Job. Opening: Chair of Psychology, ASU

Arizona State University, a leading public research university that is rated first in the U.S. for innovation, seeks a dynamic, forward-looking chair for the Department of Psychology, with a concurrent appointment as a tenured Professor. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2023.

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Director (Full Professor) Position at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC)

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC) with a concurrent appointment as a tenured Full Professor. 

SHESC Director Job ad!

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Two tenure-track positions in Developmental Psychology at Oklahoma State University

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY, OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY is seeking outstanding scientists to fill two full-time, Assistant Professor, tenure track positions in the area of Developmental Psychology beginning August 2023. The Department is seeking one candidate for each of the following areas of specialization: (1) cognitive development with a focus on infancy or childhood; and (2) inequality as related to developmental psychology, broadly defined (e.g., economic disparities, social inequalities, psychology of fairness or morality). Candidates are expected to have a strong background in and dedication to scholarly activity, and to interact well with colleagues and students. They are expected to establish a vigorous, high-quality research program, to be or have potential to be internationally-recognized in their field, and to attract and mentor high-quality graduate students. We welcome applications from candidates with backgrounds in developmental psychology or closely related fields. Scholars with marginalized identities, including women, gender, and sexual minorities, racial and ethnic minorities, rural, first-generation, immigrant or non-U.S. scholars, scholars who experienced economic disadvantage, scholars with disabilities, and any other scholars underrepresented in psychology, are encouraged to apply.

The Department includes a strong Developmental Science cohort with expertise in cognitive development, social and emotional development, neurobiological development, and pediatric psychology. Candidates would also have access to the OSU Brain Initiative, https://tulsa.okstate.edu/braininitiative, a growing interdisciplinary neuroscience collaboration at OSU that includes fMRI research capabilities. The Psychology Department has a shared laboratory space with facilities and equipment to support faculty exploring genetic and endocrine contributions to behavior. Competitive salary and start-up funds are available.

Candidates will be expected to serve as a research mentor for doctoral students, to supervise undergraduate research, and to provide quality classroom instruction for both graduate and undergraduate courses. Typical teaching load is two courses per semester. A successful faculty candidate should be willing to teach from a multicultural perspective and should be willing to mentor ethnically, racially, and socioeconomically underrepresented students. Diversity is a core value of the Department of Psychology and we are committed to the recruitment, retention, and success of diverse students. See: https://diversity.okstate.edu

The Department has 25 full-time faculty and offers Ph.D. degrees in experimental psychology and clinical psychology. The experimental program has concentrations in Developmental, Comparative-Neurobiological, Cognitive, and Social-Personality. The clinical program, continuously APA-accredited since 1971, is based on the clinical science model of training and is a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science. The Department offers training to a diverse graduate and undergraduate student body (30% minority enrollment) of approximately 60 doctoral students and over 1000 undergraduate majors. The Department has faculty in Tulsa who teach and do research on the OSU-Tulsa campus. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Department website at http://psychology.okstate.edu.

Oklahoma State University, home of the Cowboys, is a top-ranked public land-grant research university, located in Stillwater, OK, approximately 70 miles from the major metropolitan areas of Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Among the most geographically diverse states, Oklahoma has 11 distinct ecological regions in its borders—more per square mile than in any other state – and is

home to fifty-one state parks, six national parks or protected regions, two national protected forests or grasslands, and a network of wildlife preserves and conservation areas. There are currently thirty-nine recognized tribes with headquarters in Oklahoma and twenty-five Native American languages are still spoken here. See https://www.okhistory.org/research/tribalnations for more information. Stillwater is a smaller, welcoming city centered around the University, with approximately 50,000 full-time residents. Stillwater public schools were recently selected as one of the “100 Best Public School Systems in America,” and the city has excellent affordable housing. Faculty in the department also live in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

For full consideration, application materials must be received by October 1, 2022. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications should include a cover letter, research and teaching statements, vita, reprints/preprints of representative research, and summary of course evaluations/evidence of teaching excellence. The application portfolio, compiled as a single PDF file, should be uploaded to the application portal at http://apply.interfolio.com/113503. In addition, candidates should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent via email to Dr. Jennifer Byrd-Craven, Chair, Developmental Psychology Search Committee at psychologysearch@okstate.edu. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Byrd-Craven.

Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Oklahoma State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or veteran status with regard to employment, educational programs and activities, and/or admissions. For more information, visit https:///eeo.okstate.edu.

Evolutionary Anthropology Postdoc Position

The University of Missouri Department of Anthropology seeks a scientific anthropologist specializing in human-environment dynamics, including human evolution and behavior for a 2-year postdoctoral position. The position is sponsored by the University of Missouri’s Preparing Future Faculty—Faculty Diversity (PFFFD) Postdoctoral Program, which is designed to prepare scholars for tenure-track faculty positions at the University of Missouri and elsewhere. The stipend is $60,000 per year plus benefits.

