Three Department of Archaeology post-docs win tenure-track positions in the United States
The notoriously competitive American anthropology job market has recognized the excellence of archaeologists from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History by offering tenure-track positions to three postdoctoral researchers from the Department of Archaeology in 2019. Anneke Janzen, Alicia Ventresca-Miller and William Taylor will all be taking up positions this summer/fall, and will be starting up laboratories of their own in the US.
Anneke Janzen will be joining the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville as an Assistant Professor. There she will head the Zooarchaeology Laboratory and Collections, as well as set up a lab for sampling and preparation of archaeological materials for stable isotope analysis and zooarchaeology by mass spectrometry (ZooMS). Dr. Janzen is continuing her work on early food production in Africa and the Southern Caucasus, and will be broadening her research to include local projects in the southeastern United States.
Alicia Ventresca Miller has accepted a position at the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor and Curator of Asian Archaeology. Her research will focus on complex societies, specifically the deep history of domestication and urbanization across Asia. Dr. Ventresca Miller will set up and head new laboratories for the sampling and preparation of ancient tissues for isotope analysis and paleoproteomics.
William Taylor will join the University of Colorado-Boulder as Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, and Curator of Archaeology at the Museum of Natural History. In his new position, Dr. Taylor will develop the university’s first Archaeozoology Laboratory and facilities for ZooMS, and continue his research into the impacts of horses on human societies around the globe - including the grasslands of Mongolia, the Southwest and Great Plains of North America, the great pampas of South America, and Australasia.
The Department of Archaeology is immensely proud of these postdoctoral researchers, and thrilled to see them develop resources for archaeological science at their new institutions.