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AnthroJobs: Jobs of the week – September 23, 2016

The Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington (UW) Seattle is looking to hire an ethnographer of data science for a 36 month (2.5yrs) postdoctoral research scientist position, starting January 2017.

You will work with Prof. David Ribes in Seattle, and in collaboration with Geoffrey C. Bowker (and an additional postdoc) at the UC Irvine School of Informatics.

The postdoc will collaborate in the investigation of the Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs and Spokes program (BDHubs), an NSF funded “umbrella organization” for US Big Data and data science. This project will investigate the… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents–September 20, 2016

What are some of the other websites and blogs that track anthropology-in-the-news and practicing anthropology? Here are some “highly cited” places on the web to follow. All of the sites and blogs below may be followed on Twitter, some on Facebook or other social media, and some offer weekly email subscriptions. While you are at it, follow us on Twitter (@NapaAnthro) Facebook (@NAPA.Anthro), or LinkedIn (National Association for the Practice of Anthropology).

A classic example of an anthropology-news-tracking blog is www.anthropologyworks.com – a weekly blog from the Culture in Global Affairs (CIGA) research and policy program at George… Continue reading

AnthroJobs: Jobs of the week – September 16, 2016

Defending our discipline took a whole new level this week when I found this video from Rockford Career College. It troubled me to see a school marketing its educational offer by mocking anthropology. Well, I thought to myself, if you need to belittle anthropology to promote your degrees, than your students will not have much to offer to the world in terms of understanding and working with other, diverse human beings. So I told them just that. I also gave them a short list of anthropologists whose work I suggested they read and offered to provide… Continue reading

AnthroJobs: Jobs of the week – September 9, 2016

The other week, a friend of mine that moved to the other end of North Carolina called. To my surprise it was her son, a middle schooler, wanting to talk to me.

– Ms. Adriana, you are an anthropologist, right?

I paused for a moment, a giant smile on my face, and replied:

– Yes, I am an anthropologist. Yes. I am.

And then we talked for a while about the beginnings of civilization, Gobekli Tepe, the Indus Valley and other questions he needed to answer for his school project.

Luckily, our skills are in demand not only… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents–September 6, 2016

Welcome back to the academy, students and faculty! As we watch Labor Day in the rearview mirror, the northern hemisphere’s colleges and universities are all in full operation. Our “back to school special” is a list of all the subfields of, or application of, cultural “anthropology” that we found published during the month of August (without duplicating our posts on August 9th and August 23rd). We hope these provide inspiration for research papers, lecture anecdotes, and career choices. Enjoy!

Ethnography is growing as a market research tool in corporations and women in corporations find corporate anthropology to… Continue reading

AnthroJobs: Jobs of the week – September 2, 2016

Illinois or Guatemala? This week’s job listings ask you to take out your research toolkit.

The Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation is looking for a Program Officer for Evaluation (“POE”) to assist in the development of the system for evaluation across all areas of the Foundation, including proposals, funded programs and the impact of the Foundation as a whole. You will engage in formal and/or informal research on specified topics. More details about the position, here.

This weeks’s international listing is with MSI – Management Systems International in Guatemala. MSI is currently seeking applications from qualified… Continue reading

AnthroJobs: Jobs of the week – August 26, 2016

Social media reminded us this week that 2016 marks the centennial of the National Park Service so I looked into natural resources management jobs for you.

If you are passionate about conservation, the African Wildlife Foundation is searching for a Prospect Research Officer to work in AWF’s philanthropy team in Washington D.C. by collecting and analyzing information on current and prospective donors for top-tier giving levels. You will be providing AWF’s senior leadership and philanthropy team with information they need to focus their efforts on new high-quality donors and make the most of AWF’s existing relationships. The position requires… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents — August 23, 2016

The Olympics just ended, the American presidential election campaigns are in full swing, and academic anthropologists are returning to the classroom after summer travel and research. But today let’s focus on how practicing anthropologists are raising the profile of our discipline in the business and corporate world.

Maia Green (U. of Manchester) reviews The Silo Effect: Why Every Organisation Needs to Disrupt Itself to Survive by Gillian Tett (Financial Times). The book, among other things, explains how the outside observer perspective of anthropologists is a critical tool for corporate change.

Meanwhile, business and marketing consultants are realizing—and writing about—how an… Continue reading

AnthroJobs: Jobs of the week – August 19, 2016

Over a decade ago, in my native Romania, I worked as a language tutor for Peace Corps volunteers. The opportunity of doing service abroad as they did dazzled me. I could not imagine what it takes to manage such a wide network of volunteers working all over the globe.

I could see anthropologists easily fit in the profile of a Peace Corps volunteer. However, if going to the field for two years is not in something you would like to do, there are plenty of opportunities to support Peace Corps by working domestically. Speaking of which, Peace Corps is… Continue reading

AnthroJobs: Jobs of the week – August 12, 2016

Do you know that feeling when you are on the job hunt and you read a job description, you are the perfect match… but then you do not have a PhD? Yeah, I do too.

I have posted about a lot of jobs for applied anthropologists, both in the US and abroad, that do not require doctoral studies. However, as I navigate the job search myself I often find non-academic position listings that require a PhD in social sciences.

If you are up for the task and would like to go back to school or continue studying after you… Continue reading