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Personality of rehabilitated orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus)

Hiring Organization:
Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth (UK)

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Supervisors: Hélène Chotard & Florence Rocque (PhD students - University of Portsmouth, UK)

Background: Personality represents an important component of individuals, which can affect everyday life, decision making, and relationships with others. It is defined as inter-individual differences in behaviour-based traits, such as being bold or shy, reflecting a component of the self that is stable over time and/or across context (Allport & Odbert 1936; Sih et al., 2004). Our project aims to measure personality consistency using naturally occurring everyday situations in rehabilitated orangutans.
The position will involve mainly behavioural coding of video-recordings obtained in the field across several years. To do so, a coding scheme, already developed by the team will be applied. The coding will be split into two parts leading to the development of two independent projects; this will be further discussed later.
Allport, G. W., & Odbert, H. S. (1936). Trait names: a psycholexial study. Psychological Monographs, 47(1).
Sih, A., Bell, A., & Johnson, J. C. (2004). Behavioral syndromes: an ecological and evolutionary overview. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 19(7), 372?378.

Profile: We are looking for two conscientious and highly motivated volunteer research assistants or Master students to assist with data coding. The applicants will work with a large set of video-recordings and will be responsible of the data entry as well as the data handling. The applicants will have to be rigorous, independent and organised throughout the internship.
From this experience, the applicants will gain lots of knowledge in behavioural coding and data handling which are important skills to have when conducting research. If the work of the applicant shows a quality appropriate for publication, it would lead to a co-authorship for the applicant.

? Some knowledge/experience of behavioural coding would be appreciated but not essential. A training regarding the coding scheme will be provided before the start of the behavioural coding.
? Be able to work both as part of a team and independently.
? Be reliable, attentive to details and committed to scientific research.
? Be hardworking and flexible.
? Show a positive and friendly attitude.
? Be able to work in an English professional environment.


Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):

Term of Appointment:
The position will take place in the department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth for 4 months, starting immediately.

Application Deadline:
Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

Please submit via email: (1) a statement of interest (2) a CV including relevant academic and research experience; (3) contact information of one academic or professional reference.

Contact Information:
Chotard Helene
Department of Psychology, King Henry Building, University of Portsmouth, King Henry I Street
Portsmouth, none
United Kingdom


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