A vacancy for a Research Fellow to work on the AHRC Science in Culture Theme Research Grant ‘Rethinking Mind and Meaning: A case study from a co-disciplinary approach’ is currently being advertised at the University of St Andrews.

The School of Psychology and Neuroscience at St. Andrews is seeking a Research Fellow for 20 months. The position is available from 1st January 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter, for an interdisciplinary project in the areas of Developmental and Evolutionary psychology and Philosophy of mind.  The AHRC funded project —“Rethinking Mind and Meaning: A case study from a co-disciplinary approach ”— is a co-disciplinary collaboration between the Schools of Psychology and Neuroscience and the Department of Philosophy, funded by the AHRC. It aims to combine advanced conceptual discussion and innovative empirical research, addressing the issue of to what extent animals and young infants can reason about things that they can not directly observe, and if they understand complex notions such as knowledge, causes and intentions.

The post will involve designing and implementing studies with nonhuman primates and human children, as well as participating in advanced, cross disciplinary conceptual discussions with the core research team and visiting scientists. The post holder will also collaborate in preparing presentations at international conferences and organizing and participating in cross disciplinary seminars.

Candidates should have a good first degree in a relevant discipline, and a PhD, ideally in developmental/evolutionary psychology or similar. Experience of preparing and conducting experiments with nonhuman primates and/or human children is essential. Knowledge of theoretical and conceptual controversies at a cross disciplinary level, especially in philosophy and cognitive sciences, will be highly desirable. We welcome applications from candidates that have recently completed their PhDs, as well as those with some postdoctoral experience.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr Juan C Gómez (jg5@st-andrews.ac.uk).

The post is advertised here: https://www.vacancies.st-andrews.ac.uk

The deadline for applications is 3rd November 2014.