lundi 31 mars 2008

PhD Studentship at the Royal Veterinary College

Improving the quality of life of cats following major orthopaedic trauma, including limb amputation

Supervisors: Dr Sandra Corr ( and Professor Christopher Wathes, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, RVC; Ms Claire Bessant, Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB)

Many major orthopaedic conditions are managed conservatively in cats, and little information is available on the welfare and quality of life of these animals in the following months and years. It has only recently been recognised that potentially painful osteoarthritis is common in cats of all ages, yet very few receive analgesia, in contrast to humans and dogs. Limb amputation is also relatively common, and owners often raise significant concerns as to how their pet will cope afterwards: ethical analysis is poorly understood by both practitioners and owners. No studies have been undertaken to determine whether cats experience phantom-limb sensation or pain, although on the basis of human cases, it seems reasonable to suspect that they do: phantom limb pain is a common sequela of limb amputation in people, occurring in 80-95% of cases, and described as being severe in 1 in 4 sufferers.

In this project, physical, behavioural and pharmacological tests will be developed to evaluate the welfare of cats following major orthopaedic disease, limb and tail amputation. These will then be applied in the RVC’s Queen Mother Hospital orthopaedic clinic, participating veterinary practice and owners’ homes by the student. A longitudinal study of welfare and quality of life of amputees will be undertaken, including post-operative adaptation, acceptance by the owner and conspecifics, and evidence of phantom limb sensation or pain. The efficacy of different analgesic protocols in the intra and post-operative management of cats undergoing orthopaedic procedures will be investigated, and gait analysis of amputees will be subsequently be undertaken to describe musculoskeletal adaptation.

Ultimately, pharmacological and behaviour tests will be developed to investigate the possible existence of phantom limb or tail sensations in cats, as part of a bioethical analysis of limb amputation.

This work will involve interacting with veterinary surgeons, owners and their cats. The animals under study will be clinical cases, and no cats will be hurt in the making of this PhD!

Kirpensteijn, J., van den Bos, R. and Endenburgh, N. (1999). Adaptation of dogs to the amputation of a limb and their owners’ satisfaction with the procedure. Veterinary Record. 144, 115-118.
Flor, H. (2002). Phantom-limb pain: characteristics, causes and treatment. The Lancet Neurology, 1, 182-189.
Rollin, B.E. (2007). Ethical issues in geriatric feline medicine. J Feline Med Surg. 9(4):326-34. The supervisors and further background

This project is an ideal area for collaboration between the research groups of the supervisors, requiring expertise in welfare science, biomechanics, and clinical orthopaedics. Dr Corr is an orthopaedic surgeon with expertise in objective assessment of locomotion following orthopaedic procedures. The newly established RVC Animal Welfare group led by Professor Wathes has a remit to develop collaborations with the small animal clinicians in the hospital. Ms Bessant is Chief

Executive of the Feline Advisory Bureau, the leading UK-based registered charity concerned with feline health and welfare. Limb amputation is an emotive procedure routinely faced in general veterinary practice that has never been investigated scientifically. This collaborative project will explore fundamental questions in basic neuroscience that are highly relevant to clinical surgery and animal welfare. Demonstration of phantom limb pain or sensations in any non-human species could transform our view of the acceptability of many surgical mutilations of companion and farm animals e.g. tail docking of lambs and (lawfully) certain breeds of working dogs.
The project will provide training in biomechanics and assessment of quality of life and welfare, integrating with ongoing research projects in the Locomotion and Welfare groups, and enabling the student to interact with other scientists in these fields. Within the Structure and Motion lab there are over 16 staff and students, and working alongside other postgraduate students, s/he will receive hands-on training in the fundamental techniques of kinematics and gait analysis. The Welfare group comprises 15 staff and students with interests ranging from perception, cognition, and behaviour to welfare assessment: this project fits with the group’s ambition to work with clinicians on topics relevant to companion animals. There is therefore an excellent mixture of skills and expertise to create a good academic environment and provide an excellent training in scientific research of direct relevance to clinical practice.

The Feline Advisory Bureau will be the CASE partner and, in additional to financial support for the student and the project, will: i) be responsible for communicating the results of the project to their supporters via their information service (literature and web-based); ii) assist with the studies of quality of life, in particular, recruitment of cat owners and veterinary practices; and iii) sponsor and organise the workshop on the welfare of cats following orthopaedic trauma at the end of the project. The student will spend at least 3 months working at the FAB.

