University of Massachusetts seeks a Biological Anthropologist with a research focus in primatology

The Department of Anthropology at University of Massachusetts seeks a Biological Anthropologist with a research focus in primatology, at the Assistant Professor level starting Fall 2015. PhD required in Anthropology or closely related field at time of appointment. The successful candidate will have a field-based evolutionary ecology perspective focused on the behavior and/or comparative morphology of extant primates, strong record of publication and sponsored research, and a record of teaching excellence. Geographic area is open, but a preference exists for someone with a research focus on African catarrhines. An interest in conservation and the relationships between primate communities and local human populations would be considered a plus.

The department values and encourages research and teaching across the sub-disciplines of anthropology and will be looking to sustain this tradition with this hire. The candidate will be expected to mentor graduate students, and to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses, including primate behavior, primate evolution, and a large introductory general education course in biological anthropology. The ability to teach primate anatomy is also desired.

Please submit a letter describing interests and qualifications, and a CV to;jsessionid=8AA26E3AF825A56AEEAA584D2E0DBC65?JOBID=51718&type=7. Please also submit three letters of reference to (or via postal mail: Chair, Primatologist Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, Machmer Hall, 240 Hicks Way, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003). Inquiries about the position can be addressed to Dr. Brigitte Holt, Chair, Primatologist Search Committee at

Application screening commences on September 30, 2014, and continues until the position is filled.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the flagship campus of the 5-campus publicly funded UMass system. It is located in the Connecticut River Valley, 90 miles west of Boston and 180 miles northeast of New York City. UMass Amherst hosts nearly 20,000 undergraduate students and 4,200 graduate students, and over 1200 tenure system faculty. The Department of Anthropology has 20 faculty, 175 majors in the BA program and 82 graduate students working on MA and/or PhD programs. The University is part of a Five College Consortium that includes Amherst, Hampshire, Smith and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and strong collaboration exists among the five campuses.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. The University of Massachusetts, Amherst prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and other protected categories.

The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professorate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity is critical to achieving the University’s mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and service in an increasingly diverse globalized society. Therefore, in holistically assessing many qualifications of each applicant of any race or gender we would factor favorably an individual’s record of conduct that includes students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degree.