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Research assistant

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

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Research assistant for the long-term field project on bonobos in LuiKotale, Salonga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo. The candidate will assist with data collection for an ongoing long-term study investigating the behavioral ecology of a newly habituated community. The major work consists of daily walks in the forest following focal individuals from one habituated bonobo community, and collecting behavioral data as well as urine and fecal samples which will be used for later hormone analysis. Work duties also include entering the collected data in a computer for later analyses. Assistants will be trained by an experienced researcher currently working with the same community. The LuiKotale Research Camp is located in an extremely remote area with no running water or electricity. Additional information about the field site and research activities at LuiKotale is available at

Essential requirements are: (1) prior field experience (2) experience in behavioral data collection, (3) high motivation to work under difficult conditions, (4) above average physical fitness, (5)resistance to social/psychological stress, (6) practical and technical skills required to orient and move across dense tropical lowland forest without prominent land marks, (7) the capacity to live and work with an international team of students, volunteers and local staff.

Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team, must have strong motivation to take on responsibility, and tolerance to costumes and practices of traditional societies. Candidates with relevant language skills (French) will be preferred.

300 Euro/month

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Food (mix of mainly local food and some western food items)

Lodging (in tents) at the field site

Airfare for one domestic return flight from Kinshasa to the field site and back

Contribution of up to 800 Euro towards an international return flight (reimbursement ONLY AFTER SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A 9 MONTH 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:
the position is now available and is for a duration of 9 months

Application Deadline:

Applicants are requested to send an updated CV, a letter of interest and names of at least 3 people who can provide references.

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

Telephone Number:
++49 341 3550 208


E-mail Address:

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