Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunity in Anthropology

Applications are invited for a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship (PDF) in the Department of Anthropology at McMaster University. The fellow should have a PhD in Anthropology with a focus on archaeological science (with a preference to paleoethnobotany). The ideal candidate will have interest in collaborating on research into Indigenous foodways in the Great Lakes Region and be keen to create intellectual synergies with current faculty members. There will be extensive opportunities to network with project co-investigators, collaborators, and department members. 


The PDF is expected to pursue an active research agenda and will have access to McMaster’s labs including the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Research of Archaeological Ceramics (LIRAC) and McMaster Paleoethnobotanical Research Facility (MPERF). The successful candidate will be required to teach one in-person undergraduate course in archaeological science (with preference to a paleoethnobotanical methods course) that will be determined by departmental need each academic year. The fellow will also be expected to mentor both undergraduate and graduate students and take an active part in departmental life, including presenting their research at departmental colloquia, seminar, and other events. To learn more about the Department of Anthropology at McMaster, visit: https://anthropology.socsci.mcmaster.ca/.



$60,000 CAD per year + benefits. This position is included within the Canadian Union of Public Employees (“CUPE”) Local 3906 Unit 3, representing Post-Doctoral Fellows. The appointment may include teaching up to 6-units of University degree credit courses. 


START DATE: To be determined; no later than September 1, 2023 



  • Completion of a PhD program in Anthropology or a related discipline within the five years (not including parental leaves, etc) preceding the initial appointment start date.
  • An excellent academic record including a beginning record of publications, conference presentations and a research agenda aligned with the position. 


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, May 16, 2023. 


TO APPLY: Applications for the position should be submitted to the portal on the McMaster Career Opportunities website and must include the following: 

  • a cover letter that includes a detailed statement of background in archaeological science and experience in teaching relevant methodologies
  • a one-page statement that outlines a research plan in alignment with the position
  • CV
  • a writing sample (peer-reviewed publication preferred, or a thesis chapter) 

For more information, please contact Professor Andrew Roddick, Chair of the Department of Anthropology at: anthchair@mcmaster.ca.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority; only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews and names of references. 



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