Assistant Professor, Biological/Physical Anthropology


Assistant Professor, Biological/Physical Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenure-track position in Biological/Physical Anthropology, at the assistant professor level beginning July 1, 2016. The department prefers scholars focusing on human ecology, whose work speaks to our interests in human diet, health, and disease in pre-historic, historic, and contemporary populations, as well as the longue durée of human migration and environmental change and adaptation. A researcher specializing in modern methodological and technological approaches to these questions e.g. with a research focus on bone stable isotopes, trace elements, proteomics or microbiome genomics would be a particularly good fit for our department and the UCSC research community. We especially want to encourage individuals to apply that are willing to contribute to the interdisciplinary dialog between the anthropological subfields and other disciplines found on campus.

Active research projects with the potential for involving graduate students would be crucial to this position. The successful candidate will contribute to our emerging biological anthropology subfield and must demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and mentoring. The campus is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching and/or service.

RANK: Assistant Professor

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Applicant must have a Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in Anthropology or closely related field, expected to be conferred by July 1, 2016. The successful candidate must present evidence of research activity and record of teaching.

POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2016, with academic year beginning Fall 2016. Degree must be conferred by June 30, 2017 for employment beyond this date.

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. Documents/materials should be submitted as PDF files. The following documents/materials are required for the application to be complete:
• letter of application, including future research agenda/statement
• curriculum vitae
• three published or in-progress journal articles or book chapters, applicants are invited to submit up to
two additional publications
• names of three referees willing to write a letter of recommendation if solicited*
• applicants are invited to submit a diversity statement addressing contributions to diversity through
research, teaching, and service
• applicants are invited to submit teaching evaluations, and/or other evidence of exceptional research,
teaching, or service

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CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2015. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than June 30, 2017.

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