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School of Psychology, University of Lincoln
I am looking for a research assistant to help with the data collection on a new project on the role that forest ecology (e.g. forest patch size and food abundance) and human activity play on the behaviour (e.g. feeding ecology and ranging patterns) and conservation of the Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus) in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco. This project is part of a longitudinal study on the socio-ecology of the Barbary macaque started in January 2007 (for more information about the field site and work in Morocco, please visit our website/blog: http://barbarymacaque.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk).
Work at the field site is physically and mentally demanding. The field site is between 1,400 and 2,000 m a.s.l. and weather conditions can vary dramatically across the year, with temperature ranging between 35ºC to -5ºC and snow in the winter months. Hence, interested individuals should be physically fit. The field site is in the beautiful cedar and oak forest of the Atlas Mountains and it is close to the Moroccan imperial cities of Fez and Meknes.
The successful applicant will live in the town of Azrou in an apartment block with basic amenities including internet access, hot water and TV.
The main responsibilities of this position are:
1) Collect ecological data (e.g. climate, phenology) on the forest used by the macaques and behavioural data (e.g. activity budgets, ranging patterns) on the monkeys (we currently work with four fully habituated groups);
3) Contribute data entering for statitical analyses;
4) Contribute to the everyday running of the field site together with the other students at the site;
Previous field experience (not necessarily with primates) is a priority.
•Have a background and strong interest in conservation biology, ecology, primatology or related fields.
•Have good knowledge of ecological (e.g. transect method) and behavioural (e.g. scan sampling technique) data collection methods.
•Be prepared for long days in the field in a challenging environment.
•Be open-minded and independent, prepared to adapt to living in a foreign culture, and able to work as part of a team.
•Knowledge of French and/or Moroccan Arabic would be an advantage
•A valid driving license is a plus
•Good knowledge of English is an essential requirements for this post.
This is an unsalaried post; however, we may be able to contribute to the travel costs of the assistant up to £250. Living expenses should cost the assistant between £200 and £400 per month.
provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
The research assistant will be responsible for their own health insurance.
Term of Appointment:
The position is for a minimum of 6 months
10th December 2013
To apply please send a 1-page cover letter discussing your suitability for this position, your CV, and the contact details of two academic referees.
Bonaventura (nickname: Bino) Majolo
Lincoln LN6 7TS
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