Two post-doctoral positions and PhD studentship to work on the Cultural Evolution and Ecology of Institutions

Applications are invited for two 3-year post-doctoral positions and 1 PhD student to work with Dr. Thomas Currie at the Human Biological and Cultural Evolution group, Centre for Ecology & Conservation, Department of Biosciences at the Penryn Campus of the University of Exeter on his ERC-funded project, The Cultural Evolution and Ecology of Institutions.


One position will focus on mathematical models and computer simulation of the evolution of institutions and cooperation in humans, and is suitable for candidates with a background in modelling social evolution, cultural evolution, evolutionary ecology or other related areas. The other position will focus on the creation of datasets and statistical analysis in order to test these models, and may be suitable for those with experience of assembling comparative datasets or other kinds of datasets for testing human social or cultural evolution, and the ability to conduct a variety of statistical analyses. Details of these positions and online application system can be found at the following links:

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The student will study cross-cultural variation in institutions involved in solving collective action problems by collating existing datasets and conducting field work with pastoral communities in Kenya.

Closing date for applications: 8th October 2017.

Positions will start at a suitable date between 1st November 2017 and 1st July 2018

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Tom Currie ( for further details and to discuss the positions informally.