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Biological / Medical Anthropologist

The Ohio State University, Department of Anthropology
Columbus, Ohio
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Nov 29, 2022

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Biological Anthropology
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Department: Anthropology
Position: RAISE: Environmental Justice and Health
Rank: Assistant/Associate Professor

The Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University invites applications for an anthropologist or scholar in an allied field to be appointed at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor beginning in autumn 2023. We seek a colleague whose research focuses on environmental injustice and its consequences for health and health disparities. Types of injustices include, but are not limited to, exposures to climate change, resource extraction, hazardous waste, pollution, or food deserts/resource insecurities. We are particularly interested in scholars who employ biocultural or developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD) frameworks and have methodological expertise (data collection/analysis) in one or more of the following areas: epigenetics, human growth/development, chronic or infectious disease, mental health, the microbiome, nutrition, psychoneuroimmunology, reproductive biology. Geographic area open.

Successful applicants will have a research program that augments the department’s strength in the areas of human biology, medical anthropology, and socio-ecological systems. This position is a part of an Ohio State University Race, Inclusion and Social Equality (RAISE) initiative interdisciplinary hiring cluster of three tenured / tenure-track faculty in the areas of Race, Resources and the Environment and Race and Health Equity. The goal of this cluster hire is to catalyze innovative and impactful community-based environmental justice research. Participating academic units include the Department of Anthropology within the College of Arts and Sciences, the Division of Environmental Public Health in the College of Public Health, and the College of Social Work. As part of a cluster hire, the preferred candidate will be expected to contribute to interdisciplinary team science that includes partnering with local communities to address the health impacts of environmental injustice. Faculty in the Department of Anthropology are expected to contribute to research and scholarship through high quality publications and the mentoring of graduate students. In the area of teaching, we seek a colleague who can play an active role in developing our rapidly growing undergraduate programs, including medical anthropology, by expanding course offerings focused on their area of expertise, teaching introductory courses, and mentoring undergraduate research.

The successful candidate will join a collaborative faculty and have opportunities to build connections with colleagues in other departments and affiliated centers and institutes across the university, including the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Institute for Population Research, the Infectious Disease Institute, among others.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in anthropology or related field before employment begins in August 2023. ABDs welcome to apply. Demonstrated research productivity and commitment to teaching are required. The candidate will have the ability to offer classes in human biology and / or medical anthropology at both undergraduate and graduate levels. We encourage applications from women and members of historically underrepresented minority groups, 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 November 4, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Barbara Piperata 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 believes in diversity in people and ideas. What Ohio State does matters. And how we do it matters. When we are at our best, we make a real difference to people. We believe that the university should be a place where people can work and learn together in a safe environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, and intimidation. As such, finalists for any faculty position that carries tenure must sign an authorization and disclosure form, which will allow current or prior employer(s) to share information to the University regarding any findings of employment-related misconduct or disciplinary proceedings against a candidate and/or any pending investigations related to alleged misconduct. Such information shall include findings and pending investigations with respect to sexual harassment, violence, or harassment; research misconduct; financial fraud or misconduct; foreign influence violations, grant misuse or misconduct; and/or any other type of finding or pending investigation relating to a candidate's employer's policies and rules governing faculty conduct that may reasonably be expected to affect a candidate's appointment. If the University becomes aware of any past finding of misconduct or pending investigations that were not disclosed, Ohio State will treat that as a serious omission and reserves the right to rescind an offer or terminate employment.

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.
  • This employer does prohibit discrimination based on gender identity/expression.
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