Submitted: 3 August 2022
Department: Anthropology and the Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology
Institution: The George Washington University
Job type: Postdoc
Apply by: 31 August 2022
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The Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology at The George Washington University seeks a Postdoctoral Scientist for a one-year position. The Postdoctoral Scientist is expected to have an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human evolution and/or primate biology (see our website for description of the different labs (

The postdoctoral scientist will be expected to work alongside faculty members within the center in a research and training capacity. The selected candidate should have a broad interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of the biological, behavioral and/or genetic underpinnings of evolution of humans or other primates and an interest in collaborating with the faculty and/or students within the center. We are particularly interested in candidates that can bridge 2 or more of the labs in an interesting and innovative way.

The postdoctoral scientist will be expected to participate in the training of graduate and undergraduate students through tiered-mentoring. The postdoctoral scientist may be asked to assist in undergraduate and graduate coursework, and to help coordinate activities of the center, including the weekly meeting/journal club, and occasional visiting scholars. The ideal candidate will have experience collecting and analyzing quantitative data in a way that is translatable across numerous sub-disciplines. The successful candidate could also have other skill sets that can cross disciplinary boundaries (e.g., new data collection techniques, data management and informatics, strategies for inclusive teaching and/or increasing participation of underrepresented minorities in research). We are particularly interested in candidates who can exhibit evidence of enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion in their professional careers. Candidates must have obtained their PhD in a related field prior to the start date.

This position will provide the opportunity to interact with scientists across The George Washington University, our Resource Faculty in the Smithsonian Institution and other greater Washington DC-area organizations. This position has full benefits and salary. Review of candidates will begin at the end of August and will continue until the position is filled. The current position is for a 1 year position but could be renewed for a second year pending funding approval and adequate job performance. The anticipated start date is October 1, 2022, contingent on the status of on-campus research activity.

Please provide an updated CV and a letter of interest that highlights the ability to connect different labs in our Center, names and contact details for three references.

In addition please provide a separate DEI statement (~500 words) that addresses how you are prepared to contribute to building diversity, equity and inclusion in our center and/or the discipline at large (e.g., ability to bring a non-traditional or underrepresented perspective to research and/or mentorship, a research focus that directly addresses issues of diversity, inclusion and/or barriers facing underrepresented groups, and/or engagement and advocacy in support of communities that have been historically marginalized and underrepresented in the discipline).

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