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research assistant

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

Date Posted:
2017-09-08

Position Description:
We are seeking one research assistant for an ongoing long-term project in LuiKotale, Salonga NP, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The candidate will assist in a PhD project on the development of immature bonobos. Field work consists of behavioral observations of immature focal animals. Collection of urine and fecal samples, as well as data entry are also part of the duties. The candidate will be trained by the PI, work together with another volunteer assisting in the same project and is supported by the camp manager of the LK field site.

Information about the field site and research activities at LuiKotale is available at http://www.neuro.bio.lmu.de/research_groups/res-fruth_b/index.html; http://www.zooantwerpen.be/en/luikotale-bonobo-project; http://www.eva.mpg.de/primat/research-groups/bonobos/main-page.html
www.bonobo-alive.org

Qualifications/Experience:
The LuiKotale Research site is located in a remote area with no running water or electricity and is only accessible by charter plane and a subsequent hike. Candidates applying for this position should have (1) field experience, preferably in an African country (2) above average physical fitness, (3) resistance to social/psychological stress, (4) experience with collecting behavioral data, (5) practical and technical skills required to navigate across dense forest without prominent land marks, (6) the capacity to live and work with an international team of students, volunteers and local staff. They are expected to have a strong motivation to take on responsibility, the ability for working both alone and in team, social skills, technical and analytical competence, the capability to easily adapt to a remote and basic environment, and a tolerance to customs and practices of traditional societies. Candidates with knowledge in development and maturation in animals will be preferred.

Language skills: LuiKotale hosts an international research team and communication among team members is in English and/or French. Communication with local field assistants is in French and Lingala and knowledge of one of these languages would be of advantage.

Salary/funding:
300 Euro per 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 flight from Kinshasa to the field site and back
- *contribution of up to 800 Euro to an international return flight
- *expenses for visa

*reimbursement ONLY AFTER SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION of the appointment

Note that expenses during the stay in Kinshasa on the way in/out of Congo CAN NOT be covered by the project, and that basic health insurance that covers emergency repatriation and liability will be required.

Term of Appointment:
10 months

Application Deadline:
October/November 2017

Comments:
Applications include an updated CV, a letter of motivation that shows how the candidate meets the qualifications outlined above, references of three people (or their contact information).

Applications should be send to Dr. Gottfried Hohmann (hohmann@eva.mpg.de)

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

Telephone Number:
++49 341 3550 208

Website:
http://www.eva.mpg.de

E-mail Address:
hohmann@eva.mpg.de

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