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Research assistant for Lui Kotale bonobo project

Hiring Organization:
Emory University

Date Posted:
2017-07-06

Position Description:
We are seeking a research assistant for behavioral and endocrinological
data collection for a long-term field project on female bonobo sociality
in LuiKotale, Salonga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo. The
research is being conducted by Dr. Liza Moscovice and Dr. Adrian Jaeggi,
Emory University, in collaboration with Dr. Gottfried Hohmann and Dr.
Barbara Fruth, co-directors of the field site. The candidate will assist
with data collection for a project investigating the proximate
mechanisms and ultimate function of intra- and inter-community social
interactions and cooperation among females. The major work consists of
daily physically-challenging walks in the forest (between 6-12 hours)
following focal individuals from a habituated bonobo community, and
collecting behavioral data and urine samples which will be used for
later hormone analysis. Work duties also include entering demographic,
ecological and gps data into a computer for the long-term database.
Assistants will be accommodated at the LuiKotale Research Camp, which is
located in an extremely remote area with no running water, electricity
or internet access (although emails can be sent and received via radio
signal). Additional Information about the field site and research
activities at LuiKotale is available at
http://www.eva.mpg.de/primat/research-groups/bonobos/study-site.html

Qualifications/Experience:
Essential requirements are: (1) field experience, preferably in an
African country (2) experience in behavioral data collection, (3) above
average physical fitness, (4) above average resistance to
social/psychological stress, (5) practical and technical skills required
to orient and move across dense tropical lowland forest without
prominent land marks, (6) acceptance of working in an environment with
regular exposure to swamps, bees, wasps and parasites of all kinds, as
well as the potential to be exposed to elephants, snakes and leopards
(rare but possible). (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 (English and French) will be preferred.

Salary/funding:
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)
- Expenses for Visa (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:
Nine to twelve months starting in August 2017 (start date may be flexible)

Contact Information:
Adrian Jaeggi
Department of Anthropology, 1557 Dickey Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322
USA

Telephone Number:
404-727-3117

E-mail Address:
adrian.jaeggi@emory.edu

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