Website Department of Anthropology, Washington State University

Postdoctoral Position Available: The Department of Anthropology at Washington State University is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Biocultural Anthropology Lab. At the intersection of social and biological sciences, Dr. Courtney Meehan’s Biocultural Anthropology Lab ( is studying the relationships between maternal-infant microbiomes, human milk composition, maternal-infant behavior, and health.

Summary of Duties: The successful candidate, under the direction of Dr. Meehan, will take a lead role implementing projects and analyses, including managing research teams and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. The postdoctoral scholar will work with Dr. Meehan to analyze data, write grants, and co-write papers. The successful candidate will also have some opportunity to develop their own research foci in ways that complement the lab’s research.

Required Qualifications:

PhD at time of hire.
The candidate must have demonstrable skills in oral and written communication (including a strong publication record).
A background in one of the following is required: 1) evolutionary social science, 2) milk composition, 3) microbiome, 4) quantitative analyses, and 5) infant and child development.
Highly desired skills include strong analytical skills (especially in R).

Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will be skilled at working both as an independent researcher and as part of a research team.
Engagement in interdisciplinary research and bioinformatics skills are also desirable.
Department Name: Department of Anthropology

Department Link:

City, State, Zip: Pullman, WA 99164

Monthly Salary: Commensurate with education and experience

Screening Begin Date: May 15, 2021

Application Instructions: Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) cover letter, and 3) a research statement. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements. Applicants are required to include contact information for professional references within the application. Inquiries can be addressed by contacting Dr. Courtney Meehan at The Department of Anthropology website can be accessed at For more information on WSU, please visit

Required Documents:

Detailed curriculum vitae
Cover letter explicitly addressing the qualification for this position
Research statement
Contact information for three professional references

Time Type: Full time

Position Term: 12 Month, eligible for renewal should both parties agree.

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