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Post-Doctoral Associate in Biological Anthropology

University of Florida
Alachua County, Florida
Closing date
Dec 3, 2023

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Position Type
Biological Anthropology
Full Time
Organization Type
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Post-Doctoral Associate


Join the DeLeon Lab in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida for an exciting NSF-funded research project on the role of dentition in growth and development of the facial skeleton. Our collaborative team combines CT and histological imaging to study mechanisms of craniodental growth across a broad range of primates and other mammals. This postdoctoral position offers a unique opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research in the field of cranial and dental development.

As a postdoctoral associate in our research team, you will gain valuable experiences in the following areas:
  • CT acquisition and diceCT imaging techniques
  • 3D virtual reconstruction
  • Histology and immunohistochemistry methodologies
  • Morphometric and statistical analyses
  • Opportunities for publication
  • Science communication

Our collaborative research group includes Dr. Valerie DeLeon at the University of Florida, Dr. Tim Smith at Slippery Rock University, and Dr. Kristen Prufrock at Washington University in St. Louis. The DeLeon Lab is centrally located on the University of Florida campus, providing access to state-of-the-art facilities and resources. In this position, you will benefit from a supportive community of faculty, graduate and undergraduate student researchers, and opportunities to learn additional methodologies at collaborator laboratories. Extensive resources for professional development at UF will help you prepare for the next steps in your career. Enjoy opportunities to interact with renowned researchers and access the extensive collections at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Gainesville, Florida offers a vibrant community surrounded by beautiful natural resources, creating a stimulating and inspiring work environment.

Must have PhD in Anthropology, Biology, or related subject. This position will be initially awarded for one year, and, contingent upon strong performance and conduct and availability of funds, may be renewed for up to one additional year.

We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through their scholarship, mentoring, and professional service. Please see for more information about diversity and inclusion in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Expected Salary:

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the compensation includes a full benefits package

Minimum Requirements:

Ph.D. in Anthropology, Biology, or a related field

Strong background in dental or cranial development research

Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates with one or more of the following qualifications will be given preference:
  • Previous research experience in cranial or dental development
  • Proficiency in geometric morphometrics and coding (e.g., R or Python)
  • Familiarity with CT acquisition and image post-processing software (e.g., 3dSlicer)
  • Evidence of science communication, including social media, blog posts, or public outreach

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online. Click on Apply Now at the top of this posting.

A complete application includes (1) a letter of application summarizing the applicant's qualifications, interests, and suitability for the position, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, (3) a statement on research goals, and (4) a list of at least three references. After initial review, letters of recommendation will be requested from the references for selected applicants.

Applications will be reviewed beginning June 15, 2023, and the position will remain open until filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed at this time. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "Issued to Student" is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

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