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Primate Scientist

Hiring Organization:
Orangutan Tropical Peatland Research Project

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Position Description:

OuTrop is looking for a new Primate Scientist to help manage its Orangutan, Gibbon and Red Langur research projects in the Sabangau research station located in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia (Borneo). The successful candidate will work together with the Project Directors to help maintain and improve the scientific integrity, relevance and impact of our primate research. This will include ensuring the quality of data collected by yourself and our Research Assistants, Interns and other personnel; collecting, analysing and reporting upon data as required; and training and supervising Research Assistants, Interns, visiting students and/or volunteers. The position involves both field and office duties, with the balance between these dependent upon the needs of the project at the time.

We are looking for a post-graduate primatologist, with a scientific mind and aptitude, excellent coordination and management skills, primate field research experience and a dedication to wildlife conservation. The candidate needs to be flexible, patient, amicable (good social skills), well organized, a good communicator, and physically and mentally fit. Applicants must also have the ability to cope well under stress and to readily master new skills.

Duties include:

• Maintaining and improving the scientific integrity, relevance and impact of OuTrop’s primate research.
• Ensuring that field data are collected according to protocol and are of high quality, that field data are entered correctly into electronic databases, and that the integrity of all data collected by yourself and all others on the primate projects is maintained and improved. This includes providing field training and supervision to local staff, and international interns and students working on the Project.
• Assisting in defining primate research objectives and working together with the Project Manager and other relevant personnel to ensure that these objectives are achieved.
• Assisting with the analysis and reporting of data, as required (this may present opportunity for authorship or co-authorship on reports and/or publications).
• Training and supervising Research Assistants, Interns, visiting students and/or volunteers working on the primate projects, providing pastoral care and support where necessary.
• Providing regular updates on progress and developments in the primate projects to the Project Directors, in the form of written reports and verbal/email communications.
• Providing short information and stories, etc., to OuTrop’s Communications Team to help disseminate relevant information to the non-academic community.


• Post-graduate degree in primatology or related discipline
• Experience in tropical primate field research projects (min. 1 year preferred)
• Proven record of research outputs preferred
• Staff management and coordination experience
• Excellent computing skills (including Access, Excel, Word, etc)
• Excellent spoken and written English
• Previous experience of working in Indonesia and competence in the Indonesian language preferred


• A local-level salary will be provided in support of this position, commensurate with experience/to be negotiated.
• Local stipend to cover basic food and other minor costs in Palangka Raya.

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

• Accommodation in the Research camp in Sabangau and OuTrop Office/House in Palangka Raya, with all associated facilities.
• One set of international flights up to GBP 700 and one set of domestic flights from Jakarta to Palangka Raya will be reimbursed for each 12 month contract period.
• All visa-related costs will be covered by the Project
• Travel insurance up GBP 25/month will be covered by the Project.

Term of Appointment:
1 year (extendable upon agreement by both parties)

Application Deadline:
24th June 2013 or until the position is filled (references can be received up to 30th June 2013).

Interviews will be conducted in July 2013, with short-listed candidates notified of exact dates in due course. The post is anticipated to begin in November 2013, permits/visas permitting.


Please send a covering letter detailing why you believe you are suitable for the position, two reference letters and an up-to-date CV to OuTrop’s Director of Gibbon and Felid Research, Dr Susan Cheyne: with the job title as the subject heading.

Contact Information:
Dr Susan Cheyne
WildCRU, University of Oxford, Tubney House
Tubney, Oxon OX13 5QL
United Kingdom


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