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research assistant

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

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We offer one research assistant position at the LuiKotale Bonobo Project (LKBP), Democratic Republic of the Congo. Candidates will be involved in studies exploring social relations between immature individuals and males, considering kinship (assessed by genetic markers) and social relations between individuals with a low relationship coefficient. The project feeds into the long-term data bank on reproductive strategies and life history profiles of male bonobos. Depending on the academic qualification, it is possible that applicants may used part of the data as start up for a PhD project.

Research assistants will be trained by senior staff, work together with other assistants, and get support from a camp and research administrator. Data collection involves focal follows of male bonobos using a protocol that is used in ongoing work. It also includes collection of fresh urine and fecal samples for physiological and genetic work.

Information about the field site and research activities at LuiKotale is available at;;

Please apply only if you have experience from previous field research. The work requires precision in terms of data collection and a strong motivation to achieve tasks under conditions that are rarely optimal. Field work involves long working hours, long distance walking, and navigation skills in a dense forest environment without prominent land marks. The LKBP hosts an international research team that provides a stimulating academic environment. Yet, living together with people that have different nationalities and cultural backgrounds also requires tolerance and respect. Communication among team members is in English and/or French. Candidates must be able to adapt to a remote environment and conduct work with minimal technical support.

300 Euro per month plus contribution to the international air fare (see below)

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
- food (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:
12 months

Application Deadline:
July 20, 2018

Applications include an updated CV, a letter of motivation that explains how the candidate meets the qualifications outlined above, and references of at least three people (or their contact information) with whom the candidate has worked.

Applications should be send to Dr. Gottfried Hohmann ( to Dr. Barbara Fruth (

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

Telephone Number:
++49 341 3550 208


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