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.

Oakland University is Seeking an Assistant Professor of Psychology (Quantitative Analysis)

The Department of Psychology at Oakland University (www.oakland.edu/psychology) invites applications for a tenure-track appointment with expertise in QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS at the Assistant Professor level beginning Fall, 2021. Primary research interests should complement those of existing faculty in one or more of our graduate program areas: Behavioral Health, Social/Personality, Evolutionary & Comparative (https://www.oakland.edu/psychology/graduate-programs/). A market competitive salary plus excellent fringe benefits are provided.

 

Qualified applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. in Psychology at the time of appointment, have the ability to teach courses in basic and advanced statistics at the undergraduate and graduate levels, show evidence of  a productive research program, demonstrate experience with or a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and be prepared to mentor graduate students in our rapidly expanding M.S. and Ph.D. programs (see https://www.oakland.edu/psychology/graduate-programs/). In addition to collaborative opportunities with the faculty of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, well-developed mechanisms are in place for establishing and funding multidisciplinary research across Oakland University faculty and the William Beaumont Health System.

 

Oakland University is a nationally recognized doctoral university of high research activity located on 1,443 acres of scenic land in the cities of Rochester Hills and Auburn Hills in Oakland County, Michigan (see www.oakland.edu). The University has 142 bachelor’s degree programs and 138 graduate degree and certificate programs. Academics include programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education and Human Services, School of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Health Sciences, School of Medicine and School of Nursing.

 

Applicants must submit electronically a curriculum vitae; a cover letter; a statement of professional interests and goals regarding teaching and research; a diversity statement that describes their interest or efforts in furthering diversity and inclusion, e.g., through research, mentoring, pedagogy, or activism; and up to three representative reprints, preprints, or working papers at http://jobs.oakland.edu/postings/19446. External reference letters should be submitted via the same job link. Inquiries should be directed to Andrea T. Kozak, PhD, Search Committee Chair, kozak@oakland.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately. To receive full consideration, applications must be submitted by October 15, 2020. Oakland University is an equal opportunity employer, and women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Call for Unpublished Papers on Moral Economic Behavior for Meta-Analysis

Christian T. Elbaek, Panagiotis Mitkidis, Lene Aarøe, & Tobias Otterbring are currently collecting data for the first meta-analysis on how material scarcity (such as food scarcity, water scarcity or financial poverty) and self-regulatory-resources, respectively, affects moral economic behavior. Specifically, we are looking for studies with behavioral dependent measures of economic cheating, which also entail studies that use hypothetical choices as a measure of behavior.

Therefore, if you are currently conducting research within this area and have current working papers, unpublished papers or papers under review, we kindly ask you to reach out to us, so we can include such research into our meta-analysis.

If you are in doubt of whether your paper would fit the criteria of such a meta-analysis, we also strongly encourage you to reach out to us, as we want to exhaust all opportunities for including relevant research in our meta-analysis.

The pre-registration of the meta-analysis can be found at https://osf.io/dru4w

Please contact corresponding author Christian T. Elbaek with any enquiries using the below information:

E-mail: chel@mgmt.au.dk
Tel: +45 8716 4945

Warmest wishes,
Christian T. Elbaek, Panagiotis Mitkidis, Lene Aarøe, & Tobias Otterbring.

Two funded Ph.D. students at the University of Kardinal Stefan Wyszyński (Warsaw, Poland)

Peter Jonason is looking for two funded (conference travel included) Ph.D. students at the University of Kardinal Stefan Wyszyński (Warsaw, Poland) in the Institute of Psychology to study online dating advertisements from an extended phenotype perspective. The project involves cross-cultural collaborations, psychometrics training, and research in personality, cyber, and social psychology from an evolutionary perspective. Details can be found by contacting him (click here) or on the web (click here).

Seeking Ph.D. students in psychological sciences at the University of Padova

Seeking Ph.D. students in psychological sciences at the University of Padova. The psychology program features strong psychometric and experimental methods training with non-human animal facilities; a program that is over 100 years old. University of Padova is nearly 800 years old, is the home of modern medicine, was once the home of noted professors like Galileo and Copernicus, and is 30 minutes to Venice and 1 hour to Bologna (by train). In particular, Peter Jonason (www.peterjonason.com) is looking for MA and Ph.D. students interested in evolutionary, behavioral economics, and behavioral ecology approaches to personality, sex differences, morality, and mating research. Feel free to contact him to discuss (pkjonason@gmail.com).

 

Applications are due June 16th at 1.00 pm CEST. For more information, see here.

Two positions in psychology at Newcastle University.

Two positions are available to join the School of Psychology, and the Behavioural Science and Psychology research theme at Newcastle University. Appointments will be made at lecturer or senior lecturer level. One post is focused on cognitive psychology, whereas the specialism for the other is open. Newcastle has existing strengths in comparative, evolutionary and biological psychology, among other areas. We are open to expanding our research capacity in all directions.

Further details are available at:
https://jobs.ncl.ac.uk/job/Newcastle-LecturerSenior-Lecturer-in-Cognitive-Psychology/591723501/
https://jobs.ncl.ac.uk/job/Newcastle-LecturerSenior-Lecturer/591715301/

Abstract submissions for the Culture Conference 2020 are now open!

Abstract submissions for the Culture Conference 2020 are now open!

Submissions should be relevant to this year’s theme of “Evolutionary Perspectives on Culture”. Abstracts for talks and posters up to 300 words will be accepted until 20th March. Poster submissions also have the option of a 5-minute lightning talk.

This year we’re doing a blind review of all abstracts so please ensure your submission contains no author names, affiliations or other potentially identifying information. Please email cultureconference@stir.ac.uk with your anonymised abstract in a separate attachment.

We are also offering grants for presenters who are students, on low incomes or with high costs associated with attending such as childcare requirements. For more information please email us or see our website: www.culture-conference.com.

We expect that conference registration will open around mid-April, keep an eye on our Twitter feed (@CultConf) and our website for updates

5-year Research Fellow position available at University of Portsmouth

5-year Research Fellow position available as part of ERC Consolidator grant ‘Individual differences in facial expressivity: Social function, facial anatomy and evolutionary origins’ at University of Portsmouth

 

The University of Portsmouth is a dynamic and ambitious institution with a track record of success. One of only four universities in the south east of England to achieve a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, it is also ranked 21st in the 2020 Guardian League Table University Guide, and 113th in the Times Higher Young University World Rankings.

We are seeking to appoint a full-time, 5-year Research Fellow at the University of Portsmouth, Department of Psychology, Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology, as part of European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant FACEDIFF “Individual differences in facial expressivity: social function, facial anatomy and evolutionary origins” awarded to Professor Bridget Waller.

The Research Fellow will develop, conduct and manage laboratory based cognitive and behavioural experiments with human participants at the University of Portsmouth. The experiments will focus on social interaction, nonverbal behaviour and facial expression processing. The Research Fellow will use the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) and Social Network Analysis and conduct statistical analysis on the data using R. The Research Fellow will work closely with a PhD student and Research Associate on the project as well as other staff in a large inter-disciplinary research team. The goal for this part of the project is to conduct a series of behavioural and cognitive experiments as a comprehensive analysis of individual differences in facial expressivity. We are seeking a passionate, experienced and skilled researcher to join our team. Relocation expenses are available (please see the University of Portsmouth relocation expenses policy).

 

For advert details, see here.