mercredi 16 octobre 2019

3 research assistant positions - University of Lethbridge, Canada - “Object Play and Tool Use in Balinese Long-Tailed Macaques”

Hiring Organization: University of Lethbridge Date Posted: 2019-10-15Position Description: We are seeking 3 conscientious and highly motivated Field Research Assistants (FRAs) to help collect behavioral data on long-tailed macaques living on the island of Bali, Indonesia. This project aims to test the hypothesis that object play is a developmental precursor to flexible tool use in Balinese long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis). The FRAs will join a Ph.D. student on a field research stay of 20 weeks (4 months and 2 weeks) in Bali, scheduled from April 13thto August31st2020. The FRAs will help study large free-ranging and neighboring groups of monkeys living at the Ubud Monkey Forest and Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest (central Bali). These macaques are commensal (i.e., they live in human-dominated habitats, including Balinese temples); the field site is visited daily by many tourists. The FRAs will collect behavioral data on a large number of immature and adult male and female monkeys. Data collection will consist of a combination of instantaneous group scan sampling (using a pre-established ethogram), video-recorded continuous focal-animal sampling, and non-invasive field experiments aiming to induce tool use. The field workload is about 12 hours/day (8 am to 6 pm and some additional nightwork to organize the datacollectedduring the day) and 6 days a week. The FRAs will be accommodated in a house located near the field site, with basic equipment and utilities, including water, electricity, and wireless internet. Ubud is a conglomerate of villages (with several supermarkets, convenient stores, restaurants, and local Indonesian cafes, aka “warungs”), and it is considered the “cultural heart” of Bali. The largest city in Bali is Denpasar, located about 60 minutes away by motorbike. The FRAs will not be allowed to collect data for publication independent of the research project. However, we encourage the FRAs to work with us co-authoring papers based on or stemming from the data that they assist the Ph.D. student in collecting. Therefore, this is an excellent position for anyone interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the future. Qualifications/Experience: Required Applicants should: have (or be working toward) an undergraduate (B.Sc./B.A.) degree or Master’s degree in psychology, biology, ecology, or anthropology, with an emphasis on animal behavior (e.g., ethology, behavioral ecology, zoology) show a positive attitude in the face of long and tiring field work days and unforeseen challenges
be physically fit to stand and walk several hours a day in the heat, while collecting behavioral data feel comfortable walking around a large group of well-habituated monkeys, which may (very occasionally) include getting a monkey jumping on the observer’s shoulders! be mentally strong and emotionally mature to spend several weeks living under basic conditions and being far away from family and friends, and be able to communicate openly about problems exhibit strong social skills, flexibility and sensitivity to other cultureshold a driving licence Desirable Priority will be given to applicants with: a previous field experience in field biology/ecology research, collecting behavioral data from individually recognized free-ranging animals by using handheld video camera some knowledge of behavioraldata collection methods (e.g. focal and scan sampling techniques) good observation skills including patience, persistence and attention to detail a previous experience traveling and living in foreign countries and cultures a previous experience drivingan automatic motorbike fluency in English Salary/funding: This is a volunteer position, so there is no salary. Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging): The FRAs are expected to cover travel to the study location, including international flight from the successful applicant’s home country to Jakarta, and domestic flight (from Jakarta to Bali), food and hotel in Jakarta, as well as administrative fees, suchas RISTEK-research permit, KITAS-stay permit and visa expenses, for a total of approximately $260 (USD). The FRAs will also cover all living expenses in Bali. Monthly expenses (i.e., accommodation, food, motorbike rental) may range between $350 and $450 (USD). The FRAs are also responsible for any additional expenses incurred while in Bali. These expenses include international health insurance, recommended vaccinations, insect-repellent products, and basic field clothes, footwear and gear. Upon successful application, the FRAs should provide us with an official document of international health insurance. Advice about recommended vaccinations and items for life/research in Bali will be provided to the successful applicant. Term of appointment:From April 13 to August 31, 2020 (i.e., 20 consecutive weeks). Please note that the starting date for field work in Bali will be April 17th2020, due to the need to spend at least three days in Jakarta (April 13th16th) to deal with the Indonesian administrative procedure (e.g., collecting research permit and other official documents).Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled. We expect to select the successful candidatesby December 1st2019 (or probably earlier). Short-listed applicants will be contacted to schedule phone interviews as soon as possible. Comments:Please submit the following documentation in ONE single PDF file saved with your last and first name in the file name (e.g., “SmithJohn.pdf”): A statement of your interest in this position, including dates you are available in 2020Your CV, including allrelevant field courses, coursework, and field experience, and where/how you can be contacted The contact information (including email addresses) of two academic or professional references who can attest to your qualifications Applications that contain more than one file will not be considered. Your application should be emailed to Camilla Cenni (, PhD student and future FRA’s supervisor, under the following email title: “FRA-Bali”. If you do not hear from us by December 10th, please assume that you are not being considered for the position. Contact Information: Camilla Cenni, PhD student Leca Lab Department of Psychology University of Lethbridge Lethbridge, AB Canada camilla.cenni@uleth.caPrincipal Investigator Jean-Baptiste Leca, PhD Department of Psychology University of Lethbridge Lethbridge, AB Canada Website:

