Assistant Professor in Biological Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Biological Anthropology. This is a full-time, 9-month appointment beginning August 1, 2024. The ideal candidate will have a broad background in evolutionary anthropology and will have an active research program that complements the research of the current biological faculty. The successful candidate will conduct research, mentor PhD and undergraduate students, teach a 2-2 course load including undergraduate and graduate courses, and participate in service at the department, college, and university levels.

Required Qualifications: Candidates should possess a PhD in Anthropology or related field by the time of appointment. Candidates should have an active field/lab-based research program, peer-reviewed research publications, demonstrated success in obtaining competitive grants for research, and prior teaching experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.

Preferred Qualifications: A research focus (paleoanthropology, paleoprimatology, primatology) or area of interest (Africa, Asia) that overlaps with that of current faculty would be ideal, though individuals with other experience and/or foci are nonetheless encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions: Applications received by November 6, 2023 will receive full consideration, and review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Application materials include a 1-2 page cover letter; a current CV with names and contact information of three references; a statement of current and future research plans (no more than 2 pages); a statement of teaching and mentoring philosophy and experience (no more than 2 pages). All application materials must be submitted through InterFolio using the following link: Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Sharon Gursky, Chair of the Biological Anthropology Search Committee at

About the department: The Department of Anthropology is comprised of 26 full-time faculty in four distinct programs: cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, nautical archaeology, and terrestrial archaeology. It also features the Center for the Study of the First Americans and the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation, and is closely affiliated with the non-profit Institute of Nautical Archaeology. The department’s faculty straddle the social sciences and humanities, engaging in quantitative and qualitative research to answer questions about living primates; distant and recent human ancestry; human biology, culture, and genetics; and the technologies that facilitated the global dispersal of our species. The department maintains numerous laboratories including the Zooarchaeology Lab (primarily composed of North American specimens), Conservation Research Lab, Analytical Archaeology Lab, Bioarchaeology and Genomics Lab, Palynology Lab, and Radiocarbon and Isotope Preparation Lab.

About the university: The main campus of Texas A&M University in College Station is a public land-grant institution with nearly 70,000 students. It serves undergraduate students who are primarily from the State of Texas, along with a graduate student and faculty body from around the world. It is a member of the Association of American Universities, and its tenure-track faculty are evaluated on their research, teaching, and service records. Texas A&M University provides equal opportunity for employment to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Texas A&M University is located in Bryan-College Station, a vibrant, dynamic community that offers cultural diversity, arts and entertainment, job opportunities, and overall quality of life. The community’s low cost of living is advantageous to the student and general populations, making it an ideal place to live.