UCSB Seeking Assistant Professor of Advanced Quantitative Skills, Psychological and Brain Sciences

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Advanced Quantitative Skills at the level of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2022. The Department is looking for individuals trained in any area of psychological science that develop and/or apply advanced quantitative methods in domains that synergize with our existing strengths in Developmental and Evolutionary Psychology, Social Psychology, Neuroscience and Behavior, and Cognition, Perception, and Cognitive Neuroscience. This scholar would have expertise in one or more quantitative approaches including, but not limited to multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, generalized and linear mixed models, actor-partner effects, Bayesian analyses, machine learning, computational modeling, causal inference, and/or big data analyses. The candidate would be expected to teach courses in their area of expertise as well as foundational undergraduate and graduate-level courses in statistics and advanced quantitative methods.

The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences conducts cutting-edge research in core areas of psychology including cognition and the perceptual sciences, developmental and evolutionary psychology, neuroscience and behavior, and social and cultural psychology. The department is in a period of growth, having hired 7 faculty across these areas in the past 5 years. The department’s commitment to interdisciplinary pursuits are reflected in expansive research and teaching collaborations with a variety of other disciplines. UCSB provides a dynamic intellectual environment that prizes academic rigor and creativity to generate discoveries with wide-ranging impact.

Responsibilities of faculty members generally include the development of an actively funded research program of the highest quality, teaching at graduate and/or undergraduate levels, recruitment, supervision, and mentorship of graduate students, and participation in university service and professional activities. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at UCSB. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values.

 

For more information:

Apply now: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF02079/apply
View this position online: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF02079

PsychResearchList Resource for Students Seeking Internships, Grad School Info, and More!

Dr. Meltem Yucel is kindly sharing and reminding members of the PsychResearchList website (https://www.psychresearchlist.com/). This website contains various lists for paid internships, virtual graduate school information sessions, post-bac jobs, resources for applying to graduate school, International Moral Psychology List, and much more. So far over 23,000 students and faculty from 113 countries have made use of these resources.

Here are several ways you can contribute to and benefit from this website:
– If your department is offering graduate school information sessions, you can easily add your department by filling out the info session form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe51Tsq33JvvSxaEtPOj3zyDxK0bV4zrscANa_BahjpqKxHzg/viewform

– If you’re offering a paid internship, you can easily add your internship by filling out the internship form:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdoabq-AbXIZovEVeH4RyNXU_4KcqjWww-dStoW68n0P53P4g/viewform

– If you’re a faculty member/postdoc/grad student, please consider sharing this website with the psychology majors in your department.

Thank you for all your support!

 

MindCORE Seeking Postdoctoral Research Fellow for 2022

MindCORE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

MindCORE seeks to recruit outstanding postdoctoral researchers for our Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Scholars. Housed within the School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania, MindCORE (https://mindcore.sas.upenn.edu/) 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, computer science 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 of $20,000. 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

We are accepting applications for 2022-2023 until January 10, 2022.

 

Applicants must have formally completed all requirements of the PhD degree and provide a copy of their diploma at the time of appointment (typically July 1, 2022 – Jan 15, 2023). Candidates must submit a research statement that identifies at least three MindCORE faculty (https://mindcore.sas.upenn.edu/people/faculty-and-associates/) at Penn with whom the applicant could potentially collaborate; along with a CV, and contact information for two referees. Complete applications should be submitted along with some basic information using a form available on the website: https://mindcore.sas.upenn.edu/post-doctoral-research-fellowship/.

 

Selection

All eligible and complete applications will be evaluated by the Selection Committee after January 10. Applications are judged on the following criteria:

Scientific excellence

Scientific match and interdisciplinarity

Career potential

 

MindCORE seeks to award ~2 post-doctoral Fellowships per year. Positions may start as early as July 1, 2022.

 

Questions? Contact pennmindcore@sas.upenn.edu

Abertay University Seeking a Head of Division for Psychology and Forensic Sciences

Abertay is a modern university with a global outlook, rooted in its local and national communities. We have made our mark with high quality, well-directed teaching and research, and a stimulating and enriching experience for our students.

The School of Applied Sciences delivers programmes and applied research in the areas of food and drink, the built and natural environment, forensic and biomedical sciences, mental health nursing, counselling, psychology, and sport and exercise. The School is looking to appoint a Head of Division for Psychology and Forensic Sciences.

Reporting to the Dean of School, you will provide academic leadership and management in the development and delivery of innovative, progressive, coherent academic programmes based on authoritative subject knowledge. You will also advise the Dean on teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange, consultancy and continuing professional development opportunities.

You will be an excellent communicator with proven ability of working with others in a co-operative and collaborative capacity to motivate and lead teams to achieve their objectives.

