Our multidisciplinary research team is looking for a post-doctoral researcher for a three-year project investigating life history, social integration and the influence of kin in forced migrants in a 20th century Finnish population.

The project is an exciting opportunity to investigate the consequences of forced migration of over 400000 people during World War II from an evolutionary ecology and sociology viewpoint. These migrants encountered much the same traumas and faced similar prejudices and resentment that current migrants face today, making the study of this population particularly appropriate to gain insight into the present and future of current migrants.

The project, headed by Dr. John Loehr, is funded by Kone Foundation for the period 2017-2020.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated new member to our team who will develop new research questions along with contributions and guidance from other team members, independently manage and statistically analyse large and complex datasets, and write scientific publications from the results.
Start date for the position is February 1, 2017 or as agreed. The position is funded for 3 years, and an initial contract of 1 year will be offered with a 3 month trial period. Payment is in the form of a grant (2700€/month, largely tax free income). The work location is flexible and can be done at The University of Turku, Lammi Biological Station (University of Helsinki), Family Federation of Finland (Helsinki) or University of Jyväskylä or a combination of these places. The successful candidate will join the Human Life History Group headed by Finnish Academy Professor Virpi Lummaa; a group internationally renowned for its innovative and cutting edge research on human life history (http://human-life-history.science/).

Ideal candidate descriptors:
- PhD degree in evolutionary ecology, sociology or related field
- Strong statistics background, preferably with experience in Bayesian analysis
- Background in population level analyses of large data sets
- Good publication track record
- Self-motivated and enthusiastic with good teamwork and communication skills
- Ability to lead and supervise research assistants
- A keen interest in human evolutionary ecology

How to apply: Application deadline: 30 December 2016 at 24:00. Submit an e-mail to John Loehr (john.loehr@helsinki.fi) with the subject heading ‘POST-DOC APPLICATION’, with the following documents combined into ONE pdf file:
‐ A cover letter describing your research interests and suitable for the job
‐ A detailed CV including a list of publications as well as other achievements
‐ Two reference letters from people who can be contacted by telephone or e-mail before or after the interview. Prospective candidates will be invited for interviews in person or by Skype in early January 2017. For more information please contact John Loehr +358-504151726 / john.loehr@helsinki.fi.

Our research team is greatly looking forward to your application!
John Loehr, Lammi Biological Station, University of Helsinki, Finland
Mirkka Danielsbacka, University of Turku, Finland
Virpi Lummaa, University of Turku,  Finland
Johanna Mappes, University of Jyväskylä,  Finland
Jenni Pettay, University of Turku,  Finland
Anna Rotkirch, Family Federation of Finland

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Simon's latest work on the demography of grandmothers is now out in PLoS ONE. 

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Robert Lynch is at the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES) conference 2018 in Amsterdam

The manuscript "The transition to modernity and chronic disease: mismatch and natural selection" by Stephen Corbett, Alexandre Courtiol, Virpi Lummaa, Jacob Moorad and Stephen Stea

Two papers out now from Simon's PhD project!

1) Changes in the Length of Grandparenthood in Finland 1790-1959, published in the Finnish Yearbook of Population Reasarch. In this paper, the team investigated how the shared time between grandparents and grandchildren changed across the demographic transition and with industrialisation. This shared time was low and stable before these major events, and began to increase rapidly after they began.

2) Limited support for the X-linked grandmother hypothesis in pre-industrial Finland, published in Biology Letters. Here, we tested whether slight differences in relatedness via the X-chromosome might lead to differences the survival of male and female grandchildren with maternal or paternal grandmothers. Though two of three predictions were supported, we concluded that the X-linked grandmother hypothesis cannot account for lineage differences by itself. 

Our latest paper shows that early-life environment is associated with sex differences in adult mortality and expected lifespan. Out now in Ecology Letters:

Figure 3a+b, from Griffin et al. 2017

Our review of the contribution of human studies to evolutionary biology is out now in Proceedings of the Royal Society B:

Virpi was given the inaugural Phoenix Award from the Turku Finnish University Society on Friday in recognition of and encouragement for her consistently creative and internationally high-quality re

We had the pleasure of hosting Silke van Daalen from the University of Amsterdam for three weeks this September. Silke is a PhD student working with Hal Caswell on identifying individual stochasticity in life-history traits of long-lived populations with a mathematical modelling approach, and came to learn about our dataset and how she might be able to use it in her work. We wish her the best of luck with the rest of her PhD studies, and hope to see her again soon!

Another year, another project meeting! This time we stayed on the beautiful island of Seili, again with the lovely people from the Myanmar Timber Elephant Project, for a few days of talks, drinks, and sauna. Needless to say, there is plenty of interesting and exciting work underway - keep your eyes peeled for the results, coming soon (hopefully) to peer-reviewed journals near you!