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Assistant Research Professor, Department of Anthropology

Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania
Closing date
Feb 5, 2023

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Position Type
Research Scientist / Analyst
Full Time
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The Department of Anthropology at The Pennsylvania State University ( is seeking applications for a non-tenure track Assistant Research Professor in palynology and paleoethnobotany with a particular emphasis on tropical environments. This is a limited-term appointment for one year from the date of hire with a possibility of renewal and split between the Departments of Anthropology and Geosciences. The anticipated start date for this position is as soon as possible.
The selected candidate will participate in and support collaborative research with faculty in anthropology, geosciences, and other Penn State departments. This position will be responsible for managing the Palynology lab in Geosciences and the Paleoethnobotany lab in Anthropology.
Duties of the Assistant Research Professor include, but not limited to: supporting funded research projects, developing and implementing processes and procedures for palaeobotanical and archaeobotanical analysis, and mentoring and training graduate and undergraduate students.
The ideal candidate will hold a Ph.D. degree in ecology, biological sciences, anthropology, geosciences, or a related discipline by time of appointment and will have demonstrated experience in the analysis of macro- and micro-botanical remains, pollen extraction and analysis, and the statistical analysis of paleoenviromental data.
In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity.
Application Information: Please submit a CV, cover letter, and the names/contact information for three references. In the cover letter, applicants should explain their interest in the position and how their background and experience are relevant to it.
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Penn State offers competitive benefits to full-time employees, including medical, dental, vision, and retirement plans, in addition to 75% tuition discounts (including for a spouse and dependent children up to the age of 26) and paid holidays. Please visit for more detailed information.
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