Prof Bridget Waller Seeking 3-yr Funded PhD Student on Facial Expressivity Project

We are seeking applications for a 3-year full-time PhD student to work on human facial expressivity and social relationships.

The PhD will be supervised by Professor Bridget Waller as part of ERC Consolidator Project FACEDIFF ‘Individual differences in facial expressivity: Social function, facial anatomy and evolutionary origins’. FACEDIFF is a five-year project examining individual differences in facial expressivity and how this is related to social network size and success at social interaction in humans and macaques.
Communicating with others via the face is crucial for navigating our social world. Deficits in facial expression production can have debilitating effects on social interaction. Despite this, we know surprisingly little about individual differences in facial expressivity in the typical population, what causes these differences and whether such differences impact on individual lives. In part, this could be due to an historical focus on the universal nature of facial expression, assigning individual difference to random ‘noise’, rather than an evolutionarily relevant characteristic. The FACEDIFF project will diverge from this classic approach and test the novel hypothesis that individual differences in facial expressivity equip individuals’ differentially to engage with their social environment:expressivity has a benefit (social engagement) but also a cost (over-exposure and thus risk of being cheated by others) and is related to the size and quality of an individual’s social network. FACEDIFF will combine psychological, anatomical and cross-species methods to provide the first thorough interdisciplinary investigation of individual differences.

The advertised position will be situated within the FACEDIFF project with the strand of research focussed on human facial expression, social interaction and social networks. The PhD student will work within a larger interdisciplinary team with an overarching plan to investigate the relationship between variation in facial muscles and the quality of social bonds with others. The successful PhD candidate will conduct laboratory based behavioural experiments at Nottingham Trent University in which pairs of participants (friends or strangers) take part in dyadic and individual tasks (e.g. cold pressor test: emerge their hands in water of varying temperatures to induce mild pain and stress). Behavioural and physiological measures will be recorded. The goal is to monitor how variation in facial muscle-use affects facial communication and emotional recognition during these tasks, and how this affects social dynamics during social interaction.

Candidates with prior experience conducting experimental research in humans, and those with a strong interest in social, behavioural or comparative/evolutionary psychology are preferred. Training and support in some specific research skills such as social network analysis and FACS (Facial Action Coding System) will be provided, but the successful candidate will need to have a demonstrable interest in standard quantitative approaches to experimental data.

Enquiries
Please contact Professor Bridget Waller via email (bridget.waller@ntu.ac.uk) for informal discussions in advance of applying. Also, please see www.FACEDIFF.co.uk for more information about the overarching project. Any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Qualifications
Entrants must have an excellent academic record, with an undergraduate degree in psychology, behavioural science or related field. A master’s degree in a relevant field (or equivalent research experience) would be preferred, and experience of experimental social research with humans is essential.

Funding
The PhD will be funded by European Research Council Consolidator Grant FACEDIFF ‘Individual differences in facial expressivity: Social function, facial anatomy and evolutionary origins’ awarded to Bridget Waller. Funding will be provided for tuition fees, stipend for three years andresearch/conference expenses. Ideal start date October 2021, but this is negotiable.

How to apply
Please apply via the following link* (application deadline – 09/07/2021, expiry time 11:59 pm):
*Please include a short proposal for the PhD outlining how you would tackle theresearch questions posed in the brief. Your proposal should focus on the goals and general methodology rather than precise details. The word limit stated in the application page is 1500 words which should include your reference list and timeline.

Interview details
Interviews will take place from w/c 19th July 2021

Early Career Writing Group for Evolutionary Scientists — Sign up!

Early Career Writing Group!

A virtual writing group is being organized by Stacey Makhanova for early career evolutionary psychologists and evolutionary scientists more broadly who want some external motivation to get writing done and an opportunity to network (and commiserate) with people in similar career stages. For this group, “early career” means assistant professors, post-docs, and graduate students at the dissertation stage.

If you are interested, see the Google Doc for details and to add your contact info to the email list

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)

Three-Year Post-Doc in Evolutionary Political Psychology at Aarhus University, Denmark

3-YEAR POST DOC POSITIONS IN EVOLUTIONARY POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY AND EXPERIMENTAL PHILOSOPHY

Applications are open for a 3-year Post-doctoral Fellowships in Social/Political Psychology and Experimental Philosophy at Aarhus University, Denmark. The deadline is February 1st, 2021.

The Centre for the Experimental-Philosophical Study of Discrimination (CEPDISC) is a Danish National Research Foundation-funded centre of excellence housed at the world-leading Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark. It is currently advertising five post-doctoral positions, many of which look for expertise in social/political/evolutionary psychology, and which can be found at the following two links:

Positions on Work Packages 5, 7:https://international.au.dk/about/profile/vacant-positions/job/two-postdoc-positions-at-the-centre-for-the-experimental-philosophical-study-of-discrimination/
Positions on Work Packages 2, 8, and 9:
https://international.au.dk/about/profile/vacant-positions/job/three-postdoc-positions-at-the-centre-for-the-experimental-philosophical-study-of-discrimination/

Professor Lotte Thomsen is heading up Work Package 7 (‘Experimental studies of the sources of prejudice and discrimination’) in collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington, and we would be happy to answer questions from those interested in that role.

Contact:
Professor Lotte Thomsen
lotte.thomsen@ps.au.dk
Assistant Professor Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington
J.A.Sheehy-Skeffington@lse.ac.uk

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

Fully-Funded PhD Studentship at University of Portsmouth

PhD position at the Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology, University of Portsmouth, UK
UNDERSTANDING SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR AND ATTITUDES: A BIG DATA APPROACH
 

Applications are invited for a fully-funded three-year PhD or four-year Masters and PhD studentship to commence in October 2021.

The studentship is funded by the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP), a collaboration between the universities of Portsmouth, Southampton and Brighton.

The studentship covers tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant of £15,285 (2020/21 rate).

The supervisors are Dr Edward Morrison and Dr Jerome Micheletta. 

For details, please see here and here.

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 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.