Prof Bridget Waller Seeking 3-yr Funded PhD Student on Facial Expressivity Project

We are seeking applications for a 3-year full-time PhD student to work on human facial expressivity and social relationships.

The PhD will be supervised by Professor Bridget Waller as part of ERC Consolidator Project FACEDIFF ‘Individual differences in facial expressivity: Social function, facial anatomy and evolutionary origins’. FACEDIFF is a five-year project examining individual differences in facial expressivity and how this is related to social network size and success at social interaction in humans and macaques.
Communicating with others via the face is crucial for navigating our social world. Deficits in facial expression production can have debilitating effects on social interaction. Despite this, we know surprisingly little about individual differences in facial expressivity in the typical population, what causes these differences and whether such differences impact on individual lives. In part, this could be due to an historical focus on the universal nature of facial expression, assigning individual difference to random ‘noise’, rather than an evolutionarily relevant characteristic. The FACEDIFF project will diverge from this classic approach and test the novel hypothesis that individual differences in facial expressivity equip individuals’ differentially to engage with their social environment:expressivity has a benefit (social engagement) but also a cost (over-exposure and thus risk of being cheated by others) and is related to the size and quality of an individual’s social network. FACEDIFF will combine psychological, anatomical and cross-species methods to provide the first thorough interdisciplinary investigation of individual differences.

The advertised position will be situated within the FACEDIFF project with the strand of research focussed on human facial expression, social interaction and social networks. The PhD student will work within a larger interdisciplinary team with an overarching plan to investigate the relationship between variation in facial muscles and the quality of social bonds with others. The successful PhD candidate will conduct laboratory based behavioural experiments at Nottingham Trent University in which pairs of participants (friends or strangers) take part in dyadic and individual tasks (e.g. cold pressor test: emerge their hands in water of varying temperatures to induce mild pain and stress). Behavioural and physiological measures will be recorded. The goal is to monitor how variation in facial muscle-use affects facial communication and emotional recognition during these tasks, and how this affects social dynamics during social interaction.

Candidates with prior experience conducting experimental research in humans, and those with a strong interest in social, behavioural or comparative/evolutionary psychology are preferred. Training and support in some specific research skills such as social network analysis and FACS (Facial Action Coding System) will be provided, but the successful candidate will need to have a demonstrable interest in standard quantitative approaches to experimental data.

Enquiries
Please contact Professor Bridget Waller via email (bridget.waller@ntu.ac.uk) for informal discussions in advance of applying. Also, please see www.FACEDIFF.co.uk for more information about the overarching project. Any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Qualifications
Entrants must have an excellent academic record, with an undergraduate degree in psychology, behavioural science or related field. A master’s degree in a relevant field (or equivalent research experience) would be preferred, and experience of experimental social research with humans is essential.

Funding
The PhD will be funded by European Research Council Consolidator Grant FACEDIFF ‘Individual differences in facial expressivity: Social function, facial anatomy and evolutionary origins’ awarded to Bridget Waller. Funding will be provided for tuition fees, stipend for three years andresearch/conference expenses. Ideal start date October 2021, but this is negotiable.

How to apply
Please apply via the following link* (application deadline – 09/07/2021, expiry time 11:59 pm):
*Please include a short proposal for the PhD outlining how you would tackle theresearch questions posed in the brief. Your proposal should focus on the goals and general methodology rather than precise details. The word limit stated in the application page is 1500 words which should include your reference list and timeline.

Interview details
Interviews will take place from w/c 19th July 2021

ECR Funded 2-yr Post-Doc at Peace Research Institute Oslo

The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) invites applications for a two-year, full-time Postdoc position in human coalitional aggression within the project Adapted to War (AWAR), funded by the European Research Council (ERC Starting Grant).

The position provides an opportunity to work in a leading international research institute, located in Norway’s capital city, as part of an interdisciplinary project on human aggression.

Summary of AWAR

Have humans evolved psychological adaptations to coalitional aggression or small-scale war? This question has generated major scientific debate involving anthropologists, archaeologists, economists, primatologists, psychologists, and political scientists. If humans are adapted to war, then human psychology must be equipped with specialized adaptations designed for the effective navigation of war: planning, executing, and defending against coalitional attacks. AWAR probes the existence of such adaptations. It focuses, specifically, on coalitional formidability assessment mechanisms, which likely helped ancestral humans to avoid costly fights. AWAR also explores contemporary implications of coalitional formidability assessment mechanisms: if they indeed exist, do they shape our attitudes and behavior today, particularly in the context of modern political violence (e.g., violent protests or civil conflicts)?

The Postdoc’s role in the team

The project’s core team will consist of Postdoc 1 (psychologist/cognitive scientist; expected expertise: evolutionary psychology and information-processing/computational models), Postdoc 2 (psychologist/cognitive scientist; expected expertise: cognitive experiments), and Principal Investigator (PI), Henrikas Bartusevičius (political scientist; expertise: the psychology of political violence).

