Forensic Anthropologist

Department: Anthropology Position: Forensic Anthropologist Rank: Open (Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor)


The Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University invites applications for a tenure track (open rank) position in forensic anthropology to be appointed beginning in autumn 2024. We seek a scientist trained in forensic anthropology with a research program grounded in biological anthropology. Research area is open; however, preferred research foci include skeletal and/or dental anthropology/biology, functional anatomy, or bioarchaeology. We seek applicants who will both augment the department’s strength in evolutionary anthropology and lead a coordinated effort to perform forensic anthropology casework in partnership with law enforcement and other medicolegal professionals in the state of Ohio. The preferred candidate will mentor and advise students in our new Forensic Anthropology major (BS) and forthcoming MS in Forensic Anthropology, with opportunities to advise PhD students in Anthropology. The hiree will oversee research and casework in the department’s new state of the art forensic laboratory. We also seek a colleague who will strengthen research and teaching links with colleagues in other units such as those in the College of Medicine and/or the College of Dentistry. Tenure-track faculty in the Department of Anthropology are expected to maintain an active research program as evidenced by journal or book publications and proposals for external funding. They are also expected to contribute to the university’s shared values (see below) through research, teaching, mentoring, and/or outreach and engagement.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in anthropology, anatomy, or a related field by August 15, 2024. Demonstrated research productivity, lab management, and forensic casework experience are required. The candidate will also have a commitment to teaching a diverse body of students with the ability to teach classes that include forensic science at introductory and advanced levels and can also include human osteology, forensic anthropology, dental anthropology, anatomy, and bioarchaeology. Appointment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

Application Instructions:

Apply to The Ohio State University Careers website at A competitive application consists of the following required elements: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, separate research and teaching statements, and names and contact information of three referees. We also invite candidates to consider providing an optional statement that reflects upon their experiences and endeavors related to OSU’s Shared Values (see below).

How to Apply: You will be presented with the opportunity to attach up to five documents in the Application Documents section. Please include the following: • Attachment 1: Cover Letter • Attachment 2: Curriculum Vitae • Attachment 3: Teaching and Mentoring Statement • Attachment 4: Research Statement • Attachment 5 (optional): Values Statement: Description of efforts that reflect Ohio State’s Shared Values.

• You will be asked for names and contact information for three reference letters at a later date.

Review of applications will begin on October 2, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg at

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