MS Archaeology Research Assistant Position – Portland State University

Dr. Shelby Anderson at Portland State University (PSU) welcomes applicants for an MS Student Research Assistant Position as part of the collaborative Birnirk Prehistory and the Emergence of Inupiaq Culture in Northwestern Alaska, Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives project.

The student will join an interdisciplinary and international team of researchers working at Cape Espenberg, Alaska.  The overall goals of the project are to explore human interaction, settlement history, climate, and landscape dynamics in relation to the Birnirk archaeological complex at ca. AD 1000.  The student will work with Dr. Anderson on ceramic sourcing and technological analysis aimed at establishing the connections between people living at this site and those in the surrounding region.  A thesis project will be developed as a part of this work.  The position includes up to two years of funding (tuition and stipend) and an opportunity to join the field team in summer 2016.


  • BA/BS in anthropology with a focus or specialization in archaeology
  • Experience conducting ceramic analysis
  • Interest in arctic archaeology

See the PSU anthropology website for submission details (  The submission deadline is February 1, 2016. Please contact Shelby Anderson ( with any questions.


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