Postdoctoral Scholar in Evolutionary Anthropology

The Anthropology Department at the University of California-Santa Barbara, invites applications for a full-time Postdoctoral Scholar position in the area of evolutionary or biocultural anthropology. The position will remain open until filled, but applicants are advised to submit their applications by May 31, 2016 for primary consideration. Start date could be as early as July 1, 2016, but can flexibly begin through January 2017 with potential for 2+ multi-year renewal contingent on satisfactory performance.

Ideal applicants will have broad interests in the evolutionary anthropology of living humans. The applicant will have the opportunity to collaborate on a variety of research projects covering biomedical themes ranging from human biodemography, aging and lifespan, growth, epidemiology of chronic disease in indigenous populations, to biosocial themes emphasizing the role of family dynamics and social networks in buffering against risks, cooperative breeding, evolution of personality, social status, and determinants of psychological well-being. Many of these topics are studied by the Tsimane Health and Life History Project (see and for past and current projects) and the successful candidate will work directly with Michael Gurven. Extensive quantitative skills, including multilevel modeling, longitudinal data analysis, database organization and management, and programming are required. Additional mathematical modeling skills and a broad, comparative perspective are also desirable.

Ph.D. in anthropology, demography, human biology, evolutionary biology, biostatistics or related field at the time of appointment is required and applicants must have demonstrated effectiveness in research through peer-reviewed scientific publications.

Terms and conditions of employment are subject to UC policy and any appropriate collective bargaining agreement. Annual salary will be in the range of $46,000 to $53,000, plus $5,000 of research funds, depending on experience and qualifications. Fringe benefits such as medical, dental, disability and vision insurance also included.

Please email a cover letter, CV with names and addresses of three referees, 1-2 page description of research achievements, 1-2 page description of research goals, and copies of two publications (drafts acceptable) to: Dr. Michael Gurven, Professor,

Information about the UCSB Department of Anthropology, and the Integrative Anthropological Sciences Unit, is available through the Department’s Home Page, The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.