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Research assistant

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

Date Posted:
2015-02-26

Position Description:
The LuiKotale Bonobo Project is offering a position of field assistant for a duration of 10 months to help with data collection for an ongoing PhD project on somatic growth and behavioral development of immature bonobos (Pan paniscus). Candidates will be trained by the PhD candidate and will then work independently but together with other members of the research team. The work includes collection of behavioral data (focal follows), photo and video footage for morphometric measurements, and collection of urine and fecal samples.

Qualifications/Experience:
Experience in collecting behavioral data and using close-range camera devices. Excellent physical condition, high stress resistance, and experience of working and living in isolated locations are essential. Field work involves long working hours, flexibility in terms of working shifts, and physical strength to carry heavy equipment to the field. It also requires technical skills in taking close range video and photo footage, and basic knowledge in using conventional software for data storage. Long working hours and a difficult terrain pose considerable challenges and high motivation is required to achieve the tasks. The site hosts an international team consisting of western researchers and local field assistants and team members have to be open to a multi-cultural environment. The position is suited for a person with strong interest in animal behavior, physical anthropology, and development.

Salary/funding:
300 Euro per month

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
- food (mix of mainly local food and some western food items
- lodging (in tents)
- 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)
- expenses for visa (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:
April 2015 for 10 months

Application Deadline:
1st of April 2015

Comments:
Applicants send a CV, a letter of interest that explains how they meet the qualifications for the position as outlined above, and the names of at least three people that can serve as a source of reference.

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

Telephone Number:
++49 341 3550 208

Website:
http://www.eva.mpg.de

E-mail Address:
hohmann@eva.mpg.de

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