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Assistant Professor, Medical Anthropology

University of British Columbia, Department of Anthropology
Vancouver, British Columbia (CA)
Closing date
Sep 20, 2021

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Position Type
Full Time
Medical Anthropology
Organization Type
Level of Experience
Any level of experience considered
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The Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in Medical Anthropology to begin July 1, 2022.

We seek to hire an exceptional emerging scholar who is broadly trained, with evidence of innovative theoretical and ethnographic engagement. The theoretical focus is open, but we especially welcome those with expertise in the anthropology of health, culture, medicine and well-being in cross-cultural contexts; gender and reproductive health; biopolitics and the lived realities of structural and health inequalities. We seek a colleague whose work would complement existing departmental strengths, and while the geographic area is open, we especially aim to build expertise in Asia, including South Asia and East Asia, and the Pacific.

The Department has a long tradition of community engagement and collaboration with the people with whom we conduct research, and we also welcome approaches informed by critical medical anthropology . We are actively seeking to recruit from a diverse pool of applicants. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous scholars and from minority groups underrepresented in post-secondary institutions in North America.

Candidates must be able to teach general courses in cultural anthropology along with courses in their area of expertise both at undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as mentor undergraduate and graduate students. They must also have a demonstrated record of outstanding teaching and an evident trajectory of an excellent research program. Candidates will be expected to do research in their area of expertise and provide service to the university. The start date for the position would be July 1, 2022. While a Ph.D. in Anthropology is preferred, applicants who will have successfully defended the Ph.D. dissertation by the position start date will be considered.

Review of applications will begin on September 20, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply through the Department of Anthropology portal (Please use the following link to apply): 

Applicants should be prepared to upload the following in the order listed (single PDF file): 1) a letter of application that includes a statement of research and teaching interests; 2) a curriculum vita; 3) a one-page statement of teaching philosophy; 4) evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. teaching evaluations and/or course syllabi; 10 pages max); 5) sample research publications; 6) a one-page statement about experience working with a diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion; 7) and a list of 3 references. Only complete applications will be considered.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a
deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.


The Faculty of Arts aims to create and disseminate knowledge through the teaching, learning, research, professional practice, artistic production and performances of its faculty and of its students. We aim to educate within a context of freedom of inquiry and intellectual curiosity.The Department of Anthropology advances the study and constructive understanding of human diversity and commonality, across the globe and throughout the long span of human existence. We pursue this aim through excellence in research, teaching, and community collaboration, grounded in multiple analytical and interpretive methods that share a commitment to field and museum-based inquiry.

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