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Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology (tenured)

The Faculty of Science ( of the University of Zurich invites applications for a Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology (tenured) in order to join our team of experts at the Department of Anthropology.

We seek innovative applicants with a strong record in research and teaching, who will strengthen our existing expertise in biological/evolutionary anthropology. Applicants with an internationally competitive research profile in any field of biological/evolutionary anthropology, and demonstrating potential for innovative transdisciplinary research are particularly encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant is expected to develop a complementary and independent research program in biological/evolutionary anthropology, ideally including fieldwork on humans and/or non-human primates. Research should be aimed at understanding the evolution of our own species in a broad sense, encompassing the biological foundations of human behavior and culture. Contributing to the existing undergraduate and graduate teaching efforts in biological anthropology will also constitute an integral part of the position. The successful applicant will be located at the University of Zurich and is further expected to acquire external funding.

The University of Zurich provides generous research support, including dedicated funds for personnel and running expenses and competitive start-up packages. Zurich’s scientific environment includes a rich spectrum of research activities in the life sciences and provides extensive opportunities for collaborations with research groups at the University of Zurich, as well as teams at the nearby ETH Zurich. The University of Zurich and the city of Zurich also offer a stimulating cultural environment and are family-friendly.

Application packages should include a motivation letter, a full curriculum vitae, a vision statement of research and teaching interests outlining major unsolved problems and how they could be tackled and the names and addresses of three potential referees. Documents should be addressed to Prof. Dr. Michael Schaepman, Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Zurich, and uploaded to by 31 January 2017. A brief questionnaire will have to be filled out at the beginning of the upload process. For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Christoph Zollikofer at

The University of Zurich is an equal opportunities employer.