Offre de poste : ingénieur de recherche et développement

L'ifce recrute un ingénieur de recherche et développement à la station expérimentale de Chamberet (19). Merci de faire circuler cette offre à toute personne potentiellement intéressée.
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mardi 15 octobre 2019

lectureship - behavioural mechanisms, public engagement at St Andrews, Scotland

We are seeking to appoint an Associate Lecturer (Education Focused) to join our teaching team in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews. This is a fixed-term appointment for two years with a start date of 6 January 2020. The successful candidate will be a scholar committed to the delivery of high-quality teaching within the fields of Biological Psychology, Neuroscience and Public Engagement. They will be a proactive member of the teaching team, playing a role in the delivery of quality teaching across undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, to students from a wide range of backgrounds. 
Candidates should hold or be near completion of a PhD in psychology, neuroscience, or a cognate discipline. A desire to educate and inform students using a variety of teaching and assessment approaches is essential. 
Further information and informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Karen Spencer, (email: or Professor Gareth Miles ( 

The University is committed to equality for all, demonstrated through our engagement with diversity awards (ECU Athena SWAN/Race Charters; Carer Positive; LGBT Charter; and Stonewall). More details can be found at The School is happy to discuss flexible working options. 

Closing Date: 22 October 2019                     

Please quote ref: AO1599HM            

Further Particulars: AO1599HM FPs.doc

School of Psychology and Neuroscience
Salary: £33,797 - £36,914 per annum
Start Date: 1 January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter
Fixed Term for 2 years

Masters project available at University fo st Andrews - gulls and garbage bags

Masters project available - 1 full year of research

We are currently recruiting a Masters student to come and work with our international interdisciplinary research team, based at the Universities of St Andrews (Scotland),  Ghent (Belgium) and Exeter (England), INBO, Brussels (Belgium) and the VOC avian rehabilitation centre ( in Ostend (Belgium). The exciting project will study methods to reduce the incidence of gulls foraging in human garbage bags. 

The numbers of Herring and Lesser Black backed gulls foraging in anthropogenic environments are growing, leading to an increase in conflicts with humans. One particular conflict occurs when birds damage garbage bags in order to access food items, causing waste to be scattered around the local environment. Some local councils have adopted reusable ‘gull-proof’ bags or bins, however this is not the norm across Europe, with many places still using bags vulnerable to gulls. One potential cost-effective method of reducing bag damage is to make them unattractive or distasteful to gulls. This Masters project will aim to determine factors that can deter gulls from approaching and foraging in garbage bags utilising both captive birds housed at the VOC and free-living birds in the City of Ostend, Belgium. 
This position is for a full year research masters based at the University of St Andrews, with a start date of January 27th 2020 (MSc (Res) -  The successful candidate will have an enthusiasm for animal behaviour and welfare and hold a BSc (or equivalent degree) in Biology, Psychology or related discipline. An interest in seabird behaviour will be important and previous experience of handling birds or running behavioural experiments is desirable. The student will gain experience in working with gulls in both captive and wild settings, animal behavioural analysis and will get the chance to collect applied data in a real-world setting. 
All enquiries/initial applications should be emailed to no later than the 24th October 2019. Interviews will be held before 1st November. If you wish to apply please send a cover letter and CV. 
The student will officially be supervised by Professor Karen Spencer (St Andrews), but will also collaborate with Professors Luc Lens, Frederick Verbruggen (Ghent), Joah Madden (Exeter), Dr Eric Steinen (INBO, Brussels) and Claude Velter (VOC Ostend). 