Application Details
Applications must be made on the RVC’s Postgraduate Application Form ( We would be grateful if you could send as many of the accompanying documents requested in the application form as possible. Applications should be sent to The Graduate School, Royal Veterinary College, Royal College Street, London NW1 0TU, United Kingdom to arrive no later than FRIDAY 18th APRIL 2008.

The likely interview date is Tuesday 6th May at the Hawkshead Campus of the RVC. This studentship will be awarded for a period of either 3 or 4 years. Science applicants must be in possession of, or expect to obtain, at least an upper second class honours degree in a biological subject. Veterinary graduates must be in possession of, or expect to obtain, a veterinary degree this summer. A supplement of £2500p.a. will be added to the normal stipend by courtesy of the FAB. College scholarships are only available for students eligible for Home/EU fees ( for information on fee status).
Applicants wishing to discuss this studentship should contact Dr Sandra Corr (;
+44 (0) 1707 6615).

Pour les primatologues

Un site qui, entre autres, regroupe les jobs en primatologie: ici

Post-doc in primate behavioral research

Hiring Organization: University of Chicago

Date Posted:2008-03-26

Position Description:
A 2-year post-doctoral position is available in the Behavioral Biology Laboratory at the University of Chicago ( starting as soon as possible. The position involves behavioral endocrinology research with rhesus monkeys on Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico, and includes data collection, data analysis, and write-up. Salary and benefits to be negotiated. If interested, send an application letter and CV to Dario Maestripieri at

PhD in biology, anthropology, or psychology. Experience with behavioral and behavioral endocrinology research with nonhuman primates, preferably rhesus monkeys.

Salary/funding:to be negotiated
Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging): to be negotiated
Term of Appointment: 2 years
Application Deadline: apply as soon as possible

Contact Information:
Dario Maestripieri
5730 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
Telephone Number: (773) 834-4104
Fax Number: (773) 702-0320
E-mail Address:

mercredi 19 mars 2008

Recherche de volontaires : étude imagerie cérébrale en olfaction

Des chercheurs du laboratoire "Neurosciences sensorielles, Comportement, Cognition" CNRS/Université de Lyon lancent un projet de recrutement de volontaires pour participer à une étude d'Imagerie cérébrale IRMf en olfaction. Le but est d'étudier les processus cérébraux olfactifs quand les sujets percoivent des odeurs données et effectuent simultanément des tâches cognitives simples.

Dans le cadre de cette étude, sont également recherchés des personnes qui n'aiment pas certains aliments (e.g., poissons, fromage, fruits, ...).

Ils recherchent des sujets ayant entre 18 et 40 ans. Toute participation à l'étude sera rémunérée.

Pour toute information complémentaire et s'inscrire, merci de prendre contact avec Mr ROYET au 04 37 28 74 95 ou Mr TORQUET au 04 37 28 74 96.

mardi 18 mars 2008

Sensory Ecology Course for PhD students

From the 6th to the 18th October, here in Lund, Sweden.

Many of the world's leading authorities in sensory ecology are invited - and more importantly, have confirmed they will come - to Lund to deliver an outstanding program of lectures covering all senses.

I would be grateful if you could forward this to PhD students who may want to attend the course. A pdf version of the brochure and schedule are available upon request.

More information can be found on the homepage:

And if you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask by mailing me or to the course email:

Second International Conference on Acoustic Communication by Animals

This conference will help researchers share ideas, data, and methods in the growing and exciting field of animal acoustic communication. The aim will be to bring together senior scholars, mid-career researchers and teachers, young investigators, and students to share information and ideas across animal taxa. The conference is Aug. 12-15, 2008, with an abstract deadline of April 18.

For further information, please see

lundi 17 mars 2008

CDD Expérimentations (Niveau IE)

Le Laboratoire Parole et langage (CNRS UMR 6057 Université de Provence) recrute un étudiant niveau Master ou plus, pour une mission de 3 mois, consistant à faire passer des tests informatisés de perception visuelle, en écoles primaires.

Contexte :
Ce projet, qui a reçu le soutien de l’Inspection d’Académie des Hautes-Alpes, a avant tout une perspective appliquée. Principalement destiné à l’examen d’enfants d’âge compris entre 6 et 13 ans, ce projet vise à proposer aux professionnels un outil simple d'évaluation et de diagnostic des déficits visuels et attentionnels.
La batterie repose sur des mesures en « temps réel », issues d'une dizaine d'épreuves informatisées évaluant les capacités visuelles et attentionnelles des enfants. Un prototype vient d’être mis au point. Il est actuellement en cours d’évaluation auprès d’enfants dyslexiques, dyspraxiques, dysphasiques, THADA et traumatisés crâniens (CHU Bicêtre, CHU Lyon-Sud).

