Funded doctoral scholarships in 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).

Job Ad: Research assistant or (external) PhD candidate at Leiden University

The section Cognitive Psychology of the institute of Psychology of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences is looking for a

Research assistant or (external) PhD candidate 

Project description
The applicant will carry out research for the project “Visual signs as cognitive tools: Phylogeny and ontogeny”, funded by the John Templeton Foundation. This project studies the evolution of human symbolic cogniton over the past half a million years by analysing potentially phylogenetically shared and unique features of symbol perception and production, and their development in ontogeny. The project implements an interdisciplinary approach informed by cognitive archaeology, comparative, and developmental psychology. The study of the archaeological component is carried out by the Principal Investigator (Dr Larissa Mendoza Straffon). The position is hosted by the Comparative Psychology and Affective Neuroscience Lab (CoPAN), led by Dr Mariska Kret, and financed by a John Templeton Foundation grant to Dr Larissa Mendoza Straffon. For more information about the project please go to our website.

For further details please visit the website:

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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:

EHBEA2020 cancellation

Dear EHBEA conference delegates

It is with great regret that we have decided to postpone our annual conference in Krakow that was planned 1-4 April 2020 by one year, to 2021. As I am sure you are aware, the COVID-19 virus is causing global disruption to travel and in particular, to large group events, and so we feel we have no choice. The safety and health of our delegates is our foremost priority and in the interest of global public health, this is the only responsible thing to do.

Preliminary dates for the postponed conference are 10-13 March 2021.

We did not take the decision lightly and realise the impact this has on many EHBEA delegates who have made travel plans and invested time in preparing submissions. All who have registered for the 2020 conference will receive an email from us within the next days in which we inform you about the exact details, but we can already confirm that it is possible to either keep your ticket for next year’s conference or apply for a refund. A web form in which you can indicate your chosen option will be attached to the email.

Students who have received travel grants, we will be in touch shortly to advise you on how best to mitigate the costs incurred.

I realise that this cancellation is enormously disappointing, and we thank you for your patience while we navigate our way through these changes. We are really sorry for being forced to take this decision and causing much inconvenience both to all of you and especially the EHBEA2020 organisers who worked very hard to prepare our conference. We very much hope you can join us in Krakow next year.

Yours sincerely,

Prof. Boguslaw Pawlowski
EHBEA President

Queen Margaret University – PhD Bursary Competition

Each year Queen Margaret University invites applications from individuals with a strong academic record for funded QMU PhD studentships. We are currently accepting bursary applications for commencing September 2020.

The topic is: “Emotion perception, empathy and UK politics: The role of conservatism, social dominance orientation and the behavioural immune system.” Deadline for research proposals is 13th March 2020.

For details see:


Culture Conference 2020

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 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:

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

Job Ad: Research Fellow 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, Department of Psychology, Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology.
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.
University of Portsmouth

Exploring the Origins of Today’s Humans – free and public symposium

CARTA invites you to join us for our FREE and public symposium, “Exploring the Origins of Today’s Humans,” on February 21, 2020, from 1:00-5:30 PM. 

Where did we humans come from? When did we become the dominant species on the planet? Available evidence indicates that all humans living today are derived from a relatively small population that arose in Africa beginning >200,000 years ago, spreading throughout Africa and eventually the rest of the planet. In the course of this diaspora, we mated with other human-like species and assimilated some of their DNA, but eventually replaced all of these other close evolutionary cousins, without exception – leaving only one human species today. A flood of new information from Ancient DNA, Fossils, Archeology and Population Studies calls us to revisit the matter, summarizing knowledge and updating conclusions since the last CARTA symposium on the subject six years ago.

Attend this FREE symposium in person at Salk Institute (Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium) or watch via a live webcast (filmed by UCSD-TV).  Registration is required for those attending in person.  See website for details.

Co-presented by UC San Diego/Salk Institute and the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA).

