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expires: 11 October 2014
Join the live webcast! "Domestication and Human Evolution" is the topic of a free public symposium hosted by the UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research & Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) on Friday, October 10th (1:00 – 5:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time), co-chaired by Robert Kluender (UC San Diego) and Terrence Deacon (UC Berkeley).
The domestication of other species has played an undeniably central role in the evolution of modern humans, and in our planetary dominance and success. In view of this fact, researchers have over the years investigated the genetic underpinnings and the anatomical, neural, physiological and behavioral consequences of domestication across a number of animal species – but largely independently of each other. Recently, a convergence of views has led to the notion that the study of animal domestication may tell us something not only about our relationship with domesticated species since perhaps at least the Pleistocene, but also about our own evolution as a species in the more distant past. Specifically, it has been suggested that a number of the unique anatomical, neural, developmental, social, cognitive and communicative traits that define our species may be attributable to selection for lack of aggression and to a process of self-domestication. This symposium brings together researchers from a variety of research backgrounds to examine these concepts and to elucidate further the possible role of domestication in human evolution.
expires: 30 November 2014
The School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University invites applications for Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of August 2015. The School intends to hire up to two candidates as we continue to expand our world-class program in evolutionary social science. We seek applicants with exceptional scholarly potential in advancing understandings of the dynamic interactions between biology and culture responsible for human uniqueness. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in anthropology, psychology, or related field, and evidence of potential for high levels of research productivity and impact, and for teaching excellence. Desired qualifications include a strong record of field, laboratory, and/or model-based research on the interactions between human culture and biology that is grounded in evolutionary theory. Specific research topic, approach, and region is open, and the candidate’s program of research may be focused on human biocultural evolution in deep or more recent times, including in contemporary societies. Additional desired qualifications include evidence of success in obtaining external funding, teaching experience in anthropology or related fields, experience mentoring and supporting students, and collaborative experiences with an interdisciplinary research team.
We will begin reviewing applicants on October 20, 2014. Reviews may occur every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. Applicants must apply online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/4523 and include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses of three references. Please make sure your last name appears in each uploaded file name. You may address your cover letter to Professor Robert Boyd, Evolutionary Anthropology Search Committee Chair. Information about the School can be found at http://shesc.asu.edu. The School collaborates extensively with ASU’s Institute for Human Origins (http://iho.asu.edu). A background check is required for employment. ASU Job ID: 10880.
Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
expires: 01 November 2014
Post doc position at Arizona State University for investigating cooperation among the Turkana (Job #10886)
The Institute of Human Origins (IHO), a research center of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position to support a multi-year, transdisciplinary research grant, “Evolutionary Foundation of Human Uniqueness: Recovering Patterns of Cognition, Cumulative Culture, and Cooperation,” from the John Templeton Foundation. Anticipated start date is November 2014, but a later start date up through January 2015 may be possible.
This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), benefits-eligible, year-to-year appointment. Renewal is possible on an annual basis contingent upon satisfactory performance, the continued availability of funding, and the needs of the program. For additional information and policies regarding postdoctoral scholars at ASU, please see http://provost.asu.edu/postdoc. Salary is $50,000 per year and the successful candidate is responsible for relocation and housing expenses.
The successful candidate will participate in a research project addressing questions regarding the evolution of human prosociality, through field studies of cooperation among Turkana pastoralists in Kenya. The candidate will be expected to assist the supervising faculty, Sarah Mathew, in fulfilling the goals of the project, designing and implementing the studies, data-collection, data-analysis and publication of the results. Candidate will be expected to reside for 4-6 months a year at the Turkana field station in Kenya. For further information about the position, contact Dr. Sarah Mathew (Sarah.Mathew@asu.edu).
Eligibility: Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications below and must be eligible to work in the United States by the time of appointment.
Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have a PhD by the start of the position with a background in either evolutionary anthropology, evolutionary psychology, gene-culture co-evolution, mathematical modeling of cooperation, behavioral economics, or related disciplines.
Desired Qualifications: Desired qualifications include previous research exploring questions relevant to understanding the origins of human cooperation, experience conducting fieldwork with contemporary human populations, evolutionary game theoretic modeling, Python and R programming skills, and willingness to conduct fieldwork among the Turkana.
Please submit all application materials electronically as a single PDF file. Application materials must include: 1. Personal statement that outlines research interests and long-term professional goals, and details on how your expertise contributes to the interest of IHO (iho.asu.edu) and the project described above. 2. Three best or most relevant publications/scholarly works. 3. Contact information including name, email, phone number, and relationship to the candidate for three potential references. 4. Scanned copies of current academic transcript from all degree-awarding institutions. Official transcripts will be requested from those who received formal offers.
Application materials should be sent to email@example.com with “FirstName.LastName.JobID” in the subject line. Initial review of applications will begin on October 1, 2014; if the position is not filled, review will continue every week thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required prior to employment.
Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
expires: 31 May 2015
Our new one-year taught MSc is now open for applications. The course is run by Craig Roberts, Anthony Little and Christine Caldwell.
expires: 01 February 2015
EHBEA is publishing a book series in conjunction with Springer. The first book in the series, 'Applied Evolutionary Anthropology', edited by Mhairi Gibson and David Lawson, is now available to buy. EHBEA welcomes proposals for new books in the series; please contact Rebecca Sear (Rebecca.Sear@lshtm.ac.uk).
expires: 23 October 2014
1st International Conference of the Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies ”Humans: an Evolutionary Perspective”
I am happy to inform you about the 1st International Conference of the Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies (PTNCE), organised by PTNCE and the University of Wrocław, in Wroclaw, Poland, 23-25 October 2014 (with most sessions scheduled for 24 and 25 October).
Ruth Mace, David Perrett and Chris Stringer have confirmed their participation as plenary speakers.
Please find more information at
I cordially invite you to the conference!
With warm regards,
President of the Organizing Committee