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PhD position on prenatal stress, sociality, and health in Assamese macaques

Hiring Organization:
University of Göttingen, Germany

Date Posted:

Position Description:
As part of the DFG-funded research unit Sociality and Health in Primates (, we are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to work on prenatal stress effects on later life sociality, health, and fitness in wild Assamese macaques (Macaca assamensis). The project will combine detailed behavioral observations with photogrammetry, physiological measurements from feces and urine as well as NGS of gut microbiota and will be embedded in the larger Assamese macaque project at Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand (

The PhD student will be enrolled in a graduate program of the University of Göttingen, e.g. Behavior and Cognition (

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favored.

Applicants should have a Master's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field and should be familiar with topics of behavioral ecology, behavioral endocrinology, and genetics. Previous field experience is mandatory and lab experience an asset. The applicant will spend approximately 12 months at a remote field site and thus needs to be physically and mentally fit, emotionally mature, able to integrate into an international team of diverse cultural backgrounds, be able to work independently and to spend long hours alone in a dense forest. Excellent English skills are essential as is the willingness to learn basic Thai.

Final approval for funding by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft is pending. Salary pay grade will be TV-L 13 (65%).

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
The project will be fully funded including travel to and from the field and lab work.

Term of Appointment:
up to 3 years starting January 1st 2018

Application Deadline:
November 15th 2017

Please send your application with the usual documents incl. names and addresses of 2 referees in electronic form by November 15th to PD Dr. Oliver Schülke, Dept. Behavioral Ecology, University of Göttingen, email:

The official job ad can be found here:

Contact Information:
Oliver Schülke
Dept for Behavioral Ecology, University of Göttngen, Kellnerweg 6
37077 Göttingen, none


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