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Research Assistant for Bonobo Research at Kokolopori, Democratic Republic of Congo

Hiring Organization:
Max-Planck-Institute for evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Primatology

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Research assistant for bonobo research at Kokolopori, Democratic Republic of Congo. The candidate will overview the habituation and implement data collection for two bonobo communities. The major work consists of daily walks in the forest following habituated bonobos with local trackers. Furthermore the candidate will oversee and teach local staff in the use of electronic data collection devices such as GPS. Work duties include entering the collected data in a computer for later analysis. The research assistant will be accommodated in a Research Camp, which is located in an extremely remote area with no running water or electricity. The candidate will work closely together with a PhD candidate and a second assistant mainly responsible for the logistic and administration of the research camp setup. Exact distribution of duties will be done according to the background of the candidates. Additional information about the field site Kokolopori is available at .

Essential requirements are: (1) field experience, preferably in an African country (2) above average physical fitness, (3) above average resistance to social/psychological stress, (4) practical and technical skills required to orient and move across dense tropical lowland forest without prominent land marks, (5) the capacity to live and work with a small team including local staff. Candidates must be able to work independently, must have strong motivation to take on responsibility, and tolerance to costumes and practices of traditional societies. Furthermore candidates should have French language skills. Experience in biological data collection would be good.

450 Euro/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 return flight from Kinshasa to the field site and back
- Contribution of up to 1000 Euro towards an international return flight (reimbursement ONLY AFTER SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A 12 MONTH TERM OF APPOINTMENT)

Please note that expenses during the stay in Kinshasa on the way in/out of Congo can only be partially covered by the project

Term of Appointment:
twelve months starting around middle of May 2018

Application Deadline:
middle of March 2018

Applications should be sent via email to Dr. Martin Surbeck (

Contact Information:
Sophie Kaube
Deutscher Platz 6
Leipzig, none 04103

Telephone Number:
+49 341 3550 200

Fax Number:
+49 341 3550 299


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