The Paleoanthropology Society was founded in 1992. It recognizes that paleoanthropology is multidisciplinary in nature and the organization's central goal is to bring together physical anthropologists, archaeologists, paleontologists, geologists and a range of other researchers whose work has the potential to shed light on hominid behavioral and biological evolution.

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Postdoc in East Asian Archaeology - Max Planck Institute Jena for the Science of Human History (Germany)


The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena (Germany) is offering a position for a full-time postdoctoral researcher in the field of East Asian archaeology. The position is tied to the Eurasia3angle research group. Funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant, this interdisciplinary group will work on “Millet and beans, language and genes. The origin and dispersal of the Transeurasian family.” The position is for 4 years, beginning between April and September 2016. Candidates need to have completed a PhD in East Asian archaeology and have an understanding of multivariate statistics. If interested, please send the following application documents to the group’s principal investigator, Martine Robbeets (robbeets@shh.mpg.de) by January the 1st, 2016.


Tenure Track Position Assistant Professor in Forensic Anthropology: University of South Florida

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Job Number: 8825

Department Name/Number: Department of Anthropology / 0-1205-000
College/Division: College of Arts and Sciences
Salary Plan: Faculty
Hiring Salary/Salary Range: Negotiable
This position is subject to a Level 1 criminal background check.
Job Opening Number: 8825
Posting Date: 11/02/2015
Posting End Date: 01/04/2016

Duties: The Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida seeks to fill a nine- month, full-time and tenure-earning, Assistant Professor position in Forensic Anthropology/forensic archaeology. We are an applied anthropology program committed to holism.


Rutgers Assistant Professor Position in Archaeology

Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Archaeology (Old World Prehistory) at Rutgers. The State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick NJ

The Department of Anthropology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, invites applications for a tenure-track professor in Archaeology (Old World Prehistory) to start in Fall 2016, subject to the availability of funding. Candidates will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses during the regular academic year and to maintain an active research program in their specialized field. Ongoing and active membership of a research team is a desirable feature as is an enthusiastic and innovative approach to teaching. Preference will be given to candidates who are capable of contributing to Rutgers' program in Evolutionary Anthropology.


Swartkrans Field School

Experience Paleoanthropology in South Africa
(June 15 – July 15, 2016)

The Swartkrans Cave site (https://www.studyabroad.wisc.edu/programs/program.asp?program_id=246) has provided the:

  • Largest sample (> 126 individuals) of Paranthropus robustus in the world
  • First evidence for the co-existence of two different hominin lineages
    • Homo erectus (direct ancestor of modern humans)
    • Paranthropus robustus (extinct “cousin” of the genus Homo)
  • First and earliest evidence for controlled use of fire found anywhere c. 1.0 million years ago
  • First and earliest evidence of tool use with non-stone material (i.e. bone tools) c. 2.0 million years ago

This four-week program offers you the opportunity to participate in a paleoanthropology fieldschool at the famous fossil human locality of Swartkrans, South Africa (http://swartkrans.org/). Swartkrans, a cave site approximately twenty miles from Johannesburg, is recognized as one of the world's most important archaeological and fossil localities for the study of human evolution, and is part of the “Cradle of Humankind” World Heritage Site (http://www.gauteng.net/cradleofhumankind). The site's geological deposits span millions of years and sample several important events in human evolution. The oldest finds at the site date between 2.0 and 1.0 million years old-a time period during which our immediate ancestor, Homo erectus, shared the landscape with the extinct ape-man species Paranthropus robustus. In addition to fossils of these species, Swartkrans also preserves an abundant archaeological record of their behavior in the form of stone and bone tools, as well as butchered animal bones. Most spectacularly, the site contains evidence of the earliest known use of fire by human ancestors, dated to about 1.0 million years old. Younger deposits at the site sample the Middle Stone Age archaeological traces of early Homo sapiens.


Scientist Position in Archaeological Science Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

The Department of Human Evolution of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (Germany), invites applications for a research position in *isotopic studies*.


Max Planck - Junior Scientist Position in Luminescent Dating

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Leipzig, Germany

The Department of Human Evolution of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (Germany), invites applications for a post-doctoral position in luminescence dating. In the Department, palaeoanthropological research is conducted within a multidisciplinary environment involving groups of scientists including biological anthropologists, Palaeolithic archaeologists, archaeological scientists, and geochronologists. Luminescence dating forms a significant component of the geochronology group (integrating radiocarbon, U-series and luminescence dating) with a well-equipped laboratory. More information about the Department and the luminescence lab can be found on our web site.