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Postdoctoral Scholar, Morphological Consequences of Hybridization in Primate and Human Evolution: A Macaque Model

We invite applications for a one-year postdoctoral position (with the possibility of extension for another six months) funded by a National Science Foundation grant (1720128), “Morphological consequences of hybridization in primate and human evolution: a macaque model”. More information about the grant can be found here.

The goal of the project is to use data collected on a large, multigenerational sample of Indian-Chinese macaque crosses from the California National Primate Research Center to better understand the relationship between morphology and admixture proportion and to develop criteria for detecting morphological evidence of admixture in the human fossil record.

We seek a creative and self-motivated researcher to join the Evolutionary Wing of the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis, and an international team of scholars working to use methods and theory from evolutionary quantitative genetics to investigate primate morphological variation and the human fossil record. The responsibilities of the position will include assisting with analyses, contributing to scientific publications and presentations disseminating the results of the project, coordinating data collection with the California National Primate Research Center and maceration with the UC Davis Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology, training undergraduate students to process CT scans and collect morphometric data, and data management. Beyond a background in biological anthropology and evolutionary biology, we are particularly interested in applicants with experience in processing CT scans, geometric morphometrics, evolutionary quantitative genetics, programming (Matlab, R), and/or the human fossil record.

The start date for the position is flexible, but it could be as early as January 2018.

UC Davis and the Department of Anthropology are interested in applicants who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus environment that supports equality and diversity.


Applicants should have a doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil) in biological anthropology, evolutionary biology, or a related discipline and a record of original research and scientific publication.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a letter of interest, and (3) the names and email addresses of three references by email to Tim Weaver ( The position will remain open until filled, but to ensure consideration, applications should be received by 1 December 2017.

Curator of Biological Anthropology | American Museum of Natural History

The Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), is conducting an open search for a position in Biological Anthropology with a specialization in paleoanthropology (human origins) at the level of Assistant, Associate, or Full Curator. This is a tenure-track position. For candidates showing notable experience and accomplishment, there is possibility of tenure at the time of appointment, pending review and determination through the Museum’s tenure process. Candidates should have a strong background and evidence of documented or potential international leadership in paleoanthropological research. AMNH Biological Anthropology collections are some of the most comprehensive in the world, offering a unique opportunity for collections research. Extensive possibilities also exist for professional interaction with colleagues at AMNH across the biological and physical sciences. AMNH curatorships are defined as research positions and evidence of an active research program is essential, ideally including an active field component. Prior experience with museum collections is also an asset.

AMNH curators are expected to maintain a high level of productivity in original research, to seek extramural funding, and to assume oversight responsibility for the management of Museum collections relevant to their areas of expertise. Other responsibilities or opportunities may include advising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, offering courses in the Museum’s Richard Gilder Graduate School, serving on academic and administrative committees, and participating in Museum-sponsored exhibits and educational programs. Candidates should have completed the Ph.D. degree. The American Museum of Natural History is committed to the principles of Affirmative Action and encourages applications from women and minority candidates. For further information about the position contact Dr. David Hurst Thomas (

Interested candidates should submit the following materials in PDF format:

  • a) cover statement including the candidate’s name, address, and current position and including a description of the candidate’s research interests, accomplishments, and plans.
  • b) list of dissertation advisors, committee members, co-authors and co-PIs on funded grants during the preceding five years.
  • c) detailed curriculum vitae, complete bibliography, copies of up to five relevant publications.
  • d) names, positions, institutional affiliations and contact information for no more than three referees regarding the applicant's professional qualifications.

All materials should be submitted in PDF format directed to Anita Caltabiano (attention, Anthropology Search Committee) ( To receive the fullest consideration, applications should be received no later than November 30, 2017.