This vacancy concerns Postdoc 1, whose responsibilities will be as follows:

  • Collaborating with PI in theorizing an information-processing/computational model of a psychological mechanisms regulating coalitional aggression (i.e., the coalitional formidability assessment mechanism);
  • Collaborating with Postdoc 2 and PI in designing experiments to probe the existence and design features of the theorized coalitional formidability assessment mechanism;
  • Contributing to conducting and analyzing cognitive lab experiments;
  • Writing journal articles in collaboration with Postdoc 2 and PI.

The application must be submitted in English via online application system no later than 1 June 2021. The application must include:

  1. An application letter (1–2 pages) addressing the required and desired qualifications as listed above. Please briefly describe your relevant experience and qualifications for each of the 9 qualifications listed above (if you do not have experience/qualifications pertaining to one or more of the qualifications listed above, just say so).
  2. A statement (1–2 pages) on how your qualifications will contribute to implementing WP1 (in particular) and WP2 of the project.
  3. One or two papers that you consider as your best work. This work, preferably but not mandatorily, should demonstrate the qualifications as listed above. Single- or first-authored work carries greater weight. You are welcome to submit unpublished manuscripts, as long as you consider them as demonstrating the highest quality of your research and the qualifications listed above.
  4. A CV in English, which must include a list of publications.
  5. Scanned copies of original transcripts/certificates from higher education, in one PDF file.

The project offers a degree of flexibility with respect to candidates’ research during the project. Therefore, the applicants are welcome, but are not required, to suggest (in Attachment 2) research ideas that could be integrated into WP1 and WP2 of AWAR.

Read the full advert here.

Early Career Writing Group for Evolutionary Scientists — Sign up!

Early Career Writing Group!

A virtual writing group is being organized by Stacey Makhanova for early career evolutionary psychologists and evolutionary scientists more broadly who want some external motivation to get writing done and an opportunity to network (and commiserate) with people in similar career stages. For this group, “early career” means assistant professors, post-docs, and graduate students at the dissertation stage.

If you are interested, see the Google Doc for details and to add your contact info to the email list

Culture Conference 2021: Registration and Abstract Submissions Open

The organizers of the Culture Conference 2021 invite you to join them for a two-day conference hosted by the University of Stirling, UK, from June 7-8, 2021. The conference will be held virtually this year! 

 

Abstract Submissions are being accepted for Short Talks, Lightning Talks, and Poster Presentations! Please see the website for full details: www.culture-conference.com

 

Abstracts should be 300 words or less and should relate to the theme of ‘Evolutionary Perspectives on Culture‘ which we are interpreting very broadly. We welcome applications from any discipline that is interested in the study of culture. You have until May 3 to Submit an Abstract, and up until the conference date to register as an attendee.

 

This year, their are small grants available to presenters who mark that they are interested in aid in the registration form (below). The aim of the small grant is to support presenters in the endeavor of preparing their presentations and offer them some compensation for their time and effort.

 

To submit an abstract:

Call for Data: Meta-Analysis on Personality, Intelligence, Physical Size, and Social Status

Michael Grosz, Robbie van Aert, and Mitja Back are currently conducting a meta-analysis on correlations of personality traits, cognitive abilities, physical size with social status in face-to-face groups (including social influence, attention, admiring respect, popularity, and leadership emergence).

Inclusion criteria:
•We include only studies with groups that had face-to-face contact.
•We include studies that measured the following social status variables: social influence, attention, admiring respect, leadership emergence, likeability (popularity) or the like.
We do not include studies that measured socioeconomic status (income, education, wealth) , formal status positions in organizations (CEO, manager, formal leadership position), or occupational prestige.
•We do not include studies that measured only self-reported social status variables.
•Studies should have additionally measured personality (e.g., Big Five, Dark Triad, personal values, altruism), cognitive abilities (objectively assessed), or physical size (e.g., height, muscularity).
•Participants’ average age should be 16 years or older.

They would be very grateful if you could e-mail unpublished or recently published studies and data to meta@uni-muenster.de. You can find further information and the inclusion criteria at https://osf.io/3r9h4/.

UCLA Event: Community Involvement & Representation(s) in Biological Anthropology: A Panel Discussion on April 23

What do biological anthropologists owe to their research participants? How do we reckon with the biases that have characterized our field from its inception? The UCLA Biological Anthropology DEI Graduate Group, in collaboration with the UCLA Center for Behavior, Evolution, and Culture is pleased to present “Community Involvement and Representation(s) in Biological Anthropology” on 4/23 10:30 AM – 2 PM PDT.  Over the course of two virtual panel discussions, we will explore these questions and contribute toward a more reflexive biological anthropology. Link here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/community-involvement/register

The first panel, “Community Involvement in the Research Process” features Dr. Stephen Acabado, Dr. Keolu Fox, Savannah Martin, and Luisa Rivera engaging in discussion from 10:30-12pm PDT.  Following a short break, the second panel, “Ethical Representation of Research and Research Participants” features Dr. Agustín Fuentes, Tina Lasisi, Dr. Cristina Moya, and Dr. Brooke Scelza from 12:30-2pm PDT.

Both virtual sessions will be hosted live on Crowdcast, and feature each panel of speakers answering questions from moderators and the live audience.  The live sessions are open to the public, but we kindly ask that you register for this event via Crowdcast.

