Postdoctoral Research Scholar in early hominin functional morphology, Institute of Human Origins, Arizona State University

The Institute of Human Origins (IHO) at Arizona State University is recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Scholar with a demonstrable research record in early hominin paleobiology. The postdoctoral research scholar will be contributing to a collaborative project studying mid-Pliocene hominin postcrania from Woranso-Mille (Ethiopia), with particular emphasis on comparative description and functional morphology.

Essential functions of the position include:

1. Conduct research on the functional morphology of fossil hominin postcrania from Woranso-Mille, Ethiopia.
2. Design research, develop methodology, analyze and write manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
3. International travel to study original hominin fossil materials housed in various African and European museums.
4. Work closely with Woranso-Mille project PI on imaging, curation and preparation of original fossil

Minimum Qualifications:
• Ph.D. degree in biological anthropology, biology, anatomy or other related field, or completed all of the requirements for a Ph.D. by the time of appointment.
• Demonstrated knowledge of human osteology and comparative description of early hominin fossils.
• Demonstrated knowledge of virtual anthropology.
• Demonstrated commitment to working with faculty, staff, students and communities to advance the ASU Charter.

Desired Qualifications:
• Good knowledge of analytical tools such as geometric morphometrics and other quantitative research methods.
• Experience with software packages such as Avizo/Amira, ImageJ, or other similar software packages is also desired.

This is a full-time, term-limited 1-year position, which may be renewable for a second year, contingent on funding and satisfactory performance. The anticipated start date is April 1, 2024.

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, and
3) contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references. General questions about this position should be directed to Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie at

Initial deadline for complete applications is January 31, 2024; if not filled, review of complete applications submitted after the deadline will occur every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.

The fiscal year (12-month) salary range for this position is $55,000 – $57,500 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.

A background check is required for employment.

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