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Assistant Professor in Biological Anthropology

Vanderbilt University, Department of Anthropology
Nashville, Tennessee
Closing date
Dec 3, 2021

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Biological Anthropology
Full Time
Aging and Life Course, Area Studies, Latin American / Caribbean Studies, Other
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Description: Assistant Professor in Biological Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in biological anthropology. We seek a scholar with an active research agenda that focuses on biocultural processes related to health and disease within Latin American or Caribbean populations. Candidates who study living populations and topics related to health and disease, diet and nutrition, growth and development, and related themes are encouraged to apply. Research agendas with clear theoretical foundations in the scholarly fields of evolutionary medicine and the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) will be viewed favorably.

Candidates should have an active lab and/or field research program that can involve undergraduates and graduate students, as well as a demonstrated commitment to community collaborations and public engagement. We seek a scholar with holistic training in anthropology or the social sciences. Candidates who exhibit a deep commitment to research, graduate education, and show a strong record and ongoing potential for obtaining external grants and publishing in refereed journals are an ideal fit with the University mission.

The teaching load is 2:2, which will include an introductory Biological Anthropology course, taught on a rotating basis, mid- to upper-level subfield-specific courses for the curriculum, and undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidate’s research specialties. We are particularly interested in candidates who show promise in connecting with other research units on campus such as CLACX (, Evolutionary Studies Initiative  (, and/or the Institute for Global Health (, among others.

The College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University is a highly selective liberal arts college at the heart of a major research university. It seeks to attract a diverse student body of high promise and ability from throughout the United States and the international community. Its mission is to engage in significant and innovative research, scholarship, and creative expression in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, to offer distinguished, well-taught programs of undergraduate and graduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, and to foster service to society overall.

Vanderbilt University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer with a strong institutional commitment to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of faculty and to teaching students who are diversified by gender, race/ethnicity, and other social locations.

It ranks in the top 15 National Universities and is in the heart of Music City, Nashville, TN, which is consistently rated as an exciting and affordable place to live (

Qualifications: PhD must be in-hand no later than August 15, 2022, when employment starts at the beginning of Fall 2022 term.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit:

  1. a cover letter addressed to Dr. Jada Benn Torres, chair of the search committee, summarizing fit for the position.
  2. full curriculum vitae.
  3. a one-page research statement.
  4. a one-page teaching philosophy statement.
  5. a one-page statement describing contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion in research and teaching;
  6. contact information for three recommenders.

Submit these materials directly to .

Questions: Please direct questions to Dr. Jada Benn Torres at

Deadlines: We will begin reviewing applications on December 3, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.



an•thro•pol•o•gy:  the broadly-based study of humankind that draws its methods from both the sciences and humanities and includes the fields of cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistics.Vanderbilt's Department of Anthropology emphasizes these subdisciplines to achieve a better understanding of the world, past and present. The members of the faculty are internationally prominent for their research and publications on the New World, especially Mesoamerica, the Andes, and Amazonia. The department maintains research interests and active field programs in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Brazil, Bolivia, Columbia, Peru, Argentina, and Chile. Members of the department and its students participate in the activities of the  Center for Latin American Studies , the  Center for Digital Humanities , and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities . These affiliations enhance and enrich undergraduate and graduate teaching of anthropology at Vanderbilt.

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