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Post Doc Res Assoc - Anthropology

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Post Doctoral Research Associate - Anthropology


The Department of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming is currently hiring a post-doctoral research associate to support Dr. Briana Doering’s NSF CAREER research on past central Alaskan environments and their relationship with the archaeological record. This research associates will pursue paleoethnobotanical research in a collaborative and collegial department dedicated to answering theoretically-informed questions about human history.

This post-doctoral position will be based in Dr. Briana Doering’s research group.

The Doering Lab specializes in the study of human-environment interaction, focusing on the history of Alaskan resource use. The prospective postdoc will lead and/or contribute to several projects: 1) analyzing paleobotanical remains from archaeological sites central Alaska, 2) assisting in field work at the Swan Point and Niidhaayh’ Na sites in the middle Tanana River Valley, and 3) serving as the primary instructor one semester-length course. A strong applicant will have experience analyzing carbonized plant remains, working with descendant communities, incorporating Indigenous knowledge in archaeological research, and teaching archaeological courses.

The University of Wyoming has resources to support paleoethnobotanical research, including the Rocky Mountain Herbarium, the Williams Conservatory, a botany department, the Shell 3D Visualization Center, and the Center for Advanced Scientific Instrumentation. Additionally, teaching resources are available through the Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning and the Learning Actively Mentorship Program.

This position is a 1-year fixed term appointment that can be extended to a second year based on satisfactory performance. The position will start on July 1, 2024, but a later or earlier start date can be requested. Please contact Dr. Doering at with any questions.

  • Lead research projects in collaboration with Dr. Doering
  • Publish work in peer-reviewed journals and present at conferences
  • Supervise undergraduate and graduate students
  • Interact with faculty, research staff and students to contribute to the disciplinary strengths of the Department of Anthropology and the University of Wyoming
  • Teach one course per academic year

This position provides vital support to campus customers and requires the successful candidate be available to work on campus.


Applicants are required to have (or be expected to receive) a PhD degree or equivalent terminal degree in a suitable discipline and have the demonstrated ability, experience, and record of scholarship appropriate to carry out the functions of the position. Applicants who are members of or value working with and in diverse communities are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • PhD in an appropriate field before the start of appointment
  • Analytical experience in paleobotany
  • Valid driver's license with a motor vehicle record (MVR) that is compliant with the University Vehicle Use Policy .
  • Interest in pursuing research in human-environment interaction in central Alaska
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate scientific findings through publications and presentations
  • Experience and/or interest in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level
  • Experience in diverse palaeobotanical identification techniques
  • Successful collaborations with descendant communities in previous research

Complete the online application and upload the following for a complete application: cover letter, resume or C.V. and contact information for four work-related references.

Applications received by February 29th, 2024 will receive full consideration.


UW is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. We are committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.

In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position, please call 307-766-2377 or email .


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