Open Lecturer and Post-doc Positions

Postdoctoral Researcher in Biological Anthropology

The Bigham Lab in the Department of Anthropology at UCLA invites applicants for a Postdoctoral Researcher Position. The Bigham Lab for Anthropological Genomics is focused on understanding human genetic adaptation to environmental pressures and how these adaptations affect the range of modern human phenotypic diversity. We are looking for a postdoctoral scholar to lead and perform bioinformatic analysis of whole genome and genotyping array data to identify genes under selection, identify putative causal variants for adaptive phenotypes through genotype-phenotype analysis, and conduct field work in Latin America. In addition, the scholar will prepare manuscripts for scientific journals, mentor graduate students in data analysis, present data at scientific meetings, and prepare grant applications.

The candidate must hold a PhD in Biological Anthropology, Evolutionary Biology, Human Genetics, Bioinformatics, or related discipline. Applicants will have strong quantitative backgrounds and experience in bioinformatics including programming in R and Python/Perl as well as cluster computing. In addition, applicants will display excellent interpersonal and writing skills.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. The complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy is available.

The initial appointment is for 12 months with a possibility of renewal. Terms and conditions of employment are subject to UC policy and any appropriate collective bargaining agreement. Salary based on qualifications.

Please submit your application through UCLA Recruit. Applications should include a letter of introduction, a curriculum vita, a research statement and names and contact information for three references.

Review of applications will begin June 16, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Mailed or emailed submissions will not be accepted. Informal inquiries are welcome. Please contact Dr. Abigail Bigham (awbigham@ucla.edu).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Postdoctoral Researcher – Geography of Philosophy Project

 The Geography of Philosophy Project is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work with Professor Clark Barrett in the UCLA Department of Anthropology, for a period of one year. The start date for the position is October 1, 2021 or as soon as the position is filled.

The Geography of Philosophy project seeks to understand diversity and universality in philosophical concepts around the world—particularly in the concepts of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. We are studying these concepts empirically using a mixed-methods, comparative approach spanning ten countries and multiple languages. Our methods are diverse and include focus groups, structured interviews, surveys, and experimental techniques. The structure of the project is collaborative, involving local research teams in ten countries, and experts from across the social sciences and humanities. The PIs on the project are Clark Barrett (Anthropology, UCLA), Edouard Machery (History and Philosophy of Science, Pitt), and Stephen Stich (Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Rutgers). The project is funded by the John Templeton Foundation

The project is entering its final year of funding, and we are beginning our final wave of data collection. The postdoc position at UCLA will involve analyzing results from these studies, collaborating in designing and running follow-up studies, co-authoring papers and edited volumes, and helping to administer the grant at UCLA. The postdoc will be housed in UCLA’s Department of Anthropology, a large, four-field department with a thriving community of diverse academic interests, including the Center for Behavior, Evolution and Culture, the Center for Language, Interaction and Culture, the Mind, Medicine and Culture group, and connections to many other departments and units across campus.

Our project is explicitly interdisciplinary and experimental, and as such candidates from diverse fields are eligible, including Anthropology, Psychology, Philosophy, Linguistics, and Cognitive Science. Candidates with strengths in statistical analysis, design and interpretation of cross-cultural studies, and familiarity with literatures in cross-cultural cognitive science are particularly encouraged.

Informal inquiries from potential applicants are welcome at hclarkbarrett@gmail.com. Feel free to get in touch if you’re curious about the position and have questions about your fit for the position, responsibilities, etc.

Please submit your application through UCLA Academic Recruit. Review of applications will begin August 29, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Mailed or emailed submissions will not be accepted. Formal application materials should include a CV, cover letter with statement of research interests and experience, contact information for three references, and up to three publications.