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Hiring Organization:
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We are offering a research position (PhD or Post-doc level) working on questions of relationships and differences between communities in wild chimpanzees. In addition, the researcher will be responsible for the management of the Taï Chimpanzee Project (50% of working time). The position will start in October 2018, (or a.s.a.p. afterwards) and camp managers typically stay 2?3 years at the Taï Chimpanzee Project, Cote d?Ivoire ( The Taï Chimpanzee Project is a long-term research project observing the chimpanzees in the Taï National Park since almost 40 years.

Our general interest is to understand the different ultimate and proximate factors that shape the relationships and differences between the four habituated neighbouring communities of chimpanzees that we are observing on a daily bases at the Taï Chimpanzee Project.

MSc (or comparable degree) in Biology, Evolutionary Anthropology or Evolutionary Psychology. Good knowledge in evolutionary biology, animal behavior and ecology are crucial for a successful application, as well as extensive experience in managing a field site. Previous observations and detailed behavioural data collection on wild mammals are of advantage. The candidate will need to work independently in a remote and physically demanding tropical forest habitat. Good social skills are important to work and live amongst a group of international colleagues with different cultural backgrounds.

The successful candidate is fluent in French and English, has management experience, worked under remote field conditions, and is able to do off-road driving.

The camp manager candidate will be supported initially by a MPI EVA contract (1000 ? per months). We will help the successful candidate to write a competitive research proposal to apply for full funding (salary and research money) on PhD or post-doc level.

Term of Appointment:
October 2018

Application Deadline:
June 1, 2018

Starting October 2018, or as soon as possible afterwards, the successful applicant will be moving to Taï in November 2018 and be located for several years in the Taï National Park. Depending on funding the anticipated duration of the position is 4-5 years.

Applications include a cover letter stating research experience, field experience and experience of managing field sites, a detailed curriculum vitae, a short research proposal in the realm of chimpanzee intergroup relationships and the names and e-mail addresses of three referees. The application documents should be sent electronically to The evaluation of applications will start on June 1, 2018, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Contact Information:
Dr. Roman Wittig
Deutscher Platz 6
Leipzig 04103

Telephone Number:
+49 341 3550 204

Fax Number:
+49 341 3550 299


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