Mission et activité :
La seconde phase de cette recherche consiste à étalonner les différents exercices de cette batterie sur une cohorte de 600 enfants sans retard scolaire avéré. La personne recrutée travaillera au sein des écoles de Gap (05). Elle sera responsable de l'ensemble de la phase d’expérimentation du prototype (6 classes de 20 enfants par niveau scolaire du CP au CM2).

Profil/Compétences :
Etudiant Master ou plus. Formation de préférence en psychologie ou neurosciences cognitive(s). Bonne maîtrise de la méthodologie expérimentale. Intérêt pour les phénomènes d’acquisition et de dysfonctionnements langagiers. Autonomie, rigueur et organisation demandées.

Le salaire sera de 1989€ bruts mensuels, en accord avec les règles en vigueur au CNRS. Une indemnité correspondant à 2 nuits d’hôtel par semaine est prévue pour les personnes ne résidant pas sur place.

La durée du contrat est de 3 mois et débute au plus tôt.

Merci d'adresser votre candidature & CV à Stéphanie Ducrot: (04-42-95-36-37)

Postes de MdC

La liste des postes de maîtres de conférences est publiée dans le Journal officiel du 28 février.

A lire sur :

Y figurent les postes ouverts en université et à la fin du JO (texte 183) les postes ouverts à l'EHESS, au Museum d'histoire naturelle, etc.

vendredi 14 mars 2008

De nouvelles offres du réseau TEE

Observateur/Observatrice embarqué-e - Vacations sur 8 mois - Manche Mer du nord Atlantique.
Animatrice/Animateur Nature - CDD 6 mois - St Georges de Montaigu (85).
Chef de projets généraliste politique publique biodiversité H/F - CDI - Paris (75).
Chef de projets naturaliste H/F - CDI - Orléans (45).
Le ministère de l'écologie recrute 24 chercheurs/chercheuses.

Et d'autres encore à retrouver sur: ici

mercredi 12 mars 2008

PhD Scholarship, Sydney

Development and evolution of cerebral lateralisation: Fishes as model organisms

Macquarie University is offering a PhD scholarship to international or Australian student to work on the above research topic in the Department of Biological Sciences starting 2008. The research will be conducted under the supervision of Dr Culum Brown ( and will comprise a mixture of lab and field based experiments. The research is supported by the ARC.

The project:
Cerebral lateralisation refers to the functional partitioning of information processing between the two hemispheres of the brain and is often overtly expressed as lateralised behavioural traits such as handedness. Previous research has focussed on the neural mechanisms behind cerebral lateralisation, yet surprisingly little is known about its function and the fitness benefits it may provide animals in their natural environments. This project will address these questions by examining the development and function of lateralisation using an evolutionary approach.

The research will determine the relative costs and benefits associated with cerebral lateralisation in the day to day lives of fishes occupying a range of natural environments and, in doing so, identify its ecological correlates and phylogenetic constraints. This research will address fundamental questions pertaining to the evolution of cognition in vertebrates using Australian rainbowfish as a model.

The candidate:
The student for this program of research will have a background in behavioural ecology or comparative psychology. Experience working with fishes is preferential.
A first class honours degree (or equivalent) is required for enrolment in the PhD program at Macquarie University.
Some evidence of publication is desirable.

Further reading:
Brown, C., Western, J. and Braithwaite, V.A. (2007) The influence of early experience on, and inheritance of, cerebral lateralization. Animal Behaviour, 74, 231-238.
Brown, C. (2005) Cerebral lateralisation; Social constraints and coordinated antipredator responses. Behavioural and Brain Sciences, 28(4), 591-592.
Brown, C., Gardner, G. and Braithwaite, V.A. (2004) Population variation in lateralised eye use in the poeciliid Brachyraphis episcopi. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B (suppl), 271, S455–S457.

Dr Culum Brown for more information

2 year post-doctoral position

A 2 year post-doctoral position starting on September or October 2008 (1st January 2009, last delay) is open at the Department of Ecology, Physiology and Ethology, Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert-Curien, CNRS, Strasbourg, France. The gross salary will be 2500 euros/month (3800 US $).