Please note this is not a funded position, the successful candidate would be expected to register for the MSc (Res) and would be responsible for covering academic fees. Research expenses will be covered by the supervisor.

PhD position Conservation physiology in wild bees

Bees & Environment unit, INRA Avignon, France
Most of studies on wild bee decline have focused on species richness and distribution patterns through large  (national  to  continental)  scales.  However,  those  patterns  (species  range  contractions  and diversity erosion) depict the outcome of extinction processes. Conservation biologists urgently need to identify  alternative  ecological  parameters  and  measurements  that  are  liable  to  reveal  population trends  before  they  actually  end  up  in  local  or  regional  extinctions.  The  “physiological  conservation” approach  [1]  offers such a promising framework to help uncover decline processes already at work within species distribution ranges, and to  gather information on bee health for assessing the potential sustainability of bee populations in habitats  designed  or not  for their  protection or  conservation  [2].
As an integrative scientific discipline, physiological conservation aims at combining physiological and ecological concepts to solve conservation problems.
The thesis will aim at investigating the insights  provided by physiological conservation in the context of  wild  bee  decline.  Specific  objectives  include  (i) the  establishment  of  standard  macrophysiological variations  in  bee  species  and  communities,  (ii)  the  identification  of  potential  deviations  from  those standards  along gradients of landscapes differing in composition and structure  and (iii) application of the approach to  design bee supportive habitats. Ultimately, this  integrated approach will contribute to provide tools for uncovering the true habitat  quality and guiding management and restoration efforts of bee habitats.
The PhD candidate will join the “Bees and Environment” research unit (INRA Avignon), which develop a  wide  range  of  research  programs  that  are  targeted  to  the  study  of  honeybee  and  wild  bee populations, in the context of sustainable farming and food security.
He/she will be part of the BiodivERsA project  Nutrib2 (Nutrition as critical link between Biodiversity and Bee health) and will join a European consortium composed of  scientists  from different countries (GER,  BEL,  FR,  POL,  UK)  with  complementary  expertise  in  bee  taxonomy,  nutritional  &  chemical ecology, community ecology, physiology, behaviour, epidemiology, biostatistics and modelling.
1.  Cooke SJ, Sack L, Franklin CE, Farrell AP, Beardall J, Wikelski M, Chown SL: What is conservation physiology?  Perspectives  on  an  increasingly  integrated  and  essential  science.  Conservation Physiology 2013, 1:1-23.
2.  Alaux C, Allier F, Decourtye A, Odoux JF, Tamic T, Chabirand M, Delestra E, Decugis F, Le Conte Y, Henry M: A 'Landscape physiology' approach for assessing bee health highlights the benefits of floral landscape enrichment and semi-natural habitats. Sci Rep 2017, 7:40568.

The PhD student will be funded for 3 years.
We aim for a start date in February/March 2020.

Candidate profile
The  ecophysiological  approach  requires  the  combined  analysis  of  environmental  data,  physiological measurements  and  population  surveys.  The  successful  candidate  should  be  familiarised  with  data analysis in spatial ecology at either landscape or biogeographical level. Experience in insect physiology (e.g.  biochemistry)  is  also  recommended.  The  candidate  should  have  interests  in  both  field  and laboratory approaches.
  Master’s  degree  in  Biology/Ecology/Physiology  and  ideally  expertise  in  insect  physiology  and/or ecology
  Experience in biochemical analysis
  Experience in field sampling
  Strong background in statistical analysis
  Good communication and writing skills (English)
  The successful candidate will have excellent team-working
Cedric Alaux      Jean-Luc Brunet      Mickael Henry
Tel : +33 (0)4 32 72 26 19  Tel : +33 (0)4 32 72 26 29    Tel : +33 (0)4 32 72 26 01
UR 406 Abeilles et Environnement
Site Agroparc, CS 40509
84914 Avignon Cedex 9
How to apply
The application  should include a detailed CV,  a one-page cover letter  (research interest) and contact
details of 2  scientific references  in  a single pdf file. The document should be sent by email to  Cedric Alaux before November 17, 2019. Selected candidates will then be interviewed. 

