Submitted: 22 September 2021
Department: Anthropology
Institution: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Job type: Tenure-track
Apply by: 8 November 2021
Application URL:

The Department of Anthropology at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, seeks a full-time tenure-track anatomist and paleoanthropologist/paleoprimatologist at the level of Assistant Professor to begin August 1, 2022. This faculty member will have a theoretically driven research program of national and international significance and will have advanced knowledge in anatomy as well as open specialization in human and/or non-human primate paleontology. The faculty member will instruct undergraduate and graduate level students in human anatomy and in human paleontology, as well as courses of their own design.

The Department of Anthropology is housed in a state-of-the art research and teaching facility at the flagship campus for The University of Tennessee system. Anthropology at the University of Tennessee encompasses Cultural, Biological and Archaeological Anthropology. Research conducted by the faculty and graduate students of the Department is as wide-ranging both topically and geographically as the field itself. This includes research into ancient biomolecules, functional and comparative anatomy, quantitative genetics and evolutionary modeling, stable isotopes, taphonomy, foodways, human/animal interactions, ancient ecosystems, and cultural and social justice.

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

The City of Knoxville is a hidden gem with a beautiful and walkable downtown, varied nightlife, active neighborhoods, and eclectic shopping and restaurants. UT is located within easy driving distance to Asheville, Nashville, Atlanta, and the Great Smoky Mountains.


A Ph.D. in Anthropology, Anatomy, or other relevant equivalent disciplines must be in hand at the time of appointment. Required qualifications include having an early-career research program, a record of seeking and/or securing funding, peer-reviewed publications, and a trajectory for the continued development of their research program. Qualified applicants should have field and/or laboratory experience working with fossil evidence of human and/or nonhuman primates. In addition, the candidate is expected to manage and further develop our extensive fossil cast collection for research and teaching purposes. Desirable research qualifications include specializations in comparative anatomy, quantitative methods, geometric morphometrics, or developmental biology.

The candidate must demonstrate the ability to teach human anatomy courses, working with our current faculty who also instruct these courses. This includes training in cadaveric dissection and the ability to direct cadaver prosection for use in teaching labs. The ability to teach human evolution and paleontology is required, and ability to instruct quantitative methods, non-human primate evolution, and gross human anatomy are desirable. The successful candidate will be expected to mentor students for both academic and other professional career courses, and to chair and serve on M.A. and Ph.D. committees from the start.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a (1) letter of application, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) a list of three references in digital format via Interfolio at Review of applications will begin November 8, 2021, and will continue until campus interviews. Questions about the position should be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Benjamin Auerbach ([email protected]).

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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