Position – Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor, Zooarchaeology

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville seeks a full-time tenure-track zooarchaeologist, at the level of Assistant Professor, to begin August 1, 2019.

The candidate should demonstrate strong theoretically-driven research of national or international significance. Required qualifications include the ability to manage and develop zooarchaeological comparative collections and to teach the identification of vertebrate and invertebrate faunal remains at undergraduate and graduate levels. While the region of specialization is open, knowledge of the archaeology of the U.S. Southeast is desirable, as is willingness to analyze ancient and historic animal remains from regional archaeological sites excavated by UTK Anthropology faculty.

Desirable qualifications include possible specializations in biomolecular methods, comparative anatomy, and geometric morphometrics; to investigate and interpret faunal data in a variety of cultural contexts; advancing our understanding of taphonomy/taphonomic processes and their importance to osteoarchaeological studies; and biomolecular techniques, such as DNA analysis, proteomics and stable isotope analysis. Knowledge of NAGPRA is also desirable, as the successful candidate will collaborate with UTK curators who engage with Native American tribal nations across the United States on matters of NAGPRA compliance.

The candidate should engage in multidisciplinary research and teaching, and have strong methodological and theoretical capabilities that intersect with the department’s archaeology, cultural, and forensic/biological anthropology programs. These programs include research into ancient biomolecules, functional and comparative anatomy, taphonomy, foodways, human/animal interactions, and ancient ecosystems, and collaboration with related disciplines such as biology, medicine, zoology, ecology, evolutionary biology, climatology and paleontology.

The candidate will be expected to assist with the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students, including the teaching of introductory archaeology, principles of zooarchaeology (including advanced seminars and laboratory courses), and courses in their area of expertise in rotation. Inter-subdisciplinary orientations that interface with biological/forensic anthropology and/or cultural anthropology, and the ability to teach qualitative/mixed methods are highly desired. The successful candidate will be expected to serve on and chair MA and PhD committees from the start, and to mentor students for both academic and other professional career trajectories.

The successful candidate will develop a research program around our department and university’s cutting-edge research facilities with our internationally renowned zooarchaeological collections and will oversee curation and research with these collections. The candidate should demonstrate capacity to obtain external research funding and to publish in the highest tier journals.

Ph.D. must be in hand at the time of appointment. Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and list of three references in digital format via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/53828  Review of applications will begin November 15 and will continue until the position is filled. 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.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.