Two 3-year post-doctoral positions on the Cultural Evolution and Ecology of Institutions

Applications are invited for two 3-year post-doctoral positions 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:

1) Modelling:

2) Data/Analysis:

Starting date for these positions is ideally September 1st 2017. However, a later start date may be agreed for suitable candidates.

Closing date for applications: 19th June 2017.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Tom Currie ( ahead of applications to discuss the positions.

Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies: call for abstracts

The Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies 2017, 4th annual conference  will take place at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland between September 20-22, 2017.

The submission deadline for posters and oral presentations is on 5 June 2017. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words excluding title, author names and affiliations. Abstracts should be written in English. Text should be organized into four sections: Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusions.

All the information about the Conference is available at

Two MSc by Research pathways at Middlesex University, London, UK

Middlesex University runs an MSc by Research programme, enabling specific pathways.  The MSc by Research is a one calendar year programme that enables students to develop and pursue a research question.  The MSc can also be done in part time mode.  In effect the MSc by Research can be seen as a mini-PhD.  Students are helped to develop their research interests through bespoke tutorials, seminars and workshops.  They can develop their own line of research with this support, or join existing projects.  Recently two pathways have been developed that will be of interest to the EHBEA community.
The MSc in Evolutionary Behavioural Science, led by Professor Tom Dickins (one of the original co-founders of EHBEA) has now been running since October 2016.  This pathway enables students to explore evolutionary theories of behaviour.  The group, spanning the departments of psychology and natural sciences, has expertise in human and non-human primates and birds; but we will consider other taxonomic groups for field based projects too.  More details can be found here:
The MSc in Ecology and Environmental Science led by Professors Lian Lundy and Tom Dickins includes elements of behavioural ecology but it is specifically tied to stakeholder interests. Our main stakeholder is the Corporation of the City of London.  We currently have a list of core research projects to be done at their Epping Forest site. However, students are not tied to this arrangement and other projects can be developed. More details can be found here:

Two fully funded PhD studentships on the cultural evolution of human social behaviour

Closing date: 15th June 2017

School of Psychology, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany

Applications are invited for two 3-year PhD studentships based at the Language, Culture and Cognition Lab in the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland, and jointly supported by the University of Auckland and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. The studentships will begin in 2017 or 2018 and will be supervised by Dr Quentin Atkinson.

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Assistant Professor in Social and Organizational Psychology VU Amsterdam (5 years, fixed term)

Job description

This position is within the research program TLC (Trust, leadership and cooperation), which adopts a strong interdisciplinary and international orientation to research, theory, and methods.  It focuses on the psychological, evolutionary, and neuroscientific mechanisms of trust, leadership and cooperation among individuals and groups,


The candidate is expected to (a) develop a strong, innovating program of research; (b) acquire external grant funding to support their research, (c) conduct excellent teaching, (d) show departmental citizenship and (e) engage in valorisation. The candidate contributes to major parts of the Section’s teaching programs, and supervises Bachelor’s, Master’s and, where possible, PhD students.



  • Completed PhD-thesis on a topic relevant to social and/or organizational psychology;
  • Fit with research program TLC;
  • Demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed academic journals;
  • Demonstrated ability to acquire external research funding;
  • Teaching experience (as evidenced by excellent teaching evaluations);
  • Flexibility in teaching a range of different—mainly organizational psychology—courses in the  Bachelor’s and Master’s programs;


Further details

The appointment will be full-time (1.0 fte) for a period of  5 years, starting (latest) from September 1st 2017. VU is strongly committed to diversity and especially welcomes applications from candidates of underrepresented groups.



The maximum salary is € 4.691,-  per month (gross income, salary scale 11) based on full-time employment. Visit our website for a review of the working conditions at the VU.


Information and application procedure

General information about the VU and the Department of Experimental and Applied Psychology and the Social and Organizational Psychology can be found on the websites: or


For more information (by mail or phone) please contact, Prof. dr. Paul van Lange, +31-20-5988852 or Prof. dr. Mark van Vugt, +31-20-5985323


Candidates who are interested in applying for this position are requested to send an application letter and a detailed Curriculum Vitae to the Head of Social and Organizational Psychology, Prof. dr. P.A.M. van Lange via e-mail: before 13 April 2017. Please mention the vacancy number in e-mail header.


The job interviews are expected to take place in April 2017.


Department of Interdisciplinary Studies – Criminology

Lakehead University’s Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in Orillia, Ontario, Canada, invites applications for one tenure-track or tenured faculty appointment in Criminology at the Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor level to commence July 1, 2017.  The academic rank of the appointment will be commensurate with the qualifications of the successful candidate. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Interested candidates can contact Larry Fiddick,, about evolutionary studies at Lakehead University.

Post-doc position in Cultural Evolution and Social Cognition

A two-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 in collaboration with Nicolas Baumard at the Institut Jean Nicod (IJN) and Julie Grèzes at the Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives (LNC).

Please send a complete CV, a 2-pages cover letter and contact information of two references by March 15th to and, and feel free to contact us for more information!

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PhD Opportunity at Max Planck Institute

The Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig is seeking qualified applicants for a three-year doctoral project on the topic of the reproducibility and refinement of quantitative scientific methods in evolutionary anthropology.
The main aim of this project is to understand and refine processes of scientific knowledge transmission within the study of the evolution of human behavior and adaptation. Topical focuses may include: life history theory, kin selection, social exchange, kinship systems and inheritance, foraging, cultural transmission and social learning, ethnobiological knowledge, or others. Approaches may involve studies of reproducibility, meta-analyses, and the survey and refinement of analytical approaches to specific theoretically motivated questions.

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Post-doc offer in Cultural Evolution and Social Cognition

A two-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 in collaboration with Nicolas Baumard at the Institut Jean Nicod (IJN) and Julie Grèzes at the Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives (LNC). Continue reading “Post-doc offer in Cultural Evolution and Social Cognition”