Assistant Professor - Paleoanthropology/Paleoprimatology and Anatomy, Fall 2022

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Assistant Professor - Paleoanthropology/Paleoprimatology and Anatomy, Fall 2022

Knoxville, TN
Open Date:
Sep 10, 2021

The Department of Anthropology at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, seeks a full-time tenure-track anatomist and paleoanthropologist/paleoprimatologist at the level of Assistant Professor to begin August 1, 2022.  This faculty member will have a theoretically driven research program of national and international significance and will have advanced knowledge in anatomy as well as open specialization in human and/or non-human primate paleontology.  The faculty member will instruct undergraduate and graduate level students in human anatomy and in human paleontology, as well as courses of their own design.   

The Department of Anthropology is housed in a state-of-the art research and teaching facility at the flagship campus for The University of Tennessee system.  Anthropology at the University of Tennessee encompasses Cultural, Biological and Archaeological Anthropology.  Research conducted by the faculty and graduate students of the Department is as wide-ranging both topically and geographically as the field itself.  This includes research into ancient biomolecules, functional and comparative anatomy, quantitative genetics and evolutionary modeling, stable isotopes, taphonomy, foodways, human/animal interactions, ancient ecosystems, and cultural and social justice.

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.  

The City of Knoxville is a hidden gem with a beautiful and walkable downtown, varied nightlife, active neighborhoods, and eclectic shopping and restaurants. UT is located within easy driving distance to Asheville, Nashville, Atlanta, and the Great Smoky Mountains.



A Ph.D. in Anthropology, Anatomy, or other relevant equivalent disciplines must be in hand at the time of appointment. Required qualifications include having an early-career research program, a record of seeking and/or securing funding, peer-reviewed publications, and a trajectory for the continued development of their research program. Qualified applicants should have field and/or laboratory experience working with fossil evidence of human and/or nonhuman primates. In addition, the candidate is expected to manage and further develop our extensive fossil cast collection for research and teaching purposes. Desirable research qualifications include specializations in comparative anatomy, quantitative methods, geometric morphometrics, or developmental biology.

The candidate must demonstrate the ability to teach human anatomy courses, working with our current faculty who also instruct these courses. This includes training in cadaveric dissection and the ability to direct cadaver prosection for use in teaching labs. The ability to teach human evolution and paleontology is required, and ability to instruct quantitative methods, non-human primate evolution, and gross human anatomy are desirable. The successful candidate will be expected to mentor students for both academic and other professional career courses, and to chair and serve on M.A. and Ph.D. committees from the start.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a (1) letter of application, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) a list of three references in digital format via Interfolio at Review of applications will begin November  8, 2021, and will continue until campus interviews.  Questions about the position should be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Benjamin Auerbach ([email protected]).


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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