Submitted: 18 October 2021
Department: Anthropology
Institution: University of Toronto
Job type: Tenure-track
Apply by: 25 October 2021
Application URL:

The Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in Biocultural Medical Anthropology. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2022.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Anthropology or a related area by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. We seek a scholar with expertise in Biocultural or Biological Medical Anthropology. Candidates will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.

We seek a scholar whose research engages with health inequities and their socio-environmental context in living human populations using theory and methods from a biocultural approach. Candidates must have expertise in biocultural approaches to analyzing the biological and health impacts of poverty, economic precarity, colonialism/settler colonialism, racism, ethnic discrimination or marginalization, or historical/intergenerational trauma. Candidates must demonstrate a research focus on maternal/reproductive health, child health and development, or food sovereignty and nutrition. Regional focus is open.

We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and enhance existing faculty strengths in the St. George Department of Anthropology and in the tri-campus University of Toronto Anthropology Graduate Program. The successful applicant will be expected to pursue excellence in teaching in the St. George Anthropology undergraduate program (, and to participate actively in the tri-campus University of Toronto Anthropology Graduate Program (

The successful candidate will be expected to make a significant contribution to our undergraduate programs in medical anthropology and to successfully supervise and mentor graduate students studying medical anthropology from a biocultural and/or biological anthropology perspective.

Excellence in research will be demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field-relevant academic journals, or forthcoming publications, meeting high international standards; the submitted research statement; presentations at significant disciplinary conferences; grants, accolades or awards as appropriate for stage of career; and strong endorsements by referees of high stature. Demonstrated significant impact of community-collaborative work through the development and implementation of social justice and equity initiatives as demonstrated in the application materials, will also be considered as evidence of research excellence.

Evidence for excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching awards and accomplishments as appropriate for stage of career; strong letters of reference; and the teaching dossier including a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations, as well as strong letters of reference.

Candidates are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials.

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; a research statement outlining current and future research interests; a recent writing sample; and a teaching dossier which includes a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations.  

Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three referees. The University of Toronto's recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each once the application is submitted (this happens overnight). Applicants, however, remain responsible for ensuring that referees submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1‐2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.

Submission guidelines can be found at If you have any questions about this position, please contact [email protected]

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by October 25, 2021.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].

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