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Volunteer Research Assistant: Infant Handling in Barbary Macaques, Morocco

Hiring Organization:
University of Goettingen

Date Posted:
2014-02-24

Position Description:
I am looking for a volunteer research assistant to help with data collection for my PhD project supervised by Prof. Dr. Julia Ostner (University of Goettingen, Germany) and Dr Martina Konecna (University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic). The project investigates role of non-maternal care (infant handling) in the group of wild Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco. This project is part of a longitudinal study on the socio-ecology of the Barbary macaque started in January 2007 (for more information about the field site and work in Morocco, please visit our website/blog: http://barbarymacaque.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk).
This position is an excellent opportunity to gain experience on animal behaviour research and fieldwork. The position mainly involves collection of behavioural data. The research assistant will be responsible for the independent data collection, contribution on the data entering for statistical analyses, everyday running of the field site together with the other students at the site and help with the habituation and identification of other troops of Barbary macaques.
The work at the field site is physically and mentally demanding. The field site is between 1,400 and 1,900m a.s.l. and weather conditions can vary dramatically across the year, with temperature ranging between 35ºC to -5ºC and snow in the winter months. Hence, interested individuals should be physically fit. The field site is in the wonderful Cedar and Oak forest of the Atlas Mountains and provides us with extraordinary observational conditions. The successful applicant will live in the town of Azrou in an apartment block with basic amenities including internet access.

Qualifications/Experience:
Previous field experience (not necessarily with primates) is a priority.

Applicants should:
Have a background in Animal behaviour, Primatology, Anthropology or related fields.
Have a strong interest in behaviour research.
Have good knowledge and experience of behavioural data collection methods.
Be mentally and physically fit for long days in the field in a challenging environment.
Be open-minded, prepared to adapt to living in a foreign culture, and able to work as part of an international team.
Good spoken English is an essential requirements for this post. Being able to speak French/Arabic is a plus.
A valid driving license is a plus.

Salary/funding:
This is an unsalaried post. The successful applicant should be able to cover all expenses related to the trip and the stay in the field site: their own health and travel insurance, flights to and from the field site, food, running costs, and any other required items. Living expenses should cost between £200 and £300 per month.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
The car rental will be covered by the employer. Excellent assistant may be provided with another financial support (e.g. for accommodation).

Term of Appointment:
A commitment of at least 6 months is required. The position starts in April (or May) 2014.

Application Deadline:
Until position is filled

Comments:
To apply please send me an email containing a cover letter discussing your suitability for this position, your CV, and the contact details of two academic referees(preferably professors or research supervisors with whom you have worked closely with). Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.

Contact Information:
Barbora Kubenova
No. 57 Farah II
Afarah, Azrou, none 35100
Morocco

Website:
https://barbarymacaque.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/

E-mail Address:
kubebar@seznam.cz

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