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College of Life and Environmental Sciences
Human Biological & Cultural Evolution Group, Centre for Ecology & Conservation
This ERC funded post is available on a 36 month fixed-term basis from 1st September 2017 to 31st August 2020.
The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.
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) based at the Penryn Campus, Cornwall. 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, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies. Applicants will have experience systematically assembling large datasets concerning some aspect of human culture or social organization, and experience scientifically testing hypotheses such data using statistical techniques. Applicants should have experience with the statistical programming language R (or demonstrate suitable familiarity and competence with other similar languages). Familiarity with evolutionary theory particularly as applied to human culture and behaviour is 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.
For appointment at Associate Research Fellow level, the starting salary will be from GBP 28,452 on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience. For appointment at Research Fellow level, the salary will be from GBP 33,943 on Grade F. Appointment at Grade F will be subject to additional criteria and role responsibilities as defined in the job description.
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. If you are not currently in Exeter please have a look at our website (www.exeter.ac.uk/thesouthwest) for some further information on what a beautiful part of the country we are based in.
To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here.
Candidates are strongly advised to contact Dr. Thomas Currie, e-mail T.Currie@exeter.ac.uk for further information and to discuss the post informally ahead of submitting an application.
We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements.
The College is working towards department Silver Athena SWAN awards as a commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.
The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive about Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.
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