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 OCEAN Speaker Series Presents Virtual Talk by Amy Boddy, PhD.

The OCEAN Speaker Series Presents Virtual Talk by Amy Boddy, PhD. entitled, Life history trade-offs in reproduction and cancer.

 

Abstract: Life history theory is a powerful approach to study human health and disease. However, there has been little work in applications of life history theory in cancer biology. Here I will discuss how cancer is fundamentally characterized by life history trade-offs. Using a newly curated comparative oncology dataset across a wide range of mammals, I show why some mammals may be more vulnerable to cancer than others. I suggest some of this cancer vulnerability is due to life history trade-offs in reproductive output and discuss how insights into life history and cancer can be useful for human health and disease.

 

Time and Date: Thursday February 25, 2021, 3:30 – 5:00 pm CST

Location: Zoom

 

The web address to sign up for the talk is: OCEAN SPEAKER SERIES – The Oklahoma Center for Evolutionary ANalysis (mystrikingly.com)

Post-Doc Position at Washington State University

Dr. Anne Pisor is looking for a postdoc to co-lead a three-year project with co-PI Dr. Monique Borgerhoff Mulder and NGO Mwambao Coastal Community Network. The project is focused on whether between-community social relationships impact resource management — specifically, managing fisheries on the Tanzanian coast. The postdoc will be based in the Human Sociality Lab (www.pisor-lab.com) in Pullman, WA, but will also spend time on site in Tanzania.

Fieldwork, leadership, language, and R skills desired. PhD in any field. Initial 12 month appointment with possibility for renewal for up to two additional years pending satisfactory performance.

Priority review of applications begins Feb 15. Anticipated start date is June 1.

Apply here.

University of Utah Anthropology seeking Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Ecology

Department of Anthropology at University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track position in evolutionary ecology at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2021 (https://anthro.utah.edu/faculty_recruitment/index.php). The Department of Anthropology at University of Utah seeks diverse candidates who complement this historical strength of the department and take a quantitative, empirical approach to the study of human behavior, biology, or evolution. Applications are due February 1, 2021.

 

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Anthropology or a related field by the time of appointment, an established record of high-quality research indicated by external funding and publications, and evidence of relevant teaching and field work experience. A competitive application will present evidence of teaching and research excellence, or potential for the same. We seek candidates whose research, teaching and service have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to engagement and inclusion of culturally diverse audiences.

 

Apply here: https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/109707

Evolutionary Lecture Exchange Group Sign-Up

Attention HBES faculty:

Are you teaching online in Spring 2021? Would you love to expose your students to more evolutionary-minded researchers? Join our lecture exchange group! We have created a spreadsheet for faculty interested in exchanging prerecorded guest lectures for classes in social psychology, evolutionary psychology, cultural psychology, evolutionary anthropology, and more. We think that this time of online teaching affords an excellent opportunity to expose students to experts on various topics in the study of human behavior.

The idea would be to provide a prerecorded guest lecture that can be used by any participating faculty. Please add your name, lecture topic(s), and email address to our list! And, if there is something you would like for your class, feel free to send the request to that faculty member. They can then send you their recorded lecture.

A wonderful, but not mandatory, accompaniment to the lecture would be to exchange “tea time chats”. That is, allow the professor and/or students in a course to interview you for 10 mins at a mutually convenient time after watching your lecture.

If you would like to be involved in this exchange, sign up here: Lecture exchange

MindCORE Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Scholars

MindCORE (Mind Center for Outreach, Research, and Education) seeks to recruit outstanding postdoctoral researchers for our Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Scholars. Housed within the School of Arts & Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania, MindCORE is an interdisciplinary effort to understand human intelligence and behavior.

 

Designed for individuals who have recently obtained a PhD degree in psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy or other cognitive science discipline, the MindCORE Fellowship is a springboard for young researchers as they establish their own research program. Fellows are also encouraged to pursue collaborative research with faculty working across disciplines at Penn.

 

Benefits

Fellows receive a competitive salary, relocation allowance, health insurance plus a modest research budget. Fellows also benefit from access to the greater community of academics including visiting scholars plus leading research facilities equipped with cutting-edge instrumentation all on an urban campus in a vibrant city. Fellows are invited to join regular working group meetings within their field plus career development workshops aimed at young researchers, and will be provided with a mentoring committee. Funding is provided in one year terms renewable for up to three years.

