Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter
December 04, 2022
Offerd Salary:£39,745
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The starting salary will be from £39,745 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.


Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Job description

Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy

This new full time post is available from 10 January 2023 on a fixed term basis until 30 June 2024.

Summary of the role

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to the project “From information free-riding to information sharing: how have humans solved the cooperative dilemmas at the heard of cumulative cultural evolution?”. This Cultural Evolution Society funded post is available from 10 January 2023 to 30 June 2024. The successful applicant will construct theoretical models and run online experiments exploring how evolutionary mechanisms of cooperation ensure that costly innovation emerges and is maintained within cumulative cultural evolution, in collaboration with Prof Alex Mesoudi, Dr Keith Jensen and Prof Lei Chang. You will join the Human Cultural Evolution and Behaviour Group which houses leading international expertise on human cultural and social evolution, within the Centre for Ecology and Conservation at the University of Exeter's Penryn Campus in Cornwall.

About you

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in the field of cultural evolution and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the area to develop research programmes and methodologies. They will be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required. Applicants should be able to construct and analyse agent-based or mathematical evolutionary models, run online experiments with human participants, write up studies for publication, present findings at conferences, and follow open science practices such as preregistration and open release of data and code.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 and QS World University Ranking 2022).

Our research income in recent years means we're the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world's most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and our world-leading research impact is growing faster than any other Russell Group university (2021 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus' and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England
  • Further information

    Please contact Prof Alex Mesoudi, e-mail

    Interviews are expected in mid December 2022.

    We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements.

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