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Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology

University of Kansas
Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jan 14, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Other Education, Humanities, Other Humanities, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Anthropology & Archaeology
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Title

Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology



Primary Campus

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Job Description

40% Teaching/Advising
In addition to courses on DNA sequence analysis, population history modeling, and big data analytical methods relevant to the broad spectrum of career interests of students across the discipline, the new faculty member will also be expected to offer courses in biological anthropology and anthropological genetics. The standard teaching expectation is two courses per semester. All faculty are expected to:
  • Prepare for and attend all class meetings. In case of absence, faculty member must make arrangements for a substitute to teach class. Classes should not be canceled.
  • Provide instruction throughout the semester, usually 3 hours/week.
  • Develop assignments, administer tests, evaluate student work, provide feedback to students, and assign grades.
  • Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught. Be available for a minimum of three office hours each week including reasonable appointments if a student cannot meet during scheduled office hours.
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students in independent research projects.
  • Adhere to program, College, and University policies.
  • All faculty members are expected to be active in advising. All faculty members are to take their teaching and advising responsibilities seriously and to strive for excellence in the classroom.
40% Research
The successful candidate will conduct research in human evolutionary genomics to complement existing faculty research foci in human evolutionary genetics, ancient DNA analysis, biogeoarchaeology, the initial peopling of the Western Hemisphere, and regional population history. Geographic area of interest is open, but should complement existing faculty expertise in the circumarctic, the North American mid-continent, and Latin America. Tenure-track faculty members are expected to develop and maintain a research program of national and international stature that substantially advances scholarship and knowledge discovery throughout their career. Tenure-track faculty members are expected to publish in peer-reviewed journals and books, gain extramural support for their research activities, and present findings at national and international professional conferences.

20% Service
Tenure-track faculty members are expected to participate in appropriate professional activities, such as attending faculty meetings, carrying out departmental committee assignments, attending national and international meetings or conferences, serving the College and KU as appropriate, and serving the profession as a reviewer for grant proposals and manuscripts, or as an officer of a professional society.

All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Req ID(Ex: 10567BR)



The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access,, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY 9for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

Contact Information to Applicants

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Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in anthropology or related discipline by the start date of appointment.
  • One or more years of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Commitment and plan to obtain extramural grants to support research and collections.
  • Commitment to excellent and innovation in the teaching and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Commitment to teaching courses in Next-Gen sequence analysis, big data analytical methods, and additional courses in areas of expertise.

Employee Class


Advertised Salary Range

commensurate with experience



Preferred Qualifications

Position Overview

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Kansas (KU) invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position in anthropological genetics. The successful applicant will have expertise in Next-Gen sequence analysis, cross-disciplinary big data analytical methods, and research and teaching interests in human evolutionary genetics and paleogenomics. The ideal candidate will be expected to creatively use genomic data and methods to address questions in one or more of the following areas: human evolution, regional population histories, diversity of human commensal or prey species, migration, archaic admixture, evolution of pathogens and disease, and/or human adaptability. The successful candidate will also be expected to procure external funding for their research program and teach courses and engage in mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.The University of Kansas values candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically marginalized peoples. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by time of appointment.



Application Review Begins


Anticipated Start Date


Additional Candidate Instruction

Applicants should submit the following items: (a) a letter of interest, (b) full curriculum vitae, and (c) the names and email addresses for three references. The 3 references should be submitted directly to .

Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. In addition to the materials listed above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application (response must be within 4,000 characters or less):
  • Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2021 and continue until position is filled.

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