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Primate Research Intern

Hiring Organization:
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Zoo Atlanta

Date Posted:

Position Description:
A one year internship to assist with:

1) data entry on population of wild mountain gorillas monitored by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund;
2) on-going behavioral and cognitive studies of apes at Zoo Atlanta. Behavioral study topics include general social dynamics, behavior of bachelor groups of gorillas, and infant development and maternal behavior. Cognitive studies focus on social learning, cognition, memory, and cognitive aging.

Job responsibilities will be evenly split between the two activities above. Zoo responsibilities (20 hours per week) will include daily behavioral observations and cognitive testing sessions, data entry and management, publication preparation, public lectures, and undergraduate research supervision. Fossey Fund responsibilities (20 hours per week) will include data cleaning and entry with potential opportunities to use the long-term data to conduct independent analyses.

Intern also spends ~4 hours per week assisting with ape husbandry routine.

Total of 40 hours per week required.

BA in psychology, biology, zoology or related field. Previous research experience strongly recommended, as is knowledge of Excel, electronic data collection techniques, data entry and summary, and basic descriptive statistics.

Position limited to US nationals unless already in the United States with a working visa.

Position requires 4-5 hours per day of physical activity; must be able to lift at least 30 pounds.

Monthly stipend of $750 provided

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):

Term of Appointment:
start date of Dec/Jan 2016 for one year with potential to extend

Application Deadline:
November 10, 2016. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Interested candidates should send a CV (including at least 2 references) and cover letter to Dr. Jingzhi Tan (

Contact Information:
Jingzhi Tan
800 Cherokee Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30315


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