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Assistant Professor in Primatology

Hiring Organization:
Durham University

Date Posted:

Position Description:
The Department of Anthropology seeks to appoint an outstanding candidate at Assistant Professor (Lecturer) level to consolidate its strengths in primate evolution, behaviour and ecology. As a result of significant investment through RCUK and HEFCE funding, the Department now has vibrant research programmes in the behaviour, ecology and evolution of Old World monkeys, and comparative and phylogenetic approaches to primate adaptation and evolution. We welcome applications from exceptional scholars with research and teaching interests that strengthen, complement and synergise with existing interests of members of the Evolutionary Anthropology Research Group (EARG).

EARG has been highlighted in the last two UK research assessments as a significant centre of world-leading research, and this research currently includes non-human primate evolution, ecology and behaviour, cognitive and brain evolution, cultural evolution, palaeoanthropology and evolutionary approaches to human health.

Durham Anthropology prides itself on being able to integrate diverse subfields of Anthropology in teaching and research, and the successful individual will contribute to the Department of Anthropology?s continuing growth and development as a leading centre for research and teaching in broad-based anthropology. Preference may thus be given to candidates who have demonstrated an ability to collaborate across academic boundaries, and the successful applicant will be welcome to join the Social Anthropology Research Group and/or the Anthropology of Health Research Group as well as EARG. The Department?s strong commitment to interdisciplinarity extends outside Anthropology to longstanding collaborations with other Departments. Particularly strong links relevant to primatology exist with Biosciences and Psychology, and the successful candidate will be encouraged to develop appropriate collaborations outside the Department as well as within it.

For this Assistant Professorship we are keen to invite applications from exceptionally promising individuals who want to develop their academic career at Durham. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University. Applicants must have a good first degree and a PhD in Anthropology, Primatology, Zoology, or a related discipline, with a clear research focus on primatology. As well as demonstrating research excellence in the field of primatology, applicants should also have the ability to teach our students to an exceptional standard and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University. The University provides a working and teaching environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate these key principles as part of the assessment process.

Candidates applying for a grade 7 post will have recently completed their PhD or have submitted it for examination, with a clear expectation that the PhD will have been awarded by the post start date. Candidates in the early stages of their career should be able to demonstrate the capacity for international-level research achievement; while they may have limited direct experience of the requirements for the post, they must outline their experience, skills and achievements to date which demonstrate that they meet or that they have the potential to achieve the essential criteria. Candidates applying for a grade 8 post must be able to demonstrate a track record relating to or proven ability in each of the essential criteria.

Salary Range £32,044 - £46,924. See for full details

Term of Appointment:
This role is full time but we will consider requests for flexible working arrangements including potential job shares

Application Deadline:

All applications will be considered; our usual practice is for colleagues across the
Department to read the submitted work of long-listed candidates. Long-listed applicants may be invited to discuss their application on Skype. Short-listed candidates will be invited to the University and will have the opportunity to meet with key members of the Department. The assessment for the post will include a presentation on research and teaching to staff and research students, discussions with Departmental members, and an interview with senior staff. We anticipate that the assessments will take place in February with interviews currently planned for 14 February. The successful applicant will, ideally, be in post by 1 August 2018.

Contact Information:
Professor Russell Hill or Professor Sarah Elton ( or any other full staff member of Primatology Group (see web link for full list of current primatologists)
United Kingdom


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