lundi 28 février 2011

Postdoc en biologie du comportement humain à l’université de Sheffield (Royaume Uni)

I have a couple of postdoc positions open on human behavioural ecology at the University of Sheffield, and because I am hoping to find candidates with a degree on evolutionary biology and strong background on e.g. quantitative genetics.

Two postdoc positions on human behavioural ecology at the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield

We are looking for two post-doctoral research associates to work at the interface between evolutionary biology, epidemiology, demography and anthropology on the genetic, ecological and demographic factors influencing life-history patterns and senescence rate in humans. The overall aim of the project is to understand the evolutionary ecology of human reproductive behavior across the large demographic and social changes occurring during the past 200 years, and how natural selection has affected human populations at different periods. The post-holder will be in charge of managing and analysing a large pedigree database on the demography of historical Finnish families spanning the time since early 1700s until the end of 1900s. More information about the research group is available at The successful candidate will have a PhD in evolutionary biology or related topic and a good track record of publishing in leading specialist or multidisciplinary journals. Strong statistical skills are essential. The post is fixed-term with a start date of 1st April 2011 (or as soon as possible thereafter) and an end date of 31st March 2013 with a possibility of an extension subject to funding. The work will be performed at the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield – one of the largest departments in the UK devoted to the study of whole organism biology. We are ranked joint 3rd in the UK for biology research and 70% of our research activity has been judged to be « world-leading » or internationally excellent (RAE 2008). The position is funded by the European Research Council (ERC).
Closing date: 14.3. 2011.

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Dr. Virpi Lummaa
Department of Animal and Plant Sciences
University of Sheffield
Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN
United Kingdom

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