The Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS) (http://ciams.cornell.edu/about-ciams/) is pleased to have awarded the Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate in Archaeology starting in Fall 2014 to Uthara Suvrathan (PhD, University of Michigan). Dozens of scholars from around the globe applied for the position, which had the following guidelines.
Applicants should have completed the Ph.D. within three years of applying, with a specialization in archaeology (broadly defined). The position is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. We were especially seeking applicants offering areas of research and teaching complementary to, and not replicating, those of the existing faculty of CIAMS (see http://ciams.cornell.edu/People/), and who would expand current teaching and research topics at Cornell: in particular, applicants who work in Asia, South America, or Africa, and/or with new methods or datasets, were especially welcome. We were also seeking scholars whose work addresses broader issues beyond their own area. The Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate teaches two undergraduate courses (with potentially an optional graduate section) each year, and delivers at least one public lecture each year (one of which may form part of the CIAMS, Finger Lakes AIA, or NYSAA lecture series). The balance of the Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate’s time is devoted to her/his own research. A faculty mentor is appointed to assist the Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate with their professional development. The Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate is required to be in residence at Cornell during the semesters of her/his tenure, but is free to conduct fieldwork in the summer or during the winter break if desired. The salary for this position was advertised as $42,000 per year, with benefits, and with up to $2,000 per year available in research funds. Review of applications began on March 3, 2014 and the decision was reached in April 2014.