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Research Assistant

Hiring Organization:
Max-Planck-Institute for Evol. Anthropology

Date Posted:

Position Description:
One research assistant for habituating bonobos at the field site of LuiKotale, Salonga NP, Democratic Republic of Congo. Habituation of this community started in July 2011 and has been pursued ever since. Daily work includes locating and following individual bonobos during the day for as long as possible. The major tasks of the work is to continue identification of community members, maintaining and analyzing data collected by direct observations and camera traps, and collection of urine and fecal samples. Candidates will work together with another research assistant and with Congolese field assistants. Information about the field site and research activities at LuiKotale is available at

Essential requirements are: (1) field experience, (2) above average physical fitness, (3) above average resistance to social/psychological stress, (4) practical and technical skills required to orient and move across dense tropical lowland forest without prominent land marks, (5) the ability to achieve tasks by improvisation, using the limited sources that are available, (6) the capacity to live and work with an international team of students, volunteers and local staff. Candidates should be independent and have social skills, a strong motivation to take on responsibility, and tolerance to costumes and practices of traditional societies. LuiKotale hosts an international research team and communication among team members is mainly in English. Communication with local field assistants is in French and Lingala and candidates with such language skills will be preferred.

300 Euro/month

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
- food (mix of mainly local food and some western food items
- lodging (in tents) at the field site
- airfare for one domestic flight from Kinshasa to the field site and back
- contribution of up to 800 Euro to an international return flight (reimbursement ONLY AFTER SUCCESSFUL COMPLETITION OF A 9 MONTS TERM OF APPOINTMENT)
- please note that expenses during the stay in Kinshasa on the way in/out of Congo CAN NOT be covered by the project

Term of Appointment:
9 months starting in February/March 2013

Application Deadline:
20th of February 2013

Applicants should send a CV, a letter of interest that shows how the applicant meets the qualifications for the position as outlined above, and gives the names of at least two people that would serve as a reference.

Contact Information:
Dr. Gottfried Hohmann
Deutscher Platz 6
Leipzig 04103

Telephone Number:
++49 341 3550 208


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