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Assistant Professor, Disease Ecology

UMass Amherst is one of the major public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts, the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.

Job Description:

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks to hire a scholar with a specialization in disease ecology for a tenure track position to begin September 1, 2020.

PhD required at time of appointment.

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an Assistant Professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

The candidate is expected to have had and plan to continue field-based research to study health and disease within living populations in ethnographic contexts.

We seek someone with a record of research and scholarly success, including plans for NSF and/or NIH grant proposals.

Candidates employing biocultural, eco-social, and/or evolutionary frameworks in the study of disease ecology, health, and human biology are welcome, including an interest in the impacts of cultural factors such as developmental, economic, environmental, and political on the distribution and diversity of disease. Specializations might include biomarkers, epigenetics, infectious and/or chronic/metabolic disease, the microbiome, nutrition, reproductive ecology, or zoonotic disease ecology, as well as disease patterns and susceptibility as related to climate change, multispecies interactions, and structural inequalities. Geographic area of study is open.

The department values and encourages research and teaching across the sub-disciplines of anthropology. The position will contribute to the expanding undergraduate concentrations in “Medical Anthropology and Global Health” and “Evolutionary Anthropology.” The department faculty participate in Five Colleges initiatives, including but not limited to the vibrant undergraduate certificate in Culture, Health, and Science and the graduate program in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.

Application Instructions: 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, and contact information for three references.

Applications must be submitted online via the UMass Application Portal at:

We share a fundamental commitment to teach, support and attract a diverse student body. Therefore, in addition to the materials noted above, applicants should also submit a one-page diversity statement that discusses past or future contributions to inclusive excellence in the areas of research, teaching and/or outreach.

Application screening will commence promptly on September 16, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.

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