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Three-year post-doc in primate behaviour and parasitology

Hiring Organization:
University of South Bohemia in Czech Republic

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Position Description:
Project: The role of social interactions in shaping the intracommunity structure of parasites and gut microbes in two macaque species

Social interactions between group members play a key role in the maintenance of a stable social group, but may also facilitate the transmission of both pathogenic and commensal organisms. Social network analysis (SNA) has emerged as a powerful tool for studies on host-parasite dynamics, linking patterns of interactions (as a potential source of transmission) with individuals' parasite infection phenotypes. In combination with modern genomics, SNA has also recently been used to assess social transmission of parasites and other microorganisms. Several studies relate group social structure with the composition of gut microbes across individuals, suggesting that social interactions may play an important role in shaping commensal microbial communities. Understanding the balance between social transmission of pathogens versus beneficial bacteria promises key insights into the evolution of sociality. Toward this end, our project assesses the role of social interactions in shaping the intracommunity structure of gastrointestinal parasites and gut microbes in wild Japanese and Assamese macaques as model social organisms.

A 36-month full time post-doctoral Research Associate position is available at the Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science at the University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic, pending funding by Czech Science Foundation. The project is run in collaboration with the Institute of Vertebrate Biology in Czech Republic (Dr. Barbora Pafčo), Primate research institute of the University of Kyoto in Japan (Prof. Andrew MacIntosh) and Georg August University Göttingen in Germany (Prof. Julia Ostner and Dr. Oliver Schülke).
The position involves field and lab work, data analyses, and publication of the results and their presentation at international conferences.
The successful candidate will be primarily based at the University of South Bohemia in Czech Republic, but will also spend about a year at Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary in Thailand collecting behavioural data on wild macaques (long-term fieldsite run by Prof. Julia Ostner and Dr. Oliver Schülke). The position might also involve shorter stays in Germany and Japan to conduct the lab work and data analyses.

Applicants must:
- be 35 years old or younger (condition of the foundation)
- have (or shortly expect to obtain) a PhD in Biology, Biological Anthropology or a related area
- have experience conducting behavioural observation research with wild animals
- be physically and mentally fit to work long hours in harsh climate and difficult terrain
- have experience working in a small intercultural team in isolated condition lacking many amenities
- demonstrable ability to present research papers at conferences and communicate research to specialists and within the wider academic community
- have experience in conducting high-quality academic research.
- be experienced in conducting statistical analysis (in R)
- demonstrable ability to write material of a quality commensurate with publication in highly-ranked journals.
- be proficient in spoken and written English
- have a driver?s license

Salary is about 19 000 euro per year (including tax). Additionally, social and health insurance, travel, and other additional expenses during the stay in Thailand, Germany, Japan, and at conferences will be covered.

Term of Appointment:
The position starts between January and March 2020 (negotiable).

Application Deadline:
The deadline for the applications is September 30th, 2019. The final applicant we be selected in October 2019. The decision about funding will be available at the end of November 2019.

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter discussing your suitability for this position, and the contact details of two (preferably academic/research) referees to (Dr. Barbora Kuběnová, principal investigator). Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a Skype interview.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.

Contact Information:
Barbora Kubenova
Czech Republic

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