Postdoctoral Associate Position in Industrial Heritage and Archeology Department of Social Sciences, Michigan Technological University

The Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Associate position in connection with the Department’s recently established doctoral program in Industrial Heritage and Archeology. The appointment will begin in January 2007 and extend for three academic semesters, with the possibility of renewal for one additional semester. Funding for the position comes from a National Science Foundation award. Required qualifications include completion by December 2006 of a doctorate in one of the following fields: history of technology; science and technology studies; anthropology and/or archeology. We seek a person whose research interests fall in the areas of industrial history, industrial heritage, material culture, industrial archeology, environmental history, or historic preservation. Duties include teaching one course per semester; conducting research in areas related to the graduate program’s interests; and contributing to graduate programs in industrial heritage and archaeology and environmental policy, including the Department’s annual summer field school. Courses to be taught will depend upon the successful applicant’s field of expertise. Possibilities include the history of American technology; the history of industrialization, industrial archeology or historical archeology, science and technology studies; or introductory courses in the Department’s teaching portfolio.

Candidates should submit a graduate transcript and a letter of application that outlines current research interests and/or research projects relevant to the emerging doctoral program. (Information on the program can be found at .) Preference will be given to applicants interested in exploring scholarly and intellectual issues related to the material culture of industrial history and technology; the environmental consequences of industrialization; or the emerging area of industrial heritage. Field experience is preferred, but not required. Candidates also should arrange for their doctoral adviser to submit a letter of recommendation that assesses the candidate’s academic and research performance and interests, and which evaluates any teaching and classroom experience. The candidate also should provide the names and contact information for two additional references who may be contacted by the Department.

Please submit all materials to: Bruce Seely, Department Chair Department of Social Sciences Michigan Technological University 1400 Townsend Drive Houghton, MI 49931-1295

Salary: $36,000 with fringe benefits and a travel allowance to support archival research and participation in the Department’s annual summer field school in industrial archeology.

The Department will begin reviewing applications on October 15, 2006, and continue until an appointment is made. Questions or queries should be addressed to Bruce Seely, [email protected]; phone: 906/487-2113; FAX: 906/487-2468. The Department website is found at

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer.