Postdoctoral Research Associate

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Job #11200)
Institute of Human Origins
Arizona State University

The Institute of Human Origins (IHO), a research center of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position to support a multi-year, transdisciplinary research grant, “Evolutionary Foundations of Human Uniqueness: Recovering Patterns of Cognition, Cumulative Culture, and Cooperation,” from the John Templeton Foundation. Anticipated start date is August 17, 2015.

The successful candidate will participate in a research project addressing questions regarding the evolution of human cooperation, through either laboratory experiments or formal modeling or field studies among Turkana pastoralists in Kenya. The candidate will be expected to work together with the supervising faculty members, Sarah Mathew and Robert Boyd, in designing and implementing the studies, data-analysis and publication of the results. For further information about the position, contact Sarah Mathew ( or Robert Boyd (

This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), benefits-eligible, year-to-year appointment. Renewal is possible for one additional year contingent upon satisfactory performance and the needs of the project. For additional information and policies regarding postdoctoral scholars at ASU, please see Salary is $50,000 per year and the successful candidate is responsible for relocation and housing expenses.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications below and must be eligible to work in the United States by the time of appointment.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have a PhD by the start of the position with a background in either evolutionary anthropology, evolutionary psychology, theoretical biology, behavioral economics, or related disciplines.

Desired Qualifications: Desired qualifications include previous research exploring questions relevant to understanding the evolutionary origins of human cooperation.

To Apply
Please submit all application materials electronically as a single PDF file. Application materials must include:
• Personal statement that outlines research interests and long-term professional goals, and details on how your expertise contributes to the interest of IHO ( and the project described above.
• Three best or most relevant publications/scholarly works.
• Contact information including name, email, phone number, and relationship to the candidate for three potential references.
• Scanned copies of current academic transcript from all degree-awarding institutions. Official transcripts will be requested from those who received formal offers.

Application materials should be sent to with “FirstName.LastName.JobID” in the subject line. Initial review of applications will begin on July 1, 2015; if the position is not filled, review will continue every week thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required prior to employment.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applications will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.