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Hiring: Tenure Track Molecular Anthropologist

October 1, 2019

Job Title: Assistant Professor

Job Opening ID: 331567

Priority Application Deadline: October 18, 2019


Required Qualifications: A Ph.D. in anthropology or closely related field is expected to be in hand at the time of the appointment. 

Preferred Qualifications: Evidence of research in the fields of one or more of the following: genomics, functional genetics, proteomics, endocrinology, immunology, quantitative genetics, epigenetics, and ancient DNA.

Candidates will be evaluated according to the overall quality of their academic preparation, the strength of their research and its relevance to the department’s academic priorities and the field of inquiry, evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and the quality of recommendations. The successful applicant will have a strong commitment to contribute at all levels of our undergraduate and graduate programs. 

About the Job

The Department of Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in biological anthropology at the assistant professor level beginning fall semester 2020 (08/31/2020).  

We seek scholars at the cutting edge of biological anthropology who critically utilize tools at the molecular scale, broadly conceived, to answer anthropological questions related to the evolution and variation of humans and/or their primate relatives. Possible research areas include, but are not limited to: genomics, functional genetics, proteomics, endocrinology, immunology, quantitative genetics, epigenetics, and ancient DNA. The appointment will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May). Appointment will be made at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, depending on qualifications and experience, and consistent with collegiate and University policy.

Faculty in the Department of Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts are expected to maintain an active program of scholarly research or creative activity that includes publication; teaching undergraduate and graduate-level courses; advising students; and contributing service appropriate for the level of appointment to the department, college, university, and profession. The holder of this position will be expected to teach two courses per semester, which will include joining the teaching rotation for a large introductory course in biological anthropology as well as developing specific undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidate’s area of expertise.

We are especially interested in candidates who, broadly conceived, enhance diversity in the department and whose interests integrate with and expand on current department expertise in evolutionary anthropology. 

Applicants are invited to review Standards for Promotion and Tenure in the Department of Anthropology and the Workload Principles and Guidelines for Regular Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts.

About the Department

Anthropology at the University of Minnesota is a four-field endeavor, with the department comprising 20 tenured or tenure-track faculty members serving 50 graduate students and teaching approximately 2,000 undergraduate students every year. Evolutionary anthropology is represented by faculty members whose research foci include primate (including human) evolution, primate behavior and ecology, taphonomy, and paleolithic archaeology. This work is supported by research laboratory space, biological and archaeological research collections, and a full-time lab manager. New faculty members are encouraged to develop interdisciplinary collaborations across the university, and can build upon current ties with programs in: Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; Earth Sciences; Heritage Studies and Public History; Academic Health Center; and Geography. 

Established in 1868, the College of Liberal Arts supports the University of Minnesota's land-grant mission as home to disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The College of Liberal Arts values diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives as key to innovation and excellent education.

The College of Liberal Arts is committed to intellectual freedom, the pursuit of new knowledge, and the belief that the liberal arts are the foundation of academic learning. CLA prepares students to be independent and original thinkers, innovators in their chosen fields; to create meaning in their lives and in their life's work; and to become productive citizens and leaders in their communities and the world.

How To Apply

Go to the University of Minnesota Office of Human Resources website. Search by the job opening number 331567. You'll find information about qualifications, a position description, and specifics on the application process.

Applications must be submitted online. You will have the opportunity to attach a cover letter and resume. Additional documents must be attached by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and can be attached after submission of the application by exiting and re-entering the Job Center, accessing your "My Job Applications" page, and uploading documents there.

The following materials must be attached to your online application:

1) letter of intent;

2) curriculum vitae; and

3) names, addresses and email contact information for three references as a separate attachment in "My Job Applications."  

Additional materials may be requested at a later date.

Questions may be addressed to search committee chair Kieran McNulty, or The priority deadline for application materials is October 18, 2019. This position will remain open until filled. To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The Department of Anthropology is committed to increasing diversity at the University of Minnesota and within the discipline. We encourage applications from scholars belonging to groups under-represented in the sciences. 

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

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