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Assistant Research Professor in Anthropology of Human Health

Penn State University
University Park, Pennsylvania
Closing date
Jun 2, 2024

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Research Scientist / Analyst
Full Time
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The Department of Anthropology at Penn State is seeking an Assistant Research Professor with exceptional research potential to join the RISK lab, led by Sagan Friant (

The Assistant Research Professor will conduct interdisciplinary research on human-environment interactions and human health. Specifically, they will help lead the collection and analysis of ethnographic, ecological, and epidemiological data on human-environment interactions and risk factors for zoonotic disease, focusing on Lassa fever.

This position will be based at Penn State's University Park campus, but the Assistant Research Professor will be expected to travel to and contribute to field research in rural Nigeria for extended periods of time, where they will work collaboratively with local communities, local government agencies, and interdisciplinary One Health teams to collect data and communicate findings.

This is a non-tenure-track, term appointment for one year from date of hire, with an excellent possibility of re-funding.

Candidates should possess a Ph.D. in anthropology, ecology, or related field by the time of appointment, with demonstrated success in writing high-quality reports and publications. In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse research environment, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity.

To apply for this position, submit: 1) a cover letter describing your research and how it relates to this position, 2) your CV, 3) the names and contact information of three people who can be contacted for letters of references, and 4) preprints of two papers.

System limitations allow for a total of 5 documents (5mb per document) as part of your application. Please combine materials to meet the 5-document limit.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The College of the Liberal Arts is committed to offering professional growth and promotional opportunities for non-tenure-line faculty appointments. Information on faculty ranks and progression can be found at

More information on the Department of Anthropology can be found at

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Penn State offers competitive benefits to full-time employees, including medical, dental, vision, and retirement plans, in addition to 75% tuition discounts (including for a spouse and dependent children up to the age of 26) and paid holidays. Please visit for more detailed information.


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