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Oxford–Calleva Graduate Scholarships

Applications are invited for two fully-funded Oxford–Calleva Graduate Scholarships, supported by the University of Oxford and the Calleva Research Centre at Magdalen College, Oxford. The successful applicants will be part of an interdisciplinary team working on a 4-year project funded by the Calleva Research Centre at Magdalen College, to begin in October 2018.

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IAST Research Fellowships

The Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse recruitment campaign is now open for the academic year 2018-19. Deadline for applications is December 31st.

The Research Fellowships” offer can be viewed directly at (https://www.iast.fr/apply).

We welcome contributions from researchers within a large range of disciplines, in particular from anthropology, biology, history, law, mathematics, philosophy, political science, psychology and sociology, though motivated applications from outside these disciplines will be given full consideration.

Call for meta-analysis data: moral licensing & watching eyes effect

Our team is conducting two meta-analyses:

1. Moral Licensing
Specifically, we are interested in looking at the moderating effects of study procedures (such as whether the participants were observed during the licensing manipulation), and characteristics of the measures (such as the ambiguity of the dependent measure) on the moral licensing effect.

2. Watching Eyes Effects
Specifically, we are examining whether exposure length to observation cues (long or short) explain the inconsistencies in the literature regarding the impact of eye images on generosity.

Now we are looking for any unpublished experimental studies (e.g., manuscripts, doctoral dissertations, file drawer) or data on these topics.

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EvoBugs Bioanth Workshop: How Human Behaviour Impacts the Evolution of Pathogens and Vice Versa.


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.


Owen F Aldis Scholarship deadline January 15, 2018

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 hiring lecturers in (evolutionary) psychology

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

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sexual Science
Department of Gender Studies & The Kinsey Institute
Indiana University-Bloomington

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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PhD position: Could Skype/FaceTime combat loneliness in the elderly?

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.