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Post Doctoral Research position - chimpanzee ecology

Hiring Organization:
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

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Position Description:
The Department of Primatology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany is seeking a postdoctoral researcher for its Pan African program ‘The Cultured Chimpanzee’ (for more details on this project please see the report in Nature 476, 18 August 2011, pp. 266-269 &

More specifically, the research to be conducted will address questions related to the extent of the diversity and variability of ecological conditions across chimpanzee habitats including fauna, flora and the abiotic environment and how they affect aspects of chimpanzee biology. Within the Pan African Program, we are collecting a unique dataset on habitat structure, food resource availability, sympatric animal species, climate and human impact from more than 30 sites to learn more about the environments inhabited by chimpanzees.

Although we use standardized methods for all data collection, the entire dataset is very heterogeneous. Data processing and analysis will therefore require advanced and innovative statistical approaches for data integration and synthesis.

The successful candidate will therefore need excellent organizational and quantitative skills, including statistical and programming expertise. Furthermore, since this work will be directly linked to other projects within the Pan African Program, we expect the candidate to communicate well with other researchers for mutual benefit and integrate well into the department.

The position is available for a three year period from 1 January 2014, salary will be up to 36,000 Euros for German candidates depending on qualifications and an equivalent tax free stipend for foreign candidates.

Please send a Curriculum Vita, publication list, cover letter and two reference letters to Ms. Claudia Nebel ( Please reference “Postdoc chimpanzee habitat diversity-The Cultured Chimpanzee” in the subject line.

PhD in biology, anthropology or related field

Contact Information:
claudia nebel
deutscher platz 6
leipzig 04103

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