PhD Studentship in Nutrient interaction and carotenoid skin colour: a signal of human health

Further to their work relating skin colour to health and attractiveness, the Perception Lab at St Andrews, headed by Dave Perrett,  would like to advertise a PhD studentship for applicants with a background in Psychology, Biological Sciences or cognate discipline.

A 4-year BBSRC studentship is available from September 2016. The studentship offers the opportunity to work in an academic setting on a project pertinent to health, and will lead to a PhD degree in Psychology from the University of St Andrews.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cooperation Theory

A postdoctoral position is available in Dr. Athena Aktipis’s lab for individuals with a PhD in Psychology, Biology, Economics, Anthropology, Mathematics, Computer Science or related discipline who have interests and experience in cooperation theory.  To be eligible for these positions, applicants must have training in either human laboratory experiments. Other desired qualifications include training in statistical analysis, demography, as well as evolutionary tools and methods.
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Tenured Professorship in Human Evolutionary Biology

The Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University seeks to appoint a tenured professor in the field of human evolutionary biology. We are interested in candidates who address any aspect of humans from an evolutionary perspective, and who complement and add to the strengths of the department and other affiliated departments at Harvard including Anthropology, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Psychology, as well as the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.

The appointment could begin as early as July 1, 2016. Candidates are encouraged to apply by December 1, 2015; applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

The professor will teach and advise at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates are required to have a doctorate. Demonstrated excellence in teaching and research is desired. Candidates should also evince intellectual leadership and impact on the field and potential for significant contributions to the department, University, and wider scholarly community.

Letters of nomination from third parties are welcome. Names of references are not required. Please submit your materials through the ARIeS portal at

Please address inquiries to Professor Joseph Henrich, Search Committee Chair, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University at

International Society for Behavioural Ecology 2016 Call for Symposia

As in previous years, ISBE 2016 at the University of Exeter will include an extra day after the main conference to host up to 10 small, themed symposia. We are now inviting proposals for these symposia.

We will host up to 10 concurrent symposia on Weds 3rd August 2016, immediately following the main conference (29th July – 2nd August). Each symposium should focus on an issue of current relevance and interest within behavioural ecology as broadly defined.

Each symposium should be organised by a maximum of three people. Symposium formats are flexible, and we encourage applicants to be creative: you may include a mix of talks, opportunities for discussion or breakout groups, teaching forums and/or workshops. Our facilities can hold up to 350 people per symposia. We encourage applications from, and/or involvement of, early career researchers.

To submit a proposal, send a 2-page (single spaced) outline including affiliations and contact details of the organisers, a description of the proposed theme/topic, a justification of its relevance/timeliness, and proposed symposium structure (symposium participants do not need to be confirmed but please give an indicative list). Proposals should be sent to by 18th December 2015. You can mail us from

Proposals will be selected by the ISBE organising committee on the criteria of (i) scientific rigour, (ii) timeliness/relevance to the field of behavioural ecology, and (iii) symposium structure and balance of topics/participants (please aim to ensure an equal number of male and female participants from a range of career stages and national affiliations).

Economics and Biology of Contests Conference 2016

From 27–28 February 2016, Brisbane will play host to an exciting gathering of economic and evolutionary thinkers who will explore the potential for a closer synthesis between evolution and economics in order to understand both the economics and biology of behaviour in contest.

The Economics and Biology of Contests Conference aims to bring together leading economists, psychologists and evolutionary biologists to explore contest behaviour in economic, political and social environments. The conference will provide an opportunity for researchers to discuss the economic, psychological and evolutionary biology approaches to this topic, explore common ground and identify collaborative opportunities.

