Open Rank Faculty in Biological Anthropology

University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, US


The Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign invites applications for an open-rank tenure track Professor in Biological Anthropology with scholarly interests in one or more of the following areas: genomics, bioinformatics, human population genetics, forensic genetics. Scholarly interests should engage elements of community outreach, as well as ethical, legal, and social implications at the intersection of genetics and justice. This faculty position provides the opportunity to be affiliated with the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology’s (IGB) multidisciplinary team science initiatives and particularly its Genomic Security and Privacy theme, which houses the newly formed Investigative Technology Exchange (ITE). The ITE emerged out of a partnership between UIUC and the Illinois State Police Forensic Science Branch, and serves as an interdisciplinary hub to facilitate cross-disciplinary research, training, and outreach related to forensic investigative approaches. The goals of the ITE are to resolve methodological challenges and better understand the ethical, legal, social, and policy implications of the application of current and future technologies.

This is a tenure-track, full time appointment. The anticipated start date is August 16, 2023; the salary is commensurate with qualifications. Successful candidates are expected to have an active and independent research program that ideally promotes both life science and social science perspectives, teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and have demonstrable experience with public engagement and/or community outreach.


A PhD in Anthropology or related field is required by the appointment start date. Candidates whose PhD may be delayed but will complete all the PhD requirements within the first appointment year may be appointed at the rank of Instructor. After the PhD requirement is met, the appointment will be changed to Assistant Professor. Qualified candidates should have a record of research productivity and publication (tenured) or demonstrated potential to develop such a record (tenure-track).


The anticipated start date is August 16, 2023; the salary is commensurate with qualifications.


How to apply

Applicants must submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and research interests, a diversity statement, and contact information for three professional references. Letters of recommendation may be requested electronically from referees at a later date.

To apply, create your candidate profile through the university of Illinois application login page at, and application materials submitted by November 21, 2022 will receive full consideration. Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board at will be considered. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date, however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.

Questions about the position may be directed to Professor Cris Hughes ( Questions about application procedures may be directed to IHR Personnel Services-; 217.333.2137.

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