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Two Assistant Professors in Social and/or Organizational Psychology

The VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is one of the leading institutions for higher education in Europe and aims to be inspiring, innovative, and committed to societal welfare. It compromises twelve faculties and has teaching facilities for 20,000 students. The Department of Social and Organizational Psychology in the Faculty of Psychology and Education investigates major themes such as trust, leadership, cooperation, evolutionary social psychology, organizational behavior, personality, culture, emotions, social neuroscience, group and intergroup dynamics, justice, and close relationships, using innovating theoretical approaches and methodologies.

Job description: The two positions are embedded within the Department’s main research program TLC (trust, leadership and cooperation). The candidates are expected to develop a strong, innovating programme of research. We also expect that in developing this programme of research, the candidates (a) acquire external grant funding to support their research, (b) conduct excellent teaching, (c) show departmental citizenship and (d) engage in valorization activities. The candidates will contribute to major parts of the Departmental teaching programs, and supervise Bachelor’s, Masters and, where possible, PhD students. Qualifications: Completed PhD-thesis on a topic relevant to social or organizational psychology (or a closely related field, such as social neuroscience); Articles in peer-reviewed international journals; Expertise with research on TLC related themes; Teaching experience (as evidenced by excellent teaching evaluations); Flexibility in teaching a range of social and/or organizational courses in the Bachelor and Master's programs; Proven expertise in acquisition of external research funding. Further details: The appointments will be full-time (1.0 fte) for an initial period of 3 years, starting (at the latest) from September 1st 2015, with the possibility of continuation, pending satisfactory job performance and grant acquisition, according to Faculty-level criteria. The Faculty offers tenure tracks for talented researchers. Salary: The maximum salary is € 4.551,- per month (gross income, salary scale 11) based on full-time employment. Visit our website for a review of the working conditions at the VU. Information and application procedure: General information about the VU and the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology can be found on the Psychology or VU website. Candidates who are interested in applying for this position are requested to send an application letter and a detailed Curriculum Vitae to the Head of Department, Prof. dr. P.A.M. van Lange via e-mail: Application deadline: February 13th 2015. For questions (by mail or phone) please contact, Prof. dr. Paul van Lange, +31-20-5988852 or Prof. dr. Mark van Vugt, +31-20-5985323 The job interviews -- which includes a presentation -- are expected to take place in March 2015.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Microbiome, Evolution and Behavior

The Department of Psychology at Arizona State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral scholar in Microbiome, Evolution and Behavior. A postdoctoral position is available in Dr. Athena Aktipis’s lab for individuals with a PhD in Biology, Psychology or related discipline to work on the role of the microbiome (and biome) in health and human behavior using an evolutionary approach. There has been recent rapid progress in our understanding of the importance of the microbiome in human health and the role of the gut-brain axis in shaping cognitive and behavioral predispositions. This position will use experimental and modeling approaches to investigate the evolutionary pressures and proximate mechanisms shaping human-microbe interactions including addressing questions such as (1) Does the microbiome directly or indirectly influence human eating preferences? (2) Download Gmail App LoginAre taste/smell perception and the disgust response influenced by the microbiome? (3) Are human social behaviors and mating behaviors influenced by the microbiome? To be eligible for these positions, applicants must have training in evolutionary biology and methodological expertise in human laboratory experiments and/or microbiome analysis. Other desired qualifications include training in statistical analysis and computational modeling.

Scholars will be part of a highly interdisciplinary research team in Dr. Aktipis’ lab and also be part of a larger community of interdisciplinary researchers at Arizona State University in the Department of Psychology, the Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity and the Center for Evolution and Medicine. The Department of Psychology on the Tempe campus is among the largest and most popular departments at ASU. Interactions among faculty and students across the department are central to a variety of ongoing research and educational programs. These interactions allow our faculy to grow their expertise in both teaching and scholarship. Faculty and students are actively involved with a number of other centers, institutes, and research groups on campus that promote transdisciplinary approaches to issues of local and national significance, affording outstanding research and training experiences that extend beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. Psychology is a hub department that makes an important contribution to the advancement of ASU as a leader of knowledge generation and utilization.

To apply, please submit to as a single pdf document the following materials: 1) a cover letter specifying relevant qualifications and training, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of current research interests and expertise (2 page maximum), 4) two letters of reference, and 5) one peer-reviewed publication. Please include “Application for Microbiome, Evolution and Behavior Postdoctoral Scholar JOB#11058” in the email subject line. Initial review of applications will begin on February 1, 2015; if not filled, review will continue every week thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Post-Doctoral Research Associate: Department of Anthropology, University at Buffalo, SUNY

Dr. Stephen Lycett (Department of Anthropology, University at Buffalo, SUNY) seeks applications for a two-year (fixed-term) Post-Doctoral research associate. The successful applicant will play an integral role in an ongoing research project on the cultural transmission and evolution of material culture. The successful candidate will be a member of the newly established Evolutionary Anthropology Laboratory within the Department of Anthropology at UB, and will be expected to work closely with an interdisciplinary research team. The major activities and responsibilities of this position include: running of cultural transmission experiments, literature research and data analysis, laboratory operations assistance, and contributing to training and laboratory supervision of graduate and undergraduate students. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to, and have co-authorship on, peer-reviewed publications, as well as develop their own research under the supervision of Dr. Lycett. Applicants should include a CV and a cover letter stating how their previous experience and qualifications, both in theoretical and practical terms, match the skills required of the post. Applicants must hold a PhD (or have confirmation of award) by February 27th, 2015.

To apply, please submit (1) CV including names and contact details for three referees and (2) cover letter describing your suitability for the position to UBJobs. Closing date: February 10th, 2015. The start date for this position is flexible, but no later than August 1st 2015. References will be sought upon shortlisting; Salary will be US$40,000 plus benefits. Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr. Stephen Lycett ( As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer, the Research Foundation will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin and veteran or disability status.

Required documents for application: CV, Cover letter detailing how qualifications and experience match the requirements of the post, Names and addresses of at least three academic referees. Contact: Dr. Stephen J. Lycett, Department of Anthropology, University at Buffalo, SUNY, MFAC-Ellicott Complex, Buffalo, NY 14261, U.S.A. Email:

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.