Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Primate Genomics and Dietary Ecology, Department of Anthropology & Archaeology

The Department of Anthropology & Archaeology at the University of Calgary invites applications for a Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier II in Primate Genomics and Dietary Ecology, effective July 1, 2015. The Chair will be appointment to a tenure-track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor with tenure position and the successful candidate will be nominated for a Canada Research Chair.

The successful candidate will combine genomics research with primate behavioural ecology to provide insights into the pressures that have shaped dietary adaptations in primates. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the Chair will study the interplay of diet, the senses and the environment. Research foci may include, but are not limited to, genomic analysis of microbiomes, evolution and ecology of primate sensory systems, and reconstructing diet in extinct species.

There is an expectation that the Chair establish an extensive independent research program aligned with the University of Calgary’s Strategic Research Plan and to provide high quality teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. In addition, the Chair will be expected to actively recruit and supervise graduate students, obtain peer-review external funding and participate in industry partnerships.

Applicants must have a completed Ph.D. in Anthropology by the time of appointment, and be within 10 years of having received their PhD. Previous postdoctoral experience (or equivalent) is preferred. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate expertise in genomics and dietary ecology through a record of high impact publication and/or funding records, and teaching effectiveness. If an appointment is made at the Associate Professor level, the candidate would be expected to have evidence of effective graduate supervision and further evidence of leadership through a well-developed research plan.

The Department of Anthropology & Archaeology is a multi-track program in biological anthropology, archaeology, and socio-cultural anthropology. We offer undergraduate (B.A. and B.Sc.) and graduate (M.A. and Ph.D.) degrees. The department plays leading roles in anthropological and archaeological studies throughout the Americas as well as in Africa, Asia, and Europe and has a concentration of researchers working on primate behavioural ecology and human diets. For more information about the department, see our home page:

Along with their letter of application, applicants should provide a curriculum vitae, evidence of their highest degree attained (such as a copy of the diploma), a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research interest, and three samples of scholarly work. Applicants should also provide the names and addresses (including email address) of three referees.
Complete applications should be sent to:

Primate Genomics and Dietary Ecology search c/o Julie Boyd
Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada


The closing date for applications is January 30, 2015. Electronic applications are preferred.

Hiring will be made in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements associated with the Canada Research Chairs Program. Information about the Canada Research Chair program can be found at
The University of Calgary respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following questions: Are you legally entitled to work in Canada (Yes/No) and are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

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