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AnthroJobs of the Week, 4 June 2017

One aspect of the future of anthropological practice is reflected in a posting for a contract-status Human Factors Researcher in Mountain View, CA.  Human factors research looks at how consumer products fit with the lifestyles of users by being “intuitive, purposeful and comfortable to use,” in the words of the posting. The research is used to affect design decisions and strategic planning related to how “users understand, wear, store, share, integrate the most indispensable objects in their life.” Among the many required qualifications are three years of applied research experience, statistical knowledge, and an understanding of methods.  The posting is… Continue reading

AnthroJobs of the Week, 26 May 2017

India should be a fascinating place to be for the next several years as economic development leads to cultural shifts. If you speak English and Hindi, a couple of positions are open with the “Going to School” project.  See their website at http://www.goingtoschool.com/jobs/.  One job for which anthropologists are sought is a project lead for a story writing effort for school children. This involves travel from Delhi to Bihar, one of India’s poorest states.  The other is a similar position as a storyteller/writer.  

Closer to home, the State of Texas has posted an intriguing position in Austin as a Mitigation… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents May 24, 2017

Prom in full swing.  (AP photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Prom in full swing. (AP photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Fixing corruption is just one of many results a new development consulting firm in Bangladesh has accomplished.  The startup boasts anthropology and design thinking are the keys to sustainable solutions to real-life problems.  Pretty cool.

This article is basically saying you can get a degree in anthropology…as long as you work in computer science rather than education.  Mostly for the money.

An overview of how prom has become a place to contest sexuality & identity as an American adolescent rite of passage.

Top Chef judge Gail Simmons talks about… Continue reading

AnthroJob of the Week, May 20, 2017

This week will highlight just one position, something interesting on the West Coast, and not very typical. This was sent to NAPA directly.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Assistant to the President of The Chijnaya Foundation
Application Deadline: July 15, 2017
Location: Palm Springs, California
The Chijnaya Foundation is in the process of moving from an organization run by the volunteer founders to one that has a small professional staff to take over responsibility for performing many of the tasks currently carried out by the volunteer president. This is the first step in the transition toward a sustainable nonprofit foundation capable of… Continue reading

Not voting has serious consequences

The deadline for the current AAA elections is May 31. Don’t put off voting, because that deadline is right after the Memorial Day holidays. 

There are four NAPA positions to vote on, including secretary, student member, and at-large members (2 positions). 

Another important position is for the AAA President-Elect. One of the candidates, medical and applied anthropologist Linda Whiteford, is a long-term faculty member at one of the outstanding applied programs (U South Florida) as well as a champion of applied and practicing anthropology. She is also a past SfAA President and has held numerous AAA positions. Linda should be… Continue reading

AnthroJobs of the Week, May 12, 2017

As ever, a range of jobs are possible this week for anthropologists at all levels and in many places and sectors.

On the domestic US front, there is a great mid-career job in Washington DC (minimum M.A. and 10 yrs experience) as a Senior Research and Evaluation Specialist with the Landesa Rural Development Institute.

Also on the eastern end of the US is a entry level position (one year contract) with Habitat for Humanity in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, as a Family Services Coordinator (through AmeriCorps).

On the western US shores, Big Fish in Seattle is looking for a senior user experience… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents May 10, 2017

 The anthropologist T.N. Pandit at his home in New Delhi. In the 1960s, he began working in the Andaman Islands, an Indian archipelago. Photo Credit: Poras Chaudhary for The New York Times

The anthropologist T.N. Pandit at his home in New Delhi. In the 1960s, he began working in the Andaman Islands, an Indian archipelago. Photo Credit: Poras Chaudhary for The New York Times

Ever heard of neurodiversity?  Anthropologists are studying how workplace culture, norms and beliefs are changing to be more inclusive of autistic employees.

Anthropologist T. N. Pandit shares a heartfelt reflection of regret by for his role in encouraging remote hunter-gatherer tribes of the Andaman Islands contact with the outside world.

For those of you getting ready to graduate soon, check out what bike advocate and program… Continue reading

AnthroJobs of the Week, May 5, 2017

OK, we know Cinco de Mayo is a made-up excuse to drink cerveza, but in honor of this dubious holiday we wanted to look for jobs in Mexico. Not much, but we did find lots of interesting volunteer positions through ELI Abroad. These include working with children, the environment,  in Maya communities, and international trade. https://www.eliabroad.org/mexico-volunteer-internships

If you are looking for entry level work in Chicago, consider being an aptitude test administrator with the Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation . Maybe you can learn a little something about your own inherent skills: https://jocrf.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=12

For foodies, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture… Continue reading

AnthroJobs: Jobs of the Week, April 28, 2017

Climate change got you down? Consider getting out of the summer heat and heading to Alaska through Camp Fire’s Rural Alaska Program. Anthropologists wanted, but the deadline is almost here: https://www.campfireak.org/rural-program-jobs/

Not really into the rural thing? On the other end of the location spectrum is a great gig in NYC, especially for a combined anthro/public health degree holder, working for the department of health on a program helping infants with developmental delays. Go to https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/ and enter job ID 285253.

How about the contract of a lifetime? We are talking Borneo, people. Consider two years as as assistant to… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents April 27, 2017

Photo from the exhibit at Parsons School of Design. Backpacks left behind by border crossers. Image by Marc Tatti.

Photo from the exhibit at Parsons School of Design. Backpacks left behind by border crossers. Image by Marc Tatti.

Ugandan anthropologist and activist Stella Nyanzi was arrested for cyber harassment when the government changed their minds about giving free sanitary pads to girls who miss school during their period because they cannot afford them.

This haunting exhibit of items U.S.-Mexico border crossers leave behind forces visitors to see the ‘contemporary calamity’ we many times find easier to ignore. Anthropologist Jason De León who is also director of the Undocumented Migration Project, created the exhibit.

Ruth Behar discusses how her… Continue reading