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Research Assistantship in Field Genetics

Hiring Organization:
Field Projects International

Date Posted:

Position Description:
This is a special program available NOW through December 8, 2019. You will stay at the beautiful Inkaterra Guides Field Station in southeastern Peru, home of the Green Lab, and assist our resident research associate in screening for a variety of blood-borne and gastrointestinal wildlife parasites using targeted molecular and non-targeted microscopy technique. Parasites of interest include Leptospira, Plasmodium, Trypanosoma, Microfilaria, Acanthocephalans (thorny-headed worms), cestodes (tapeworms), and more. You will learn to read samples and collect organized data on the presence/absence of infections as well as infection intensity, when possible.

Appeals to majors: Biology (especially pre-med and pre-vet tracks), ecology, forensics, clinical research

Training areas: Biological sample preparation, microscopy, genetic research

We are currently recruiting participants with the following requirements. If you are uncertain if you are eligible, to confirm.

*Must be at least 18 years of age by the time the training program begins
*Demonstrate a grounding or strong interest in zoology, biology, or anthropology
*Previous field experience is not required, but previous research experience (either outdoors or in the laboratory) will be a plus
*Must be able to justify why this program is important to them and what they hope to gain from it
*Able to provide a letter of recommendation from a source that can substantiate the participant?s experience and skills
*Unafraid of insects, reptiles and the jungle in general
*Participants will not be discriminated against for medical conditions they might have if we determine that being on this project will not pose an immediate risk to their health.
*Due to the nature of the work and weather constraints, participants MUST be willing to be flexible about their days off. *Assistants will typically have one day off per week
*Participants must sign waivers of liability for this project and for the field station before their participation in the project is finalized
*Participants must be willing to maintain long hours in the lab
*Assistants will have the opportunity during days off to explore various attractions at the field site, such as climbing the canopy walkway or visiting Lake Sandoval.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Program fee: $1200 for 2 weeks; $600 each additional week.

Term of Appointment:
Now ? December 8, 2018

Application Deadline:
Rolling, now.

Minimum appointment 2 weeks; Start dates: Anytime before November 25, 2018; To learn more about this program, submit an application online and send an email inquiry to for expedited handling of your application.

Contact Information:
Gideon Erkenswick Watsa


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