Assistant or Associate Professor in the Evolutionary Anthropology of Human Health
and  positions to study resistance evolution (see below)

The Department of Anthropology ( and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences ( at The Pennsylvania State University invite applications for a tenure-track, early to mid-career scholar whose research uses an evolutionary perspective to inform understandings of human health, starting in August 2018.  Topical and methodological areas are open, but the research program of the successful candidate will be integrative and trans-disciplinary, drawing on various approaches from across the anthropological, evolutionary, and biomedical sciences.  The candidate could deepen and/or broaden the Department of Anthropology’s existing health-related research strengths in human diversity, human genomics, developmental biology, functional anatomy, quantitative imaging, cell culture and animal models for human biology and disease, biocultural-environment interaction, human-pathogen coevolution, and other areas.  The new faculty member will also benefit from Penn State’s exceptional cross-departmental research environment while they contribute to University-level efforts in developing interdisciplinary expertise on the evolutionary mechanisms of human health.  The successful candidate will have opportunities to train graduate students in the top-ranked Department of Anthropology program and through various Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences-sponsored intercollege programs, and as part of a new (pending final approval) MD-PhD in Anthropology program in cooperation with the College of Medicine.

Review of applications will begin September 8, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.  Direct questions regarding this faculty position to Dr. George Perry (

Applications should be submitted online and include:  1) a one-page cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae with educational background, employment history, and a list of publications; 3) a two-page future research program statement; 4) a one to two-page teaching statement; and 5) the names, affiliations, and email addresses of three professional references.  Apply online at


University Park Campus
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Eberly College of Science
Eberly College of Science and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences


Penn State is adding new open-rank faculty positions to build on existing excellence and intellectual leadership in evolutionary biology, infectious disease and genomics through a cluster hire. We seek outstanding scientists with broad interdisciplinary interests and a track record of applying theoretical and empirical approaches to gain insights on and mitigate against the growing threat of resistance evolution in pathogens (human, animal and plant), cancers and pest species including insects and weeds. Candidates with training in infectious diseases, cancer, evolutionary biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, statistics, information sciences, and clinical or field studies, and an interest in developing programs that will provide novel insights on developing evolution-proof strategies to prevent the development of resistance are especially encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D., M.D, or DVM or equivalent degree, along with evidence of collaborative work across disciplines to identify novel insights and solutions to managing the risk of development and spread of resistance in microbial populations, cell lineages or pest populations. We particularly encourage candidates interested in research and teaching relating to resistance emergence and evolution, including theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding and mitigating the evolutionary impact of drugs, vaccines and pesticides on their targets and the role of ecological, evolutionary, medical and societal factors in the development, prevention, and control of resistance in major pathogens, cancers and pest species across scales. This global leadership initiative at Penn State is led by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences together with the Eberly College of Science (ECoS). New faculty will be offered an appointment and tenure home in one of many excellent Departments in ECoS. Successful candidates will become part of one of our centers of excellence such as The Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics ( and The Center for Comparative Genomics (, amongst others. This is a cluster hire with multiple offers at all ranks expected. Penn State offers access to an outstanding collaborative environment, world-class instrumentation and research facilities, as well as highly competitive salaries and startup packages. Please submit a cover letter as well as future research plans and teaching interests, a complete curriculum vitae and the contact information of three references. Referees will not be contacted without prior consultation with the candidates. Review of applications will start July 15, 2017 and continue until all positions are filled. We welcome informal inquiries regarding these positions to Andrew Read (, Vivek Kapur (, or Peter Hudson (