“The “Ritual Modes: Divergent Modes of Ritual, Social Cohesion, Prosociality, and Conflict, in the Evolution of Social Complexity” project seeks a Postdoctoral Researcher on a full-time, fixed-term, basis from 1 May 2018 (or a soon as possible thereafter) until 30 October 2019. You will be based at the Centre for Anthropology and Mind at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, Oxford.
This post will focus on testing theories pertaining to the evolution of social cohesion and social complexity in the historical record. In particular, how ritual, religion and warfare can act as drivers of this evolution. The research will focus on longitudinal historical data (by using data from the Seshat: Global History Databank), ethnographic data and post 1945 armed group datasets. The successful applicant will be part of a team and will be actively involved in analyses and publications testing the evolution of social cohesion and social complexity using the full range of selected datasets.
We are looking for someone who has already completed their PhD in a relevant discipline, who has substantial knowledge of statistical techniques suitable for the analysis of large complex social science datasets. We are also looking for someone with the communication skills to present data at conferences and meetings. For further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below.”