Job Opportunities

Discover current job opportunities within UBC Anthropology.

UBC’s campuses are located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Syilx (Okanagan) Peoples and of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations. 

Sociocultural Anthropology Tenure-track Appointment in Black Diasporas 

The Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia seeks to recruit an outstanding faculty member as part of a University-wide Black Faculty Cohort Hiring Initiative to recruit up to 23 Black scholars over the next four years. We invite applications from qualified candidates for a full-time, tenure-track appointment in Sociocultural Anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor. The Anthropology position is one of six new positions in the Faculty of Arts related to Black Studies, with three having a thematic focus on Mobilities, Place-making and Power. This position is intended to support the establishment of a Black Studies Centre at UBC, which will be grounded in the principles of academic rigor, interdisciplinarity, and community engagement. The future hire in Anthropology will contribute to leading research on the myriad ways in which Black communities have borne the brunt of political, social, and environmental injustices, challenged boundaries, sought to establish a sense of belonging, and laid claim to diverse political, cultural, social and place-based forms of power and ways of knowing. 

Anthropology particularly seeks to build strength in the area of Black Diasporas,” broadly defined as the geographic dispersal of peoples from Sub-Saharan Africa across the world, through the slave trade and through transnational and regional forms of migration. We welcome applications from scholars anywhere in the world who employ ethnographic methods to explore Black diasporic life and anti-Blackness through the lens of the environment, conflict, migration, visual and digital cultures, or religious/ritual practice. We invite applicants who engage with interdisciplinary approaches, including Black studies, feminist studies, critical ethnic and race studies, and decolonial thought. We seek to hire a scholar who would contribute to our Department’s long-term commitment to local and global, community-engaged research and teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an active program of research and publication, engage in service, and contribute to teaching (up to four courses/year) and mentorship of both graduate and undergraduate students.  

Located in Vancouver, British Columbia on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəəm (Musqueam) people, the Department of Anthropology is home to scholars working across geographic regions, on a range of topics including: migration and human mobility; medical anthropology; the politics of race, gender, and sexuality; environmental justice movements; diasporic identity and empire; legal regimes in settler colonial states; war and militarization; and the politics of Indigeneity, language and place. As the second oldest Anthropology program in Canada, we are a leader in collaborative research. We aim to create and maintain a positive and supportive environment with a culture based on respect, professionalism, fairness, empathy, and care. 

At UBC, the successful applicant will have access to a dynamic research environment and a range of units that are at the forefront of innovative interdisciplinary scholarship related to race, mobility, and identity, including: the Centre for Migration Studies which currently hosts an African Diasporas Research Group; the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice; the UBC Centre for Climate Justice; the School for Public Policy and Global Affairs; and other region-specific institutes that bring together scholars from throughout the University.  

Applicants are expected to provide evidence of active and excellent research and demonstrate relevant teaching experience and potential. While applicants with a completed Ph.D. in Anthropology (or a suitable cognate field) are preferred, applicants who will have successfully defended the Ph.D. dissertation by the position start date will also be considered. 

Application Process
Pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, this search will be restricted to qualified Black scholars. We welcome applications from Black scholars who may also identify as Indigenous (First Nation, Métis, Inuit) Peoples, multi-racial persons, persons with disabilities, women, and/or members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. Candidates are invited to self-identify through the Applicant Diversity Survey, which takes approximately two minutes to complete. All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer. Applicants who wish to be considered for this initiative must self identify as ‘Black’ to be considered eligible. All information collected by UBC will remain confidential and any reported data will be in aggregate form shared with the Search Committee co-chairs to track intersectional diversity and support an equitable and meritorious search process.  

Applicants should submit the following material (in a single PDF file): 

1) a letter of application that includes an overview of research and brief summary of teaching interests; 2) a curriculum vita; 3) a one-page statement of teaching philosophy; 4) evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as teaching evaluations and/or course syllabi, 10 pages max); 5) one sample research publication; 6) a list of 3 references; and 7) a one-page statement about experience or future commitments in advancing equity, diversity and inclusion and/or decolonization (EDID) working with a diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion.   

