Post-doc in Cultural Evolution, Text Mining and Social Cognition in Paris

one-year post-doctoral position in Cultural Evolution and Social Cognition is currently open at the Département d’Etudes Cognitives (DEC) of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. This project will be conducted under the supervision of Nicolas Baumard at the Institut Jean Nicod (IJN) and Julie Grèzes at the Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives (LNC).

Project summary:

The project aims to document the so-called ‘process of civilization’, the set of long-term psychological changes that occurred in Europe from 1300 to 1900. The project will study the evolution of emotional displays in European literature (novels, plays) from the late Middle Age to the modern times and will test whether economic development can account for the evolution of social preferences such as trust, morality and honor. More generally, the goal of the project is to test whether life history parameters (mortality, affluence, external threat) can account for psychological changes in history. We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow with a strong background in programming and data analysis.

Funding and salary:

The position is funded by a LabeX grant from PSL* Research University. The salary will be adjusted to the candidate’s post doctoral experience (start salary for a 1st year post doc: 30,000 euros/year net; 5 years of experience: 38,000).

Start date:

The start date will be determined with the candidate but will need to fall within the following range: 30/09/2018 to 01/01/2019.

Requirements:

– The candidate should have a PhD (or be in the final stages of obtaining such a degree) in Cognitive Science, Cultural Evolution, Economics or areas related to quantitative analysis of social phenomena.

– Experience with data analysis along with strong programming and statistical skills (matlab, r).

– Strong language and writing skills in English are required (note: speaking French is not required).

Please send a complete CV, a cover letter and contact information of two references by September 15th to nicolas.baumard@ens.fr and  julie.grezes@ens.fr,  and feel free to contact us for more information!

A special issue of Philosophical Transactions B

Royal Society Publishing has recently published a special issue of Philosophical Transactions B entitled Evolution of pathogen and parasite avoidance behaviours, compiled and edited by Cecile Sarabian and Rachel McMullan. This content can be accessed at http://bit.ly/PTB1751 and the articles at http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/373/1751

A print version is also available at the special price of £35.00. You can order online via the above web page (enter special code TB 1751 when prompted) or, alternatively, you can contact  debbie.vaughan@royalsociety.org

Our Student Research Grants deadline is approaching!

Attention student members: EHBEA Student Research Grants deadline is approaching! If you’re still wondering whether to apply or not, check out the story of Gareth Richards:

Whilst studying for my PhD, I was fortunate enough to receive an EHBEA Student Research Grant to run a follow-up study to that of my MSc. I worked with the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Welsh Branch and researchers at Cardiff University (Dr William Davies and Dr Wynford Bellin) to administer a questionnaire about religious beliefs to 585 members of the public attending the National Eisteddfod, a weeklong Welsh cultural festival. I also measured the lengths of participants’ second and fourth fingers so we could calculate their digit ratio (2D:4D). The 2D:4D ratio is hypothesised to be a marker of prenatal sex hormone exposure, with a relatively long fourth digit indicating high levels of foetal testosterone.

Since collecting these data, we presented our findings at the 2017 EHBEA Annual Conference in Paris, and subsequently published two peer-reviewed journal articles. In the first paper (published in Early Human Development), we showed that 2D:4D was positively correlated between mothers and their daughters; in the second paper (published in Transpersonal Psychology Review), we reported that, contrary to the findings of my MSc study of university students, 2D:4D was not related to religious affiliation.

I am grateful to EHBEA for having funded my research, and for the positive experience and CV value gained throughout the process. I would therefore strongly encourage any student with an interest in evolution to consider applying for an EHBEA Student Research Grant.

5th Conference of Polish Society of Human and Evolution Studies: call for abstracts

Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies (PTNCE) has a great pleasure to invite you (or remind you of an invitation) to its annual international conference PTNCE2018 (Warsaw, Poland, 24-26th September 2018) cohosted by the PTNCE, Museum and Institute of Zoology PAS and Centre of New Technologies UW.
Conference website: www.ptnce2018.pl.

Abstract submission for talks and posters closes on the 15th of June 2018.  Conference language: English (only talks and posters in English will be accepted).

PTNCE conference, as well as the Society in general, aims at associating scientists and students of various scientific disciplines interested in the application of the evolutionary perspective in the following research areas: biology, ecology, human behaviour and culture studies. By creating an idiosyncratic evolutionary platform we intend to break the barriers between traditional divisions in human studies.

Up-coming course: Social Network Analysis for Behavioural Scientists using R (SNAR01) delivered by Prof. James Curley

Course Overview:

This workshop will provide students with the opportunity to learn how to use social network analysis to analyze social relational datasets such as human friendship networks or animal social networks. Attendees will learn how to use R and several R packages including igraph, sna, network, asnipe, timeordered, tsna to create network graphs, calculate descriptive network metrics, use randomization and random models to evaluate the significance of these metrics, determine graph structural properties including community structures, use QAP and MRQAP methods to assess how network characteristics relate to other individual and relational attributes, and measure change over time in dynamic networks. Attendees will also learn how to produce high quality network visualizations using R.

For more info click here

https://www.psstatistics.com/course/social-network-analysis-for-behavioral-scientists-snar01/

Abertay University is looking for a Lecturer in Psychology

Abertay is a modern university with a global outlook, rooted in its local and national communities. The University now seeks to appoint a Lecturer in Psychology within the School of Social and Health Sciences.

The School of Social and Health Sciences delivers programmes and applied research in the areas of nursing and counselling, psychology, sociology, and sport and exercise. There has been significant growth in the School’s research output in recent years with the Psychology Division rated as the best Scottish modern University for research in REF2014.

Reporting to the Head of Division, you will provide specialist subject knowledge and input into teaching and research in psychology. Preference will be given to applicants that can teach biological psychology (although applicants from any cognate area will be considered), and whose research aligns with the priorities of the Division. We welcome applications from early career researchers, and will consider applications for part-time or flexible working.

For more info click here

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BJO840/lecturer-in-psychology-1fte/

ESLR workshop. Call for applications!

The second Early-career Social Learning Researchers (ESLR, former YSLR) workshop is happening this year at the University of St Andrews, on 21st-22nd June. The workshop is aimed at early career researchers in any discipline in or related to the field of social learning and will provide a platform for interdisciplinary discussion on the state-of-art in the field. As an early-career research event, it also wants to help attendees develop interdisciplinary thinking and build a peer-support network of fellow researchers.

We invite applications by Master, PhDs and early-career postdocs whose work focuses directly on social learning or on topics relevant to the discussion. Participants are encouraged to present their work in the form of a poster.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and senior researchers from the University of St Andrews in an open-doors event. The workshop will conclude with a panel of senior researchers discussing the topic “Learnt Perspectives – 20 years of Social Learning” (confirmed panel guests so far are: Prof Malinda Carpenter, Prof Andrew Whiten, Dr Luke Rendell and Dr Monica Tamariz.

Applications can be submitted through the workshop website. The application deadline has been extended to April 20th.

Workshop info: workshop2018@yslr.co.uk