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Biological Anthropologist

Ohio State University, Department of Anthropology
Columbus, Ohio
Closing date
Oct 7, 2022

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Biological Anthropology
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The Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University invites applications for a biological anthropologist to be appointed beginning in autumn 2023. We seek an anatomically trained scientist with a research program grounded in evolutionary biology. Research area is open; however, preferred research foci include skeletal/dental biology, biomechanics, functional morphology, and/or paleoanthropology. We seek applicants who will augment the department’s strength in evolutionary anthropology, contributing to ongoing research in skeletal adaptation, functional morphology, dental anthropology, bioarchaeology, and primate (including hominin) evolution. The preferred candidate will also strengthen research and teaching links with colleagues in other units such as those in the College of Medicine, the College of Dentistry, and/or the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences. An ability to contribute to the department’s growing forensic science program is a bonus, but not required. Assistant professors in the Department of Anthropology are expected to maintain an active research program as evidenced by journal or book publications and proposals for external funding. We also seek a colleague who will mentor graduate and undergraduate students.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in anthropology or a closely related field. Demonstrated research productivity and commitment to teaching are required. The candidate will have the ability to offer a range of classes that can include osteology, dental anthropology, anatomy, paleoanthropology, bioarchaeology, and/or forensics at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Appointment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

About Columbus:

The Ohio State University campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the Midwest’s fastest-growing city and the nation’s 14th largest city. Columbus offers a diverse array of welcoming neighborhoods and a vibrant arts and culture scene. Additional information about all that the Columbus area has to offer is available at

Application Instructions:

Apply to Academic Jobs Online at: A complete application consists of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research, teaching and diversity statements, and three letters of reference. The diversity statement should articulate your demonstrated commitments and capacities to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, mentoring, and/or outreach and engagement. Review of applications will begin on September 24 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg at

The Ohio State University is committed to enhancing academic excellence. Recruiting, supporting, and retaining faculty of the highest caliber is a core component of this commitment. In support of this, The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) has created the Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation (DCFR) to focus on supporting new and prospective faculty. This support includes dual careers services, consultation and resources related to relocation, as well as identifying opportunities to engage on campus and the surrounding community. While employment opportunities are not guaranteed, resources and consultation are available to support the partners of new and prospective faculty as they are considering The Ohio State University and throughout their transition.

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. Over the next few years, The Ohio State University is committed to welcoming 350 new faculty hires, many of which will contribute to growing our role as a premier research university equipped to answer and interrogate the critical domestic and global societal challenges that deter equality and inclusion. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. 

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.


The OSU anthropology program is empirically oriented, emphasizing research and teaching in the evolution, ecology, diet, adaptation, and health of past and living populations. Ohio State offers a diverse, challenging work environment and supports growth and personal achievement through education and awards. The university offers one of the most comprehensive benefit packages in the nation.

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  • This employer does prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation/preference.
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