName.JobID___” in the subject line. Initial review of applications will begin on September 22, 2014; if the position is not filled, review will continue every week thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required prior to employment.

Arizona State University is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. .