Program Officer in Life Sciences Position at John Templeton Foundation

The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the biggest and most perplexing questions facing humankind. We support research and public outreach within disciplines ranging from astrophysics, evolutionary biology, and genetics, to philosophy, psychology, and economics. We encourage civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians, as well as between such experts and the public at large. In all cases, our grantmaking activity aims to spur curiosity and accelerate discovery, funding the best ideas and capitalizing on what we learn from them.

The Foundation’s Life Sciences department seeks to advance basic scientific research on fundamental questions in biology, particularly ambitious ideas that are undervalued by traditional funding sources. The department’s $60 million of active projects are located around the world and represent a range of topics including origin of life, its evolution, and humanity’s place and future within nature. Current strategic priorities include the science of purpose, cultural evolution, and intellectual humility. The Life Sciences department also manages the Genetics portfolio, which supports contrarian basic and applied biomedical research aimed at minimizing future poverty and sickness. It seeks to identify and support contrarian ideas that challenge established paradigms, and has as a current emphasis the epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of disease.

To advance the Foundation’s mission and strengthen our team, the Foundation is seeking a Program Officer for Life Sciences. The Program Officer will work with the Director of Life Sciences to develop new initiatives that advance current and future strategic priorities. They will also recruit and review grant proposals, communicate with applicants and grantees regarding the application and review process, and collaborate with our evaluation team to determine the impact of our grants.

 

For more information, please see Program Officer Life Sciences Job Ad August 2020.

PhD Positions in Evolutionary Psychology & Psychobiology at the Oklahoma Center for Evolutionary Analysis (OCEAN)

Dr. Jaimie Arona Krems and Dr. Jennifer Byrd-Craven are each planning on accepting one or two PhD students into their labs—the Krems Social & Evolutionary Psychology Lab and the Byrd-Craven Psychobiology Lab—this application cycle.

 

Research from OCEAN faculty touch on female cooperation and competition, friendship, hormonal underpinnings of bonding, social emotions, morality, and stereotyping and prejudice. View individual lab webpages for more information.

 

Both labs are the new—and growing—Oklahoma Center for Evolutionary Analysis (OCEAN), an interdisciplinary Center that includes faculty with taking evolutionary approaches to psychology, anthropology, political science, and animal/comparative behavior. OCEAN values inclusivity and is proud of its supportive, team-like atmosphere.

 

Students will receive training geared toward producing scholars able to work at highest-research institutions as well as to teach and mentor a diverse student body. Interested applicants are encouraged to email prospective mentors

 

Students would be fully funded with stipends and have tuition waved; no GREs are required, and all interviews will take place virtually. Applications are due December 1, 2020. More information about the program and the link to the application are available here.

PhD Position in Evolutionary Psychology at the University of New Mexico

Dr. Tania Reynolds is planning to accept one PhD student this application cycle to her evolutionary psychology lab in the Psychology Department at the University of New Mexico. Her lab researches social competition, female intrasexual aggression, friendship preferences, social cognition, and ideological biases. See https://psych.unm.edu/people/faculty/profile/tania-reynolds.html for more information.

 

Interested applicants can find information about the application process and program here: https://grad.unm.edu/prospective-students/apply-now.html. Applications are due December 1, 2020.

Oakland University is Seeking an Assistant Professor of Psychology (Quantitative Analysis)

The Department of Psychology at Oakland University (www.oakland.edu/psychology) invites applications for a tenure-track appointment with expertise in QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS at the Assistant Professor level beginning Fall, 2021. Primary research interests should complement those of existing faculty in one or more of our graduate program areas: Behavioral Health, Social/Personality, Evolutionary & Comparative (https://www.oakland.edu/psychology/graduate-programs/). A market competitive salary plus excellent fringe benefits are provided.

 

Qualified applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. in Psychology at the time of appointment, have the ability to teach courses in basic and advanced statistics at the undergraduate and graduate levels, show evidence of  a productive research program, demonstrate experience with or a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and be prepared to mentor graduate students in our rapidly expanding M.S. and Ph.D. programs (see https://www.oakland.edu/psychology/graduate-programs/). 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 nationally recognized doctoral university of high research activity located on 1,443 acres of scenic land in the cities of Rochester Hills and Auburn Hills in Oakland County, Michigan (see www.oakland.edu). The University has 142 bachelor’s degree programs and 138 graduate degree and certificate programs. Academics include programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education and Human Services, School of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Health Sciences, School of Medicine and School of Nursing.

