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POST-DOCS: Max Planck Research Group: Naturalistic Social Cognition: Developmental and Evolutionary Perspectives

Two 2-year postdoctoral positions in developmental / evolutionary / cognitive psychology are now available in the newly established Max Planck Research Group “Naturalistic Social Cognition: Developmental and evolutionary perspectives” (Research Group Leader: Annie E. Wertz). This group investigates the development of social cognition in naturalistic circumstances from an evolutionary perspective. Developmental methodologies, including methods used to study infant cognition, are of central importance to this research group. The overarching goal of this research group is to examine the ways in which infants and young children think about and learn from others in naturalistic contexts. Research projects will include investigations of how infants and young children learn about aspects of the natural world (e.g., plants) and reason about other people. The research projects will utilize a combination of laboratory studies and naturalistic observations, as well as cross-cultural and comparative studies. The research group is situated in the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. Successful candidates (m/f) will hold a doctoral degree in psychology, anthropology, or a related field, and show a competitive publication record. A strong background in developmental and/or infant methodologies is preferred. Experience with cross-cultural and comparative methods is also desirable. To apply, please send a cover letter expressing research interests and future goals, a complete CV, and contact information for at least two references to: before November 15, 2014. Positions will preferably begin January 1, 2015 although the start-date is negotiable.

Human Cooperation Post-Doctoral Fellow, Anthropology, Rutgers University

The Human Generosity Project and the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University – New Brunswick seek applicants for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the study of human cooperation starting August 1, 2015. The successful candidate will conduct a year of fieldwork among Ik-speaking peoples in northeastern Uganda, followed by a year of write-up. The Ik are of particular interest with regard to questions about the nature of human cooperation because of controversial and disputed claims made in the 1970s about their supposed lack of generosity. This project represents an opportunity to conduct the first in-depth research among the Ik on this topic since those claims were made. This project therefore may have a profound impact on our understanding not only of generosity among the Ik but also of human sociality more broadly. This fellowship is be done as part of the Human Generosity Project, a dynamic, transdiscplinary team located at both Rutgers and Arizona State University examining the phenomenon of generosity and the origins of human cooperation through fieldwork at six sites around the world, laboratory experiments and computer simulations. The fellowship and associated field research are made possible by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

Candidates should have their Ph.D.s in hand by the time the fellowship begins, a history of engagement in issues related to the study of human behavior from an evolutionary perspective, and experience with fieldwork in remote locations. A successful track record working on interdisciplinary teams or with multiple methodologies is desirable but not required. Experience in Africa, especially in northeastern Uganda or adjacent areas of neighboring countries, is also desirable but not required. To apply, send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to Lee Cronk at Review of applications will begin November 1 and will continue until the position is filled. Rutgers is one of 36 public U.S. institutions that comprise the Association of American Universities, and is counted among the leading research universities in the U.S.A. and Canada. Rutgers University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that has an historic commitment to maintaining diversity. Women, minorities, and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.


The Department of Psychology at Oakland University ( invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured appointment in PSYCHOLOGY (AREA OPEN) at the Assistant/Associate Professor level beginning Fall, 2015. Candidates will be interested in collaborative research with existing faculty, and will play a leadership role in enhancing our new M.S. and Ph.D. programs. A market competitive salary plus excellent fringe benefits are provided. Qualified applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. in psychology or closely related field (ABD applicants may apply but must have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment). Qualified applicants will have an established record of research and academic visibility that warrants appointment at the Assistant/Associate Professor level. Qualified applicants will have an interest in teaching courses at the undergraduate and especially graduate levels. Qualified applicants are also expected to demonstrate potential for becoming involved in university and professional activities. The Department of Psychology has new M.S. and Ph.D. programs (, and preference will be given to candidates who will recruit and mentor graduate students at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels. In addition to collaborative opportunities with the faculty of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, well-developed mechanisms are in place for establishing and funding multidisciplinary research across Oakland University faculty and the William Beaumont Health System. Oakland University is a state-supported comprehensive research institution with over 20,000 students located in a suburban area 30 miles north of Detroit ( Oakland University is an ADVANCE institution, one of a limited number of universities in receipt of NSF funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM. In addition to a curriculum vitae and cover letter, applicants must submit electronically a statement of professional interests and goals regarding teaching and research, up to three representative reprints or preprints and the names and contact information for three professional references at Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Search Committee Chair, Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in evolutionary psychology broadly defined, beginning July 1, 2015. Candidates from all areas of the psychological, behavioral, and brain sciences who take an evolutionary approach to their topic are encouraged to apply. PhD required at time of appointment. Successful applicants are expected to have a strong research program. Responsibilities include supervising students in research and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in area of expertise and, more generally, in psychological and brain sciences. Please visit to apply. Review of applicant credentials will commence on September 15, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.