The call for papers is now open and will close 16 November 2015. Submit your abstract via

Assistant Professor in Anthropology – Human Behavioral Ecology & Cultural Evolution

The Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis invites applicants for an Open Position/Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Human Behavioral Ecology & Cultural Evolution. For full consideration applicants should submit full set of materials by November 2, 2015: a curriculum vitae; cover letter that indicates completed research, current research program and teaching experience; copies of up to three (3) publications representing current research; and the contact information for three (3) references through the online application system found at:

The successful candidate must have an active research program focusing on the evolutionary dimensions of human behavior. We seek candidates whose research addresses human life history, technology, social, economic, subsistence, or political systems and/or patterns of cultural change from an explicitly evolutionary perspective, with a preference for researchers combining field-based ethnography or cross-cultural data analysis with evolutionary modeling. Candidates who bring quantitative skills in statistical analysis to the training of students across our integrated evolutionary wing will be particularly competitive. Applicants must demonstrate exceptional promise as scholars and teachers, and must have completed a Ph.D. in Anthropology prior to September 2016.

The successful candidate will run the human behavioral ecology/cultural evolutionary lab group. Teaching duties include four courses per academic year (quarter system) at the introductory, advanced undergraduate, and graduate level. Courses will include (a selection from) upper division courses in Economic Anthropology and/or Kinship and Marriage, a graduate seminar in Foraging Theory, Human Life Histories and/or Modelling Social Behavior, introductory courses in Human Life Cycle and/or Human Nature, and our large introductory course Human Evolutionary Biology.


Assistant Professor position at Arizona State University

Evolutionary Social Science, TT Assistant Professor

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University invites applications for an assistant professor to join our world-leading program in evolutionary social science. We seek applicants with exceptional scholarly potential for advancing our understanding of human uniqueness, most especially those with ethnographic or genetic expertise. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in Anthropology, Evolutionary Biology, or related field by the time the appointment starts, a strong record of research on the interactions between human biology and culture that is grounded in evolutionary theory, and potential for achieving high levels of research productivity and impact. Specific research topic, approach, methods, and region are open, and the candidate’s program of research may be focused in deep or more recent times, including with contemporary societies. Anticipated start date is August 2016. Application deadline is November 15, 2015.

Additional desired qualifications include evidence of success in obtaining external funding, classroom and online teaching experience, experience mentoring and supporting students, collaborative experiences with an interdisciplinary research team, and capacity to cross-teach and mentor students in anthropology and other programs offered across the School such as global health, applied mathematics, or environmental social science, and specific expertise in ethnographic fieldwork, field or laboratory studies in genetics and/or human behavior.

Specific job duties include conducting collaborative field and/or laboratory research in evolutionary social science, presenting research findings in peer-reviewed scholarly outlets, seeking external research funding, instructing, training and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, providing service to the university and academy, and outreach such as providing expert advice and the public communication of science.

Application deadline is November 15, 2015. If not filled, reviews will occur every week and thereafter until the search is closed. Applicants must apply online at and include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses of three references. Please make sure your last name appears in each uploaded file name. Please address your cover letter to Professor Robert Boyd, Evolutionary Anthropology Search Committee Chair. A background check is required for employment.

Call for Funding Proposals due 1 November 2015

The Executive Council now makes a call for proposals from HBES members for to support activities such as conferences, preconferences, purchase or workshops that promote the evolutionary study of humans as per HBES Resolution 2009-1.

Proposals of no more than three pages in length should be submitted by email to President Elizabeth Cashdan ( by 1 November 2015 to be reviewed by the Executive Council. Proposals should include a description of the audience and participants, venue, a description of how the activity supports an evolutionary understanding of humans.  Please provide a justified budget that includes evidence of support or funding (e.g., registration fees, institutional support, etc.) from another body.  Please limit your requests to $5,500. If you have received funding from HBES for a similar purpose in the past, please also include a brief (about 500 words) report of the most recent event, describing the audience and participants, and history and context of the event where relevant.

Two post-doctoral positions on cultural evolution

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena (Germany) are seeking to employ two full-time postdoctoral researchers in the field of cultural evolution. The positions are tied to the Minds and Traditions research group (“the Mint”), an Independent Max Planck Research Group that will open in 2016. They are for 2 years, renewable for a total of 5 years maximum, starting in the first half of 2016. Candidates need to have completed a PhD, and to be familiar with the field of cultural evolution. They 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 ( by October the 1st, 2015. The complete call can be accessed here.