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Tenure-Track Professorship in Human Evolutionary Biology

Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
Closing date
Oct 25, 2023

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Life Sciences, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Genomics
Position Type
Full Time
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Department of Human Evolutionary Biology

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Harvard University


Position Description

The Department of Human Evolutionary Biology is conducting a search for a tenure-track professor in the area of human evolutionary genetics and genomics. We seek candidates who

will complement the current strengths of the Human Evolutionary Biology program. The candidate’s research needs not focus solely on humans but can have a broader phylogenetic perspective including model organisms. Candidates with either lab-based and/or theoretical/analytical research approaches are encouraged to apply. Both strong doctoral and post-doctoral experience are required. The Department seeks candidates with exceptional promise as scholars and teachers to offer courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Department administers a thriving undergraduate concentration in Human Evolutionary Biology, hence excellence in undergraduate teaching is a priority. Our doctoral program stresses the cooperative training and mentoring of Ph.D. candidates. The appointment is expected to begin at the level of Assistant Professor and to start on July 1, 2024. The appointee will teach and advise at the undergraduate and graduate levels. As a department and university, we value diversity among our faculty, and we invite applications from candidates who will help us foster an inclusive educational environment. We strongly welcome applications from persons from underrepresented groups.


Basic Qualifications

Candidates are required to have a doctorate or terminal degree by the time the appointment begins.


Additional Qualifications

Demonstrated strong experience as a post-doctoral scholar and commitment to teaching and research is desired.


Special Instructions

We will evaluate applications beginning November 15th, 2023 and will conclude when the position is filled.

Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal 

1. Cover letter

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. Teaching/advising statement (describing teaching philosophy and practices)

4. Research statement

5. Statement describing efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past, current, and anticipated future contributions in these areas.

6. Names and contact information of 3-5 references, who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted. Three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is considered complete only when at least three letters have been received. At least one letter must come from someone who has not served as the candidate’s undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral advisor.

7. Publications or manuscripts in press.


Contact Information

Terence D. Capellini

Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology

Harvard University

11 Divinity Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02138

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Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, protected veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or other protected status.

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