If you believe you have the skills and experience for this exciting and challenging role, please submit your application through our online recruitment system, which can be found at https://www.abertay.ac.uk/discover/work-here/jobs/. Full advert here.

The Cultural Evolution Society Invites Applications for Research Funding

The Cultural Evolution Society is running a funding scheme called Transforming the Field of Cultural Evolution and its Application to Global Human Futures, thanks to a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

 

The scheme aims to transform the important, yet underfunded, field of cultural evolution. How our cultures evolve (including how information is transmitted, how people make decisions, and the interaction of culture with our biology) is a pressing issue in a world in which our cultural activities are causing rapid, and drastic, social and physical changes.

 

Through the scheme, the Cultural Evolution Society aims to tackle several issues:

  1. The ever-increasing obstacles to success that early career academics face – this will be redressed through funding, mentoring and training opportunities.
  2. Western-centrism, i.e. the tendency of research to focus far too much on the West and for only Western researchers to receive funding – researchers from countries outside of Northern America and Western Europe are especially encouraged to apply to this scheme.
  3. Disciplinary divides (for example between psychologists and anthropologists or physicists and historians) that hamper research progress.
  4. The gap between scientists and public policy makers – dedicated support is available to help communicate research activities to relevant contacts, in order to enable society as a whole to benefit from research in cultural evolution. Policy makers rarely draw on an explicit scientific theory of cultural change, and in contrast, the sciences often investigate what needs to be changed but invest less in how this may be achieved.

 

 

Research projects 

The funding competition will fund 16 Research Projects in four broad areas. There is more detail regarding these themes on the website but in summary:

1. Variation in creativity and imagination (both across cultures and between species) and the impact this has on the evolution of our technology, as well as art, music, language and religion. We may also understand the influence of cultural norms and different educational practices on creativity throughout the life-time.

 

2. Cultural influences on access to ‘reality’ (or our rationality). When we think of rational thought, we often consider processes based on an evaluation of objective facts rather than supernatural beliefs or emotions. However, recent theories in many diverse disciplines have focused on human ‘irrationality’ and how this may be ‘sensible’ as we live in a world of uncertainty where logic is not a perfect guide. Investigating how cultural beliefs influence our perceived realities and ability to imagine future ones, as well as investigations of how, or why, we transmit so-called ‘fake news’ are important avenues of research.

 

3.  The impact of globalization on cultures. We live in an ever more interdependent world, the current and future implications of which are ripe for investigation through a cultural evolutionary lens. For example, the effects of the hyper-availability of online information to enormous global audiences, and the novel features of digital information transmission, are only recently being investigated. Globalization also poses inherent risks, especially as we increasingly face cooperative dilemmas on an unprecedented global scale (e.g. climate change, pandemics). Likewise, it is also possible that the merging of humanity into a single “effective population” will erase cultural variation with negative impacts on knowledge diversity and our ability to adapt to new challenges.

 

4. Applying cultural evolution to enhance human futures. How cultural evolutionary insights can be used for positive change was identified as one of the ‘grand challenges’ in the field of cultural evolution. One key example is that an understanding of cultural transmission, and the various biases in when and whom individuals learn from, may be used to enhance the spread of desired behaviours. In principle, understanding of these processes could aid in the current Covid-19 health workers’ ‘war’ against misinformation. More generally, cultural evolution could inform ‘Behavioural Insights’ ‘or ‘nudge’ theories used by institutions globally in an attempt to improve public policy.

 

Applied Working Groups 

Alongside the funding of the research grants, there is also a competition to fund Applied Working Groups. These will be designed by the applicants, to implement cultural evolution with real impact on, for example, policy (e.g. public health, education), politics, business, climate change, conservation and welfare. The workshops should include conversations between academics and relevant non-academics to disseminate cultural evolution insights to the general public and engage policy makers in using cultural evolution to help solve current and future real-world problems.

At the end of 2024, there will be a conference in Durham (UK), where the findings from all of the research projects and working groups will be presented to scientists, policy makers and the general public.

The application deadline is 5th January 2022, and there will be a pre-application workshop in early November 2021. Details of the scheme are available here, and you can also find out more on the following social media accounts:

 

https://twitter.com/CultEvolFunding

https://www.linkedin.com/company/cultural-evolution-funding

https://www.facebook.com/CultEvolFunding

 

For any questions, please email our grant manager Lorna Winship in the first instance: ces.transformationfund@durham.ac.uk.