More information about the PFFFD program is available at https://gradschool.missouri.edu/postdoctoral-education/preparing-future-faculty-postdoctoral-program-for-faculty-diversity/. The application deadline is September 30, 2022. The ideal candidate will complement our integrative study of Human Adaptation, Ecology, and Evolution. The area of specialization is open and can be, but is not limited to, cooperation and conflict, epidemiology, cultural continuity and variation through time, evolution of culture and intelligence, human interactions with plants and animals, life history and child development, religion, gender relationships, social structure and inequity, and hominid evolution. Research approaches can include but are not limited to demography, ecological and environmental anthropology, ethnobiology, archaeometry, human behavioral ecology, cognitive archaeology, genetics, human variation, and biomedical anthropology. MU’s Anthropology Department has long been recognized as a leading anthropology program among departments with a focus on the scientific study of relationships among culture, behavior, health, human biology and evolution, both throughout the present world and through prehistory. We have an internationally recognized program in these areas, and we seek a strong scholar to build on our strengths.

Contact: Rob Walker – walkerro@missouri.edu

The 4th Brazilian Meeting on Evolution of Human Behavior

The 4th Brazilian Meeting on Evolution of Human Behavior is an international conference between the 17th and 21st of October 2022. The event will be held in English, with the exception of 11 basic and advanced short courses aimed at undergraduate and graduate Brazilian students, held by researchers from all over Brazil in Portuguese.

  Next, the congress will consist of 5 plenary talks: Dr. Edward Hagen (USA), Dr. Maryanne Fisher (Canada), Dr. Justin Mogilski (USA), Dr. Ana Maria Fernandez (Chile), e Dr. Dennis Werner (Brazil). Some of the invited speakers will further participate in a symposium specifically on sexuality from the evolutionary perspective.

Another highly important symposium aimed at feminist perspective in evolutionary psychology will be held by a representative of the Feminist Evolutionary Psychology Society, together with the Brazilian collective “Maria Emília – (R)evolutionary Women”. It will also include the discussion about the importance of women on the evolution of bipedalism. Another symposium about Parental Investment will include researchers from Federal University of Espírito Santo and University of São Paulo. Finally, a team of professors from the University of São Paulo will offer a symposium on Comparative Study of Development, focusing on environmental effects.

Find out more about our speakers and symposia in the tabs above. The conference will be further divided into approximately five thematic oral sessions and one poster session. Thus, consider submitting your presentation, be an active part of this program and let everybody know about your research!

The venue, Sao Paulo, is the largest city in South America, offering a taste of all of Brazil in one place, with its cosmopolitan life, unforgettable cultural events, enormous gastronomic variety, all kinds of museums, aquarium, zoo, parks, theaters, municipal markets, historical center and skyscrapers, and even some indigenous cultures.

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Postdoc in Evolution & Ecology of Human Behavior & Culture Lab

  1. Postdoctoral Researcher for Templeton funded Adoption of new religious rituals project

[ versión en Español aquí 🇵🇪 ]

    • Project: Deciding whether to adopt a new behavior poses a challenge, particularly when it is difficult to verify the efficacy of that trait. New religious beliefs epitomize such a trait. Unfortunately, most accounts of religious changes are retrospective, and therefore cannot measure the social, strategic, and cognitive underpinnings of such cultural change. In a new project we remedy those short comings. We take advantage of a rare opportunity to study the development of a new religious ritual site in the Peruvian Altiplano where people began worshipping an apparition of Jesus, along with traditional Andean figures such as a stone toad, in 2014. We seek a postdoctoral researcher for this project to co-develop a regional and longitudinal project at this site.

    • Timeline: The appointment will be for 3 years if the researcher is able to start on Oct 1, 2022. There is some possibility to start later in Fall 2022, but it would cut down the total appointment time. Reviews will begin Aug 22, 2022 and will continue to be reviewed until Sept 22nd if unfilled by then.

    • Qualifications: This is an interdisciplinary project, so colleagues with many different skills can contribute. As such not all the following are necessary, but the ideal candidate speaks Spanish, has experience with mixed methods anthropological fieldwork, data management, and statistical analyses of these. Expertise in cultural evolutionary theory is a plus. As with most research positions, written and verbal scientific communication skills, interpersonal skills and a willingness to work in a collaborative environment are important. Candidate must have PhD by the time they take up the position.

    • Responsibilities: The postdoctoral researcher will be involved in all phases of the research process from planning up to writing up.

      1. Project planning

        • There is flexibility as to which projects the postdoctoral researcher wishes to lead. During the planning phase they will decide which research questions are of interest to them and help develop the materials and ethics applications for these.

        • Data documentation for previously collected data and preparing data documentation protocol for future data to be collected.

      2. Fieldwork in Peruvian Altiplano (during Northern Hemisphere summers)

        • Accompanying one of the field teams during regional data collection

        • Conducting some interviews, cognitive tasks, & coordinating games.

        • Managing one of the field teams data collection and ensuring data quality

      3. Analysis

        • Devising and implementing data analysis for subsets of data

        • Leading articles for publication

    • Benefits:

      1. Research and conference travel costs are covered by the grant.

      2. All postdoctoral researchers at UC Davis are represented by the UAW. For more information on salary and benefits see: https://grad.ucdavis.edu/postdoctoral-scholar-benefits

      3. Further information from the UC Davis Postdoctoral Scholars Association can be found here: https://postdocs.ucdavis.edu/

    • Application: Applicants should address any questions, or submit their materials to moya@ucdavis.edu. Receipt of each applications will be confirmed. Get in touch if you do not hear from me within a week.

