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Funded PhD position - Ebershard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany

Investigating Social Learning in the Earliest Stone Tools using Computer Simulations

(Interdisciplinary project – related fields include archaeo-informatics; modelling; simulation; computer science; material science; mathematics; solid geometry)

Department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology; Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences; University of Tübingen; Germany.

Three-year PhD position working in the research group “Tools and Culture among Early Hominins", part of the large-scale 5-year ERC funded project STONECULT.


Background: Cultural adaptations have allowed humans to colonise the planet. While discovering the roots of human culture has been described as one of the 125 most important scientific questions of our time (Science, 2005, anniversary issue), it remains unclear when such forms of culture first arose in our lineage. Progress in this area has been hampered by a lack of null-models (or referential frameworks) for different cultural scenarios against which the significance of different forms of early stone tools can be evaluated. Simulation, like agent-based modelling, is a promising tool to provide these models.


As part of the STONECULT project the PhD candidate will use published data (as well as data that our team continues to produce) to write software that can repetitively and realistically knap, in 3D, flakes from virtual stone cores. The reliability and validity of the simulation will be tested against cores and flakes created in controlled experiments (these data already exist) and against flintknapping experiments. Once the knapping process has been simulated with reasonable external validity, the program will then generate virtual assemblages following increasingly complex knapping rule sets (null models or referential frameworks). These virtual assemblages will then be analysed using standard archaeological methods and compared with published data sets on the earliest stone tool assemblages. The required physical, quantitative models for knapping were not available until very recently. Thus, this program will be the first of its kind, and its implementation will be an academic challenge. Under supervision, the candidate will have to translate these empirical findings (experimental knapping of real stone in the laboratory that leads to complex 3D patterns) into programming code. The production of this program requires an interdisciplinary treatment, extending beyond programming skills, and may include mathematics, physics, material science, archaeology and general understanding of empirical testing. We are aware that this specialized combination of skills will not be present at the start of the PhD, and thus represents no hindrance. Skilled members of the supervision team will lead the candidate in producing the software so that this combination of skills will instead be acquired by the candidate along the way. Overall, this project will lead to the education of an interdisciplinary researcher with intermapping knowledge at the interfaces of fields such as informatics, mathematics, physics, material science and archaeology. Such a student will gain valuable practical and theoretical expertise, which should place him/her in a good starting position for a scientific career (either by continuing interdisciplinary or by specializing in one of the involved scientific areas). The project will follow Open Science guidelines and the source code will be made freely available at the end of the STONECULT project.


This PhD will be supervised by STONECULT’s PI Dr. Claudio Tennie – together with the two external STONECULT collaborators Prof. Harold Dibble (the University of Pennsylvania) and Dr. Shannon McPherron (MPI EVA, Leipzig). In addition, further local supervision at the professorial level will be provided in uncovered relevant fields (e.g. in material science, mathematics, computer science etc. – depending on the gaps of knowledge and expertise of the chosen PhD candidate).


Applicants should be interested in working in an interdisciplinary and dynamic team of international researchers from different academic backgrounds. The successful candidate should expect to work as part of a large consortium, consisting of several PhD and Postdoctoral researchers.


Requirements

Essential

  • • Highly motivated
  • • Masters level background (we are principally open to any background field)
  • • An ability to work independently and efficiently, as well as working as part of a team
  • • An ability to think in the abstract
  • • A willingness to implement, improve and test systems
  • • An interest in the affected fields
  • • The ability to program – or strong indications for fast learning curve in programming
  • • Strong communication skills
  • • Both oral and, especially important, good written language (English) skills to document the software and publish papers

Desirable

  • • Some background in at least some of the following (or related) fields: (Computational) Archaeology; Computer Science; Material Science; Mathematics; Solid Geometry
  • • Willingness to present results in international, peer-reviewed journals and at conferences (posters/talks)
  • • An interest or ability to analyse archaeological material culture
  • • Experience working with 3D modelling
  • • Experience in Python programming and perhaps physics engines

Once engaged within the project, the student will be encouraged to suggest additional complementary research questions that can be answered through simulation and modelling and/or with additional data. Starting date will be beginning of 2018. The employment (German pay scale E13 TV-L, 50%, provided for a total duration of 3 years) will be arranged by the administration of the University of Tübingen. Funding includes material costs, a desk space, computer and accommodation and travel expenses to selected conference (note: no tuition fees are charged in Germany).


The University of Tübingen is one of Germany’s eleven universities in the top ‘Excellent’ class, one of Europe’s oldest universities, and currently ranked 89th in the world. The city of Tubingen is an international town with over 28,300 German and international students, sharing the colourful bustle and typical atmosphere of a young and cosmopolitan students' town. The Department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology is housed in the Institute of Pre- and Protohistory of the University of Tübingen and houses diverse collections of archaeological finds, fossil hominid material, ethnographic finds, as well as a wide range of photographic and written documentation from field projects. See this website for more information on doing a PhD in Germany.