Student and ECR Subsidies for EP Preconference at SPSP

HBES is sponsoring registration subsidies for the Evolutionary Psychology Preconference at SPSP 2022! Limited subsidies are available to cover preconference registration costs for some students and early career researchers with financial hardships. Apply by Nov-15! For details and how to apply, see the preconference website: https://ep2022.mystrikingly.com

Questions? Reach out to one of the preconference organizers:  Will McAuliffe (williamhbmcauliffe@gmail.com); Juliana French (juliana.french@okstate.edu); Michael Barlev (MLBarlev@gmail.com)

Seeking subject matter expert nominees: future of human welfare, evolution, and societal change

Hello! We apologize for this intrusion, but we are eager to capture the insights that experts in your field have to offer into a big-topic debate: the near and longer-term future of human welfare and societal change. For example, whether advances in our understanding of cultural evolution or behavioral genetics or gene editing technology will have positive or negative influences on human welfare. We refer to any area of societal change (e.g., economic conditions, public health, freedoms, happiness, life expectancy, functional institutions, technological innovations, peace, education, social capital), seeking to understand whether such conditions will improve, stay the same, or worsen in the future.

To this end, we are asking for confidential nominations about the most relevant, prolific, and well-respected experts in your field who study issues related to the future for humanity, cultural evolution and societal change. Self-nominations are welcome. Top nominees will be invited to share their insights—and eventually share a distillation of these expert opinions with the academic community and society at large.

 

Provide your input here!

2.5 Year Post-Doc Department of Political Science, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University

The Department of Political Science, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, invites applications for a postdoctoral position offering applicants the opportunity to join the research project “Exemplar Democracy (EXDEM) – Psychological Biases and the Impact of Exemplars on Factual Perceptions and Attributions of Government Responsibility”. The project is led by Associate Professor Lene Aarøe and funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark.

The postdoctoral position is a full-time fixed-term position for 2.5 years starting on 1 March 2022 or as soon as possible hereafter subject to mutual agreement.

The research project

When reporting about social problems, the media typically use exemplars, i.e., the narrative of a specific person who is personally affected by the issue. In different lines of research, this type of media reporting is also referred to as “human interest frames”, “case reports” and “episodic frames”. While these lines of research use different terminologies, they all emphasize that exposure to exemplars can create an extreme perspective that triggers (1) factual misperceptions in the mass public and (2) biases people’s democratic responsibility attributions of whether the government or the individual is to blame for the problem. The EXDEM project seeks to understand why some types of media exemplars are so powerful in shaping factual misperceptions and responsibility attributions in the mass public, while others are uninfluential. Second, the project seeks to advance knowledge about how the effects of powerful but unrepresentative exemplars can be corrected to combat misinformation in the mass public.

The EXDEM project is theoretically ambitious and will develop a new interdisciplinary theory integrating insights from psychology, communication, cognitive science, and political science to answer the research questions. In doing so the project advances scientific knowledge about the consequences of media exposure as well as the sources of misinformation and biased democratic responsibility attributions in the mass public and develops new best practice guidelines for how to mitigate them. Examples of relevant sources of theoretical inspiration include (but are certainly not limited to) research on cognitive biases and heuristics, emotions, interpersonal communication, and identity.

Methodologically, the project implements a unique cross-national research design combining different types of survey experiments with analyses of people’s real-world reactions to real-world media tweets. The project will develop and implement a series of parallel experiments in the United States, France, and Denmark to study the research questions. Data collection in an additional country can be added to the project depending on the applicant’s empirical interests and background knowledge. The full project description is available upon request.

Job description

The postdoctoral researcher will be employed as part of the EXDEM project team and is expected to engage in collaborative research with Associate Professor Lene Aarøe and other project team members (from Aarhus and beyond). We expect the postdoc to take a leading role in developing, designing, and coordinating studies in one or more countries within the project, to conduct high-quality research within the context of the EXDEM project, and to contribute to publications in top outlets.

Research will primarily be carried out in collaboration with other project members, but there will be some opportunities to pursue independent work within the overall focus of the project. The project offers significant funding for data collection, research assistants, travel, and workshops.

In addition to the outlined research tasks, the position implies modest teaching obligations equivalent to one course per year. If an applicant is interested, a one-year further extension in return for additional teaching might be negotiable, depending on the applicant’s prior teaching experience and the Department’s need for teaching capacity in the relevant years. The Head of Department will decide on any such extension no later than one year after employment. Interested applicants are thus encouraged to describe their potential contributions to teaching obligations in the Department’s BA or MA programs. Salary is according to the Danish pay schedule.

Your qualifications

Applicants are expected to hold – or be close to completing – a PhD in relevant areas in political science, political/social/evolutionary psychology, communication, or cognitive science. In addition to a keen interest in conducting collaborative research in the EXDEM project, the successful candidate must demonstrate ambition and ability to produce high-quality research.

We expect applicants to have strong quantitative skills and excellent command of statistical programming languages (e.g., STATA or R), experience with or a strong interest in experimental designs and a willingness to acquire new methodological skills. Some experience with social media research or automated content analyses is an additional asset but not required. Applicants are expected to have an excellent command of spoken and written English.

