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Postdoctoral Positions

The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology unites scientists with various backgrounds (natural sciences and humanities) whose aim is to investigate the history of humankind from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (Germany) is seeking qualified applicants for a postdoctoral project on subsistence strategies in mixed economies.

The overarching aims of the project are to consider the relationships between socioeconomic status, kinship, environmental variability and subsistence decision-making in mixed economies. From an applied perspective, the research also seeks to identify cultural factors that promote Inuit food security and well-being. The primary responsibilities of the successful candidate will be to conduct analyses of existing foraging, social network, economic, and/or qualitative interview data from an Inuit community in Nunavik, Canada. Potential topical foci for the postdoctoral research may include food transfers, land use patterns, prey and patch choice during foraging, among other possibilities.

The contract period is for 3 years, and the appointment is based in Leipzig. The salary is according to the German public service pay scale (TVöD).


- Ph.D. in a relevant field, completed by the start date of the position
- Experience working with quantitative data in a research computing context 

- Previous experience with a research computing language (Python, R, Matlab)
- Previous experience with time series analysis and/or network analysis and/or GIS 


Please address questions and send completed applications by email to Elspeth Ready (elspeth_ready@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de)

Applications should include:
1. A cover letter describing research background and goals
2. A curriculum vitae with names and email addresses of three professional references
3. A pdf of an academic manuscript (e.g., dissertation chapter or peer-reviewed article)

The start date of the position is flexible. All applications received by Dec. 01, 2019 will be considered.

The Max Planck Society is concerned to employ more disabled people; applications from disabled people are explicitly sought. The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the proportion of women in areas in which they are underrepresented; women are therefore explicitly encouraged to apply.

Information on the institute is available at http://www.eva.mpg.de/

The Max Planck Society is committed to equal opportunities and to employing individuals with disabilities and explicitly encourages them to apply.

We look forward to receiving your completed application .

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