Submitted: 20 January 2021
Department: Department of Anthropology
Institution: Washington State University
Job type: Postdoc
Apply by: 15 February 2021
Application URL:

Postdoctoral Position in Field-based Social Science: The Human Sociality Lab (HSL; at Washington State University is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to study collective action around coastal fisheries management in Tanzania. The postdoc will work primarily with PI Dr. Anne Pisor in the WSU Department of Anthropology in Pullman, WA, and on site in Zanzibar, Tanzania, but will also collaborate closely with co-PI Dr. Monique Borgerhoff Mulder ( and collaborating organization Mwambao Coastal Community Network ( This work is part of a larger research program studying long-distance social relationships from an evolutionary perspective; see the HSL website for more details.

Summary of Duties: As a co-leader in a three-year, NSF-funded field project (, the postdoc will work closely with Drs. Pisor and Borgerhoff Mulder. The postdoc will take a lead role in implementing the project, including managing the field research team and maintaining strong relationships with participating communities. The successful candidate will have opportunities to develop their own research foci in ways that complement the project. Field research will include quantitative and qualitative data collection in individual interviews and focus groups. In Pullman, the postdoc will work in together with Dr. Pisor to design data collection methods, analyze data, and co-write papers. The postdoc will also have opportunities to mentor undergraduate and graduate students if they desire.

Required Qualifications: The candidate must have obtained their PhD prior to the start date.

Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be skilled at working both as an independent researcher and as part of a research team, have experience conducting field research at remote sites with living people, and have demonstrable skills in oral and written communication (including a strong publication record). A background in evolutionary social science, the science of sustainability or conservation, quantitative anthropology or sociology, and/or collective action problems is preferred. Highly desired are proficiency in Swahili (or strong language-learning skills), strong analytical skills (especially in R), and experience living or working abroad.

Monthly Salary: Commensurate with education, experience, and University process

FTE: 100%

Tenure Track: No

Permanent/Temporary: Temporary

Position Term in months: 12

Overtime Eligibility: Overtime Ineligible

City, State, Zip: Pullman, WA 99164

Department: Anthropology

Department Link:

Background Check: This position has been determined to require a background check

Screening Begin Date: February 15, 2021

Special Instructions to Applicants: Complete online application along with required documents listed below. Any questions may be directed to Dr. Anne Pisor at [email protected].

Required Documents: Applicants are required to upload:

Curriculum vitae Cover letter Research statement Contact information for three (3) references.

Time Type: Full time

Position Term: 12 Month

Posting Close Date (If empty, open until filled):

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