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Postdoctoral Researcher

Hiring Organization:
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Date Posted:

Position Description:
The Gorilla Research Group in the Department of Primatology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology is seeking a postdoctoral researcher for a one-year position (may be extended depending on funding) to examine patterns of social complexity in Bwindi mountain gorillas and western lowland gorillas. The scientist will focus on management and analysis of long-term datasets to investigate patterns of dominance, agonistic, and affiliative behaviors. The aim is to test hypotheses concerning variation in social relationships among adult gorillas and make comparisons between the two species of gorillas. This position will be based in Leipzig, Germany and involves analysis of long-term datasets and producing peer-reviewed publications. It does not involve any fieldwork.

Candidate should have:
-PhD in anthropology, zoology or other related field.
-Strong background in methodology used in animal behavior studies, notably observational studies on primates.
-Familiarity will literature on primate social systems, social complexity, and socioecology.
-Experience in database management.
-Ability to conduct statistical analysis on large datasets.
-Motivation to think creatively, has good communication skills (verbal and written), good quantitative skills, and the ability to work independently.
-Proven record of writing and completing peer-reviewed scientific publications.

Salary will commensurate with experience.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
The position is based in Leipzig, Germany.

Term of Appointment:
February 1, 2020-February 1, 2021

Application Deadline:
December 15, 2019

Please email cover letter stating why you are interested in the job and why you are qualified, CV, and names of three references. The starting date is flexible, but planned for early 2020. There is no field work involved in this position.

Contact Information:
Martha Robbins
Deutscher Platz 6
Leipzig 04013

Telephone Number:
+49 341 3550 210

Fax Number:
+49 341 3550 119


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