Work with us: Seshat seeks Research Assistant


Applications are sought for the position of Research Assistant working on the project Axial-Age Religions and the Z-Curve of Human Egalitarianism. The successful applicant will be supervised by Prof. Peter Turchin.

The project is funded by a John Templeton Foundation grant ( to the Evolution Institute ( The project brings together an international, interdisciplinary team of anthropologists, economists, historians, archaeologists, and evolutionary theorists. This three-year program of research will test hypotheses about the evolution of religion and long-term patterns of social inequality in human history by coding a set of theory-driven variables in SESHAT: The Global History Databank ( This project will involve working with historians and archaeologists to contribute to a large historical database detailing our best current knowledge about the characteristics and functioning of past human societies. The Research Assistant will focus on data collection for variables dealing with social, political, economic, and religious organization over the past five thousand years of global history.

The successful applicant will possess the skills appropriate for collating and coding information from historical, archaeological and/or ethnographic material (generally secondary sources). They will hold a bachelor degree in a relevant discipline (including, but not limited to, anthropology, history, sociology, political science, and economics).

This is a fixed-term post ending in February 2017. The position is remote and will start at 30 hours a week with the potential to increase to a full time schedule.

Applicants should submit Curriculum Vitae and a cover letter to Jill Levine ( They should also provide the names of two individuals familiar with their studies or research who are willing to supply a recommendation letter. This is a rolling application process and applications will be considered on a first come first serve basis.


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