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Assistant Professor, Biological Anthropologist

Position overview

Position title: Biological Anthropologist
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: July 1, 2022

Application Window

Open date: November 22nd, 2021

Most recent review date: Thursday, Dec 23, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description


The University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Anthropology, Integrative Anthropological Sciences (IAS) Unit, is currently accepting applications for a scientist with a research program addressing health disparities from evolutionary and/or ecological perspectives. Someone studying health consequences of inequality in human populations is preferred but a focus on other primates, if directly relevant to humans, will also be considered.

Expertise should include at least one of the following subfields: ecological immunology, host-parasite dynamics, disease ecology, social determinants of health, nutritional ecology, microbiome, human-environment dynamics, energetics, growth and development, evolutionary medicine, reproductive ecology, infectious disease, aging, life course epidemiology, genomics, or related areas of study. The applicant’s research program should effectively complement and augment existing strengths to advance the mission of the IAS Unit and also contribute expertise to the Broom Center for Demography. Geographical area of specialization is open.

Candidates must have a theoretically rigorous research program grounded in laboratory techniques; those who also have a field component are preferred. The successful candidate will help direct the Biobehavioral Health Laboratory, teach at least one lab-based course and upper-division courses in human biology, social epidemiology or evolutionary anthropology, and other areas related to the candidate’s specialization.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

All applicants must have completed all requirements of a Ph.D (or equivalent) in Anthropology or related socialscience field with pending filing status upon application submission.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

A Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Anthropology or a related social scientific field is required by the time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications
  • Proven ability to mentor graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Evidence of successfully applying for and obtaining extramural funding.
  • Subfield expertise that intersects with the study of health disparities.
  • Research program grounded in laboratory techniques with field component is preferred.
  • Knowledge of day to day administrative functions associated with the directing of a Biobehavioral Health Laboratory preferred.
  • History of teaching lab-based upper division courses.
  • Past studies relating to the health consequences of inequality in human populations is preferred but a focus on other primates directly relevant to humans will also be considered.
  • Evidence and/or promise of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in an academic community through research, teaching, professional activities, personal experience and/or service, as applicable.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - One page cover letter emphasizing fit to the position and the IAS Unit.

  • Research Activity - 1-2 page statement detailing past and current research experience along with 5 year research plan.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - A maximum 2-page statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion will advance UCSB’s commitment to inclusive excellence.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Publications - Three representative publications.

  • Statement of Teaching - 1-2 page personal teaching statement.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Applicants who advance to the long list of 10-15 candidates will have their references contacted by the department. All applicants should provide 3 names with email contact information only.

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 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.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA