Postdoctoral Fellowship: Cultural Evolution of Religion


Call for Post-Doctoral Fellow

Call for Experimental-Ethnographic Post-Doctoral Fellow (2016-2018)

UBC-Harvard Cultural Evolution of Religion Research Consortium (CERC)

Under the aegis of Centre for the Study of Human Evolution, Cognition and Culture (HECC;, the Cultural Evolution of Religion Consortium is offering a one-year post-doc (with the possibility of a one-year extension) for its Ethnographic-Experimental Team, led by Ara Norenzayan (Psychology, UBC) and Joe Henrich (Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard). To test various evolutionary hypotheses, the post-doc will focus on compiling, analyzing, and writing up research based on a combination of ethnographic and experimental data on religion and sociality collected in over 20 diverse communities around the globe. The position includes both substantial scientific and managerial responsibilities. International travel is required.

The position is open to all fields in the behavioral and social sciences, though psychologists, behavioral economists, and scientifically-oriented anthropologists are particularly well-suited. Background knowledge in anthropology, psychology, and economics will be highly valued as well as advanced statistical training and quantitative skills.

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Since the post-doc will be joint between UBC and Harvard, successful applicants may be based at either place, or travel between the two. Salary will range from $45,000 to $50,000, depending on qualifications. Ideally, the position will begin in September 2016.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should contact the CERC’s administrator, Adam Barnett (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), to acquire a full copy of the grant application, and familiarize themselves with its general structure. Applications should consist of a 2-3 page cover letter, relating the applicant’s training to the responsibilities of the grant, as well as a full CV, and should be received by June 15, 2016, sent directly to Mr. Barnett. Skype interviews may be arranged after that.