Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Anthropology Program

Position ID:MIT-Anthropology Program-POSTDOCLINGANTH [#21614]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate in Linguistic, Semiotic, or Computational Anthropology
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Anthropology / Linguistic
Cognitive Science
Human Computer Interaction / information visualization
Appl Deadline:2022/05/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/04/12, finished 2022/07/21)
Position Description:    

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MIT’s Anthropology Program seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Associate in linguistic, semiotic, or computational anthropology for two years, with the possibility for renewal, with a flexible start date (September 1, 2022 to February 1, 2023). The annual stipend is $70,000.00 plus employee benefits.

In addition to conducting their own research, it is anticipated that the associate will have three primary responsibilities: • 40% total time: co-lead an interdisciplinary research project combining linguistic anthropology and human-computer interaction (HCI) to explore the implications of magic for data visualization. Co-sponsored by Anthropology and CSAIL, the project team comprises both social and computer scientists. • 10% total time: teach one 12-unit undergraduate course, such as “Language, Culture, and Communication” or “Language and Technology” each year. • 10% total time: Language and Technology Lab ( coordinating a recurring workshop, updating the website, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate research partners. Final responsibilities may be adjusted to reflect the individual candidate’s aptitudes and interests.

Job Requirements: REQUIRED: The candidate must have a Ph.D. in linguistic anthropology, human-computer interaction or a closely related field by the time of appointment.

PREFERRED: Some of the qualities that would make a candidate especially well-suited for this position include: • Research interest in human-computer interaction, broadly conceived; • Research interest in design anthropology or design ethnography; • Topical interests in magic or other expressive practices involving visual communication; • Topical interests in semiotics and/or distributed cognition • Experience with both qualitative and quantitative research, including computational and methods and experimental trials; • Experience with collaborative research and a desire to work as part of a diverse, interdisciplinary team in a leadership capacity.

Any questions should be addressed to Carolyn Carlson: Applicants should submit the following materials in electronic form (PDF format) through the Academic Jobs Online portal:

1. A cover letter summarizing fields of expertise, qualifications for the associate position, and research agenda. 2. One chapter- or article-length writing sample. 3. Sample syllabus for an introductory level course in linguistic, semiotic, or computational anthropology (such as “Language, Culture, and Communication” or “Language and Technology”) 4. Curriculum vitae, including names of three referees. Letters of reference will be requested as needed, and should not be included with the application. Review of materials will begin at 8:00 am EST on May 16, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Please note that applications received via mail or courier will not be accepted and processed. MIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and strongly encourages applications from women and members of minority groups. Read more about MIT’s Anthropology Program here:

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