The recently launched transdisciplinary Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour (SapienCE) at the University of Bergen invites applications for a position as postdoctoral research fellow in cultural and cognitive evolution. The postdoctoral position is for a period of 3 years, and formal appointment will be with the Department of Psychosocial Science at the Faculty of Psychology.
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About CoE schemas and SapienCE
The SFF programme, funded by the Research Council of Norway, gives Norway’s best scientists the opportunity to establish research centres in order to reach ambitious scientific goals within a defined period. The emphasis of these Centres of Excellence (CoE) is on long-term research goals that meet the highest international criteria.
The SapienCE Centre of Excellence, established in 2017 and directed by Professor Christopher Henshilwood, will focus on the behavioural origins of Homo sapiens in southern Africa between 100.000-50.000 years ago. The core research within the CoE is led by the Leader Group comprising five Principal Investigators and the Director. Our inter-disciplinary team of scientists—at UiB and at the facilities of our international partners—will integrate high-resolution records of early human cultural, social, technological, and subsistence behaviours with innovative geo-archaeological, climate, and cognitive data models. Together we aim to unravel where, when, and why early humans started to think and behave the way we do today. This holistic approach will provide ground-breaking insight into the diverse aspects of what it means to behuman.
About the position as postdoctoral research fellow
We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated cognitive or cultural scientist to contribute to our work on cultural and cognitive evolution.
The postdoctoral research fellow position will be under the supervision of Dr. Andrea Bender, who leads an interdisciplinary team working on the neurobiological, cognitive, and social processes involved in creating novel ideas, technological innovations, and symbolic behaviour. Specifically, we plan:
- To compile a broad range of data across disciplines to assess the unique and shared characteristics of human cognition.
- To conduct in-depth analyses (e.g., on abstract reasoning, external storage of information, or the mechanisms and likely rate of cultural transmission).
- To integrate findings into a detailed model of early human cognition and into a simulation of subsequent evolutionary changes.
Qualifications and personal qualities
- Applicant must at the time of applying have successfully defended their Ph.D. in psychology or a related field within the cognitive or cultural sciences.
- Expertise in at least one of the following scientific methodologies is required, and additional experience in a second one is highly desirable:
– designing, running, and analyzing cognitive experiments, preferably including cross-cultural or
– cross-linguistic research methods
– conducting anthropological and/or archaeological fieldwork
– performing phylogenetic comparative analyses with Bayesian computational tools
– cognitive modelling (e.g., with ACT-R)
– agent-based modelling
- A potential to publish high-impact articles is required.
- The applicant must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, yet must also have the ability to cooperate with others. It is especially advantageous to have had experience in cross-disciplinary collaboration.
- High proficiency in both written and spoken English is required.
- Familiarity with research from the field of culture and cognition is required, and a detectable interest in topics related to the project (i.e. in social cognition, causal cognition, and/or numerical cognition) is considered an advantage.
- Knowledge of relevant literature on cultural and cognitive evolution during the past 100.000 years will be considered an advantage (but is not required).
Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions, and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.
We can offer
- A good and professionally challenging working environment.
- Salary at pay grade 50: This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 514 800. Further promotions are made according to length of service. For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered.
- Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
- A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).
- Good welfare benefits.
Professor Andrea Bender.
Application deadline: 1 October 2018.