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Assistant Professor

McMaster University
Closing date
Oct 2, 2022

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Biological Anthropology
Full Time
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Level of Experience

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Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology
McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and, within the lands protected by the Dish With One Spoon wampum agreement.

Tenure-Track Position, Biological Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Social Sciences at McMaster University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the level of Assistant Professor. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2023.  

We expect the person who fills this position to have demonstrated an emerging record of research accomplishments. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  We are seeking to appoint a biological anthropologist with research and teaching interests in disease, either infectious or non-communicable, in humans. Specialty is open but we will give preference to those who use molecular, genetic, chemical, and/or epidemiological methods to explore biocultural components of health.

The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Anthropology or a related discipline at the time of appointment and should have a demonstrated record of teaching excellence at the undergraduate level.  They will also demonstrate strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence in support of the department’s programs.  At the undergraduate level, the appointee will be expected to teach introductory as well as more advanced courses in an area of their expertise.  At the graduate level, the appointee will teach courses and supervise students as their contribution to the Master’s and Ph.D. programs in Anthropology.  The person who fills this position is expected to contribute to the department’s supportive and collegial working environment, and to make substantive contributions through service to the department, the Faculty of Social Sciences, the University, and/or the broader community.

McMaster University consistently ranks among the top 5 research-intensive universities in Canada and among the top 100 universities worldwide.  It has a strong focus on community-based research and experiential learning that complements classroom studies with hands-on experience.  The Department of Anthropology provides a strong, supportive, and collaborative research culture, building the research capacity of faculty and graduate students. 

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.

The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities (“visible minorities”), persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+. 

As part of McMaster’s commitment, all applicants are invited to complete a confidential Applicant Diversity Survey through the online application submission process. The Survey questionnaire requests voluntary self-identification in relation to equity-seeking groups that have historically faced and continue to face barriers in employment. Please refer to McMaster's Equity and Inclusion office for information on the survey.  Inquiries about the Diversity Survey may be directed to

How to apply

Applicants should submit the following materials through the University’s electronic portal: to the attention of Dr. Andy Roddick, Chair, Department of Anthropology, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1:

  • Cover letter Curriculum Vitae Statement of research Teaching dossier Statement describing any contributions made or planned in relation to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion or inclusive excellence in teaching, research or service within higher education, community-based or other profession settings (2-page maximum) Provide the names of three referees; letters of reference are not required and will not be reviewed at the application stage; the Department will request letters of recommendation from referees at later stages of the search process.

The Department will begin reviewing applications on October 1, 2022. The position will remain open until it is filled.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship. However, all applications must include one of the following statements:

  • Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Vaccination Policy Statement

The University is committed to providing and maintaining healthy and safe working and learning environments for all employees, students, volunteers and visitors.  In accordance with the University’s Vaccination Policy, effective October 18, 2021, all McMaster community members, including employees, accessing a McMaster campus or facility in person are required to be fully vaccinated or to have received an exemption from the University for a valid human rights ground. This is a term and condition of employment. The University will continue to follow the guidance of public health organizations to define fully vaccinated status.   

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact:

  • Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247), or Faculty of Health Sciences HR Office at ext. 22207, or School of Graduate Studies at ext. 23679

to communicate accommodation needs.



Academic department at a medium-sized university in Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA. More than 25,000 full-time students attend McMaster University, 2500 of whom are pursuing advanced degrees offered through the School of Graduate Studies. Most of the 2,000 members of the University faculty hold doctoral degrees in their areas of specialization. Faculty members are expected to teach both graduate and undergraduate courses.
This employer does prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation/preference.
This employer does prohibit discrimination based on gender identity/expression.
This employer does not offer health insurance benefits to eligible partners.
This employer does not appear on the AAUP list of censured institutions.

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