Post-doc opportunity: the evolution and function of visual signals ~

8 de noviembre de 2011

Post-doc opportunity: the evolution and function of visual signals

A position is available for a post-doc at New York University (NYU). The
post-doc will work on projects related to the evolution and function of
primate colors and patterns. Several collaborative projects in this area in
our lab are ongoing and new projects are being established. These include
both comparative analyses and species-specific studies of the function and
evolution of facial and genital color patterns. The post-doc will have
considerable input into the direction and nature of the research undertaken
and will initiate and develop projects according to their own interests.

Applicants with experience of evolutionary studies of animal communication
and signaling, or of relevant related areas in behavioral and evolutionary
ecology, are encouraged to apply. The position would especially suit
researchers who have experience in visual modeling, and the analysis of
pattern, shape and color data in studies of signal evolution, or those who
have related expertise and are eager to learn such techniques. In addition
to the collection and analysis of standardized images from specific
species, other aspects of the research may include undertaking comparative
analyses, creating carefully calibrated stimuli, and undertaking
experiments in which color images are presented to living primates to
assess their response. In addition to applications from those with direct
experience of working on primate signaling, communication and behavior,
applications are encouraged from researchers with relevant experience from
any other taxa, such as birds, insects, frogs and fish.

The post-doc will be paid a salary according to his/her experience and will
be eligible for NYU benefits such as healthcare and retirement. Nationality
is open. NYU is located in the Greenwich Village area of Manhattan.

To apply, please email a cover letter and a CV (including referee contact
information) to James Higham at:

See also:


*References *

Higham, J.P., Hughes, K.D., Brent, L.J.N., Dubuc, C., Engelhardt, A.,
Heistermann, M., Maestripieri, D., Santos, L.R & Stevens, M. 2011.
Familiarity affects assessment of facial signals of female fertility by
free-ranging male rhesus macaques.

Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278 3452-3458

Higham, J.P., Brent, L.J.N., Dubuc, C., Accamando, A,K., Engelhardt, A.,
Gerald, M.S., Heistermann, M. & Stevens, M. 2010. Color signal information
content and the eye of the beholder: a case study in the rhesus macaque.

Behavioral Ecology 21 739-746

Stevens, M., Stoddard, M.C., & Higham, J.P. 2009. Studying primate color:
towards visual system dependent methods.

International Journal of Primatology 30 893-917

Higham, J.P., MacLarnon, A., Ross, C., Heistermann, M. & Semple, S. 2008
Baboon sexual swellings: Information content of size and color.

Hormones and Behavior 53 452-462

James Higham <>

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