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Postdoctoral fellow in archaeobotany

Northwestern University, Department of Anthropology
Evanston, Illinois
Closing date
Apr 30, 2023

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The Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University is seeking a postdoctoral fellow in archaeobotany. This position is part of a new project on “Environmental Histories of Food Security in Africa,” that focuses on building new narratives about food in the continent using archaeobotanical data.  Regional expertise in Africa or tropical environments is preferred, and applicants from the African continent are strongly encouraged. Knowledge of phytolith analysis, or willingness to learn, is desirable. The fellow will be expected to contribute to the Northwestern Laboratory of Environment, Archaeobotany, and Food, focusing on the analysis of archaeobotanical samples from West Africa. No teaching is required. 

The start date of the appointment is September 1, 2023 and all requirements for the PhD should be met by that date. Salary is competitive and benefits-eligible.

Applications should include a cover letter that specifies archaeobotanical training and expertise, a Curriculum Vitae, as well as names and emails of 2 referees. Please submit your application and any questions to Prof. Amanda Logan ( Application review will begin on April 30, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. 



Welcome to the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University. Our department, founded in 1938, is home to an accomplished community of faculty members who bring their expertise to our courses, academic programs, and research opportunities.

Our department favors a holistic approach to anthropology, one that emphasizes the bridges between the discipline’s subfields:  Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, and Linguistic Anthropology.

The department has a special interdisciplinary and cross-school role to play in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (WCAS) and the larger University. Our work frequently intersects with Northwestern’s Program of African Studies, the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, and the Geography Program.

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