Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Postdoc: Evolution of Cognition

Postdoc - Evolution of Cognition
From the Evolution Directory (EvolDir) via Twitter.

Post-doctoral position: Evolution of cognition

University of St Andrews, Schools of Biology & Psychology

Research Fellow - Reference: JC1087

You will join a 3-year BBSRC-funded project exploring the role that cognition plays in nest building by birds, including which parts of the brain control nest building. This will be done using a multi-stranded approach incorporating both field and laboratory experiments and two 'model' systems: weaver birds and zebra finches. This project offers the exciting opportunity to address several questions. For instance, why does 'complex' cognition evolve? Can 'complex' cognition be quantified? Why does tool manufacture and use evolve?

You will be a highly motivated individual with an interest in brain and behaviour in non-human animals. You will have a PhD in biology, psychology or neuroscience and relevant experience.

Salary: £29,972 - £30,870 per annum

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Sue Healy (susan.healy[at] for further information.

The post is available for 36 months starting January 2012.

Closing Date: 2 December 2011
Interview Date: 9 December 2011

We encourage applicants to apply online at, however if you are unable to do this, please call +44 (0)1334 462571 for an application pack.

Dr David M Shuker
NERC Advanced Research Fellow
School of Biology
University of St Andrews
Harold Mitchell Building
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9TH
Email: david.shuker[at]


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