This is a free interdisciplinary workshop hosted by the newly formed Oxford Biological Anthropology Initiative (www.bioanth.ox.ac.uk) that brings together academics and students to explore a common research theme: how human behaviour both impacts and is impacted by the evolution of infectious diseases. The aim of the workshop is to get people thinking about how we can approach this research question through different methods and potentially investigate ways in which to collaborate in the future. In particular, the workshop will delve into such topics as the role of ancient DNA and osteological analysis in elucidating the spread of infectious diseases historically, parasite evolution in the face of host genetic diversity, and how we can model the spread of epidemics through the analysis of the phylogenetic history of pathogens. The afternoon will culminate in a lecture given by Prof Val Curtis on the evolution of disgust.
The deadline for submissions for the Owen F Aldis Scholarship, which funds research costs up to $8000, has been extended to January 15th, 2018. The Owen F. Aldis Scholarship Fund was established to support graduate studies in human ethology, defined as the biological study of human behaviour.
Please see the ISHE website for details of the submission procedure: http://ishe.org/awards/owen-f-aldis-scholarship/
Northumbria University in Newcastle is looking to appoint several new lecturers to its Psychology department. The department has an active Evolutionary research group, together with areas of strength in health, technology, nutrition, cognition, and perception, and a wide range of resources such as a DEXA body composition scanner, 14-camera Vicon motion capture suite, psychophysiologic assessment tools, and wet labs for taking human samples. Please see the advertisement for further information:http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BEU887/senior-lecturer-lecturer-in-psychology/
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sexual Science
Department of Gender Studies & The Kinsey Institute
The Department of Gender Studies and The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington, announce a joint 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship position in Sexual Science to begin August 2018. Successful candidates will demonstrate methodological emphases in behavioral and/or social sciences, be able to address issues of gender and sexuality though various feminist and queer theoretical lenses, and display a clear commitment to interdisciplinary research and education. Research and teaching interests could include sexual science, relationship science, sex/gender development, gender and health, or related areas. The candidate should have experience with quantitative statistical and analytic techniques. Familiarity with big data, social network analysis, and/or dyads is preferred but not required.
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Funded PhD with Tom Pollet at Northumbria University
Loneliness contributes to health problems in the elderly. Conversely, one’s social network buffers against health problems. However, research derived from the Social Brain Hypothesis shows that people’s social networks are not amorphous structures, but rather consist of a series of hierarchical layers varying in emotional closeness. The innermost layers have been labeled ‘support groups’ and ‘sympathy groups’. Support groups consist of individuals from whom one would seek support in times of severe emotional or financial distress: they have an average size of 5 members. Sympathy groups consist of individuals whose sudden death would be greatly upsetting: they have an average size of 12–15 members, including support group members. For elderly populations, it is currently unknown whether contact with individuals from certain social network layers matters more or whether any social contact matters. Moreover, it is currently unknown whether the medium of social contact matters: Is face-to-face contact more beneficial than contact via the phone? Is contact via a medium such as Skype or FaceTime similar to face-to-face contact or not? Previous research with a student population suggests that computer-mediated communication with a face-to-face component (e.g., Skype/FaceTime) is on a par with actual face-to-face contact in terms of positive affect. However, it is currently unknown whether similar effects exist for elderly populations. In this project, you will examine the composition of egocentric social networks of elderly people and its relation to loneliness and health.
The Max Planck Research Group ”Naturalistic Social Cognition” at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany, (Research Group Leader: Dr. Annie E. Wertz) is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Position.
The position will preferably begin February 1, 2018, although the start-date is negotiable.
The postdoctoral researcher will work on projects investigating social learning in infancy and early childhood, with an emphasis on how young children learn about plants in a naturalistic garden setting. We seek candidates with expertise in behavioral coding methods and experience conducting studies with infants and/or young children; strong data analysis skills are required. Familiarity with complex naturalistic datasets is preferred. Previous experience with Datavyu or related behavioral coding programs is particularly desirable; as is a solid background in at least one programming language (e.g., Ruby, MatLab, or R).
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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.
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The Brunel University Division of Psychology is recruiting a Lecturer in the area of Cultural & Evolutionary Psychology.
Closing date for applications: Thursday 14th September 2017
More information on the Centre for Culture and Evolution.
This is a highly competitive scheme, with excellent support, open to students from any country. Interested students must express interest by 21 July (20 July in the Western hemisphere due to time differences). To learn more and to express interest visit:
Up to 2 students will be asked to submit full applications in August.
There is also a lot more about the scheme at http://www.2025.unsw.edu.au/apply/
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