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PostDoctoral Associate

University of Colorado
Boulder County, Colorado
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Apr 19, 2022

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PostDoctoral Associate
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Boulder, Colorado
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Job Summary
The Center for Collaborative Synthesis in Archaeology (CCSA) in the Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a full-time PostDoctoral Associate. The Postdoc will compile, manage, and analyze research data, coordinate user interface and experience development for a web-based archaeological research tool, and assist in preparing publications.
The Postdoc will participate in two grant-funded projects:
- A study of network effects in information processing, as reflected in anonymized email correspondence among research teams at US government laboratories, and archaeological data from ancestral Pueblo communities in New Mexico.
- An expansion of the cyberSW research platform (, which will include new web-based analysis and user-interface tools. The successful candidate will organize and analyze the relevant datasets for the information processing project and will assist with user-interface development for the cyberSW project.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Who We Are
The Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) is a research institute within the Research and Innovation Office of the University of Colorado Boulder. Since its establishment in 1957, ( it has provided a setting for interdisciplinary collaborative research on problems of societal concern. By engaging faculty from all the social and behavioral sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder, IBS encourages work that transcends disciplinary boundaries, that illuminates the complexity of social behavior and social life, and that has important implications for social policy.
IBS is committed to advancing knowledge of society's most pressing challenges, and to pursuing solutions to those challenges through innovative and interdisciplinary research, education, and engagement in the world.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
Under the direction of the project's faculty investigators, the Post-Doctoral Research Associate will contribute to both the scientific and public outreach aims of the Center for Collaborative Synthesis in Archaeology, including but not limited to:
- Work with the CCSA Director and collaborators to obtain and analyze anonymized email correspondence data provided by a US government contractor using approaches rooted in complex systems and network science.
- Work with the CCSA Director and collaborators to obtain, organize, and analyze archaeological data from settlement pattern survey along the Rio Puerco of the East in New Mexico, using similar approaches to the email correspondence.
- Work with the CCSA Director and cyberSW research team to identify, develop and test user interface tools for this research platform, including but not necessarily limited to query functions, analysis functions, and video tutorials.
- Under the guidance of investigators, draft manuscripts based on results from these projects for publication in scholarly journals.
- Assist with managing the associated research data and ensuring its long-term preservation and access.
- Review literature and contribute to new grant proposals as required; Develop new research projects in coordination with investigators; Pursue independent research agenda.
- Other duties as assigned.
What You Should Know
- The ideal candidate will join the Center for Collaborative Synthesis in Archaeology as a full-time associate in the Spring of 2022, though the start date and percent effort are somewhat flexible. The appointment is for 19 months and is renewable based on performance and subject to availability of funds.
- All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.
What We Can Offer
The salary for this position is $56,000/year.
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits ( , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder ( .
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What We Require
- A Ph.D. in Archaeology/Anthropology or related social science (e.g., Sociology, Demography, Economics, Geography) is required at the time of appointment.
- Experience and expertise in data analysis, especially coding in R, and exposure to website design.
What You Will Need
- Strong project management skills with outstanding attention to detail required.
- Proven ability to work with and analyze social networks and archaeological data.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to maintain positive relationships with various partners.
- Strong time management skills with a proven ability to multitask and to prioritize to successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present data in a simple and straightforward way for non-technical audiences required.
- Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment required.
What We Would Like You To Have
- Knowledge and understanding of archaeology, especially in the US Southwest, is preferred.
Special Instructions
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- Resume/CV
- Cover Letter
- PDF Sample of Work: Please upload a published or unpublished article.
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.
During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for two references, and we will request letters of recommendation from candidates in March 2022.
Review of materials will begin February 15, 2021 and the position will remain open until it is filled.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs ( .
Posting Contact Information
Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources
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The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.
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