Tenure Track Biological Anthropology Post at UCLA

The Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles seeks a biological anthropologist for a tenure track position at any level within the assistant professor rank, starting July 2017. Candidates must have Ph.D. degree in Anthropology or closely related field in hand at time of appointment. The successful candidate’s research interests will complement existing strengths of the UCLA biological anthropology program, which emphasizes an evolutionary (adaptationist) perspective. Specialists in all research areas are invited to apply. Please visit the following websites for more information about the current focus of the biological anthropology program and the affiliated Center for Behavior, Evolution and Culture. Please submit your application through UCLA Academic Recruit, Recruitment number JPF02429.

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Assistant/Associate Professor in Ecological Anthropology at PSU

The Department of Anthropology at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for an early to middle-career human ecologist, starting in August 2017. Application review will begin September 1, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled.  Direct questions regarding this faculty position to Dr. Rebecca Bliege Bird at rub33@psu.edu.  Apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/64412

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PHD studentship in Macropsychology at Warwick, UK

The Bridges Programme at the University of Warwick is offering a Ph.D. studentship. The Bridges Programme aims to provide PhD students with deep knowledge of contemporary research questions in the social sciences, and rigorous training in the mathematical and computational approaches needed to answer them. This programme is open to students interested in any area of the social sciences (e.g., Economics, Psychology, Political Science, or Sociology) or mathematical sciences (e.g., Statistics, Complex Systems, or Computer Science), and who are interested in bridging the boundaries between these domains. The Trust has a particular interest in supporting UK or EU students.

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PhD position at Max Planck in Naturalistic Social Cognition

The Max Planck Research Group “Naturalistic Social Cognition: Developmental and Evolutionary Perspectives” at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin,Germany, (Research Group Leader: Dr. Annie E. Wertz) seeks applicants for a PhD position.The position will preferably begin October 15, 2016, although the start date is negotiable.

The PhD project will investigate social learning in infancy, with an emphasis on selective learning rules for acquiring and utilizing information about aspects of the natural world (e.g., plants). We seek a PhD student (m/f) with a background in eye tracking and/or infant methodologies; strong skills in data analysis are preferred. The ability to speak German to communicate with participants during studies is a bonus.

RA/Postdoc in Glasgow on Kinship

The post-holder will contribute to a ERC-funded project on “How do humans recognise kin?” working with Dr Lisa DeBruine. Specifically, the job requires expert knowledge in at least one of the following areas: experimental social psychology, biological psychology, behavioural biology, genetics, or computer graphics. This post has funding for up to 4 years. Applications are due by 10 July, 2016. See http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AUF420/ for more details.

PhD in Cultural Phylogenetics

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD studentship in Cultural Phylogenetics at the University of Bristol in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology. The closing date for applications is May 31st 2015. Interviews will be conducted in June.

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Max Planck Institute: Two grants for PhD students in Cultural Evolution

The Minds and Traditions research group (“the Mint”), an Independent Max Planck Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena (Germany) is offering two grants for two doctoral projects focusing on “cognitive science and cultural evolution of visual culture and graphic codes“. Funding is available for four years (three years renewable twice for six months), starting in September 2016. The PhD students will be expected to take part in a research project devoted to the cognitive science and cultural evolution of graphic codes. If interested, please send a motivation letter (maximum two pages) to the group’s principal investigator, Olivier Morin (morin@shh.mpg.de) by March the 21st, 2016.

The complete call in pdf format can be found here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/8432426/Mint-PhD-call.pdf

Spring School on Quantitative Methods May 2016 | MPI Science of Human History, Germany

Research in cultural and linguistic evolution is growing rapidly. New scholars need to quickly grasp a range of computational and quantitative methods from across different disciplines, to learn to organise and present data, and to critically evaluate the right approaches for their research. Recognising a need for interdisciplinary training from within the field, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History will be holding its first Spring School on Quantitative Methods from May 13th-18th 2016. Applications are due March 1st.

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PhD position on Human Collective Behaviour. Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin

Starting date: The position is available from May 2016 onwards, but later start dates are possible.

Description: The PhD project will investigate the role of individual differences in human and animal collective behaviours, including group formation, group coordination and conflict resolution. It will involve experiments with human crowds using GPS tracking devices & video tracking, virtual interactive platforms and simulations. Limited work on animal groups (e.g., fish) is also possible. We seek a PhD student with a strong empirical background and excellent skills in (spatial) data analysis. Programming skills are a bonus.

The Center for Adaptive Rationality at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (www.mpib-berlin.mpg.de) is a highly interdisciplinary and international research group where English is the working language. We offer an excellent infrastructure including support staff and equipment for conducting experiments (e.g., behavioural laboratory, GPS tracking and supercomputers).

The predoctoral contract is for three years. Applications (consisting of a cover letter describing your research interests, a CV, up to two publications, and two letters of recommendation) should be sent as a single PDF file, with your name as the file name, to Monika Oppong (oppong@mpib-berlin.mpg.de; Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin).

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Application review will begin on February 1, 2016 but applications after this date will be considered equally. For further inquiries about the position, please contact Ralf Kurvers (kurvers@mpib-berlin.mpg.de).

More information:

https://www.mpib-berlin.mpg.de/sites/default/files/download/jobs/stellenanzeige_predoctoral_contract-arc_39-2015_10.12.2015_intern.pdf

“Origins of Genus Homo” live webcast

Join the live webcast! “Origins of Genus Homo” is the topic of a free public symposium hosted by the UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research & Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) on Friday, Feb 5th (1:00 – 5:30 pm PT), co-chaired by Steven Churchill (Duke Univ) and Philip Rightmire (Harvard Univ).

Despite discoveries of remarkable new fossils in recent years, the evolutionary events surrounding the origins of genus Homo are incompletely understood. This CARTA symposium explores evidence bearing on the emergence of our genus, focusing on possible antecedents to Homo, changes in diet and body form as Australopithecus evolved toward Homo, ancient species within the genus, and evolutionary processes likely operating 2.5 – 1.5 million years ago.

Access the live webcast here on Feb 5:
https://carta.anthropogeny.org/events/origins-genus-homo