Postdoctoral Researcher in Cognitive Anthropology

University of Oxford - School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography

(3 posts)

Banbury Road, Oxford

The Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology (ICEA) seeks to employ three Postdoctoral Researchers on a 1-year fixed-term basis (in the first instance), based at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, Oxford.

These posts have been created as part of a new research project: ‘Cognitive and Cultural Foundations of Morality’ funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation and led by Professor Harvey Whitehouse and Dr Jonathan Jong. This project aims to investigate the ways in which moral and religious beliefs have co-evolved around the world, both in terms of biological and cultural evolution. It consists of (a) one large-scale cross-cultural survey (30-50 countries) on religion and morality, and (b) a series of lab- and field experiments on the ways in which basic cognitive mechanisms interact with cultural environments to produce moral and religious beliefs. The postholders will primarily be involved in the design and implementation of cross-cultural experiments, in collaboration with the Project Leaders, other staff, and external collaborators. They may also contribute to the design and implementation of the cross-cultural survey. These positions involve extensive fieldwork ou  tside of the UK, in a site of the postholder’s choosing.

You must have completed or be in the final stages of a PhD in Social, Experimental, or Cross-cultural Psychology, Cognitive Anthropology, or a related discipline, with substantial experience in designing and conducting lab and/or field psychology experiments. You will have quantitative statistical skills and the ability to travel abroad for sustained periods of fieldwork.

For further details, including the project summary, job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below.

You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement (including a research proposal) as part of your online application for this fixed-term position.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Thursday 8 December 2016.

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