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PhD position on Sociality and health in aging Assamese macaques

Hiring Organization:
University of Göttingen, Germany

Date Posted:
2017-10-13

Position Description:
As part of the DFG-funded research unit Sociality and Health in Primates (www.sohapi.de), we are
seeking a highly motivated PhD student to work on the effects of energetic constraints on the latelife decline in physical condition, health, and sociality in wild Assamese macaques (Macaca
assamensis). The project will combine detailed behavioral observations with photogrammetry,
physiological measurements from urine as well as NGS of gut microbiota and will be embedded in
the larger Assamese macaque project at Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand
(http://www.dpz.eu/en/unit/social-evolution-in-primates/field-station.html).

The PhD student will be enrolled in a graduate program of the University of Göttingen, e.g.
Behavior and Cognition (http://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/217295.html).

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.

Qualifications/Experience:
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.

Salary/funding:
Final approval 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 all lab work.

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

Application Deadline:
November 15th 2017

Comments:
Please send your application with the usual documents incl. names and addresses of 2 referees in electronic form by November 15th to Prof. Julia Ostner, Dept. Behavioral Ecology, University of
Göttingen, email: clicht@gwdg.de.

The official job ad can be found here: http://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/305402.html?cid=13105

Contact Information:
Julia Ostner
Dept. for Behavioral Ecology, University of Göttingen, Kellnerweg 6
37077 Göttingen, none
Germany

Website:
http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/153624.html

E-mail Address:
clicht@gwdg.de

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