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Assistant Professor (Biological Anthropology - Human Biology) (pending position number)

University of Hawaii System
Wake Island, Hawaii
Closing date
Jul 19, 2024

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Position Type
Research Scientist / Analyst
Biological Anthropology
Full Time
Organization Type

Title: Assistant Professor (Human Biology)

Position Number: Pending Position Number

Hiring Unit: UHM College of Social Sciences - Department of Anthropology

Location: Manoa Campus

Date Posted: 09/25/2023

Closing Date: Continuous; review of applications to begin December 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by December 1, 2023 will be given priority.

Salary Information: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Monthly Type: 9 Month

Tenure Track: Tenure

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Temporary/Permanent: Permanent

Other Conditions:

The Department of Anthropology, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawai'i at Manoa (Honolulu, Hawai'i) invites applicants for the position of Assistant Professor (I-3) in Biological Anthropology, with a focus in Human Biology. This is a 9-month, full-time, permanent, tenure track position, to begin August 1, 2024, subject to position clearance and availability of funds.

Our department and university have a strong commitment to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of diverse applicants. We encourage women and members of underrepresented groups to apply. More information about the Department of Anthropology is available at

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Contribute to the investigation of modern human variation, including the study of human population biodiversity, epidemiology, evolutionary medicine, adaptation, nutrition and diet, energetics and health, and life history, from an anthropological perspective;
  • Actively contribute to growing our biological anthropology program, as well as contributing to expanding our medical anthropology specialization;
  • Teach introductory-level as well as upper division and graduate-level classes in biological anthropology and service-related classes; at least some courses offered are expected to expand the offerings in our medical anthropology specialization;
  • Develop an active research program and a strategic vision that includes fieldwork among the communities of Hawai'i, the Pacific and/or Asia;
  • Mentor and supervise undergraduate, MA and PhD students;
  • Provide service to the department, college, university, and relevant professional communities;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Department Chair.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • PhD in Anthropology or closely related field from a university of recognized standing;
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research and teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in biological anthropology;
  • Record of scholarly and instructional achievement or promise in the field as evidenced by teaching, publications, and research;
  • Demonstrated ability (or for recent PhDs, demonstrated potential) to successfully compete for extramural and intramural research and training grants (e.g., NIH, NSF, etc.);
  • A publication record that indicates accomplishment and a promising forward trajectory;
  • Demonstrated ability to think and work across disciplines and subdisciplines;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully engage with local communities.

Desirable Qualifications:
  • Geographical expertise across the Asia-Pacific region and the Pacific islands, though other regions will be considered.
  • Demonstrated engagement with important contemporary health issues, including policy-relevant topics such as, for example, health disparities in contemporary populations, and the impacts of epidemics (e.g., COVID-19) on Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and Asian communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop comparative projects that situate Hawai'i, the Pacific and/or Asia in a broader global health context.
  • Demonstrated ability to create opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Prior teaching and/or postdoctoral experience.
  • Demonstrated interest in, and the potential to contribute to justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

To Apply:

Click on the "Apply" button on the top right corner of the screen to complete an application and attach the following required documents:
  • Detailed cover letter stating how you fit the position description and satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, while also summarizing your Teaching, Research, and Service;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • One (1) writing sample (representative peer reviewed journal article or dissertation chapter);
  • One (1) sample syllabus for an upper division Human Biology class that you would offer here.

Letters of reference will be requested for long list candidates. Finalists must be prepared to submit copies of official transcripts prior to a campus visit. Official transcripts will be required for hire.

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Eirik Saethre, Chair; 808-946-8193;

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Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.

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