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[xmca] Fwd: [COGDEVSOC] Postdoc position, Humboldt application, comparative gestural communication

Speaking of gestures.

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> From: "Pika, Simone" <spika@orn.mpg.de>
> Date: April 28, 2013, 11:07:11 AM PDT
> To: "cogdevsoc@virginia.edu" <cogdevsoc@virginia.edu>
> Subject: [COGDEVSOC] Postdoc position, Humboldt application, comparative gestural communication
> Comparative gestural communication - ontogeny and cognitive complexity – Simone Pika
> The research of the Humboldt Research Group, led by Dr. Simone Pika at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology centers on comparative gestural signalling with a special focus on ontogeny and underlying cognitive complexity. We are focusing on three different model systems: (1) children from different cultures; (2) closely related species (great apes); and (3) species, which live in comparable complex social systems (chimpanzees and ravens).
> We invite talented, independent and enthusiastic candidates looking for a post-doctoral position, who are interested in studying the ontogeny and underlying cognitive complexity of pre-linguistic children in different human cultures (e.g., Hadzabe, Tanzania). More specifically, you are a researcher from abroad with above average qualifications, at the beginning of your academic career and only completed your doctorate in the last four years. In addition, you will want to explore distinct features crucial of human language such as intentionality, underlying learning mechanisms and referentiality by using observational and experimental methods. To embark on an exciting research project into the psychological substrates and evolutionary roots of human communication, you will want to apply for a Humboldt postdoctoral stipend (http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/home.html) through the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen in Germany. We have experience of helping postdocs to draft successful applications for external fellowships.You will already hold a PhD in Psychology, Anthropology or Biology and have a track record of scientific publications in a related topic. Preferably, you have experience working with children, video collection, coding and are fluent in English and Swahili, with field experience being an additional plus. 
> We offer excellent working conditions in an open, international and challenging environment at one of the leading research institutes in the field of behavioural biology. The institute is located in one of Germany’s most beautiful landscapes, close to two big lakes, the Ammersee and the Starnbergersee.
> Please contact Simone Pika (spika@orn.mpg.de) if you want further information about this project or apply by submitting your current CV, a letter of interest and names and contact information of three references. 
> Simone Pika
> Humboldt Research Group "Comparative Gestural Signalling"
> Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
> Geesehouse
> Eberhard-Gwinner-Strasse
> 82319 Seewiesen
> Germany
> phone: +49 1857 932 - 238
> fax :  +49 8157 932 - 259
> http://www.orn.mpg.de/cgs
> http://www.primate-gesture-center.eu
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