Department/Area: Department of Human Evolutionary Biology
The Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Evolutionary Neuroscience Laboratory of Dr. Erin Hecht. The focus of the position will be to study neurodevelopmental adaptations for the acquisition of learned skills. The project involves longitudinal neuroimaging of military working dogs, from puppyhood through adulthood, as they progress through a formal on-base training regimen. Several weeks of paid travel per year will be required to a research site in Texas.
This is a one-year position, expected to begin in spring or summer 2019, with possibility of renewal dependent upon adequate funding and satisfactory performance. The research will take place in the Evolutionary Neuroscience Laboratory directed by Dr. Hecht and located in the Peabody Museum on Harvard University's Cambridge, Massachusetts campus, and on-site at the Lackland Air Force Base outside San Antonio.
Broadly, the Evolutionary Neuroscience Laboratory studies how brains change in response to selection pressure on behavior, and how brains acquire heritable adaptations for complex, learned behaviors. Comparisons between modern humans and our living primate relatives provide a way to address this question in the context of our own evolutionary history. In addition, the lab investigates general mechanisms of brain-behavior evolution by studying
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