Postdoctoral Research Associate Position Available
The Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on a National Science Foundation grant under the direction of Dr. Jeff Winking. This is a full-time, 24 month, non-tenure-accruing position. Review of applicants will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled. The anticipated […]
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Who we are
Anthropology, in the College of Liberal Arts, is the study of what it means to be human in the broadest sense, through an examination of culture and society (sociocultural and linguistic anthropology), the biology and evolution of humans and our closest relatives (biological anthropology) and the study of past human communities and material culture (archaeology). Students develop an appreciation of the value of physical and cultural differences at the local, national and global levels, and learn critical thinking skills that support them in careers that involve working with individuals of diverse national or ethnic backgrounds.
What we want
We offer a unique opportunity to contribute to a two-year anthropological research project in Nicaragua. In this project we will be exploring models of cooperation by providing a small community with all of the necessary materials to build a much-needed school. During its construction, we will monitor individual investments to the construction project, conduct economic games, and explore cultural institutions that promote cooperation. The postdoc will work in the community to aid in data collection and the management of a team of local research assistants. The second year will be dedicated to data analysis and write up of the results. The months-long field research will take place in a remote community which is only accessible by small boat. A field house is available which has solar power and access to a shared potable water source, although there is no cell reception/internet. The candidate will have the opportunity to pursue individual research related to the goals of the project, as well as to serve as first author on project-related publications. The selected candidate will subscribe to and support our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) as stated above. If the description sounds interesting to you, we invite you to apply to be considered for this opportunity.
What you need to know
Location: The months-long research will take place in a remote community which is only accessible by small boat. A field house is available; however, the house does not have running water, electricity, or cell reception/internet. Regular trips to the market town will take place on a roughly monthly basis.
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Grant Funded: This position is grant funded; future employment may be contingent upon future funding.
Required Education and Experience:
- Appropriate PhD
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others
Preferred Education and Experience:
- Ph.D. in Anthropology or related field.
- Experience with quantitative ethnographic fieldwork, other social science fieldwork, or other comparable experience.
- Experience with economic games research.
- Experience with management of large datasets.
- Experience with manipulating and analyzing data
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Spanish speaking or willing to take intensive course.
- Conduct ethnographic research in Nicaraguan community by following established protocols
- Manage collection of data by other research assistants
- Enter, manage, and analyze data
- Aid in the dissemination of results through scientific publication and presentations
- Develop related research agendas that can be carried out simultaneously
- Performs other duties as assigned
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