Interested applicants should submit an application letter motivating why they are interested in being part of the EXDEM project and how they can contribute to the success of the project, outlining potential ideas for research relevant to the focus of the project (2-3 pages). Selected candidates will be asked to come for an interview and present research ideas.

 

See the full advert here.

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Evolutionary Psychology

Evolutionary Psychology invites submissions for a forthcoming special issue on Evolutionary Criminology.  The goal of this special issue is to advance the understanding of how, and in what ways, an evolutionary framework can be applied to understand criminal behavior.  In the past several decades, research examining the connection between evolutionary processes and criminal behavior has gained momentum across multiple disciplines, such as psychology, criminology, and the biological sciences.  With this in mind, this special issue seeks to combine papers from diverse fields of study, that employ different methodologies, and focus on various topics relevant to evolutionary criminology.  All submissions should be submitted via Evolutionary Psychology’s manuscript submission portal at: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/evp.  The deadline for papers to be received is October 1st, 2022.

 

Any questions can be directed to the guest editors of the special issue:

 

Kevin M. Beaver, Ph.D.

Florida State University

kbeaver@fsu.edu

 

Bridget Joyner, M.S.

Florida State University

bnj13@my.fsu.edu

Oklahoma State University seeking Assistant Professor of Cognitive Psychology

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY, OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY is seeking an outstanding scientist to fill a one full-time, Assistant Professor, tenure track position in Psychology beginning August, 2022, with an area of specialization in Cognitive Psychology. Candidates must have a strong background and research expertise in human cognition, broadly defined (e.g., decision-making, computational modeling, applied cognitive, cognitive development, memory, and cognitive neuroscience). Candidates are expected to have a strong background in and dedication to scholarly activity, and to interact well with colleagues and students. They must also demonstrate the capacity to maintain a high-quality research program leading to scholarly productivity in the form of professional publications, presentations, and grantsmanship. 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. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in cognitive psychology, decision-making, memory, and research methods at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The Department has a shared laboratory space with facilities and equipment to support current scientists exploring genetic and endocrine contributions to behavior that would be available to new faculty. Candidates would also have access to the OSU brain initiative https://tulsa.okstate.edu/braininitiative, and growing interdisciplinary neuroscience program at OSU.

The Department has 25 full-time faculty and offers Ph.D.s in experimental psychology and clinical psychology. 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 Clinical Sciences and both APA and PCSAS accredited. The Department offers training to a diverse graduate and undergraduate student body (30% minority enrollment) of approximately 60 doctoral students and 900 undergraduate majors. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Department website at http://psychology.okstate.edu.

OSU is located in Stillwater, OK, an environmentally clean, safe, pleasant city of 45,000 located in north central Oklahoma, approximately 70 miles from both Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Stillwater public schools are frequently rated among the best in Oklahoma, and the city has excellent affordable housing.

For full consideration, application materials must be received by October 15, 2021. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. It is anticipated that interviewing will begin in late November or early December. Applications should include a cover letter indicating research and teaching interests, vita, reprints/preprints, research statement, summary of course evaluations/evidence of teaching excellence, and three letters of recommendation. The application portfolio, compiled as a single PDF file, should be uploaded to the application portal at [INSERT INTERFOLIO LINK].  Please direct questions to Shelia Kennison, Chair, Human Cognition Search Committee, Department of Psychology, Oklahoma State University, 116 North Psychology Building, Stillwater, OK 74078-3064; (405) 744-7335; shelia.kennison@okstate.edu

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. Position is contingent upon available funding. For more information, visit https:///eeo.okstate.edu.

 

Qualifications

Candidates must have a strong background and research expertise in human cognition, broadly defined (e.g., decision-making, computational modeling, applied cognitive, cognitive development, memory, and cognitive neuroscience). Candidates are expected to have a strong background in and dedication to scholarly activity, and to interact well with colleagues and students. They must also demonstrate the capacity to maintain a high-quality research program leading to scholarly productivity in the form of professional publications, presentations, and grantsmanship.

Application Instructions

For full consideration, application materials must be received by October 15, 2021. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. It is anticipated that interviewing will begin in late November or early December. Applications should include a cover letter indicating research and teaching interests, vita, reprints/preprints, research statement, summary of course evaluations/evidence of teaching excellence, and three letters of recommendation. The application portfolio, compiled as a single PDF file, should be uploaded to the application portal at [INSERT INTERFOLIO LINK].  Please direct questions to Shelia Kennison, Chair, Human Cognition Search Committee, Department of Psychology, Oklahoma State University, 116 North Psychology Building, Stillwater, OK 74078-3064; (405) 744-7335; shelia.kennison@okstate.edu

See full advert here