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.

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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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”

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.

Psychology Lecturer (Grade 8) at Liverpool

As part of the continued growth of Psychology provision at Liverpool, we wish to appoint two Lecturers who have experience of contributing to successful taught undergraduate and/or postgraduate programmes. You will have extensive teaching experience in cognitive/forensic/social occupational psychology, delivered at all levels, and be fully conversant with external regulatory and professional accreditation processes, as well as more local quality assurance processes. You should have a degree (2:1 or above) in Psychology or a related discipline and have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in Psychology. You will also have experience of undertaking and publishing research of at least a national standing, and/or have attained similar status in pedagogical research and the development of innovative learning and teaching strategies.

Tenure-track or tenured professor in human evolutionary biology at Harvard

Position Description:  The Department of Human Evolutionary Biology seeks to appoint a tenure-track or tenured professor in the fields of physiology or behavioral ecology, including, but not limited to, areas such as energetics, life-history, aging, immune function, and reproductive ecology. We are interested in candidates who address these fields from an evolutionary perspective in humans or non-human primates, and welcome candidates whose research includes fieldwork as well as laboratory-based studies (including on model organisms). The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2017. The appointee will teach and advise at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Department of Human Evolutionary Biology values diversity among its faculty, and we are committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community. We particularly encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups, including women and minorities.
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Singapore Management University

This is a 1-year position reporting to Dr. Norman Li, to start as soon as possible, and no later than February 1, 2017. This is a unique opportunity to play a key role in a project involving a funded international collaboration with top scholars. The project will utilize evolutionary psychological perspectives and social psychological methods to study the low fertility issue that pervades all of East Asia and much of Europe. Responsibilities include: 1) assembling, managing, and orchestrating various experimental studies, 2) supervising a team of research assistants, 3) managing organizational and administrative work associated with the grant, 4) assisting with various aspects of manuscript preparation (e.g., literature review, data analysis, writing), and 5) attending to miscellaneous (ad hoc) tasks as needed.

We are seeking these qualifications/skills:
• PhD in social or evolutionary psychology
• Track record in publishing peer-reviewed journal articles
• Organizational skills and ability to manage research assistants
• Conscientiousness and self-motivation (can make meaningful, timely progress with minimal supervision)
• Motivation and ability to identify ways to expand or improve aspects of the research

Base compensation is SGD5,500/month or ~USD48K/year. Inquiries and applications (CV, cover letter, 2 reference letters) should be sent ASAP to Applications will be taken until the position is filled. Singapore is a vibrant and modern, international city-country situated in the tropics of Southeast Asia.