To register for this event, please go to this website: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/community-involvement/register. You will be asked to provide an email to join the event. Enter your email, click agree to terms, and then follow the directions in the automated email Crowdcast sends to you.

If you have any questions about registering for this event, please contact the event coordinators at uclabioanthrodei@gmail.com. Thank you, and we hope to see you there!

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Harvard’s Laboratory for Culture, Cognition and Coevolution is Seeking a Lab Manager

Harvard’s Laboratory for Culture, Cognition and Coevolution in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology is is seeking a lab manager to coordinate, organize and conduct laboratory related activities. Perfect for someone just graduating and thinking about graduate school.

 

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Data collection and management and preliminary statistical analysis
  • Data visualization and GIS map-making
  • Scheduling, human subject ethics protocol management, and behavioral coding
  • Creating, maintaining and updating websites, editing manuscripts, conducting library research, maintaining a lab calendar and coordinating lab activities
  • Administrative tasks such as submitting receipts and conference reimbursements

This position provides extensive research experience and is ideal for recent college graduates planning to attend graduate school in the future.

 

Basic Qualifications

College background and one year of related work experience.  Relevant coursework may count toward experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Anthropology, Economics, Biology, or related field strongly preferred.
  • Experience or skills in statistics (especially R), Global Information Systems, computer programming (Python) and data visualization. If not familiar, must demonstrate ability to learn independently.
  • Experience working in research assistance, including submitting IRBs.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Desire to learn and enthusiasm for understanding human nature and cultural evolution.
  • Language skills a plus, but not required.

Full advert here: https://bit.ly/3cUuvEh.

Learn about the lab: https://coevolution.fas.harvard.edu/

The Kinsey Institute is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Research Fellow

The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington, is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Founded in 1947, the Kinsey Institute is the world’s premier sexological research institute, and is committed to building and supporting a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community of students and scholars.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will work on collaborative research in the laboratory of Dr. Justin Garcia and Dr. Amanda Gesselman, on projects related to the romantic and sexual behaviors of singles, and/or the use of technology in romantic and sexual contexts. This position is funded for 2-years, subject to a positive performance review after the first year.

This is a 12-month position, and includes an annual stipend of $52,000, and up to $10,000 per year in research and professional development expenses (e.g., workshops, conferences, travel), health benefits effective the first day of employment including coverage for the employee and a spouse, office and laboratory space at The Kinsey Institute, and administrative support.
The position will begin in August 2021; for best consideration apply by April 25, 2021.

Position Requirements:
Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to be in residence for the year and participate fully in the intellectual life of the Kinsey Institute. Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent and be no more than five years past the PhD.
Candidates must demonstrate methodological facility in behavioral sciences, have expertise in sexual and/or relationship science, and display a clear commitment to collaborative and interdisciplinary research. The candidate should have experience with quantitative statistical and analytic techniques. Familiarity with longitudinal quantitative analyses is preferred but not required. The Postdoctoral Fellow will have no formal teaching responsibilities but may be asked to deliver a guest lecture based on their research program.

A complete application includes a cover letter, curriculum vita, writing sample, and contact information for three references. Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at: http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/10648. Questions regarding the position can be sent to: Dr. Justin Garcia (jusrgarc@indiana.edu) and Dr. Amanda Gesselman (agesselm@indiana.edu), 150 S Woodlawn Ave, Lindley Hall 405, Bloomington, IN 47405.

Indiana University is an equal employment and Affirmative Action Employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.

Oklahoma State Cluster Hiring Across the Social Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at Oklahoma State University is recruiting up to five open-rank faculty members to specialize in endemic- and pandemic-related research. This is a cluster-hire that will lead to the hiring of at least one open-rank faculty member in each of CAS’s three pillars: Arts and Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences. Information on individual departments may be found here: https://cas.okstate.edu/departments_and_programs. The goal is to cultivate an interdisciplinary research community dedicated to critical questions related to infectious disease and endemic/pandemic studies. This new area of research emphasis will be facilitated by the Oklahoma Pandemic Center for Innovation and Excellence (https://oklahoma.gov/opcie), currently under development in Stillwater, OK, the location of Oklahoma State University’s main campus.

 

Applications due April 5. Full advert can be found here.

Brock University Hiring Assistant Professor of Child and Youth Studies

The Department of Child and Youth Studies at Brock University invites applications for a probationary (tenure track) appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2021. The position is subject to budgetary approval.

A scholar with a completed PhD in a discipline within Social Sciences and a strong focus on applied, advanced quantitative methods (e.g., mathematical modelling, social network analysis, longitudinal analysis) in any thematic area focused on children and/or youth. The successful candidate must have a demonstrated record of research and teaching, with potential or demonstrated record in multi, inter or transdisciplinary scholarship being an asset; non-psychology social science disciplines will generally be given priority.

In addition to departmental service and undergraduate teaching and supervision, the successful candidate will be expected to support the Graduate program in Child and Youth Studies, and to develop or continue a successful program of research within the department’s diverse multi- and transdisciplinary ethos.

Applications due by April 30 2021. Full advert can be found here.