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Field Assistant/Research volunteer at the Inkawu Vervet Project, South Africa

Hiring Organization:
Inkawu Vervet Project, South Africa

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Within the framework of a large collaborative project between the swiss universities of Neuchatel (Drs. R. Bshary & K. Zuberbuehler), Zurich (Drs. C.P. van Schaik & M. Krützen) and Lausanne (Dr. E. van de Waal) on the evolution of social behaviour in vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus), the Inkawu Vervet Project is currently looking for highly motivated field assistants. Applicants that want to use this opportunity as a jumping board to help them pursue a post-grad degree (MSc. or PhD) in Behavioural Ecology, Anthropology, Evolutionary Psychology or any related field are especially encouraged to apply.

Assistants will help Postdoctoral researchers, PhD-students and Master students with habituation data collection on a targeted 7 groups of wild vervet monkeys at our field-site in Kwazulu-Natal, South-Africa. Behavioural data (both observational and experimental) and invasive genetic samples (ear-clips) are currently collected on 7 groups (each equipped with VHF loggers).

Assistants are expected to spend a minimum of 8 months (but 10 months would be better) in the field in order to qualify for financial compensation of their travel costs (up to 1400.-CHF) and their on-site lodging in South Africa. All applicants are responsible for their own field equipment (hiking shoes, bush clothes, rain gear, etc.), as well as travel to South Africa, food costs, vaccinations and travel insurance. Research equipment (tablets, GPS, binoculars and VHF-receivers for telemetry) are provided.

Successful applicants are proficient in English, have excellent social skills, and are able to work within a large, interdisciplinary research team under field conditions.

No salary is provided.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Financial compensation of travel costs (up to 1400.- CHF) and on-site lodging is available after minimum 8 months stay(see above).

Term of Appointment:
Beginning June 2019

Application Deadline:
6 May 2019

Applications consisting of a motivation letter (1 page, file named: your name-motivation letter) and curriculum vitae (up to 2 pages, file named: your name-CV) should be sent electronically to my on-site manager Arend van Blerk:, and to my PhD student Pooja Dongre:

Contact Information:
Erica van de Waal
Department of Ecology & Evolution, University of Lausanne
Lausanne, none 1015

Telephone Number:
0041 32 718 31 14

Fax Number:
0041 32 718 30 01


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