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Professor in Social Anthropology – AC1027SB

University of St Andrews
St Andrews (GB)
By negotiation
Closing date
Jan 4, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty, Tenured
Full Time
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University of St Andrews

School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies

Professor in Social Anthropology – AC1027SB

The Department of Social Anthropology within the School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies seeks to appoint a Professor in Social Anthropology. We seek a dynamic, leading scholar with an internationally recognised research profile, an enthusiasm for designing and delivering innovative teaching, engagement in impact activities beyond academia, and a readiness to participate substantially in the overall running of the Department. The successful candidate will be expected to have a range of interests both within Social Anthropology and reaching across to other disciplines, to be active in research publication that complements and extends the subject areas currently represented in the Department, and to be capable of teaching and supervising on the subject to undergraduate and postgraduate students from a wide range of backgrounds.

Candidates must hold a PhD in Social Anthropology or a cognate discipline. Excellent communication skills, a keenness to promote knowledge exchange, and a demonstrated capacity for taking on leadership roles are essential. There must also be an established track record of publishing and grant capture, and ideally the potential for development of an impact case study for the current REF cycle or a future one. An evidenced commitment to collegiality and teamwork, whether in research projects, administrative roles, and/or supporting and mentoring early career colleagues, is essential.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr Melissa Demian, Head of Department ( or Professor Christos Lynteris (

Employees of the University have access to a wide range of staff benefits including:

  • Annual leave of 34 days, plus 5 public holidays
  • Financial contribution to relocation
  • Membership of the USS Pension Scheme with generous employer contributions
  • A hybrid working environment, including partial homeworking where appropriate and a range of family friendly policies
  • Staff discount scheme for local and national goods and services
  • Free staff parking, employee Carshare and Cycle to Work Schemes and subsidised local bus travel
  • Subsidised sports membership, reduced tuition fees on degree programmes for staff/children of staff, access to library facilities, salary sacrifice scheme and a range of wellbeing initiatives

Applications are particularly welcome from women, people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented in academic posts at the University.  

Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the St Andrews experience.  We strive to create a fair and inclusive culture demonstrated through our commitment to diversity awards (Athena Swan, Carer Positive, LGBT Charter and Race Charters). We celebrate diversity by promoting profiles of BAME, LGBTIQ+ staff and supporting networks including the Staff BAME Network; Staff with Disabilities Network; Staff LGBTIQ+ Network; and the Staff Parents & Carers Network.  Full details available online:

Closing Date:  4 January 2024                           

Interview Date:  8 February 2024


We encourage applicants to apply online via the APPLY button however if you are unable to do this, please call +44 (0)1334 462571 for an application pack. 

Please quote ref:  AC1027SB


The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland (No SC013532).

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