Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology

The Anthropology Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Biological Anthropology beginning fall semester 2024.

Applicants must have expertise in both bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. We are searching for an anthropologically grounded biological anthropologist.

We require that the candidate demonstrate an active research program in bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. Candidate’s research interests should complement but not duplicate those of current departmental members. The candidate’s research agenda in bioarchaeology or skeletal biology should be demonstrated by funding, publications, presentations, and projects. Forensic anthropological expertise should be evident by means of previous forensic anthropological casework, demonstrating an ability to apply osteological and forensic skills to law enforcement cases (e.g., forensic casework, field recovery, authoring case reports, expert witness). The successful candidate will be able to teach a 2-2 course load of introductory courses in biological anthropology, elective undergraduate courses, and graduate courses in areas of specialization.

The successful candidate should be willing to assist in supervising/overseeing forensic anthropology casework for southern Nevada at the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner. In addition, preference will be given to candidates with a plan of action to recruit and mentor graduate students in the department’s MA and PhD program and to those who have a plan for obtaining external funding for research. Visit our website at


This position requires a Ph.D. from an accredited college or university as recognized by the United States Department of Education and/or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and must be prepared to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses. Credentials must be obtained prior to the start date.


Preference will be given to candidates with active bioarcheological field programs and complementary laboratory research for the integration and training of students. The department seeks candidates who plan to actively pursue board certification with the American Board of Forensic Anthropology (ABFA).


A successful candidate will support diversity, equity, and inclusiveness and contribute to a respectful, positive work environment. They will use our Campus Values to guide their decisions and actions and demonstrate our Rebel spirit.


Submit a letter of interest, a detailed CV listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. References will not be contacted until the search chair notifies you in advance.

Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.

Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates’ materials will begin on December 28, 2023.

Materials should be addressed to Dr. Jennifer Byrnes, Search Committee Chair, and must be submitted through Workday, as we do not accept emailed materials. For assistance with the application process, please contact UNLV Human Resources at (702) 895-3504 or