Archaeology, Cornell University

Position ID:Cornell-Archaeology-POSTDOC [#8063]
Position Title: Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate in Archaeology
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Archaeology
Starting Date:2017/07/01
Appl Deadline:2016/11/01 finished (posted 2016/09/22, finished 2017/05/05, listed until 2016/11/02)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS) ( invites applications for a two-year Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate in Archaeology who have completed the Ph.D. within the last three years with a specialization in archaeology (broadly defined). We especially seek applicants who offer areas of research and teaching complementing, and not replicating, those of the existing CIAMS faculty (see, and who would expand current teaching and research topics at Cornell. In particular, applicants who work in Asia, Africa, and/or with new methods or datasets, would be especially welcome. We seek scholars whose work addresses broader issues beyond their own area. The Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate will teach two courses per year, and will deliver at least one public lecture each year (one of which may form part of the CIAMS, Finger Lakes AIA, or NYSAA lecture series). Additionally, the position-holder will be responsible for organizing and moderating the CIAMS brown-bag workshop series during the first year, and for organizing and hosting a thematic speaker series during one semester of the second year. The balance of the Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate’s time is to be devoted to her/his own research. A faculty mentor will be appointed to assist the Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate with their professional development. The Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate is required to be in residence at Cornell during the semesters of her/his tenure, but is free to conduct fieldwork in the summer or during the winter break if desired. The salary for this position will be $48,000 per year, with benefits, and with up to $3,000 per year available in research funds. All materials are due on the strict deadline of November 1, 2016. Review of applications will begin promptly.

Eligibility: Applicants must have received the Ph.D. degree no earlier than August 1, 2013. Applicants who will complete all requirements for the Ph.D. degree (including filing the dissertation) before appointment are eligible to apply. The completion date for the Ph.D. degree will in no circumstances be waived or extended.

Teaching: The position-holder is expected to teach four classes during the two years at Cornell, as follows: (1) a first-year writing seminar in Fall 2017 in a topic of his/her devising that conforms with the Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines’ guidelines (see; (2) a lower-level undergraduate course on a broadly-construed topic within his/her specialization; and (3) two upper-level courses for a mix of undergraduate and graduate students on topics in his/her area. The timing of offerings beyond the first-year writing seminar will be negotiated after the fellow has accepted the position.

Applications: Applications will be submitted through Academic Jobs Online ( Please submit (1) a letter of application; (2) CV; (3) writing sample (of less than 30 pages); (4) a list of four courses (each with a 100-word description) that you propose to teach at Cornell; (5) a description of a possible theme for a series of 3-4 speakers in the second year; and (6) names and contact information for three references. Letters of reference will be solicited only for those applicants of the most interest to Cornell. Questions about the position or the application process should be addressed to CIAMS Director Prof. Kurt Jordan at

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