 

Eligibility & Application

–          Applicants must have formally completed all requirements of the PhD degree and provide a copy of their diploma at the time of appointment. Candidates must submit 1-2 page research statement that identifies at least three MindCORE faculty at Penn (https://mindcore.sas.upenn.edu/people/faculty-and-associates/) with whom the applicant would be interested in collaborating, along with a CV and contact information for two referees.

–          Submitted documents should be saved with candidate’s Lastname_Firstname.PDF in one PDF file in this order: research statement, CV, referees (name, affiliation, email address). Complete applications should be submitted through the form on our website: https://web.sas.upenn.edu/mindcore/post-doctoral-research-fellowship/. Questions can be emailed to pennmindcore@sas.upenn.edu

–          Applications due January 14, 2021.

 

Selection

All eligible and complete applications will be evaluated by the Selection Committee and are judged on the following criteria:

–          Scientific excellence

–          Scientific match and interdisciplinarity

–          Career potential

 

MindCORE awards ~2 post-doctoral Fellowships per year. Positions may start as early as July 1, 2021.

 

See here for MindCORE Postdoc Fellows – FAQ

 

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class. Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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 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

Job Ad: Professor and Director, School of Human Evolution and Social Change at ASU

Professor and Director, School of Human Evolution and Social Change at ASU

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. ASU serves more than 70,000 students across five campuses, and has a rapidly growing digital immersion population. SHESC is located on ASU’s Tempe campus. Tempe is part of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020.

Research and teaching at SHESC (https://shesc.asu.edu) has contributed to ASU ranking #1 in anthropology in both research funding and output. A vibrant community of scholars, teachers, and professionals, SHESC includes over 45 tenure-track faculty members that serve 800 undergraduate majors in anthropology, global health, and applied math and 110 PhD and MA students across four graduate programs. A highly engaged and collaborative unit, SHESC is a leader in research and educational initiatives in traditional anthropological subfields (archaeology, bioarchaeology, evolutionary anthropology, sociocultural anthropology) and problem-based fields of applied math, environmental social science, and global health. SHESC faculty are affiliated with a wide diversity of transdisciplinary research groups, including the Institute of Human Origins, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, the Teotihuacan Research Laboratory and the Centers for Archaeology and Society, Bioarchaeology, Digital Antiquity, Evolution and Medicine, Global Health, and Social Dynamics and Complexity, and the Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research program.

The Director will develop and implement a comprehensive plan for SHESC and strategic initiatives related to the faculty, staff, and students, providing leadership, vision, and the capacity to engage faculty across a range of disciplines, while sustaining a culture of collaboration both within and beyond the School, strengthening links with other academic units at ASU, and with the wider community. The Director will also maintain an internationally recognized research program and contribute to the teaching mission of the university. The Director will foster growth and innovation in the School’s research endeavors; attract, develop, and retain exceptional faculty members from diverse backgrounds and disciplines; promote student success and career readiness; develop interdisciplinary research and teaching initiatives; advance entrepreneurial opportunities; and enhance productive relationships within and outside the university community.

Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications

  • A PhD or equivalent in anthropology, environmental social science or global health, or a related field or discipline
  • A record of excellence in teaching and service in an academic setting
  • A distinguished scholarly record commensurate with the rank of tenured Professor
  • Academic leadership experience

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to cultivating and supporting a diverse faculty and student population
  • Relevant administrative experience
  • Demonstrated appreciation for interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research
  • Demonstrated ability or articulated potential to catalyze cutting-edge research
  • Demonstrated ability for mentorship and professional development of emerging scholars
  • A record of externally-funded research
  • Potential for innovative and strategic leadership in an academic setting
  • Commitment to building community-based initiatives
  • Commitment to developing donor relations and fundraising

This is a paperless search. To apply, please submit to http://apply.interfolio.com/69718 : (1) a cover letter outlining how you meet the above qualifications and your vision for leading a transdisciplinary academic unit such as SHESC, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence, and (4) contact information including emails for three references. References may be contacted at a later stage of the search and only with the candidate’s approval. Initial deadline for receipt of complete applications is November 24, 2019. If the position is not filled, reviews will occur every week thereafter until the search is closed.  Cover letter can be addressed to Professor Steven Neuberg, Search Committee Chair. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair at steven.neuberg@asu.edu.