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Assessment of social cognition and communication capacities in chimpanzees under natural conditions

Hiring Organization:
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We are offering a project funded post-doc fellowship for 22 months (1.3.2019 ? 31.12.2020) with a possible four years extension (if project extension application is successful) working on specific aspects of a larger project that examines brain connectomics in hominoids.
Our general interest and focus for this postdoc position is to assess social cognition and communication capacities during development as well as within adult chimpanzees in the Taï Forest, Ivory Coast.
The successful candidate is expected to design and use experimental and observational approaches, integrated with the analysis of long-term data. Under the condition that we receive project extension, extensive stays in Africa are expected to collect data on wild chimpanzees of the Taï Chimpanzee Project, Taï NP (Côte d?Ivoire).

PhD, or comparable degree, in Biology, Psychology or Evolutionary Anthropology and good knowledge of animal behaviour and animal cognition. We are looking for applicants with experience in the following areas:
1. Proficiency in field observations and collecting behavioural data on social primates.
2. Expertise in conducting field experiments such as playbacks or similar controlled behavioral tests, preferably with primates.
3. Excellent statistical and analytical skills with experience in handling large data sets.
4. Experience in working and living under harsh conditions in remote areas.
5. Experience in working in a team as well as leading a small working unit.
The successful applicant would speak fluent English, with fluent French being an additional advantage, be resistant to physical and psychological stress, have strong social skills, enjoy collaborative work and be able to work and live in an intercultural environment.

Supported by a German public service post-doctoral salary (22 months + potentially 4 years)

Term of Appointment:
Starting March 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Application Deadline:
February 1, 2019

Applications should be sent by email and should include a cover letter stating research experience and interest, detailed curriculum vitae, a 1-2 page proposal/outline of a research topic that interests you within the research domain described above, and the names and e-mail addresses of three referees. Application deadline is February 1, 2019 or until position is filled thereafter.

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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