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Postdoctoral Scholar — Human Biology and Anthropological Genetics

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School / Campus / College: College of Arts and Sciences

Organization: Anthropology

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar — Human Biology and Anthropological Genetics

Position Details

Position Description

The University of Washington (Seattle, WA) invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Scholar position, with likely renewal for at least a second year. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of and in collaboration with Dan Eisenberg, Associate Professor of Anthropology. Ideal applicants will have broad interests in the evolutionary biology of living humans and/or non-human primates. Job duties will be adapted based on the complementary interests and career goals of the Postdoctoral Scholar with Dr. Eisenberg and could include the development of new research directions. The fellow is likely to work on projects investigating telomere biology, genomics, and epigenomics, using data and samples from the Cebu Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey, chimpanzee samples, and other human and non-human primate cohorts. Other possible projects may relate to studying best practices in biological anthropology and science more broadly. The fellow will be able to gain experience in publishing, laboratory skills, mentoring students, and with grant submissions.

Applicants with appropriate interests who are eligible are strongly encouraged to get in touch with Dr. Eisenberg about also applying for the Biological Mechanisms of Healthy Aging Training Program ( 

The position is 100% FTE for 12 months. Benefits such as medical, dental, and retirement are also included (more details at

The base salary range for this position (assuming no previous postdoctoral positions) will be a minimum of $5,568 per month ($66,816/year) per month and a maximum of $6,119 per month ($73,428/year), commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and priority given to those received by November 1, 2023. The anticipated start date is January 1, 2024, but this is negotiable for possible earlier or later start.


  • The candidate will work in collaboration with Professor Eisenberg on research projects related to the evolutionary biology of aging, life history theory, intergenerational plasticity and/or meta-science.
  • The candidate will lead and manage day-to-day operations of the Anthropological Genetics Lab, including mentoring of graduate and undergraduate research students.
  • Collaborative research, discussion, and presentation of research results is expected.

Note: The University of Washington restricts Postdoctoral Scholar appointments to a total of five years, including postdoctoral experience(s) at other institutions.

The University of Washington and the International Union, Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, Local 4121 (UAW 4121) have negotiated a collective bargaining agreement for Postdoctoral Scholars. Employees in this title are represented by UAW 4121 and will be subject to the applicable collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For details on the agreement reached, please visit:



By the start date, all elements of the PhD or foreign equivalent should be completed and the degree conferred in biological anthropology, or similar field.


Please submit the following documents via Interfolio:

  • Cover letter which includes 1-2 pages explaining your research experience and future goals. Please note your experience in molecular genetics/biology laboratory work.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three references
  • PDF copies of two publications or research papers in preparation.

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A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

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