Stanford Archaeology Center BIPOC Curatorial Post Doc

The Stanford Archaeology Center announces a postdoctoral position in cultural heritage and material culture collections. The field of expertise is open, with preference given to African history and culture and/or collections-based scholarship complementary to faculty interests and priorities. The focus will be research of African ethnographic and archaeological materials held by the Stanford University Archaeology Collections, which include over 300 objects from 10 countries and unknown locations across Africa; plus over 800 artifacts from ancient Egypt and Nubia. The fellowship offers hands-on curatorial experience and the opportunity to pursue independent research related to these collections. The candidate will undertake curatorial research, initiate campus community engagement, mentor one or more undergraduate research assistants, and deliver at least one public outcome (such as a symposium, town hall meeting, digital humanities project, or exhibition) during the fellowship. They may also teach at least one course. The candidate is also expected to engage with faculty and graduate students at the Center and related departments and programs. The faculty sponsor of this postdoc will be Ian Hodder, the faculty director of the Stanford Archaeology Center. The fellow will undertake this work in consultation with the academic curator.

Those with demonstrated interest in African histories, arts, cultures, heritage, languages, and/or museum collections or in collections-based scholarship broadly are encouraged to apply. Candidates will explain in their statement of proposed research how their academic preparation and career goals are supported by this appointment, as well as how proposed work relates to the Center’s collections and activities, including its mission to understand the past and the complex ways in which the material past contributes to contemporary and future worlds.

The twelve-month full-time appointment carries a salary commensurate with the University Provost established minimum pay levels. The appointment may be eligible for renewal based on satisfactory performance and the existence of funding.

The application receipt deadline is October 31, 2020.  Interviews will be held in November 2020 and the position will begin January 2021.

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Required Qualifications:

  • Postdoctoral scholars are required to be in residence in the Stanford area during the term of the appointment.
  • Applicants must have received their Ph.D. no earlier than January 1, 2015, and have completed all degree requirements by August 31, 2020.
  • U.S. citizenship is not required.

Required Application Materials:

  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A statement of proposed research (no more than 1000 words)
  • A dissertation abstract or summary
  • A writing sample (dissertation chapter or other paper)
  • A public deliverable proposal (no more than 1000 words)
  • A course proposal (no more than 500 words) and draft syllabus
  • Three letters of recommendation to be submitted through the job posting at Academic Jobs Online


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.