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Volunteer Research Assistant - Central Chimpanzee Habituation

Hiring Organization:
MPI EVA Department of Primatology

Date Posted:

Position Description:
The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology unites scientists with various backgrounds (natural sciences and humanities) whose aim is to investigate the history of humankind from an interdisciplinary perspective with the help of comparative analyses of genes, cultures, cognitive abilities, languages and social systems of past and present human populations as well as those of primates closely related to human beings.

We have a research assistant position available in Loango National Park, Gabon. We are looking for a person to work on chimpanzee habituation and data collection, starting beginning of January 2019, for a one year period.

The assistant tasks will include: assisting in habituation of the chimpanzees which requires long hours in the forest and a great deal of patience. Other tasks include behavioral data collection and entry, as well as data collection related to phenology, vegetation surveys and camera traps and fecal and urine sample collection.

Loango National Park is located on the coast of Gabon and consists of several ecosystems including coastal forest and swamps.

The living conditions at this project are basic. Our camp has only basic amenities (no running water, only minimal solar power for electricity). The typical day consists of approximately 10 hours walking in the forest, often through swamps, average 10 km per day, rain or shine. The work is physically demanding.

You will be required to have basic health insurance that also covers emergency repatriation and liability. You also must have vaccinations for measles, yellow fever, hepatitis A and B, polio, and meningitis and a negative TB test.

The applicant must have at least a BSc in biology, zoology, anthropology or a related discipline. Previous field experience with primates or other animals will be viewed as a great asset. An interest in botany and general ecology is helpful.

The applicant should demonstrate an ability to handle the living conditions at the site. Experience driving a quad bike or motor boat is an asset.

A minimum knowledge of French is required.

150 Euros per month plus 50 Euros for health insurance

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
One round trip airfare to Gabon and transportation to study site will be provided. Accommodation and basic equipment is provided. Basic food is also provided, but if you want anything special you need to purchase it yourself.

Term of Appointment:
1 year

Application Deadline:
November 26h, 2018

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, CV, and names of 3 references to
If you do not hear from us by December 15th, please assume that you are not being considered for the position.

Contact Information:
Tobias Deschner
Deutscher Platz
Leipzig 04103

Telephone Number:
00 49 341 3550 207


E-mail Address:

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