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Anthropology Postdoc Search

Position overview

Salary range: 64,480.00

Application Window

Open date: January 30, 2024

Most recent review date: Friday, Mar 1, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Nov 15, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Integrative Anthropology Lab is looking to recruit a post-doctoral scholar to study ritual and religion among the Mentawai people (Siberut, Indonesia) with a focus on traditions that explain and deal with misfortune. This is a two-year position and partly funded by a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust. Potential research topics include shamanism, witchcraft, beliefs in local spirits, healing ceremonies, hunting magic, funerals, and local models of illness. The scholar will work closely with Prof. Manvir Singh to design and conduct field studies that include both qualitative and quantitative methods. Further details about the Integrative Anthropology Lab can be found at https://www.integrativeanthro.org/.

This is a full-time position with an annual salary beginning at $64,480 plus UC Davis fringe benefits. UC Davis is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

Applications will be reviewed starting March 1, 2024 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. The starting date is flexible, although a spring or summer 2024 starting date is preferred.

Mandatory qualifications:

  • PhD in hand at the start of the position
  • Written and verbal scientific communication skills
  • Willingness to work in a collaborative environment

Preferred qualifications:

  • Ethnographic fieldwork experience
  • Willingness to learn foreign languages (Indonesian and/or Mentawai)
  • Research experience studying religion and/or evolutionary social sciences
  • Experience with quantitative data collection and analysis

Submission requirements

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample 1 (preferably a research article)
  • Writing sample 2 (optional)
  • Contact information for 3 references

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Mandatory qualifications:

  • PhD in hand at the start of the position
  • Written and verbal scientific communication skills
  • Willingness to work in a collaborative environment
Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)

Preferred qualifications:

  • Ethnographic fieldwork experience
  • Willingness to learn foreign languages (Indonesian and/or Mentawai)
  • Research experience studying religion and/or evolutionary social sciences
  • Experience with quantitative data collection and analysis

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF06264

Help contact: kmanybanseng@ucdavis.edu

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Davis, CA