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Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Maritime Archaeology

Memorial University
St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador (CA)
Salary is commensurate with experience. For more information visit:
Closing date
Jan 28, 2024

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Position Type
Full Time
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Level of Experience
Any level of experience considered

The Department of Archaeology at Memorial University invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in maritime archaeology (in the broadest sense and open to all technical/theoretical areas of expertise), subject to final budgetary approval. The position will commence on July 1, 2024 (negotiable) on the St. John’s campus. Candidates must hold a PhD or have defended their doctoral thesis in archaeology or a cognate discipline by the time of appointment. We are seeking a candidate with a research portfolio oriented to the study of maritime cultures, encompassing the history of human (Indigenous and/or settler) populations and their relationships with marine and coastal ecosystems, landscapes, and changing climates. In a Canadian province where lifeways and identities are intertwined with stories, practices and beliefs connected to the sea, and in a university where ocean-related research and programs are a core strength, we are especially interested in applications from individuals already engaged in, or willing to develop, research projects anchored in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Candidates must have a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching and be able to communicate effectively as an undergraduate and graduate teacher and mentor. The candidate will join a vibrant community of 11 faculty members in the Department of Archaeology. Our community values collaboration in research and mentorship, and we encourage applicants who will build on the department’s existing interdisciplinary strengths in North Atlantic archaeology, economic and social archaeology, historical archaeology, biomolecular archaeology, applied archaeological science, environmental archaeology, Indigenous studies, and archaeological history and theory.

Memorial University is committed to employment equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism, and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including: women; people of any sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; Indigenous Peoples; visible minorities, and racialized people; and people with disabilities. All applicants are invited to identify themselves as a member of an equity-deserving group(s) as appropriate. Applicants cannot be considered as a member of an equity-deserving group(s) unless they complete an employment equity survey. Memorial is committed to providing an inclusive learning and work environment. If there is anything we can do to ensure your full participation during the application process please contact directly and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

We acknowledge that the lands on which Memorial University’s campuses are situated are in the traditional territories of diverse Indigenous groups, and we acknowledge with respect the diverse histories and cultures of the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq, Innu, and Inuit of this province. Faculty in Archaeology collaborate with the newly established School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies (SASS), which has a constitution that enables co-governance of the School with Indigenous Nations. Memorial has an all-Indigenous Committee for Ethics Impacting Indigenous Groups to ensure research, including classroom research, meets high standards of ethics and responsibility. For more information, including on the university’s Indigenization Strategy, see the Vice President (Indigenous) website: .

Applicants must submit:

  • A letter of application addressing your research program and teaching philosophy (3 pages maximum)
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three references (no letters required at this stage)

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2024.

To apply, please visit

Questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. Vaughan Grimes, Head, Department of Archaeology,

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian Citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada. Salary is commensurate with experience as determined by the Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty Association (MUNFA) collective agreement. For more information about MUNFA, see

Memorial University is the largest university in Atlantic Canada and has a special obligation to the people of this province. As the province’s only university, Memorial plays an integral role in the education and cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador. Offering diverse undergraduate and graduate programs to 19,000 students, Memorial’s St. John’s campus provides a distinctive and stimulating environment for learning in the capital city, which has a vibrant cultural life and access to a wide range of outdoor activities. With 15 academic departments and a wide variety of interdisciplinary major, minor and diploma programs, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences offers breadth, depth and diversity. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences houses, among other units, the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), the Maritime History Archive, the Folklore and Language Archive, and the Aboriginal Languages Archives.

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