Biological/Physical Anthropologist (Assistant Professor)

Workplace: Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Type of Contract: permanent position with 3-year contract, academic (equivalent to tenure-track position)

Working Hours: 1.0 FTE (full-time employment of 40 hours a week).

Expected Start Date: negotiable

Number of Open Positions: 1

Application Deadline: June 30, 2021

Job Description

The candidate for the position is expected to carry out pedagogical and creative tasks (scientific, research & development, innovative and others) in accordance with mission of the Faculty, activities of the department and ongoing research projects. He or she is expected to be involved in teaching and development of study programmes, research & development, promoting of science & dissemination of research results, and to participate in academic authorities and other bodies. He or she is also expected to carry out additional administrative and operational activities related to the type of work and departmental duties, as per instructions of the direct superior.

Key Duties:

To teach current courses (introductory to specialty) in human anatomy, human osteology, human evolution, variation of modern humans, field excavation techniques, state-of-the-art laboratory techniques applicable in human evolution, paleoanthropology, physical/skeletal anthropology/bioarcheology for the undergraduate and graduate program
To conduct research falling under or closely related to evolutionary oriented physical/biological anthropology or bioarcheology
To advise/mentor students, to participate in academic and program-related committees, and to participate in traditional academic functions
To seek external funding for his/her own research activities in the field of skeletal anthropology/bioarcheology, preferably including field surveys and excavations.

Skills and Qualifications

The applicant must have:

Degree (Master’s and Ph.D. degrees or equivalent degrees) in Anthropology or other closely related field from an accredited institution

Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the field of evolutionary anthropology, physical/biological anthropology, paleoanthropology or bioarcheology.

Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis in the field of evolutionary based physical/biological anthropology based on human skeletal remains.

Experience with lab-based examination and research techniques applicable to human skeletal remains – biological profile assessment from skeletal remains, paleodemography, analytical techniques aimed at diet, stress, health indicators; a good overview of paleogenetics, paleoproteomics and other modern laboratory methods used in evolutionary oriented anthropology.
Familiarity with ancient to recent sociocultural history in Central Europe.

Scholarly achievement which may include peer-reviewed and other publications (books, monographs, applied research reports).
Experience with extramural grants and contracts, grant proposal design, project management.

Evidence of quality instruction, curriculum design, and supervision of student projects where appropriate.

Evidence of service relevant to the university, academic profession, and/or community.

Good communication skills, fluency in English (spoken and written) is required. The knowledge/understanding of Czech language is preferred but not excluding.

The applicant should have:

at least 5 years of combined professional experience both at national and/or international level, as a physical or biological anthropologist,
experience in or on academic circles (in the position of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor).

We Offer:

An interesting job in a dynamically-expanding university area
Flexible working hours and occasional home office to support personal needs in family and career compatibility
Various employee benefits such as 8 weeks of paid vacation per year, pension insurance contribution, contribution to lunches in canteens of MU or meal vouchers, discounted language courses, discount in the university cinema, exclusive mobile tariff offer by Vodafone
Opportunity to work and live in a modern and dynamic city
Support with your relocation to Brno by our International Staff Office

Application Process

The application shall be submitted online by June, 30 2021 via an e-application

The candidate shall provide following:

CV (including a list of important publications)
Cover letter describing candidate’s accomplishments and experience
Research statement
Names and contact details of at least 2 professional references.

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