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.

RA/Postdoc in Glasgow on Hormones & Mate Preferences

The post-holder will contribute to an ERC-funded project on human mate preferences working with Professor Benedict Jones (ben.jones@glasgow.ac.uk). Specifically, the job requires expert knowledge in human mate preferences, face processing, hormones and behaviour, or advanced quantitative methods.

Applications due 29th May 2016

The post-holder will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct this complex and challenging project, as opportunities allow. This post has funding up to 31 July 2017.


Post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Minho (Portugal)

We are opening a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Minho (Portugal), and our aim is to have a strong candidate in the field of evolutionary psychology.

This fellowship is in a full-time base. It will have an initial duration of 12 months, and it can be renewed up to a maximum of six years.

More information can be found at:  http://www.eracareers.pt/opportunities/index.aspx?task=global&jobId=71791

PhD Bursaries – University of Portsmouth

The University of Portsmouth (UK) Department of Psychology is offering bursaries linked to the following research areas:

Successful applicants will be awarded a University Bursary Stipend of £14, 057 p.a. (for 16/17) for up to 4 years. Full Home/EU fees will be paid by the University. Holders of University Bursaries are expected to contribute up to 6 hours a week, including teaching, to support their department.

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Lecturer in Psychology (x3), University of Portsmouth, UK

  • Location:    University of Portsmouth – Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science
  • Salary:    £33,574 to £36,672 per annum
  • Hours:    Full Time
  • Contract Type:    Permanent
  • Placed on:    1st February 2016
  • Closes:    29th February 2016
  • Job Ref:    10017662

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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).

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Funded PhD: How do humans recognise kin?

Lisa DeBruine is now taking applications for a funded PhD student on her ERC project, How do humans recognise kin?

The PhD student, with guidance from the PI and two postdoctoral RAs, will be responsible for designing studies to test the effects of potential kinship cues on prosocial and sexual behavior, recruiting and testing participants, creating custom face stimuli, preparing saliva samples for MHC analysis, taking 3D face images, and processing 3D face images.

The candidate should possess a 1st or 2.1 Honours degree in Psychology, Biology, Computer Science or equivalent. Having MSc or research experience in a related area is an advantage.

The form states that applications are due by 15 January 2016, but I will be accepting applications until a suitable candidate can be found.

Postdoc in Evolutionary Social Psychology Lab

A postdoctoral position is available with the Evolutionary Social Psychology Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. This is a 2-year position and will involve working closely and collaboratively with Dr. Joshua Ackerman and his graduate and undergraduate students. The lab’s research involves applying evolutionary theory to topics in threat management, life history effects, intergroup cognition, romantic relationships, and decision making. Our primary focus is on the range of cognitions, emotions, and behaviors that occur in response to current and historical infectious disease threats. We also plan to incorporate physiological measurement linking immune system functioning to psychological outcomes. Research includes laboratory and field work using both experimental and correlational designs.

The start date is negotiable; however, a start date prior to September 2016 is requested. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. If feasible, brief interviews may be scheduled at the SPSP 2016 Conference in San Diego. For additional details, and to apply, go to: http://umjobs.org/job_detail/119700/research_fellow.

PhD-student position in evolutionary biology/psychology

The StatUA Statistics Center at the University of Antwerp are currently seeking a motivated candidate to work in the field of evolutionary psychology, focusing on the biological relevance of asymmetry and masculinity in human sexual selection. More details can be found at https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/jobs/vacancies/ap/2015bapfwetex311/