Post-doctoral Forensic Anthropology Training Fellowship

Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, TX, US


The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (HCIFS) is seeking applicants for its Post-doctoral Forensic Anthropology Fellowship. The fellowship is a 1-year, County funded, paid training position for a post-doctoral anthropologist with an interest in the practice of forensic anthropology in the medicolegal setting. The position structure will mimic the HCIFS Forensic Pathology Fellowship program (i.e., intensive, comprehensive training). The anthropology fellow will conduct casework under the supervision of our in-house analysts and complete reports for peer review. HCIFS Anthropologists peer review 100% of cases, providing the fellow with ongoing feedback and interaction regarding their interpretation and reporting.

The HCIFS Anthropology Division has three ABFA certified forensic anthropologists who analyze approximately 400 cases per year. The majority of these cases involve interpretation of adult and pediatric trauma, multi-mechanism trauma, and combined trauma and biological profile estimation. HCIFS anthropologists are also heavily involved in the identification process, and conduct medical imaging comparisons on a regular basis. The fellow will receive hands-on training in each of these case types. The fellow will complete a structured anthropology training program and will be enrolled into the HCIFS quality control program, including tests of competency and proficiency. The skills the fellow will learn are those that an ABFA certified anthropologist will need to practice in the medicolegal setting.


Master's degree from an accredited college or university (with doctoral degree completed by the start of employment).


  • Medical, Dental, Vision insurance
  • Life Insurance, Long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 10 days of vacation each year
  • 10 County holidays plus 1 floating holiday
  • 13 days of sick leave each year
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Paid conference attendance
  • Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan
  • Healthcare Reimbursement Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Retirement pension with current employer contribution
  • Employee Discounts

How to apply

The position begins July 2023 which corresponds with the start of the Forensic Pathology Fellowship. The Anthropology and Pathology fellows will matriculate together and receive lectures covering all of HCIFS’ forensic disciplines, medicolegal jurisdiction, and the types of autopsy cases encountered in a medical examiner’s office.

Interested applicants should apply through the URL listed below. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. The 2023 position will remain open until a candidate is selected. The forensic anthropology community will be notified when the 2023 position has been filled. The subsequent applications (and those that were received near the time the position closed) will be rolled over for consideration for the following year(s).

Questions regarding the position should be directed to the Anthropology Division Director ( and the Anthropology Fellowship Director (