Submitted: 3 February 2023
Department: Institute of Human Origins
Institution: Arizona State University
Job type: Postdoc
Apply by: 3 March 2023
Application URL:

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 taphonomy and paleoecology. The Paleoecology Lab is co-directed by Drs. Kaye Reed and Denise Su. The postdoctoral research scholar will be contributing to a project funded by the William M. Keck Foundation to compare the geological and paleoenvironmental contexts of Woranso-Mille and Hadar to better understand Pliocene hominin diversity.

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 (12-month), term-limited 2-year position eligible for competitive benefits through ASU including health insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. Applicants must be within five years of receipt of their Ph.D. to be considered. The anticipated start date is July 3, 2023 but may be earlier. The postdoctoral research scholar must be in residence in the greater-Phoenix metropolitan area during the appointment.

Minimum qualifications include: • Ph.D. in anthropology, zooarchaeology, biology, geology or a related field by the time of appointment. • Demonstrated experience and/or commitment to the support of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Desired qualifications include: • Experience in collecting and analyzing taphonomic surface modifications; demonstrated knowledge of African Plio-Pleistocene faunal communities.

To apply, please submit application materials electronically to Required materials include: 1) a cover letter outlining qualifications and previous research, 2) a current curriculum vitae, 3) A statement on how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence (not to exceed two pages); and 4) contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references. General questions about this position should be directed to Dr. Denise Su ([email protected]) and/or Dr. Kaye Reed ([email protected]). Initial deadline for complete applications is March 3, 2023; if not filled, a review of complete applications will occur every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.

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.

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