jeudi 16 août 2018

Fully-funded PhD position: Animal personality and sexual selection

In the recently funded project “The interplay between animal personality and sexual selection” we will investigate how personality differences are reflected in behaviours such as male-male competition and space use, mate choice, and parental care; and how these differences ultimately affect an individual’s survival and reproductive performance. The project will focus on the model species Allobates femoralis, a Neotropical poison frog with a prolonged breeding season, pronounced male territoriality, and male parental care. The study will be carried out in an experimental island population in French Guiana. Complimentary experiments can be carried out in the laboratory frog population at the University of Vienna. One unique feature of this project is our ability to monitor, assay, and track an entire animal population in its natural habitat in an island setup over several generations. By identifying respective costs and benefits of specific personality profiles, the proposed project will help us to better understand how behavioural variation can persist over evolutionary time.
We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student, who will be responsible for conducting the field experiments (typically from end of January to end of April each year), molecular analyses (parentage, relatedness), and/or hormonal and bioacoustics analyses. Particular focus of the PhD thesis will be negotiated depending on the candidate’s specific interests and/or skills. However, priority will be given to applicants with previous experience working in tropical environments, frogs, animal personality, molecular analyses, hormonal analyses, and/or bioacoustics.
Our lab welcomes applications from outstanding students with a passion for research and field work. The candidate must be willing and capable to spend up to 3-4 months each year in a tropical research station under relatively simple living conditions (sleeping in hammock, restricted privacy, simple sanitary facilities). Fieldwork can get physically challenging and the river island can only be reached via a zipline or paddling boat.
Salary: according to the rates of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) for PhD students: 30 hours/week, € 2.112,40 gross salary per month, incl. health care.
Our lab is based at the Messerli Research Institute (Unit of Comparative Cognition), from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. Other research groups in this unit focus on canines (dogs and wolves), farm animals (pig, horse, pigeon, chicken) and also other wildlife (kea, Goffin cockatoo), to employ a highly comparative and integrative approach in studying animal behaviour and cognition.
See following links for further information:
Austrian Science Fund: https://www.fwf.ac.at
Contact: Eva Ringler, Messerli Research Institute, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Vienna, Austria. eva.ringler[at]vetmeduni.ac.at
Please send a CV, master certificate (taken courses and grades), and short (1 page) motivation letter until 24.08.2018 to eva.ringler[at]vetmeduni.ac.at
Expected starting date: 01.10.2018

Job Vacancy - Part time sub-editor at the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UK)

Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW)

Job Vacancy - Part Time Sub Editor

The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (www.ufaw.org.uk) is a highly respected charity, based in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, promoting advances in animal welfare through science and education internationally.  An exciting opportunity to assist the Chief Executive and other scientific staff with the production of the “UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Animals used in Research”, and other books or other publication edited or produced by UFAW to assist in reviewing submissions to the Journal Animal Welfare.

The successful applicant for this post will have an understanding of the scientific process and experience in research and writing or editing scientific papers, articles or books in the biological or veterinary sciences.  The person is therefore likely to possess a veterinary degree or higher research degree (eg PhD in biological sciences), and/or some relevant post-doctoral or graduate experience.  Key characteristics are, an understanding of animal welfare science; Good writing, editing and communication skills are essential; preferably experience of reviewing and/or editing scientific papers; attention to detail; an understanding of reputational and libel risks; and an ability to deal sensitively when dealing with authors.

This is a 3 year contract for 2 days a week.  Additional hours may be required as agreed. Some home-working may be possible.
Salary £27,285 - £28,936 plus London allowance (£2,134) pro-rata according to qualifications and experience. Email  Jane Moorman  (moorman@ufaw.org.uk ) for information

Full Applications to arrive on or before noon, 21 September 2018
Interview Date:  12 October 2018

Job Vacancy - Full time Research Coordinator in the Max Planck Department of Collective Behaviour (Konstanz, Germany)

Max Planck Research Coordinator Position

in the Department of Collective Animal Behaviour, Konstanz, Germany
The Department of Collective Behaviour at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology is a highly international, collaborative and interdisciplinary department investigating the behaviour and evolution of collective animal behaviour in the lab and field. We presently have around 50 scientists from over 20 countries who work on the principles that underlie the mechanism and evolution of collective behaviour across a wide range of systems, including insects, fish, birds and mammals.
 
We seek a Research Coordinator to work closely with the Director, Iain Couzin, and his team, to help further the scientific achievements of the department, and to oversee research in the institute’s laboratory facilities located predominantly in Konstanz, but also in nearby Radolfzell. Our working language is English, but this particular position also requires knowledge of German.
 
Your tasks:
  • Guidance of students, doctoral students and postdocs.
  • Support in planning and conducting behavioural experiments with fish, insects, birds, and possibly other species.
  • Managing the technical assistants and animal keepers.
  • Coordination and organisation of animal holding in cooperation with the local animal research facility.
  • Support and control of the application and documentation process for animal experiments.
  • Ensuring the proper functioning and maintenance of the laboratory equipment.
  • Training of new personnel in the use of laboratory equipment and the analysis of technical data.
  • Responsible for occupational safety and administrative tasks in the laboratories.
  • Implementing and monitoring animal welfare and experimental protocols.
 
Your profile
  • University degree and doctorate in biology (or related scientific field)
  • Experience with behavioural experiments on animals
  • Interest in collective animal behaviour
  • Excellent English and German in word and writing
  • Organisational and management skills
  • Enthusiastic and positive outlook
 
Desirable experiences
  • Leadership and intercultural experience
  • Interest in the application of technology in science
  • Application and documentation of animal experiments
  • Felasa B or any equivalent course for care and use of laboratory animals
  • Knowledge of occupational health and safety
  • Implementation of quality assurance measures in laboratories.
 
