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research assistant

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

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We are seeking one research assistant for the collection of long-term data for the LuiKotale Bonobo Project at LuiKotale, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The project monitors social behavior and ecology of 2 habituated bonobo communities and candidates will be in charge of (a) collecting such date, (b) compiling data of other students, assistants and researchers working at LuiKotale, as well as (c) handling and management of the data. Candidates will be trained by the PI and work together with other students and assistants.

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

Candidates must have experience in doing field research and should be interested in animal behavior and behavioral ecology. The work requires basic skills in data management, good communication skills and precision in terms of data handling. Field work can be very demanding and candidates should be physically fit and able to cope with social and mental stress. Daily work requires navigation across dense forest without prominent land marks, long working hours, and exposure to tropical climate. The project hosts an international research team and candidates must be able to live together with people having different nationalities and a diverse cultural background. Communication among team members is in English and/or French; communication with local field assistants is in French and Lingala. Candidates must be able to adapt to a remote and basic environment, achieve tasks under conditions that are rarely never optimal, and with basic 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:
February/March 2018

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 ( to Dr. Barbar Fruth Fruth, Barbara (

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

Telephone Number:
++49 341 3550 208


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