Assistant Professor, Museum Practice and Indigenous Archaeology or Indigenous Material Heritage Conservation

The Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University seeks to fill one Assistant Professor (tenure track) position in Museum Practice and Indigenous Archaeology or Indigenous Material Heritage Conservation and Outreach that will directly advance Simon Fraser University’s Truth and Reconciliation Plan. Priority will be to fill the Museum Practice and Indigenous Archaeology position.  For the Museum Practice and Indigenous Archaeology candidate we seek a colleague with a research focus on conveying narratives of North American Indigenous history using ancestral belongings (with or without oral history). For the Indigenous Material Heritage Conservation and Outreach candidate we seek a candidate with a research focus on improving conservation methods and data sharing practices and technologies related to North American artifact types and archaeological sites, including laser scanning, 3D-printed replication, virtual realities, and other emergent methods.  Preferred start date of May 1, 2023.

All candidates must have a PhD with an archaeology-related research specialization, museum experience, and an active research program. Applicants should also have expertise or strong interests in:

  • stewardship, curation, effective public presentation of culturally sensitive materials and/or sharing data linked to museum collections;
  • the ability to develop and lead the new Museum Studies Certificate;
  • collections-based research collaborations with the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Director and other colleagues;
  • supervising and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students; and
  • developing and delivering courses in archaeological conservation, management of archaeological collections, cultural property law and ethics, repatriation, museum data management, and related fields.

The deadline for receiving all application materials, including a maximum 2-page cover letter, a 1-page teaching statement, a 1-page research statement, curriculum vitae, and museum experience portfolio, is February 28, 2023. Please submit your application to Attn: Hugo Cardoso, Chair. Please indicate which position you are applying for in your cover letter. Candidates who are selected for an interview will be required to submit a teaching portfolio and three reference letters.

We especially encourage individuals with strong Indigenous cultural knowledge, experience working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, and a background in establishing and maintaining trusting relationships with Indigenous communities and organizations to apply.  

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Simon Fraser University is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is an underlying principle of our Strategic Vision, which pledges SFU to “foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, celebrating the diversity reflected among its students, faculty, staff, and our community.” SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, SFU will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, including Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons, and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably. Candidates that belong to underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details, refer to the Collection Notice