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The Department of Anthropology at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track position in evolutionary ecology at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2021. 


We seek diverse candidates who complement this historical strength of the department and take a quantitative, empirical approach to the study of human behavior, biology, or evolution. Our Department is committed to removing barriers that have been traditionally encountered by individuals from underrepresented groups; strives to recruit faculty who will further enhance our diversity; and makes every attempt to support their academic, professional, and personal success while they are here. We recognize that a diverse faculty benefits and enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. The University of Utah offers benefits to spouses, and to same- and different-sex domes.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Anthropology or a related field by the time of appointment, an established record of high-quality research indicated by external funding and publications, and evidence of relevant teaching and field work experience. A competitive application will present evidence of teaching and research excellence, or potential for the same. We seek candidates whose research, teaching and service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to engagement and inclusion of culturally diverse audiences. 

Application Deadline February 1, 2021

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The University of Utah has one of the oldest Anthropology programs in the nation. Since the 1980s, the Department of Anthropology has played a leading international role in developing and applying the theoretical perspective of Evolutionary Ecology within the discipline of Anthropology. This fosters a unique context for intra-departmental collaboration involving evolutionary genetics, modern human behavior, and archaeology, and is an important basis for our national and international stature. The strength of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Utah lies in our shared perspective and collaborative approach to the study of human variation and evolution. Our faculty members engage in cutting edge research that crosses disciplinary and sub disciplinary lines to address questions about human biology, behavior, culture and evolution. The Department houses research units including an ethnography lab and the University of Utah Archaeological Center. There are also laboratories for isotope analyses, study of modern and ancient DNA and human and animal biology as well as population and computational genetics. Many members of the Department work actively within the Utah Museum of Natural History

The University of Utah has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the 115 research universities with the “highest research activity” in the nation and is the flagship of the Utah System of Higher Education. The University is located in Salt Lake City at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains. This location offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation, with ten world-class ski resorts and five national parks within hours of the city. Salt Lake City is the center of a metropolitan area with a population of approximately one million residents, has extensive arts and cultural activities, and has a major international airport with a Delta Airlines hub and direct flights to most U.S. cities and direct international flights to Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Mexico City. The area has received international recognition for its new light rail system, foodie culture, downtown renewal, and increasing diversity. In 2017, U.S News and World report ranked Salt Lake City as the 10th best place to live in the nation.

Salt Lake City is home to a robust array of diverse communities facilitating numerous opportunities for interaction with a range of civic and political organizations, given the city’s role as the governmental and social nerve center of the state. Utah public schools serve a diverse student body (statewide average: eight percent ELs and twenty-six percent non-white), notably higher in its urban districts. Utah is also home to the first state-legislated and funded K-16 dual language education model in the country.

Last Updated: 12/9/20