The Applied Anthropology Graduate Program at Oregon State University is pleased to announce a funded PhD position to work with an interdisciplinary team studying the ecological and social dimensions of river restoration in the Klamath River Basin in southern Oregon and northern California, USA.

Research activities for this position will include: (1) conducting ethnographic interviews and surveys with stakeholders in the study area; (2) collaborating with tribal scientists to document traditional ecological knowledge related to water resources; (3) producing academic publications and outreach materials; and (4) working with the research team on a decision-support model to inform policy and management.

This student will be supervised by Dr. Bryan Tilt, with the support and coordination of a large and interdisciplinary research team. Two years of Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) funding will be provided by Oregon Sea Grant, with an additional two years of Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) support provided by the Applied Anthropology Graduate Program. The successful candidate will enroll in the Applied Anthropology PhD Program in Fall 2023, and will complete these research activities as part of their doctoral dissertation work.

Required qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in anthropology or closely related field;
  • Experience collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data in the social sciences, using common software applications (e.g., NVivo, SPSS, R);
  • Professional competencies, including: strong communication and interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively, ability to produce publications and presentations for diverse audiences, ability to travel to rural communities in the region.

Preferred qualifications: 

  • Experience working across disciplines in the natural and social sciences; 
  • Knowledge of natural resource management issues in the American West (e.g., climate change, drought, wildfire, fisheries, social-ecological resilience, etc.);
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders, especially in rural and/or indigenous communities.

 Additional information:

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of Oregon State University and the project team. Individuals belonging to historically underrepresented groups in higher education are encouraged to apply. 

For more information about Oregon State University’s Applied Anthropology Graduate Program:

For more information about the Klamath River research project:

For additional details, or to apply for the position, please e-mail Bryan Tilt ([email protected]). Applications should include a CV, a brief cover letter outlining your research experience and goals for this position, and the names and contact information for three references.

Application materials for this position will be reviewed concurrently with applications to the PhD Program in Applied Anthropology. The application deadline is January 15, 2023, and the position will begin in Fall Term 2023.