Assistant Professor – Biocultural Medical Anthropology

Date Posted: 08/09/2023
Closing Date: 10/18/2023, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 32606
Job Category: Faculty – Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Dept of Anthropology
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in Biocultural or Biosocial Medical Anthropology. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2024.

Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. degree in Biological/Evolutionary Anthropology, Biocultural Medical Anthropology, or a related area by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. The successful 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 who uses biocultural methods to investigate health inequalities in living human populations. Candidates must have expertise in analyzing the health impacts of colonialism/settler colonialism, racism, ethnic discrimination or marginalization, economic precarity, historical/intergenerational trauma, or other structural inequalities. We are also interested in applicants with demonstrated expertise in research that examines strategies for, and health indicators of, resilience and/or survivance. Candidates must demonstrate excellent skills in biomarker data collection and analysis. 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, awards or accolades as appropriate for stage of career; along with strong endorsements by referees of high standing.

Evidence of 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.

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 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.  Candidates are 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.

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 remain responsible for ensuring that referees submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date. More details on the automatic reference letter collection, including timelines, are available in the candidate FAQ.

Submission guidelines can be found at Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded to the dedicated fields. Please combine additional applications materials into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by October 18, 2023.

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

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.

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Accessibility Statement
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