mercredi 17 août 2016

Theory postdoc on evolutionary consequences of out-group conflict

A 3–4 year PDRA position in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol is available to join Professor Andy Radford’s research team funded by a European Research Council Consolidator Grant.

The overall project will consider behavioural, physiological, reproductive and evolutionary consequences of out-group conflict, using both empirical and theoretical approaches. This specific role will focus on the development of mathematical and/or computational modelling to consider evolutionary consequences relating to, for instance, post-conflict affiliation and aggression, within-group
cooperation, societal structure, and weaponry. The role will entail analytical and state-dependent modelling, evolutionary simulations and phylogenetically controlled meta-analyses; the exact nature and direction of the role depending on the expertise and interests of the successful candidate. The post holder will also interact extensively  with other team members, who will be focusing on empirical data collection from fish, dwarf mongooses and humans, integrating real-world data into models and generating testable predictions.

The successful candidate will have, or expect to hold shortly, a PhD in a relevant biological or quantitative subject, a strong interest in social conflict, and extensive experience of mathematical or computational modelling. They will be highly motivated, collaborative and an excellent communicator (with respect to both writing and oral presentations), and have a demonstrable desire to learn new skills.

Further details are available via the URL given above.