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority for the position. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University gathers information about applicants’ status as either a permanent resident of Canada or Canadian citizen. Applicants need not identify country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: 
Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
-No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada  

Review of application materials will begin on January 3, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered. Inquiries about the position may be directed to the Department Head, Alexia Bloch at: Applicants should apply through the Department of Anthropology portal:  

Career Interruptions
UBC acknowledges that certain circumstances may cause career interruptions that legitimately affect an applicant’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to note in their applications whether they would like consideration given to the impact of any such circumstances due to health, family, or other legitimate reasons in order to allow for a fair assessment of their research productivity.  

Dual Career Inquiries
UBC is committed to supporting candidates within a dual career household. Inquiries about spousal/partner employment may be directed to the Office of the Provost & Vice President Academic at 

Commitment to Accessibility and Accommodations
The University is committed to creating and maintaining an accessible work environment for all members of its workforce. Within this hiring process we will make efforts to create an accessible process for all candidates (including but not limited to people with disabilities). Confidential accommodations are available on request by contacting  

If you have any questions regarding accommodations or accessibility during the recruitment and hiring process or for more information and support, please visit UBC’s Centre For Workplace Accessibility website at or contact the Centre at 

The position is expected to commence July 1, 2024. This position is subject to final budgetary approval. The expected pay range for this position is $9,167 - $10,417/month. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) invites applications for a two-year Assistant Professor position in Anthropological Archaeology starting 1 July 2024. 

The successful candidate will be expected to have an active research program and teach four courses per year in Anthropological Archaeology at UBC (see course calendar at They should be able to teach at least one of the following fourth-year courses in the Department:  Analytical Techniques in Archaeology, Archaeological and Anthropological Mapping, First Nations Archaeology of British Columbia, or Practising Archaeology and the Management of Cultural Resources. In addition, they will teach at least one of the following first- or second-year courses:  Introduction to Archaeology, Archaeological Methods, Bones - The Origin of Humanity, Ancient North America, or Ancient Latin America. The regional area is open. The successful candidate may also have an opportunity to teach a senior-level archaeology or biological anthropology course in their area of expertise (Archaeology of a Special Area). Community-engaged, Indigenous, or Indigenous-centered scholarship is also desirable.  

In addition to their teaching and research, the successful candidate will take part in service in the Department. They may also provide graduate student mentorship and/or serve as a member of graduate student committees. The successful candidate will also be part of a vibrant community in the UBC Laboratory of Archaeology (LoA) and, as a member, will have access to the LoA facilities, including specialized labs for biomolecular analysis, scanning electron microscopy, lithics, ceramics, fauna/archaeobotany, geoarchaeology, and GIS. For information about the Department, visit The start date for the position is 1 July 2024. The candidate should have a Ph.D. in Anthropology, Archaeology, or related discipline, although applicants who will have successfully defended the Ph.D. dissertation by the position start date will be considered.    

We are actively seeking to recruit from a diverse pool of applicants. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous scholars and minority groups underrepresented in post-secondary institutions in North America. Review of applications will begin on 30 November 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply through the Department of Anthropology portal:  

Applicants should be prepared to upload the following in the order listed (single PDF file). Only complete applications will be considered: 1) a letter of application that includes a statement of research and teaching interests; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a one-page statement about your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion; 4) evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations and/or course syllabi), five pages max; 5) and a list of 3 references.  

The starting salary for the position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval. 

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. 


The UBC Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are provided annually from the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies and are available for most fields of research. The number of awards offered presently varies between three and five per year.

Value: an annual stipend of $50,000 for a maximum of two years plus a travel and research allowance of $4,000 over two years.

The application and nomination process is briefly summarized below.  Refer to the Application Guide and Nomination Guide posted on our Killam webpage for complete details.

Applications should be submitted to Graduate Program Manager, Parvin Bolourani at:

UBC Vancouver (UBC-V)

For complete application and nomination details, as well as detailed eligibility requirements, refer to our webpage.  Please visit:

Please use the link below to submit your applications to the department for nomination by October 18, 2023, 4pm.


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