Submitted: 15 July 2019
Department: Sociology and Anthropology
Institution: George Mason University
Job type: Tenure-track
Apply by: 10 October 2019
Application URL:

The George Mason University Department of Sociology and Anthropology invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor opening for a biocultural anthropologist (geographic area open) to begin August 2020 (teaching load is 2:2). George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity and excellence among its faculty and staff and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Qualifications: The anthropology program seeks a biocultural anthropologist with one or more of the following areas of interest: the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) hypothesis, life history theory, epigenetics, effects of early-life stress across the life course, biological stress and plasticity, and the biological entanglements between socioeconomic inequality, violence, migration, and related phenomenon. Evidence for excellence in fieldwork and laboratory skills is required. Outstanding applicants working across geographic, topical, and disciplinary boundaries are encouraged to apply. The capacity to teach a large, upper-division undergraduate course in biocultural anthropology, human biology, or human variation is expected.

The successful candidate must have teaching experience and a Ph.D. in-hand at the time of application. All candidates are expected to demonstrate a productive research and publication trajectory and a record of extramural funding. The successful candidate must also be prepared to teach an introductory biological anthropology course as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in biocultural anthropology, methodological practice, and regional/topical specialties.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F8476z at There, please complete and submit the online faculty application along with a: (1) two-page statement of interest covering research interests and achievements; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement addressing how the applicant’s training and/or experiences would contribute to a climate that values diversity, and; (4) the names of three persons whom we may contact for letters of reference by October 10, 2019. Please contact Haagen D. Klaus, Chair, Biocultural Anthropology Search Committee with any questions: [email protected].

About Us: We are a three-field program that offers a B.A. and M.A. degree in anthropology. There are many opportunities for cross- and interdisciplinary collaboration across units. Women and minority candidates especially are urged to apply. Salary is commensurate with experience.

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason has been designated as an R1 institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Mason also holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education. Located approximately 15 miles from Washington, D.C., Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, and at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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