Assistant Professor in Biological Anthropology (Comparative Human Biology)

The Department of Archaeology is seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor in Comparative Human Biology, to start on 1 September 2022 or as soon after as possible. The successful candidate will be active in research and committed to teach comparative human biology. Applications are welcome in all branches of the field, including (but not limited to): nutrition and energy allocation; reproduction, growth, and development; and health and disease. Preference may be given to those with an interdisciplinary research focus that relates to other aspects of Biological Anthropology.

The successful candidate will play a key role in the formulation of a new generation of intellectually driven research and undergraduate and graduate teaching in biological anthropology, working within the framework and opportunities of a radically enlarged new Department committed to interdisciplinary approaches. The successful candidate is also expected to contribute actively to the University's aim of developing wider strategic connections and initiatives. The appointment made will be permanent, subject to a probationary period of five years. Candidates will need to show evidence of the following qualifications, skills, and experience:

Excellent first degree and a doctorate (or clear evidence that completion of such a doctorate is imminent) in a relevant biological field. Evidence of the ability to engage in internationally outstanding research. Publications and participation in scholarly activity commensurate with the stage of career. Evidence of the ability to initiate and engage in international collaborations, including grant acquisition. Evidence of the ability to teach in undergraduate core courses in biological anthropology relevant to comparative human biology, and develop and teach specialist courses at undergraduate and graduate level in their fields of expertise. Evidence of the ability to teach and research across disciplinary boundaries relevant to the current context of biological anthropology at Cambridge – archaeology, zoology, biological and biomedical sciences and psychological and behavioural sciences. Ability to play an effective role in the life and work of the Department and University as a whole. Ability to work co-operatively with academic colleagues and support staff. Ability to work as a willing and effective contributor on Departmental, Faculty and University committees and work groups.

The successful applicant will benefit from the outstanding facilities offered by the University and the generous support of research and teaching provided by the Department and McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. The post-holder will take a full share of teaching within the range of core and thematic papers and modules taught within the Department at all levels, from first year undergraduate to doctoral research. Duties of the role will also include examination, assessment, administration, and outreach.

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Applications should include a personal statement indicating the nature of the contribution that they would make to teaching, a statement of research (achievements and plans), a curriculum vitae, a full list of all publications, and the names and contact details of THREE referees. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Applicants should inform their referees that we will request a reference upon receipt of their application.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to submit three samples of published work or extracts of published work totalling no more than 20,000 words in length. Those invited for interview will be asked to make a short presentation, meet staff and students individually and in groups, and will have an interview with the Appointments Committee.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Tamsin O'Connell, Head of Department, For any questions about the application process, please contact the HR team (

Please quote reference JD29898 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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