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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”

PhD opportunity at Northumbria

Could Skype/FaceTime combat loneliness in the elderly?

Deadline for applications: 20 January 2017
Start Date: 2 October 2017

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.

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Postdoc in Evolutionary Approaches to Maternal-Child Health in Southern California

A postdoctoral position is available at Chapman University in Orange, CA for a project utilizing interdisciplinary approaches to generate new insights to solve key problems in maternal-child health. The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to develop and test novel hypotheses pertaining to maternal-child health in collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook (project PI) and members of Chapman’s Center for Excellence in Biopsychosocial Approaches to Health (CEBAH).

The ideal candidate would bring unique expertise and perspectives from biological anthropology, Darwinian medicine, health psychology, evolutionary psychology, public health, endocrinology or other fields to formulate and test interdisciplinary research questions. The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to work with large existing NIH funded data sets that contain longitudinal data assessing biomarkers, hormones, psychosocial factors, ecological conditions, behavior and health outcomes in mothers, children, and fathers followed from pregnancy to the postpartum period. The postdoctoral fellow will also interface with local government and private stakeholders in an effort to create translational community-based interventions to improve maternal-child health. Continue reading “Postdoc in Evolutionary Approaches to Maternal-Child Health in Southern California”

Spring School on Quantitative Methods

We’re delighted to announce another outing for the Spring School on Quantitative Methods at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. The recently-opened (2015) Institute is located in Jena, Germany. Further information, including the application form, is at the MPI-SHH website. Applications close January 20th.

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Post-doc position in human behavioural ecology in Finland

Our multidisciplinary research team is looking for a post-doctoral researcher for a three-year project “Learning from our past”, investigating life history, social integration and the influence of kin in forced migrants in a 20th century Finnish population. The deadline for applications is 31.12.2016. Continue reading “Post-doc position in human behavioural ecology in Finland”

Lecturer in the Anthropology of Cognition and Culture, Department Anthropology, Durham University UK

The Department of Anthropology seeks to appoint an outstanding candidate at Lecturer (Assistant Professor) level to consolidate its strength in evolutionary approaches to cognition and culture. As a result of significant investment through RCUK and HEFCE funding, the department now has vibrant research programmes in comparative cognition, social learning and cultural evolution. The aim of this post is to consolidate this area and strengthen links between the study of cultural and cognitive evolution, as well as between evolutionary and socio-cultural anthropology. We welcome applications from exceptional scholars with research and teaching interests in the broad field of cognition and culture. Although the main requirement of this post is for the successful candidate to have synergies with members of the Evolutionary Anthropology Research Group, a proven track record of, or demonstrable potential for collaboration with scholars from both social and biological anthropology would be advantageous.

Funded PhD studentships at the Universities of Southampton, Brighton and Portsmouth

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership will be awarding 36 studentships per year to social scientists carrying out PhD studies, or Masters + PhD studies at its three partner institutions, including the Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Portsmouth. Our first intake of funded students will be in the 2017/18 Academic Year.

In addition to covering the cost of all programme fees, those in receipt of a South Coast DTP studentship award will also receive an annual maintenance grant of £14,482 (2017/18 RCUK rate). South Coast DTP PhD students will also have access to additional funds for carrying out fieldwork, purchasing essential equipment and attending relevant conferences.
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