Disabled persons will be preferred in case of equal qualification. The University seeks to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urges qualified women academics to apply for this position.


Application

If you are interested in this position, please send your application in English (except external certificates) with the usual documentation:

  • • Cover letter (1-2 pages), detailing why you are a suitable candidate for the project – for example, your qualifications, interests, and relevant experience. Please indicate your earliest possible starting date.
  • • Curriculum Vitae (including publications, if any)
  • • Copies of most relevant certificates
  • • Names and addresses (including email) of three referees (please make sure that these referees are reachable in the weeks following the deadline for applications – apologies from our side for this partly falling in the Christmas period)

Please send all the above in electronic form (all in one single pdf-file, i.e. including all the documents listed above), to Claudio Tennie (claudio.tennie@uni-tuebingen.de) and, in CC, to Elisa Bandini (elisa-bandini@uni-tuebingen.de).


Dr. Claudio Tennie (the group leader and PI on the STONECULT project) will invite the top candidates for interview (in person or via skype) early in 2018 (likely in the first week of January), with a view to offering positions ASAP thereafter.


Deadline for applications is 12:00 (midday, German time) the 22nd of December, 2018. For further background information, see: www.claudiotennie.de (and especially the links contained therein to projects and subprojects). For any practical questions, please contact Elisa Bandini via email.

Assistant Professor - Evolutionary Anthropology - 1701848 | University of Toronto

Job Field: Tenure Stream
  Faculty / Division: Faculty of Arts and Science
  Department: Anthropology 
Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto) 
Job Posting: Nov 3, 2017 
Job Closing: Jan. 22, 2018, 11:59pm EST. 
Description: The Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, invites applications for a tenure-stream position in Evolutionary Anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor that will commence July 1, 2018.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Anthropology or a closely related discipline by July 1, 2018, or shortly thereafter, with a research focus that complements existing faculty expertise. The successful applicant must have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, as demonstrated by a teaching dossier that outlines past experience and accomplishments, a teaching statement that outlines teaching philosophy and plans for future teaching, and strong letters of reference. The dossier must also provide demonstrated evidence of expertise in human skeletal biology in the context of one or more of the following: evolutionary biology, developmental biology, paleoanthropology, bioarchaeology, and bone biology, as well as evidence of an active research program that contributes to one or more of these areas, and an emerging reputation in research as demonstrated by an ability to attract external research funding, publication in appropriate peer-reviewed journals with strong reputations, research in progress that targets such publication venues, and strong endorsements by referees of high international standing. Experience with indigenous community engagement, facility with crossing sub-disciplinary boundaries, and mastery over both scientific methods and ethical dimensions of research would be definite assets. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The University of Toronto is a large, three-campus institution in a vibrant, multi-ethnic region and has a very diverse student population. The Department of Anthropology is a multi-field unit with diverse research and teaching. It has 30 full-time faculty at the St. George campus and 52 graduate faculty across its three campuses. For more information about the Department of Anthropology, please see our home page at http://anthropology.utoronto.ca.


 

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking the link below.  Applications must include a cover letter, full curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy), a brief outline of current and proposed future research interests and two samples of published work. Application materials must be submitted online. Submission guidelines are available at http://uoft.me/how-to-apply  If you have questions about this position, please contact anthro.officeofthechair@utoronto.ca


Please combine attachments into one or two files in PDF or MS Word format as follows: (1) Cover letter and CV (2) teaching dossier, research statement, and sample publications.


Applicants should arrange for three referees to send letters of reference directly to Professor Edward B. Banning, Chair, Department of Anthropology, by email to anthro.officeofthechair@utoronto.ca by the closing date of January 22, 2018. If you have questions about the position, please contact anthro.officeofthechair@utoronto.ca


The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be assessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Assistant Professor of African Archaeology | University of Florida Department of Anthropology

The University of Florida, Department of Anthropology invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in sub-Saharan African Archaeology at the level of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2018. We seek applicants strong in theory, method, and practical applications related to the archaeology of Mid-Late Holocene African societies including pre-colonial through post-colonial periods. The successful candidate will be expected to develop research projects supported with external funding. Topical and regional specializations within sub-Saharan Africa are open, but we seek applicants who complement and expand strengths in the archaeology program at UF. These include community archaeology, cultural heritage, ethnoarchaeology, pre-Industrial technologies, non-Western complex societies, and research perspectives that reach across the global south. We are especially interested in candidates who combine rigorous original research and scholarship with excellence in teaching and student mentoring. The prospective hire is expected to enhance our 4-field education of all students in Anthropology, contribute to the theoretical and methodological interests of our masters and doctoral graduate students, and collaborate with other units on campus, including UF’s Title VI Center for African Studies and Center for Global Islamic Studies. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Anthropology, Archaeology or a related discipline at the time of appointment.


The Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida has 28 faculty members, 140 graduate students, and 400 undergraduate majors. We are an interdisciplinary unit within a large research-intensive university of over 52,000 students. More information on the Department can be found at: www.anthro.ufl.edu


Applications are due December 1st and must be submitted online at explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/listing/.


It must include: (1) a cover letter, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of research interests and plans, (4) a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, (5) a statement of commitment to diversity and community engagement in research, teaching and mentoring, and (6) the names, addresses (including email), and telephone numbers of three references.


The final candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found here.


The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. The Department particularly welcomes applicants who can contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The university and greater Gainesville communities enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD). For inquiries please contact Dr. Steven Brandt: sbrandt@ufl.edu

Postdoctoral Scholar, Morphological Consequences of Hybridization in Primate and Human Evolution: A Macaque Model

We invite applications for a one-year postdoctoral position (with the possibility of extension for another six months) funded by a National Science Foundation grant (1720128), “Morphological consequences of hybridization in primate and human evolution: a macaque model”. More information about the grant can be found here.


The goal of the project is to use data collected on a large, multigenerational sample of Indian-Chinese macaque crosses from the California National Primate Research Center to better understand the relationship between morphology and admixture proportion and to develop criteria for detecting morphological evidence of admixture in the human fossil record.


We seek a creative and self-motivated researcher to join the Evolutionary Wing of the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis, and an international team of scholars working to use methods and theory from evolutionary quantitative genetics to investigate primate morphological variation and the human fossil record. The responsibilities of the position will include assisting with analyses, contributing to scientific publications and presentations disseminating the results of the project, coordinating data collection with the California National Primate Research Center and maceration with the UC Davis Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology, training undergraduate students to process CT scans and collect morphometric data, and data management. Beyond a background in biological anthropology and evolutionary biology, we are particularly interested in applicants with experience in processing CT scans, geometric morphometrics, evolutionary quantitative genetics, programming (Matlab, R), and/or the human fossil record.


The start date for the position is flexible, but it could be as early as January 2018.


UC Davis and the Department of Anthropology are interested in applicants who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus environment that supports equality and diversity.


Qualifications:

Applicants should have a doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil) in biological anthropology, evolutionary biology, or a related discipline and a record of original research and scientific publication.


How to Apply:

Applicants should submit (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a letter of interest, and (3) the names and email addresses of three references by email to Tim Weaver (tdweaver@ucdavis.edu). The position will remain open until filled, but to ensure consideration, applications should be received by 1 December 2017.

Curator of Biological Anthropology | American Museum of Natural History

The Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), is conducting an open search for a position in Biological Anthropology with a specialization in paleoanthropology (human origins) at the level of Assistant, Associate, or Full Curator. This is a tenure-track position. For candidates showing notable experience and accomplishment, there is possibility of tenure at the time of appointment, pending review and determination through the Museum’s tenure process. Candidates should have a strong background and evidence of documented or potential international leadership in paleoanthropological research. AMNH Biological Anthropology collections are some of the most comprehensive in the world, offering a unique opportunity for collections research. Extensive possibilities also exist for professional interaction with colleagues at AMNH across the biological and physical sciences. AMNH curatorships are defined as research positions and evidence of an active research program is essential, ideally including an active field component. Prior experience with museum collections is also an asset.


AMNH curators are expected to maintain a high level of productivity in original research, to seek extramural funding, and to assume oversight responsibility for the management of Museum collections relevant to their areas of expertise. Other responsibilities or opportunities may include advising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, offering courses in the Museum’s Richard Gilder Graduate School, serving on academic and administrative committees, and participating in Museum-sponsored exhibits and educational programs. Candidates should have completed the Ph.D. degree. The American Museum of Natural History is committed to the principles of Affirmative Action and encourages applications from women and minority candidates. For further information about the position contact Dr. David Hurst Thomas (thomasd@amnh.org).


Interested candidates should submit the following materials in PDF format:

  • a) cover statement including the candidate’s name, address, and current position and including a description of the candidate’s research interests, accomplishments, and plans.
  • b) list of dissertation advisors, committee members, co-authors and co-PIs on funded grants during the preceding five years.
  • c) detailed curriculum vitae, complete bibliography, copies of up to five relevant publications.
  • d) names, positions, institutional affiliations and contact information for no more than three referees regarding the applicant's professional qualifications.

All materials should be submitted in PDF format directed to Anita Caltabiano (attention, Anthropology Search Committee) (anita@amnh.org). To receive the fullest consideration, applications should be received no later than November 30, 2017.