 

Applicants must submit electronically a curriculum vitae; a cover letter; a statement of professional interests and goals regarding teaching and research; a diversity statement that describes their interest or efforts in furthering diversity and inclusion, e.g., through research, mentoring, pedagogy, or activism; and up to three representative reprints, preprints, or working papers at http://jobs.oakland.edu/postings/19446. External reference letters should be submitted via the same job link. Inquiries should be directed to Andrea T. Kozak, PhD, Search Committee Chair, kozak@oakland.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately. To receive full consideration, applications must be submitted by October 15, 2020. Oakland University is an equal opportunity employer, and women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Part-Time Statistical and Data Consultant Position at UCLA

The Geography of Philosophy Project (https://www.geographyofphilosophy.com/), funded by the John Templeton Foundation, seeks a part-time statistical and data analysis consultant for a period of one year, with the possibility of a renewal for an additional year and a half. The consultant would help to develop and run statistical models of cross-cultural survey data, and assist with analysis and write-up of results for project publications. The position includes co-authorship on all publications contributed to, as well as a consulting fee. Estimated workload is between 5 and 10 hours per week. The position is open at any level post-PhD. A record of modeling experience in quantitative social science, life sciences, or statistics required. Applicants please send current CV, sample publications, and a cover letter with names of three references to co-PI Professor Clark Barrett at hclarkbarrett@gmail.com. Informal inquiries also welcome. Candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our research team are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Call for Unpublished Papers on Moral Economic Behavior for Meta-Analysis

Christian T. Elbaek, Panagiotis Mitkidis, Lene Aarøe, & Tobias Otterbring are currently collecting data for the first meta-analysis on how material scarcity (such as food scarcity, water scarcity or financial poverty) and self-regulatory-resources, respectively, affects moral economic behavior. Specifically, we are looking for studies with behavioral dependent measures of economic cheating, which also entail studies that use hypothetical choices as a measure of behavior.

Therefore, if you are currently conducting research within this area and have current working papers, unpublished papers or papers under review, we kindly ask you to reach out to us, so we can include such research into our meta-analysis.

If you are in doubt of whether your paper would fit the criteria of such a meta-analysis, we also strongly encourage you to reach out to us, as we want to exhaust all opportunities for including relevant research in our meta-analysis.

The pre-registration of the meta-analysis can be found at https://osf.io/dru4w

Please contact corresponding author Christian T. Elbaek with any enquiries using the below information:

E-mail: chel@mgmt.au.dk
Tel: +45 8716 4945

Warmest wishes,
Christian T. Elbaek, Panagiotis Mitkidis, Lene Aarøe, & Tobias Otterbring.

3-year Post-doc Opportunity at Aarhus University

The Department of Political Science at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, invites applications for a 3-year postdoctoral position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a research project with a focus on political hostility on social media.

Applications are due September 16, 2020. The starting date is January 2021 or subject to mutual agreement.

The research project
The position is part of the ROPH project (Research on Online Political Hostility), led by Professor Michael Bang Petersen and funded by 15.7 million DKK by the Carlsberg Foundation. The ROPH project seeks to identify the causes, consequences and potential counter-strategies related to online political hostility and gathers researchers from the fields of political psychology, evolutionary psychology, radicalization research, media science and physics.

Job description
The advertised position involves developing and conducting laboratory and online experiments to identify the psychological consequences (and relevant mechanisms) of discussing politics on social media relative to face-to-face discussions. Research will primarily be carried out collaboratively with other project members but there will also to some extent be opportunities for pursuing independent work within the focus of the project. The project includes funding for research assistants, data collection, traveling and workshops.

In addition to the outlined research tasks, the position entails teaching equivalent to one course per year. Depending on the applicant’s prior teaching experience and the need for the applicant’s teaching capacity in the relevant years, a one-year extension in return for additional teaching might be negotiable. This extension will be decided by the Department Chair no later than one year after employment. Salary is according to the Danish pay schedule.

