Texas Tech University’s College of Education invites applications for a post-doctoral research scholar position focused on the psychological underpinnings of human social power and social competence from an evolutionary perspective. The guiding theoretical perspective is Resource Control Theory (RCT, Hawley, 1999) which integrates methods and ideas from various disciplines (e.g., developmental psychology, social psychology, peer relationships, and evolutionary theory).

The successful applicant will work within the interdisciplinary lab directed by Patricia H. Hawley in the Department of Educational Psychology (College of Education). Recent work in the lab has included studies of morality, aggression, power in relationships, and attitudes toward evolutionary theory and its applications. Most of the work of the lab is predicated on the assumption that social dominance is a central organizing feature to social groups and as such has far reaching implications for many domains of functioning. Primary responsibilities include taking an active role in the operations of the lab, interfacing with a university preschool, developing new research initiatives, assisting in applications for external funding, conducting appropriate analyses of existing data, and collaborating in dissemination activities. The position is for one year, with excellent possibility of re-funding for at least one additional year.


Qualified individuals must have a Ph.D. by the time of appointment in the social, behavioral or health sciences, strong methodological skills and interests, and an interest in the theoretical underpinnings of the lab. Demonstrated productivity in terms of published journal articles and scientific conference presentations is required. Excellent written and oral English communication skills are required. Background in any of the following areas will be considered preferred qualification: advanced quantitative methods, evolutionary theory, early childhood development, and/or animal behavior. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. For more information, contact Patricia H. Hawley (Patricia.Hawley@ttu.edu). 

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