School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University

Position ID:ASU-School of Human Evolution and Social Change-PSTDC [#8155]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Tempe, Arizona 85287, United States [map]
Subject Area: Anthropology
Appl Deadline:2016/11/01 finished (posted 2016/09/29, finished 2017/02/23)
Position Description:    

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

The Center for Archaeology and Society (CAS) at Arizona State University is seeking a postdoctoral researcher with an anticipated start date in January 2017. The full-time, benefits-eligible position is renewable on an annual basis (July 1 – June 30), contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of resources, and the needs of the university. Applicants must be within five years of receipt of their Ph.D. to be considered for initial appointment of for subsequent annual renewal. In collaboration with CAS researchers, the successful applicant will propose, develop and execute a collaborative research project that will enhance the scholarly impact of data and artifact collections managed by the CAS Repository. The postdoctoral research associate will be expected to publish the results of this research in scholarly venues and to assist CAS outreach staff in developing public presentations of the research outcomes. Additional duties will include organizing and implement research plans, primary data collection and data analysis, preparation of manuscripts for publication in journals; supervising less senior research staff or interns; may attend conferences and seminars, and other duties as assigned.

The CAS Repository houses major collections from the U.S. Southwest including extensive Hohokam collections from numerous projects in central Arizona, materials from the Theodore Roosevelt Dam projects (Roosevelt Platform Mound Study, Roosevelt Community Development Study, Roosevelt Rural Sites Study, and Lower Verde Archaeology Project), the Cibola Region of New Mexico and Arizona (Cibola Archaeological Research Project, Chevelon Archaeological Research Project, and ASU field schools), the Mimbres region of New Mexico (Eastern Mimbres Archaeology Project), and smaller collections from many other regions across the U.S. Southwest.


Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in anthropology or a related field by the time of appointment. Desired qualifications include knowledge of and experience with archaeological data and materials from the U.S. Southwest, a demonstrated record of research and publication, museum experience, and a strong record of collaborative research and outreach activities.

The CAS is a newly consolidated research, curation, and educational outreach organization at ASU focused on addressing enduring issues in the present by exploring and communicating the diversity of solutions developed by ancient societies in the past, particularly in arid regions like the U.S. Southwest. CAS encompasses and expands the activities formerly associated with the Archaeological Research Institute, the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, the Museum of Anthropology, and the Southwest Archaeological Field School. It also partners with the Center for Digital Antiquity, the Teotihuacan Research Facility, and on several ongoing research projects in the U.S. Southwest conducted by faculty in the ASU School of Human Evolution & Social Change. The broad scope of the CAS initiative is designed to allow faculty and affiliated researchers to integrate their research findings into the school's curriculum, to involve undergraduate and graduate students in all phases of research, and to reach the wider, non-academic public through presentations and exhibitions of research results.

In addition to a cover letter outlining qualifications, applicants must submit a brief proposal that describes a collaborative research project that will make a substantial contribution to scholarship and that has the potential be of significant interest to the public. The proposal should identify the Center’s artifact and/or digital collections to be used and it should describe the project’s specific research objectives, contextualized in terms of one or more broader research questions. Where possible, this proposal should suggest a rationale for potential collaborations with others at ASU. The proposal must also present a compelling argument that the results of the project would be of interest to the public and must indicate the applicant’s willingness to work with CAS exhibit, outreach, and education staff to effect one or more interesting public products (for example, a physical or virtual exhibit or an educational program).

To apply submit: 1) a cover letter outlining qualifications, 2) a 2-3 page statement outlining proposed research, as specified above, 3) a current curriculum vitae, and 4) contact information (including email addresses) for three references.  General questions about this initiative should be directed to Dr. Matthew Peeples (

Initial deadline for complete applications is November 1, 2016; if not filled, review of complete application will occur every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment.

The fiscal year (12-month) salary for this positon is $48,000 along with competitive benefits through ASU including health insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. The associate must be in residence in the greater-Phoenix metropolitan area during the appointment.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. ASU’s full non-discrimination statement (ACD 401) is located on the ASU website at:  

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
Arizona State University
School of Human Evolution and Social Change
PO Box 872402
Tempe AZ 85287-2402

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