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Rosie completed her PhD!

Congratulations to Dr. Bettle for a great defense talk on her research, entitled “The evolution of social intelligence in macaques.”

Open positions: postdoctoral fellowships in primate cognition and behavior

Overview:

The Cognitive Evolution Group, led by Dr. Alexandra Rosati at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, invites applications for up to two postdoctoral research fellows in primate cognition and behavior. Depending on the candidate’s interests and skill set, there are opportunities to work with several nonhuman primate populations including semi-free-ranging macaques at the Cayo Santiago Field Station in Puerto Rico; lemurs at the Duke Lemur Center; and/or with chimpanzees living in African sanctuaries. This work could focus on one or more of the following: (1) the evolution of decision making and cognitive control in lemurs, monkeys, and apes; (2) individual variation in cognition and behavior in apes; or (3) comparative cognitive development in monkeys and apes. The positions will provide a salary of $50,000 per year, and are benefits-eligible. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of extension for one to two more years, dependent upon performance. See the full job description here.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Oversight of work at field sites; travel to off-campus (domestic and/or international) research sites for up to 6 months of the year is a core aspect of the position
  • Planning studies and executing data collection with nonhuman primates, especially including cognitive experiments, but also potentially behavioral observational and/or biosampling data
  • Management of large cognitive and behavioral datasets, and overseeing statistical analyses of this data
  • Overseeing and working collaborative with a diverse team including graduate students, undergraduates, and staff, including coordination with domestic and international collaborators
  • Presenting scientific research at conferences and writing up material for scientific publications
  • Designing and implementing educational outreach locally at field research sites

Application procedure and deadlines:

Review of applications will begin Dec 10 on a rolling basis and continue until the position is filled, with a prospective start date between January and May 2022. Any questions about the positions or application process can be addressed to Dr. Alexandra Rosati (rosati@umich.edu). To be considered for the position, applicants should submit their application materials to Dr. Rosati. Please include:

  1. A cover letter of up to two pages describing research interests and goals; prior research experience; and suitability for the position 
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. Copies of up to three representative publications or other written work (such as published conference proceedings or manuscripts in preparation)
  4. Contact information for two references who can supply letters of recommendation.

Congrats to Megan and Francesca!

Huge congrats to Megan Mulhinch, who will be starting her PhD in Psychology at UC San Diego, and to Francesca De Petrillo who will be starting her own research group as a Lecturer in Psychology at Newcastle University!

Francesca (center) with Rosie and Alyssa at Trentham Monkey Forest, UK
Megan (L) with Yiyun and Rosie in San Juan, PR

UM’s 2021 Psychology Diversity Recruitment Weekend

The Department of  Psychology’s Diversity Recruitment Weekend application is now open! This is a great opportunity undergraduates and recent grads who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in psychology, neuroscience, or comparative cognition and behavior. Applications are due Sept 6; see here for more information.

Inaugural Primate Internship Science Symposium

Our inaugural Primate Cognition and Behavior Internship, in partnership with the Cayo Santiago Field Station and the Kibale Chimpanzee Project, wrapped up this week with an amazing series of presentations from our first class of undergraduate interns! Thanks to all the interns, science mentors, and special guests who made this internship possible. Til next year!

Open position: lab coordinator

We are hiring! Megan is soon off to grad school and so we are searching for a new lab manager to coordinator and conduct research on cognition and behavior in primates and humans. This position provides extensive research experience and is ideal for recent college graduates who are considering attending graduate school in the future. See the full job ad here.

Timeline

  • Start date: Anticipated start date is between September and December 2021
  • Review timeline: We will begin rolling review of applications on August 9
  • Position duration: This position is term-limited to one year and can be renewed for a second year. Candidates able to make a two-year commitment are preferred
  • Questions: get in touch with Dr. Alexandra Rosati

How to Apply

For more information about the position please access the online application portal. This entails uploading you CV and a cover letter specifying your research experience, interests, and career goals. In addition, please arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to Dr. Alexandra Rosati at rosati@umich.edu.

2021 Primate Cognition and Behavior Internship

Our inaugural internship, in partnership with the Cayo Santiago Field Station and the Kibale Chimpanzee Project, kicked off remotely in June. Stay tuned for more news about our interns’ research projects!

UM’s 2020 Psychology Diversity Recruitment Weekend

The Department of  Psychology’s Diversity Recruitment Weekend application is now open! This is a great opportunity undergraduates and recent grads who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in psychology, neuroscience, or comparative cognition and behavior. Applications are due Sept 4; see here for more information.

Averill receives developmental psychology fellowship

Congrats to Averill for receiving a fellowship from University of Michigan’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Developmental Psychology Training Grant for her work on comparative cognitive development the 2020-2021 year!

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