Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Job Alert! - Two research positions at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology



http://www.eva.mpg.de/index.html

Two positions relevant to members of The Society for Archaeological Sciences are currently open at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology,  Department of Human Evolution in Leipzig, Germany

The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology unites scientists with various backgrounds (natural sciences and humanities) whose aim is to investigate the history of humankind from an interdisciplinary perspective with the help of comparative analyses of genes, cultures, cognitive abilities, languages and social systems of past and present human populations as well as those of primates closely related to human beings.

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more physically impaired individuals and to increasing the share of women in areas where they are underrepresented, and therefore expressly encourages applications from such qualified individuals.
We are seeking a researcher to conduct isotopic studies in the broader context of Pleistocene human evolution. This includes sample collection, analysis, methodological development and publication. We are particularly interested in candidates able to address environmental issues such as climate or seasonality and who can interact with geochronologists, palaeoanthropologists and archaeologists within the Department. Sample material (predominantly vertebrate remains and molluscs) will derive from several archaeological sites excavated by members of the Department. The selected applicant will have to take advantage of a recently installed Kiel IV carbonate device coupled to a Thermo Scientific 253 plus IRMS. We expect the ideal candidate to be able to operate an IRMS and the connected devices such as a TCEA and a Kiel device.

This research position may begin immediately. The selected candidate will have a significant track record of research. Conditions will depend on seniority and the appointment is extendable up to six years. Joint or partial appointments will be considered if the appointment is mainly based in Leipzig. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more physically impaired individuals and to increasing the share of women in areas where they are underrepresented, and therefore expressly encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

For further information please contact Prof. Jean-Jacques Hublin (hublin@
eva.mpg.de). Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, reprints of selected publications, a short statement of research interests, and the names of three referees. Please hand in these documents during the application process. The search for these positions will continue until a successful candidate has been selected. The deadline for applications is April 07, 2017.
We seek a researcher that uses the archaeological sedimentary record to reconstruct past human behavior, addressing issues of site formation and the context of archaeological remains. We are particularly interest in researchers that apply soil micromorphology and FTIR (IR and microFTIR) techniques to questions of interest to our department. The ideal candidate should be able to integrate and cooperate with a multidisciplinary environment and work directly with Paleolithic archaeologists, archaeological scientists, and geochronologists. More information about the Department and its research activities can be found on our web site.

The selected candidate will have a significant track record of research and the position may begin immediately. Conditions will depend on seniority and the initial appointment will be two years, but is extendable up to four years. 

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, reprints of selected publications, a short statement of research interests, and the names of three referees. For further information, please contact Dr. Shannon McPherron (mcpherron@eva.mpg.de). The deadline for applications is March 31, 2017.

Monday, February 13, 2017

2017 R.E. Taylor Student Poster Award at the Society for American Archaeology Meeting in Vancouver, Canada



Submissions are open for the 2017 R.E. Taylor Student Poster Award Competition at the 82nd SAA Meeting


      This prestigious award acknowledges innovative student contributions to archaeological research through the application of scientific methods, and has enhanced the careers of prominent young scholars and professionals for more than a decade.  The award is named in honor of Professor Emeritus R. Ervin Taylor of the University of California at Riverside for his outstanding contributions in the development and application of radiocarbon dating in archaeological research, his dedication to the founding of the Society for Archaeological Sciences, his leading roles as President (1980) and General Secretary (1981-2002) of the Society, and his committed service as editor of the SAS Bulletin.  Professor Taylor's many valuable contributions were recognized by the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) in 2004 with the Fryxell Award for Interdisciplinary Research. The student poster award consists of $100 USD, a one-year SAS membership including subscription to the SAS Bulletin, and publication of the winning poster abstract in the Bulletin.
          Entries will be judged on the significance of the archaeological problem, appropriateness of the methods used, soundness of conclusions, quality of the poster display, and oral presentation of the poster by the student.  Please note that for the poster to be considered the student must be listed as first author. 
  • Students should submit a preliminary application e-mail by March 17th, 2017.  Applications must include the title and abstract of the poster, evidence that you have registered for the SAA meetings (forwarded e-mail from the SAA), and proof of your status as an undergraduate or graduate student (on your SAA registration or a student ID).  The preliminary application is intended to help SAS gauge the number of expected applicants.  If you forgot to submit a preliminary application by March 17th, please contact us before the 24th and ask if you can still submit your poster for consideration.
  • Students will also be required to submit a PDF version of their poster on or before March 24th, 2017Confirmation that your complete application has been received will be e-mailed to you; please keep this confirmation message.
  • All preliminary applications and poster submissions must be sent to Dr. Destiny Crider at: cridde01@luther.edu
  • Judges will be present in person at the SAA meeting to review posters and to ask students questions about their research.  Prizes will be awarded following the end of the last SAA poster session.
  •  Not sure whether your research topic is appropriate for this award? E-mail Dr. Andrew Zipkin at amzipkin@illinois.edu with your questions.

Good luck to all participants in the 2017 R.E. Taylor Student Poster Award Competition!