      1. Cover letter (one page): explaining why you are interested in this position and what makes you a good candidate for it

      2. CV

      3. Names and contact information for three references familiar with your work. (letters not necessary)

 

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Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Psychology Position at Murdoch University

  • Continuous, Full Time (37.5 hours)
  • Base Salary $115k plus 17% employer superannuation contributions
  • Salary Packaging opportunities 
  • Ref: 130591/4190A01

At Murdoch, we pride ourselves on our diverse and vibrant workplace. We are committed to the recruitment and development of skilled and passionate people, who want to make a difference to the world around them. With more than 23,000 students and 1,700 staff across three campuses in the Perth area as well as centres in Singapore and Dubai, Murdoch has an ambitious agenda both locally and internationally.

For undergraduate studies, the psychology discipline was rated top in Australia in overall experience in the Good Universities Guide ranking 2020/2021.

The Role

The successful applicant will conduct research in any area of psychology, apply innovative teaching methods in any area of psychology at undergraduate psychology courses and fourth year psychology courses. The expected candidate will coordinate units and courses and must be confident in the use of technology for teaching.

What you’ll bring to this role

Essential 

  • A PhD in an area relevant to appointment.
  • Demonstrated experience in teaching in the discipline or profession, or two or more years of postdoctoral or equivalent professional experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under broad direction only, exercise initiative in undertaking responsibilities and work effectively as a team member.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in high quality independent research, with an established record of scholarly publications.
  • Demonstrated capacity to produce grant applications, with a track record in the generation of research funding (either independently or as part of a research team).
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to successfully supervise honours, postgraduate and HDR students.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary approaches to curriculum and pedagogy.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary and collegial team.
  • Demonstrated high levels of written and oral communication skills in English.

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Early Career Writing Group Sign-Up

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:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MApDYnB5OErkXhgIhA05ataUlJHhY9B16ighMk2xO0A/edit

Invitation to Contribute to Encyclopedias

Todd Shackelford (Psychology, Oakland University) is curating two new encyclopedias, and would like to extend an open invitation to prospective authors interested in contributing entries. Prospective authors are also encouraged to recommend colleagues or graduate students to contribute entries.

The Springer Nature Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence will be a comprehensive encyclopedia of domestic violence, and will include over 2,000 entries from authors across a wide array of disciplines.

The Springer Nature Encyclopedia of Sexual Psychology and Behavior will be a comprehensive encyclopedia of evolutionary perspectives on sexual psychology and behavior, and will also include over 2,000 entries from authors across a wide array of disciplines.

For additional information about either of these encyclopedias, or for a complete list of available entries, please contact Editor-in-Chief Todd Shackelford (shackelf@oakland.edu) or Section Editor Gavin Vance (gvance@oakland.edu).

Fully-Funded PhD Position at University of Zurich on Hunter-Gatherer Tool Use & Culture

Fully-funded PhD position at University of Zurich on hunter-gatherer tool use & culture

We are offering a 4-year PhD position in the Ape Behaviour & Ecology Group of the Department of
Anthropology at the University of Zurich (www.apegroup-uzh.com) to study hunter-gatherer material
culture in Central Africa.

The PhD candidate will work within the Comparative Human and Ape Technology (CHAT) Project,
which is funded through a SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellowship (‘Phylogenetic and Ontogenetic
Origins of Ape Material Culture’). The overall goal of the CHAT Project is to enhance our understanding
of the evolution of technology and to shed light on what made humans the uniquely technological
ape. This research will apply a comparative developmental approach (Koops & Sanz, in press), which
integrates the study of the development of tool use and object manipulation while considering the
influence of ecological and socio-cognitive drivers, across species. The CHAT Project compares
chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and humans. The research for this PhD project will focus on hunter-gatherers
and includes behavioural observations and ecological data collection.

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of researchers working on the evolution of
tool use and culture. Excellent collaborative, independent working and time management skills are
essential. Previous field experience (incl. behavioural data collection, ideally on humans) and French
language skills are required. Experience working in remote places under basic and challenging living
conditions is highly recommended. The Ph.D. project will require 18-24 months of field work in the
Republic of Congo, split into a number of field seasons.

Candidates should have a M.Sc. degree or equivalent, a relevant background in Biology, Psychology,
Anthropology or a related discipline, a strong interest in human/primate behaviour, advanced
scientific writing (in English) and strong data analytical skills (in R). Start of the position is 1 August
2022. The position is fully funded for max. 4 years.

Please submit your application as soon as possible in a single PDF to kathelijne.koops@uzh.ch. We will
consider applications until the position is filled. Feel free to get in touch if you have any inquiries about
the position. Applications should include: 1) cover letter stating your motivation and how your
expertise fit the project (max. 1 page), 2) Curriculum Vitae, 3) copy of highest degree obtained, 4)
names and contact details of two referees, 5) reprints of 1-2 selected publications or writing samples.