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Volunteer field assistant, Pig-tailed macaques, Peninsular Malaysia

Hiring Organization:
German Primate Center; Universiti Sains Malaysia

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We are looking for field assistants for a long-term project investigating the behaviour of pig-tailed macaques (Macaca nemestrina).
The study will be conducted in the Segari Melintang Forest Reserve, Perak, Peninsular Malaysia. The work of the field assistant will include radio-tracking and behavioural data collection on the macaques as well as faecal sample collection for genetic analyses.

Bachelor in anthropology, biology, ecology or any other relevant field is required.
The language in our team will be English and German but the willingness to learn basic Bahasa Malaysia is expected.
Previous field experience is welcome but not required.
Experience of working in tropical conditions under demanding physical exercise is helpful as monkeys are followed from dawn to dusk (about 12h a day; 5 days a week) in a tropical rain forest.

In general, applicants should:
- be physically fit and mentally strong with very good social skills
- be able to work independently within our team
- feel comfortable living under basic conditions and being far away from family/friends
- be willing to adapt to a foreign culture and a tropic climate
- be emotionally mature, friendly, energetic and very patient
- be able to maintain a positive attitude towards hard and tiring work.

currently not available

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
There is no funding available at the moment. Airfare is about 500-800 from Europe, housing and food costs are approximately 200 /month.

Term of Appointment:
Startin date is June 2015. A minimum of 6 month commitment is required, but a longer duration of stay is preferred.

Application Deadline:
Application is open until all positions have been filled.

Applicants should send their CV, a letter describing their motivation, research interests and experiences and references from two previous supervisors/employers.

The project is supervised by Antje Engelhardt, German Primate Center and Nadine Ruppert, Universiti Sains Malaysia

Contact Information:
Dr. Antje Engelhardt
Kellnerweg 4
Goettingen 37077

Telephone Number:
+49 551 3851 202

Fax Number:
+49 551 3851 288


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