Our offer
This appointment is for two years initially, with the possibility of a permanent appointment based on satisfactory performance. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience (up to TVöD E14), and benefits are made according to the collective agreement of the civil service.
 
The candidate will work in a dynamic research environment, and will be based in the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Department of Collective Behaviour located on the campus of the University of Konstanz, one of the nine “elite universities” in Germany. Konstanz is an historic city in southern Germany on the shores of Lake Constance, approximately 50 minutes from Zurich Airport, and at the gateway to the Alps. The University has almost 12,000 students and is situated on a hill overlooking Lake Constance, the Island of Mainau and Mainau Forest. The campus is a short cycle or bus ride from the city centre. Konstanz has a large and well-preserved old town (Altstadt), and a vibrant day and nightlife, including many museums, galleries, and parks. The Max Planck Institutes and the University of Konstanz focus on excellence in research and the successful applicant will benefit from outstanding infrastructure, opportunities for training and a highly collaborative and international research environment.
 
The Max Planck Society are the University of Konstanz are committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in their workforce and therefore we encourage applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, we seek to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. We offer extensive support to help researchers balance professional and home life, including assistance with childcare and support of the elderly, and flexibility in how employees arrange working hours. For details, see http://www.mpg.de/equal_opportunities.
 
Further information on this position
For further information, please check our website at http://collectivebehaviour.com or contact Dr. Mäggi Hieber Ruiz mhieber@orn.mpg.de. Do not forward your application to this email address, the application need to be submitted through the online application system (see link below).
 
Interested in joining our team?
Then we will be delighted to receive your complete application under the following link:
 
Consideration of applications will begin on 15.09.2018, and will remain open until filled.

mercredi 8 août 2018

Fully-funded PhD position: Animal personality and sexual selection

In the recently funded project “The interplay between animal personality and sexual selection” we will investigate how personality differences are reflected in behaviours such as male-male competition and space use, mate choice, and parental care; and how these differences ultimately affect an individual’s survival and reproductive performance. The project will focus on the model species Allobates femoralis, a Neotropical poison frog with a prolonged breeding season, pronounced male territoriality, and male parental care. The study will be carried out in an experimental island population in French Guiana. Complimentary experiments can be carried out in the laboratory frog population at the University of Vienna. One unique feature of this project is our ability to monitor, assay, and track an entire animal population in its natural habitat in an island setup over several generations. By identifying respective costs and benefits of specific personality profiles, the proposed project will help us to better understand how behavioural variation can persist over evolutionary time.
We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student, who will be responsible for conducting the field experiments (typically from end of January to end of April each year), molecular analyses (parentage, relatedness), and/or hormonal and bioacoustics analyses. Particular focus of the PhD thesis will be negotiated depending on the candidate’s specific interests and/or skills. However, priority will be given to applicants with previous experience working in tropical environments, frogs, animal personality, molecular analyses, hormonal analyses, and/or bioacoustics.
Our lab welcomes applications from outstanding students with a passion for research and field work. The candidate must be willing and capable to spend up to 3-4 months each year in a tropical research station under relatively simple living conditions (sleeping in hammock, restricted privacy, simple sanitary facilities). Fieldwork can get physically challenging and the river island can only be reached via a zipline or paddling boat.
Salary: according to the rates of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) for PhD students: 30 hours/week, € 2.112,40 gross salary per month, incl. health care.
Our lab is based at the Messerli Research Institute (Unit of Comparative Cognition), from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. Other research groups in this unit focus on canines (dogs and wolves), farm animals (pig, horse, pigeon, chicken) and also other wildlife (kea, Goffin cockatoo), to employ a highly comparative and integrative approach in studying animal behaviour and cognition.
See following links for further information:
Austrian Science Fund: https://www.fwf.ac.at
Contact: Eva Ringler, Messerli Research Institute, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Vienna, Austria. eva.ringler[at]vetmeduni.ac.at
Please send a CV, master certificate (taken courses and grades), and short (1 page) motivation letter until 24.08.2018 to eva.ringler[at]vetmeduni.ac.at
Expected starting date: 01.10.2018

Postdoctoral Researcher in Comparative Cognition (4-yrs), Vienna, Austria

At the Unit of Comparative Cognition, Messerli Research Institute, Vienna, Austria, we are seeking a postdoctoral researcher of cognition in animals. We investigate the various processes, the functions, the evolutionary developing and the problem-solving competence of cognitive abilities of dogsparrots and pigs. We are especially interested in complex cognition, which in humans is accompanied by conscious states, like logical reasoning, innovation, tool use, cooperation, imitation, empathy and perspective taking. These are examined by using specific, well-controlled behavioral tests and state-of-the-art analysis tools (video analysis, machine learning, eye tracking). The candidate should have sufficient experience with regard to cognitive testing of one of the before-mentioned species in the technical and/or social domain.
Please see the full advertisement here: 

More details about the unit of Comparative Cognition, Viennahttp://www.vetmeduni.ac.at/en/messerli/science/cognition

Informal enquiries about this post may be directed to Professor Ludwig Huber, ludwig.huber@vetmeduni.ac.at

Submission: Please submit applications quoting the reference number 2018/0817 via e-mail to bewerbungen@vetmeduni.ac.at.

Application deadline: 24 August 2018.