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Research assistant

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

Date Posted:

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 focusing on feeding competition among bonobo (Pan paniscus). The field assistant would work together with the PI and participate in collecting behavioral and hormonal data on habituated bonobo along with gathering information on food patch characteristics.

Excellent physical condition, high stress resistance, and experience of working and living in isolated locations are essential conditions. Field work involves an early morning start on some of the working days, including occasional full day follows (12 working hours). Long working hours and a difficult terrain pose considerable challenges and high motivation is required for achieving the tasks. The site hosts an international team consisting of western researchers and local field assistants and team member have to be open to a multi-cultural environment. This position would be especially suited for a person with previous experience in behavioural data collection and a general interest in animal behaviour and/or feeding ecology.

200 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)
- 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:
September 2013 for 9 months

Application Deadline:
1st of August 2013

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

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

Telephone Number:
++49 341 3550 208


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