 

Further information
Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Professor Michael Bang Petersen prior to submitting their application to learn more about the tasks, Email: michael@ps.au.dk

 

See more details here.

Early Career (Evolutionary) Writing Group!

Early Career (Evolutionary) Writing Group!

 

Are you an early career HBES member feeling socially distanced from your evolutionary psychology peers?

Would you like some external motivation to get writing done?

 

A virtual writing group is being organized by Stacey Makhanova.

Assistant professors, post-docs, and graduate students at the dissertation stage are welcome to join.

 

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?usp=sharing

PhD Position at Nations Museum of Natural History, Paris, France

Thesis: body piercing and past human migrations

Phd thesis proposal: National museum of natural history, Paris, France

 

Recommended background: archaeology, or anthropology, or human population

Genetics

 

Lab: Eco-Anthropologie Umr 7206, Musée De L’homme, Paris, France

Duration: 3 years (starting fall 2020)

Supervisors: Franz Manni and Evelyne Heyer

Net salary: 1,400 euro

Contact email: franz.manni@mnhn.fr

 

How to apply:

Contact us before the 11th of June 2020, sending a short motivation Letter, a cv and a list of available master 2 exams scores.  Candidates Will be contacted back. The best candidate will have to prepare some Paperwork by the June, 19, 2020 to be admitted to a formal skype interview Of 20 minutes (10 minutes to illustrate the project and 10 minutes for Questions) to be set 1-3, July, 2020.

 

This phd project is aimed at investigating the spread of ancestral Body piercing practices in relation to past human migrations. This Is to say that body piercing is here considered as a vertically Transmissible cultural trait, maybe having a limited number of origins in time and space.  Like other body modifications (skull deformations, Teeth alterations, scarifications, tattoos, neck elongation, etc.), body Piercing relies on a very specific and quite complex know-how. Although Its symbolism is variable, diachronically and synchronously, the Practice actually relies on the method used to create, heal and enlarge A “tunnel” in the flesh: when the know-how is lost, the practice Becomes hardly possible. This is the research hypothesis of the thesis: The ancestors of the populations who practice(d) body piercing learned How to do it by contact with other populations. The history of body Piercing is likely to mirror past human contacts and migrations.  To be Clear: this doctoral project concerns only the study of traditional Body piercing practiced by many peoples in the world, it does not Directly concern “modern” body piercing emerged in California (the “modern primitives”) in the mid-1970s. Nevertheless, this recent Renaissance has shown that several years have been necessary to develop, Ex nihilo, a viable body piercing technique, meaning that it is not easy to reinvent body piercing. This is why ancestral (“traditional”) body Piercing may have persisted only where the know-how related to it has Been transmitted through direct learning, generation after generation. The oldest body piercing ornament is dated 46,000 years ago (langley et Al. 2016). Although other body modifications (ex: tattooing) can be as Old, body piercing leaves more durable evidence: the ornaments. Easily Recognizable by their shape (rounded, cylindrical, conical, or toroidal), Their symmetry, weight and polishing, body piercing ornaments will be the major object of study of the thesis. Contemporary or old, they are Available in many collections (public or private), this is why fieldwork Will not be necessary.  The project stems from an exhibition that took place at the Musée De L’homme , Paris, France (march 2019/2020; Curator f. Manni) and related work. The candidate will benefit the Help of the research network at the origin of the exhibition (40 Researchers, 12 countries: archaeologists, ethnologists, anthropologists, Curators). Currently the network is involved in the writing of a manual on body modifications to be published by an international academic Publisher. The outcome of the thesis can be included in it.

 

See here for more information

Two funded Ph.D. students at the University of Kardinal Stefan Wyszyński (Warsaw, Poland)

Peter Jonason is looking for two funded (conference travel included) Ph.D. students at the University of Kardinal Stefan Wyszyński (Warsaw, Poland) in the Institute of Psychology to study online dating advertisements from an extended phenotype perspective. The project involves cross-cultural collaborations, psychometrics training, and research in personality, cyber, and social psychology from an evolutionary perspective. Details can be found by contacting him (click here) or on the web (click here).