Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at the University of South Carolina seeks a biological anthropologist for a tenure-track assistant professorship beginning August 16, 2022. Geographic area of research is open. Candidates who study health and disease in living human populations and whose research and teaching complements that of existing faculty in the department are especially encouraged to apply. We are looking for scholars who focus on the biological mechanisms underlying: 1) the developmental origins of health and disease, and/or 2) health disparities in and across living populations. Applicants must have and maintain an active program of research and demonstrate success in securing extramural funding. Candidates will be expected to teach large introductory undergraduate courses, as well as courses in their area of specialization. A typical teaching load in our department is two courses per semester. We are particularly interested in scholars who will complement departmental strengths in medical anthropology and the bioarchaeology of human health and health disparities, expand department offerings relevant to the Department’s new Minor in Medical Anthropology, as well as build on university-wide strengths in global health and the College’s Minor in Medical Humanities. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Anthropology by the time of appointment.

The Department of Anthropology is highly committed to both undergraduate and graduate instruction and mentoring, offering programs leading to bachelors, masters, and Ph.D. degrees. For more information about the Department, please visit The program provides all students grounding in four-field anthropology. The department is also committed to furthering social justice initiatives, incorporating anti-racist methodologies into teaching and research programs.

The University of South Carolina System ( is comprised of the state’s flagship university in Columbia (founded in 1801 and currently one of the top 50 “Best Colleges” according to U.S. News and World Report), three regional comprehensive universities (USC Aiken, USC Beaufort and USC Upstate), and Palmetto College consisting of four two-year campuses (USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, USC Union and Fort Jackson/Extended University). Together, the USC System institutions offer more than 450 degree programs on campus and online and are uniquely positioned to meet the state’s educational, cultural, health and research needs. The System employs nearly 14,000 people who work daily to improve the lives of students, fellow South Carolinians and the world. Our diverse engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment.

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.

All applicants must fill out an online application through the University’s online employment system “USC Jobs” at Candidates must upload a CV, a cover letter describing research and teaching interests, a writing sample and the names and e-mail addresses for three references.

Complete applications must be received no later than December 15, 2021. Interested applicants can send questions or contact the search committee chair, Carlina de la Cova at .