Assistant Professor in Human Evolutionary Social Science

The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) at the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) invites applications for a tenure-track position in Human Evolutionary Social Science. TSE is a world-class institution in the fields of economics and quantitative social sciences, hosting more than 150 international faculty with a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research. The SBS Department seeks to build a network of interdisciplinary scholars committed to conducting research that addresses major societal challenges, including those arising in the context of an increasingly older, heterogeneous, inter-connected, inter-dependent and polarized global population.

Assistant Professor in Human Evolutionary Social Science
We seek candidates with a research program that is motivated by evolutionary theory, focusing on any of the following areas: human health and human life history evolution; cultural evolution; human cooperation and conflict; and social preferences and norms. Specific topics within these areas may be open. Ideal candidates will: promote interdisciplinary research and teaching; specialize in quantitative methods (e.g., empirical analysis of observational or other data, behavioral lab and field experiments, and mathematical modeling); and have a strong research background in their own discipline while being open to engaging in interdisciplinary scientific activities. Candidates should show a strong ability or potential to lead a research program that can leverage the interdisciplinarity of the SBS department and the strong group of economists at TSE. Research interests close to those already developed at SBS will be viewed favorably.

Candidates should have a PhD in Anthropology, Evolutionary Biology, Psychology, or a related field. Candidates must have completed or plan to complete a PhD no later than August 2024.

Candidates will be able to take advantage of and contribute to significant intellectual resources within TSE. This includes the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST), a unified scientific project whose mission is to foster ground-breaking interdisciplinary research on human behavior. The IAST collaborates closely with the SBS Department. IAST is composed of several research teams, including those specializing in social evolution, morality, evolution of technology, leadership, power and inequality, and family, demography and health. TSE also houses formal thematic centers in Health, Energy and Climate, Digital Platforms, and Infrastructure and Networks, and the complementary academic group in “Behavior, Institutions and Development”.

Application Instructions
Applicants should submit:

1) A cover letter (maximum 2 pages; addressing current and future research plans)

2) CV

3) Up to three writing samples (e.g., a published peer-reviewed journal article, or a pre-print/working paper)

4) Contact information for 3-4 professional references willing to provide a letter on the candidate’s behalf. References will automatically receive an email notification from TSE once the application has been submitted (they should be instructed to check their spam folder just in case).

The application deadline is January 31, 2024 (reference letters are due February 10). Review of applications will begin immediately after the deadline and continue until the position is filled. Late applications may be considered if the post has not already been filled.

The target start date for this position is September 1, 2024.

Questions should be directed to Virginie Munier (

TSE supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from members of under-represented groups, and citizens of all countries.