Stagiaire F/H Capture/Marquage Marmottes alpines 2020-Savoie (73)

Type de contrat : Stage 
Niveau d'études : BAC+2 
Région : Savoie 
Ville : Tignes (73)
Durée: Max 44j, du 11/05 au 05/06 
du 15/06-14/07 (dates approximatives)

Description de loffre 
L'équipe Écologie Evolution Adaptation et Comportement du Laboratoire de Biométrie et Biologie Évolutive (Université Claude Bernard-Lyon1) suit une population de marmottes alpines depuis bientôt 30ans. Nous sommes à la recherche de stagiaires bénévoles pour participer à la campagne annuelle de terrain. Le travail consistera à participer à un suivi à long terme (initié en 1990) d'une population de marmottes alpines située dans la réserve de la Grande Sassière (2400m d'altitude, Vanoise) dans les Alpes françaises entre les communes de Tignes et Val d'Isère (Savoie 73). Ce suivi combine, un protocole de capture-marquage-recapture, des mesures biométriques, un protocole de comptage et des protocoles d'observations comportementales, dans l'objectif d'acquérir des données visant à répondre à la fois à des questions de biologie évolutive et de dynamique des populations. Durant le stage, l'étudiant acquerra de nombreuses compétences de terrain telles que les techniques de capture, de manipulation et d'observations de la faune sauvage. Attention, il s'agit ici uniquement de travail de terrain, pas de stage pouvant conduire à de l'analyse de données ou à la rédaction d'un rapport(impossible dy allouer du temps sur le terrain, possible en autonomie hors-terrain.Pour les M1 intéressés, nous contacter directement pour étudier la situation au cas par cas.)

Pour en savoir plus sur les thématiques de recherche:

La mission consistera en un travail de recherche de terrain. Capture-marquage-recapture des individus, aide à la manipulation des marmottes (mesures biométriques, prélèvements biologiques,...), comptage et observations comportementales. 

Profil Candidat/e
Nous ne pouvons prendre que des étudiant/es car une convention de stage est OBLIGATOIRE. 

Niveau d'études : BAC+2

Il s'agit d'un travail difficile, qui ne laisse pas (ou peu) de temps pour soi. 
Aimer le travail en équipe, être facile à vivre et aimer la vie en communauté (équipe de 6personnes). 
Rigueur, disponibilité et flexibilité: le travail implique des animaux sauvages, les horaires de travail dépendent donc des marmottes et du climat. 
Apprécier la montagne et la nature: le travail implique d'être dehors toute la journée, le froid et les conditions de vie rudimentaires ne doivent pas faire peur. 

Le stage nest pas indemnisé, mais le transport, la nourriture, et lhébergement sont pris en charge. 

Conditions de travail
Durée : Maximum de 44jde travail effectif, avec des dates approximatives (décision en fonction des conditions climatiques hivernales)comprises du 11/05 au 05/06 ET du 15/06 au 14/07. Il n'y a pas d'horaires fixes, les heures de travail dépendent des animaux et sont conséquents. 
ATTENTION: Les conditions sont difficiles, du fait du climat montagnard et de la promiscuité au quotidien avec les autres membres de léquipe.
ContactSi vous êtes intéressé(e) par ce stage, sil vous plaît contactez Sylvia Pardonnet(objet:«assistant de terrain») à ladresse suivante: sylvia.pardonnet@univ-lyon1.fravec une lettre demotivationet un CVen pièces jointes, et ce jusquau22novembre inclus.EntrepriseNom de l'entreprise: LBBEThématique: Recherche et environnementAdresse: UFR ST -UMR5558 -UCBL1, Bâtiment Grégoire Mendel(741)16,rue Raphael DuboisCode postal: 69622Ville: VilleurbanneSite web: