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Arizona State University

Archaeology Postdoctoral Fellowship: the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR)

NOTE: This position has been filled. The position description is provided for reference only.

The Arizona State University Center for Digital Antiquity and the ASU Libraries offer a two-year Council for Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowship that combines direct experience curating digital archaeological data with an opportunity to conduct individual or collaborative research. The Fellow will be based in the Center for Digital Antiquity, which oversees the use, development and maintenance of tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record) an international repository of digital data and documents from archaeological investigations. Serving as a digital curator, the fellow will contribute to the development and expansion of tDAR. The fellow will also undertake scholarly research relating to tDAR and will have related publishing and presentation opportunities. The fellow will leverage the experience with Digital Antiquity to assist the ASU Libraries with new initiatives in research data management and repository development.

  • Working on a team with archaeologists, librarians, programmers, and data managers, the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow will have responsibilities for digital curation tasks such as:
  • Assist with the curation of digital archaeological files and collections;
  • Assist faculty and researchers in preparing files for deposit in tDAR;
  • Assist with authority management, data-cleanup, and normalization;
  • Expand and generalize tDAR data management best practices so that they are applicable to non-discipline specific repositories (e.g., institutional repositories);
  • Develop innovative classroom and educational modules utilizing digital collections found in tDAR.

The Fellow will also develop, execute, and publish research related to tDAR that contributes substantially to scholarship and to Digital Antiquity’s objectives.


Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Anthropology with a specialization in Archaeology, or a Ph.D. in Archaeology or a closely related field;
  • Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment;
  • Experience working with common archaeological digital file types;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues with diverse backgrounds;
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.


Desired Qualifications

  • Research plans and activities that advance the objectives of Digital Antiquity;
  • Field and lab experience in archaeology, including work with large data sets;
  • Demonstrated interest in digital repositories, digital data preservation and dissemination;
  • Experience in teaching and outreach, communication, and collaborating with faculty and researchers.


Arizona State University ( is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 73,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe. Arizona State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

The Arizona State University Libraries (, a member of the Association of Research Libraries, ranks among the top 40 research libraries in North America. With collections of over 4 million volumes, the ASU Libraries include seven physical locations throughout the metropolitan Phoenix area. The ASU Libraries support over 73,000 students and over 3,000 faculty and research staff.

Established in 2009, the Center for Digital Antiquity ( is a multi-institutional, non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the long-term preservation of irreplaceable archaeological data and to broadening access to these data. tDAR ( is the digital repository managed by Digital Antiquity and enables researchers to more effectively create knowledge of the human past and to better preserve, protect and provide access to that knowledge. The repository contains over 360,000 archaeological citations and documents, 400 data sets, and 7,200 images. Although most of the information relates to North American archaeology, tDAR includes archaeological data from all over the world. The widespread use of tDAR has the potential to transform archaeological research by providing direct access to digital resources from current and historic investigations, along with powerful tools to analyze and re-use digital data files. The Center is currently being hosted by Arizona State University’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change (formerly the Department of Anthropology) and the ASU University Libraries. Digital Antiquity is physically housed in the ASU’s Tempe Campus Hayden (main) Library.

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