Research Position in Archaeology

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute


Deadline: February 15, 2011


The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI;, headquartered in the Republic of Panama, invites applicants interested in conducting research in the new world tropics to fill one  permanent research position in Archaeology and one in Marine Science. Candidates should have a strong publication record and demonstrated success in obtaining grants. The successful candidates are expected to develop strong research programs, supervise students, collaborate with other staff, and provide service to the Institute.

STRI maintains modern research facilities, a library with extensive holdings in the natural and anthropological sciences, and support centers in Panama City, together with diverse stations for marine and terrestrial field work throughout the tropics. Staff scientists maintain cooperative research programs within a world-wide network of academic institutions. Opportunities for mentoring young scientists are available through a vigorous fellowship program, and formal teaching is possible through educational programs with affiliated universities. 

Archaeology: We seek an archaeologist interested in doing research on prehistoric adaptations of native peoples to tropical forests; anthropogenic transformations of the landscape; plant domestication; archaeozoology; innovations in subsistence technologies; and the development of social, cultural and economic systems. Mid-level candidates are preferred but applicants at any level will be considered.

Marine Science: We seek a broadly-trained marine scientist who addresses fundamental research questions and whose interests complement those of the existing staff. Applicants at any level will be considered.

Minimum Qualifications: A Ph.D. in a relevant field, a demonstrated record of research excellence, and a commitment to communicating science to the public.

To Apply: Interested candidates should submit a single pdf containing a summary of research accomplishments and interests, curriculum vitae, five significant reprints, and the names and contact information of three referees.  Please send applications electronically to or Address inquiries to Dr. Fernando Santos-Granero, Chair, Search Committee on Archeology at: or Dr. Rachel Collin, Chair, Search Committee on Marine Science at:

Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2011, and interviews will commence shortly thereafter.

STRI is an equal opportunity employer and appointments are made regardless of nationality.

Fernando Santos-Granero
(507) 212 8114

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Edificio Tupper - 401
Balboa, Ancon
Panama, PA