Sponsored by the G. Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Charitable Foundation.


Up to seven Lectureships in Psychology – University of Exeter

University of Exeter seeks to employ seven new colleagues at the Department of Psychology, University of Exeter, across the Education and Scholarship (E&S) and Education and Research (E&R) job families. The successful candidates will be enthusiastic educators (for both E&S and E&R) and excellent researchers (E&R), who possess a competitive record for their career level. Successful candidates will possess a PhD, or be nearing completion, and able to teach and supervise undergraduate and masters research projects in core areas of Psychology–such as clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, developmental, health, organisational, personality, and social psychology. For an informal and confidential discussion about the post you can contact Prof Manuela Barreto (tel: 01392-722674, email: or Prof Celia Morgan (tel: 01392-714649, email, The closing date for applications is 30 January. Alongside the online application please submit a cover letter and your CV. The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.

More information about the posts can be gained here:

Job Ad: Professor and Director, School of Human Evolution and Social Change at ASU

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC) with a concurrent appointment as a tenured Full Professor. ASU serves more than 70,000 students across five campuses, and has a rapidly growing digital immersion population. SHESC is located on ASU’s Tempe campus. Tempe is part of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020.


Research and teaching at SHESC ( has contributed to ASU ranking #1 in anthropology in both research funding and output. A vibrant community of scholars, teachers, and professionals, SHESC includes over 45 tenure-track faculty members that serve 800 undergraduate majors in anthropology, global health, and applied math and 110 PhD and MA students across four graduate programs. A highly engaged and collaborative unit, SHESC is a leader in research and educational initiatives in traditional anthropological subfields (archaeology, bioarchaeology, evolutionary anthropology, sociocultural anthropology) and problem-based fields of applied math, environmental social science, and global health. SHESC faculty are affiliated with a wide diversity of transdisciplinary research groups, including the Institute of Human Origins, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, the Teotihuacan Research Laboratory and the Centers for Archaeology and Society, Bioarchaeology, Digital Antiquity, Evolution and Medicine, Global Health, and Social Dynamics and Complexity, and the Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research program.


The Director will develop and implement a comprehensive plan for SHESC and strategic initiatives related to the faculty, staff, and students, providing leadership, vision, and the capacity to engage faculty across a range of disciplines, while sustaining a culture of collaboration both within and beyond the School, strengthening links with other academic units at ASU, and with the wider community. The Director will also maintain an internationally recognized research program and contribute to the teaching mission of the university. The Director will foster growth and innovation in the School’s research endeavors; attract, develop, and retain exceptional faculty members from diverse backgrounds and disciplines; promote student success and career readiness; develop interdisciplinary research and teaching initiatives; advance entrepreneurial opportunities; and enhance productive relationships within and outside the university community.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A PhD or equivalent in anthropology, environmental social science or global health, or a related field or discipline
  • A record of excellence in teaching and service in an academic setting
  • A distinguished scholarly record commensurate with the rank of tenured Professor
  • Academic leadership experience

 Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to cultivating and supporting a diverse faculty and student population
  • Relevant administrative experience
  • Demonstrated appreciation for interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research
  • Demonstrated ability or articulated potential to catalyze cutting-edge research
  • Demonstrated ability for mentorship and professional development of emerging scholars
  • A record of externally-funded research
  • Potential for innovative and strategic leadership in an academic setting
  • Commitment to building community-based initiatives
  • Commitment to developing donor relations and fundraising


This is a paperless search. To apply, please submit to : (1) a cover letter outlining how you meet the above qualifications and your vision for leading a transdisciplinary academic unit such as SHESC, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence, and (4) contact information including emails for three references. References may be contacted at a later stage of the search and only with the candidate’s approval. Initial deadline for receipt of complete applications is November 24, 2019. If the position is not filled, reviews will occur every week thereafter until the search is closed.  Cover letter can be addressed to Professor Steven Neuberg, Search Committee Chair. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair at