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The School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment as an assistant professor to join our world-leading program in evolutionary social science.  We seek applicants with exceptional scholarly potential for advancing our understanding of the evolution of human uniqueness, including those with backgrounds in human genetics, human behavioral ecology, evolutionary psychology, or cultural evolution. The candidate will have a research associate position in the Institute of Human Origins and help advance the institute’s interdisciplinary research and public outreach activities. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in Anthropology, Evolutionary Biology, or related field by the time the appointment starts, a proficient record of research on the interactions between human biology and culture that is grounded in evolutionary theory, and potential for achieving high levels of research productivity and impact.  Specific research topic, approach, methods, and region are open, and the candidate’s program of research may be focused in deep or more recent times, including on contemporary societies. Anticipated start date is August 2022.

Specific job duties include conducting collaborative field and/or laboratory research in evolutionary social science, presenting research findings in peer-reviewed scholarly outlets, seeking external research funding, teaching, training and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, providing service to the university and academy, and outreach such as providing expert advice and the public communication of science.

Information about the School can be found at https://shesc.asu.edu. The School collaborates extensively with ASU’s Institute for Human Origins (http://iho.asu.edu) and the Center for Evolution and Medicine (https://evmed.asu.edu). 

The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.

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Additional desired qualifications include evidence of success in obtaining external funding, classroom and online teaching experience, experience mentoring and supporting students, collaborative experiences with an interdisciplinary research team, and capacity to cross-teach and mentor students in anthropology and other programs offered across the School such as global health, or environmental social science, and specific expertise in ethnographic fieldwork, field or laboratory studies in genetics and/or human behavior.  Candidates are expected to demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of and commitment to challenging and disrupting harmful and unethical historical scholarly practices relevant to doing cutting-edge evolutionary social sciences; A demonstrated potential to meet the needs of diverse student populations and/or reach out to diverse communities.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit to http://apply.interfolio.com/95241: (1) a letter of application, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence, and (4) contact information including emails for three references. Please make sure your last name appears in each uploaded file name.  Initial deadline for receipt of complete applications is 11/10/2021.  If the position is not filled, reviews will occur every week thereafter until the search is closed. Please address your cover letter to Professor Robert Boyd, Evolutionary Social Science Search Committee Chair.