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Assistant for field research and technical support

Hiring Organization:
Max-Planck-Institute for Evol. Anthropology

Date Posted:

Position Description:
The LuiKotale Bonobo Research Project (LKBP) looks for an ambitious and experienced person with interest in animal behavior/behavioral ecology/anthropology to collect behavioral/ecological data from habituated bonobos at LuiKotale, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Apart from collecting research data, work duties include logistic and technical support in camp. Successful candidates will be trained by senior staff and PhD students and will team up with other research assistants. Camp duties will be shared with another person and assignment of responsibilities will be based on personal skills such as the ability for maintenance of the camps? technical infrastructure (solar panels, generators, radio, GIS devices); and communication.

The LuiKotale Research site is located in a remote area with no running water or electricity and is only accessible by charter plane and a subsequent hike. Candidates applying for this position are expected to have (1) field experience, (2) above average physical fitness, (3) resistance to social/psychological stress, and (4) practical/technical skills required to maintain the camps? infrastructure such as solar power equipment, short wave radio, portable generator, laptops, camera traps, GPS and cyber tracker devices. Applicants should also be able and motivated to supervise simple construction work at the camp site. Those joining the team are expected to have a strong motivation to take on responsibility, the ability to work, alone and in team, social skills, technical and analytical competence, as well as the capacity to adapt to a remote and basic environment. Field staff consists of an international team of researchers, students, and assistants and successful candidates must be able to tolerate customs and practices of western and traditional societies. The LKBP adheres strictly to gender equality and will not tolerate any form of sexual harassment. Knowledge of French is not essential but would be of great advantage.

500 Euro per 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 flight from Kinshasa to the field site and back
- *expenses for visa
- *contribution to an international return flight of up to 800 Euro

People joining the research team in the field are required to have a health insurance that covers expenses for evacuation by charter plane in a case of emergency. Please note that expenses for the health insurance cannot be covered by the project.


Term of Appointment:
12 months starting in December 2018/January 2019

Application Deadline:

Applications include an updated CV, a letter of motivation that shows how the candidate meets the qualifications outlined above, references of three people (or their contact information). Applications should be send to Dr. Gottfried Hohmann (

Information about the research and conservation activities at LuiKotale are available at;

Contact Information:
Dr. Gottfried Hohmann
Deutscher Platz 6
Leipzig 04103

Telephone Number:
++49 341 3550 208


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