Postdoctoral Research Associate or Research Fellow

University of Exeter - College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Human Biological & Cultural Evolution Group, Centre for Ecology & Conservation

This full-time ERC funded post is available from a starting date of between 1st November 2017 and 1st July 2018 on a 36 month fixed term basis.

The College wishes to recruit an Associate Research Fellow or Research Fellow to support the work of Dr. Thomas Curie (Senior Lecturer in Cultural Evolution). The successful applicant will work as part of a broader project that will examine the cultural evolution and ecology of institutions, taking an integrated evolutionary approach to investigate the interrelated rules that regulate human social organization and cooperation.

The post will involve constructing new datasets on cross-cultural institutional diversity and historical changes in social organization and institutions. Data will come from collating existing datasets and assembling new data (e.g. from sociological, political science, economic, anthropological, historical, or archaeological sources) at global and regional scales. The post-holder will analyse these data using statistical techniques in order to test hypotheses about the evolution of institutions.

The successful applicant will:

  • Be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, and communicate complex information, orally, and in writing.
  • Be expected to communicate the findings of the project by writing papers for publication in academic journals.
  • Have experience of systematically assembling large datasets concerning some aspect of human culture or social organization, and experience in scientifically testing hypotheses using statistical techniques.
  • Have experience with the statistical programming language R (or competence with other similar languages) and familiarity with evolutionary theory particularly as applied to human culture and behaviour are desirable.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes.

The University offers some fantastic benefits including 41 days leave per year, options for flexible working, numerous discounts at leading retailers, an onsite gym, free yoga and pilates, a cycle to work scheme and a stunning campus environment in the heart of Exeter. If you are not currently in Exeter please have a look at our website ( for some further information on what a beautiful part of the country we are based in.

Applications should be made via our website. For more information and to apply online please go to Please quote reference number R57269 in any correspondence.

Interviews are expected to take place on October 30th 2017.

For appointment at Associate Research Fellow level, the starting salary will be from £28,452 on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience. For appointment at Research Fellow level, the salary will be from £33,943 on Grade F. Appointment at Grade F will be subject to additional criteria and role responsibilities as defined in the job description.

We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce

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