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Assistant Professor

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor. This full time, 9-month position is funded by a strategic university program (the STAR program). Specifically, we seek a scholar who can contribute to the diversity and inclusion mission of our department, with an expertise in Evolutionary Genomics or a closely related field. As noted on the STAR program website, the university is “particularly interested in scholars with the potential to bring to their academic careers the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education.” Many STEM disciplines have been historically lacking in diversity, and because Biological Anthropology is both a STEM and social science discipline, it is in the unique position to foster the development of scholars that straddle the boundaries between these two areas. We are interested in scholars conducting research in such diverse topics as the evolutionary history of our species, disease-host co-evolution (e.g., malaria), genetics of diseases more broadly (e.g. cancer), ancient DNA, paleoproteomics , the evolution of human adaptation (including high altitude, skin color, and lactose tolerance adaptations), nutrition, behavior, and forensics.  

The applicant will be expected to have an active research program in the field of evolutionary genomics or closely related field, and to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in biological anthropology. The regular teaching commitment for department faculty is three courses per academic year.

Who We Are

We are a vibrant unit with strengths in cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and archaeology. Our shared vision of Anthropology:  the study of people, both ancient and modern, in their cultural, biological, and environmental contexts. The discipline incorporates a wide range of theoretical and methodological traditions, drawing on and contributing to approaches in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. We assert that the diversity of anthropology is the source of both its uniqueness and its greatest strength as a discipline. As the only field to address all aspects of the human experience – cultural, biological, historical – anthropology provides both a broad vision of what it is to be human as well as creative synergies unavailable to other disciplines within the human sciences and humanities. We view the subdisciplines of cultural anthropology, archaeology, and biological anthropology as important foundations of our program because of their well-defined fields of study. Yet we also believe that recent trends in anthropological thought offer creative new directions that cut across and bridge the subdisciplines.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

We expect the successful candidate will 
  • Teach three courses per year including introductory and upper-division undergraduate courses and graduate courses in biological anthropology. 
  • Maintain a high-quality research record as documented by publications and the ability to secure external funding.  
  • Mentor and advise Ph.D. students and undergraduate majors.  
  • Participate in departmental meetings.

What You Should Know

The appointment will begin in August 2020.

What We Can Offer

The intended salary for this position is $83,000 - $93,000.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Ph.D. in biological anthropology or a closely related field by the time of appointment.

What You Will Need

  • Expertise in evolutionary genomics or related field.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • An established record of high-quality research as documented by publications and the ability to secure external funding.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover letter
  3. Please include a writing sample/sample of work
  4. Statement of teaching philosophy
  5. Statement of research philosophy
  6. Diversity and inclusion statement - please address how you have contributed to diversity and inclusion in the higher education setting within teaching, service, and/or research.
  7. You will be asked by our system to provide three (3) professional references. These individuals will be contacted and asked to submit a letter of recommendation as part of your application materials at a later time. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.
Review of applications will begin on January 1st. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Application materials are accepted electronically via CU Boulder Jobs. 

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Diana WIlson

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The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.