Profile: The candidate must have a solid knowledge on energetic, nutrition, thermoregulation and behaviour. Field and group experience is required, as well as experience for the use of bio-logger and/or for respirometry. The candidate should be able to work at the interface between bio-logger developers and biologist users. High capacities for the mathematical and statistical treatment of large amount of data are required. A perfect knowledge of the English language and a high efficiency for paper writing are needed. The candidate should have passed his/her PhD thesis for less than 2 years.

Further information can be asked to: Dr. René GROSCOLAS
Closing date: 30 March 2008 with a limited delay.

Summary of the project

The project aims at unravelling and at understanding how a growing animal faces nutritional deficit under unfavourable weather conditions from a physiological and behavioural point of view. Studies will be performed on the king penguin chick (Aptenodytes patagonicus), a marine bird living in the subantarctic region. Growth lasts 1 year and shows periods of intense fattening or total fasting. The following questions and hypothesis will be examined:

1) What are the adaptations used to face food shortage during growth? We hypothesize that metabolic depression (e.g. hypothermia) and/or reduction in the energy cost associated with locomotion have developed as energy saving mechanisms.

2) From 2 month of age, and notably during winter, chicks use to gather together in crèche: we hypothesize that this social behaviour has developed not only as a mean to protect against predators but also as a mechanism allowing energy saving through protection against harsh weather.

3) Is thermal insulation provided by dawn adequate to face weather constraints? We hypothesize that this insulation is efficient under dry conditions but not when rainfall are abundant (as could happen due to global warming) because the insulative capacity of wet dawn is markedly reduced.

4) Given that the shift from terrestrial to marine life represents a drastic environmental change, we hypothesize that departure to sea is associated with physiological and behavioural training, including for diving.

Field work (two 2-5 month seasons) will be performed at Crozet Island (subantarctica) with the financial support of the French Polar Institute (IPEV) and with the logistical help of Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises. The project is part of the ECONERGY project led by R. Groscolas within the IPEV frame. The methodology used will be mostly based on bio-logging. Focal sampling of behaviour associated with heart rate or accelerometry recording at fine time scale will allow the determination of the energy cost of various behaviours, according to season, developmental status and climatology. The candidate will be also involved in the study of the relationships between heart rate or 3D accelerometry and energy metabolism, as measured using respirometry.

René Groscolas
23 rue Becquerel
67087 Strasbourg-France
e-mail :
Phone : +33 (0) 3 88 10 69 23
Fax : + 33 (0) 3 88 10 69 06
For application, see Web site :
Offer: environmental science and sustainable development P.N.P.P./5 Application

Postdoctoral Research Officer

Postdoctoral Research Officer
Starting Salary: £21,478 - £27,393 (on R&A Grade 1A) p.a.

Applicants are invited for the above BBSRC funded position, with Dr. Charles Bishop (Bangor University) in collaboration with Professor Pat Butler (University of Birmingham) and an international team of scientists, to study the flight and migration biology of the Himalayan bar-headed goose (Anser indicus)

Applicants should have or be close to obtaining a PhD in a related field and be able to analyse complex data sets and produce manuscripts for publication in international journals. The field component of this project will involve spending 1-2 months in relatively remote locations in countries such as China and India.

The post is available from May 2008 until 30 September 2012.

Application forms and further particulars should be obtained by contacting Human Resources, Bangor University; tel: (01248) 382926/388132;

Please quote reference number 08-7/128 when applying.
Closing date for applications: Friday 4th April, 2008.
Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Charles Bishop ( or 01248 382315 or Professor Pat Butler ( or 0121 4145470.

Committed To Equal Opportunities

Animal Social Learning & Intelligence

Experimental and/or theoretical investigations of behavioural innovation, social learning, culture, and the evolution of intelligence, in primates, birds or fishes. Current projects include predicting the learning, diffusion and inheritance of behavioural innovations in animal populations, and investigating evolved social learning strategies. Further information can be found at

Funding Notes
These studentships cover subsistence and fees for UK students, and for European Union nationals who have been resident in the UK for at least the last 3 years for education purposes; where residency has been for less than three years, funding is on a fees-only basis. These studentships cannot be used to support non-European overseas students

The minimum requirement for an award is an upper second class honours degree.

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The use of Passive Acoustic Monitoring devices for risk mitigation, assessment and monitoring of cetacean populations.Co-Supervisors Dr Douglas Gille

Passive acoustic monitoring for cetaceans is being increasingly widely used both as a survey tool and in order to detect animals in the vicinity of a variety of industrial and military activities which may cause disturbance or injury. While techniques for collecting data and acoustically detecting animals have improved greatly in recent years, analytical methods for converting numbers of detections (or the lack of detections) into meaningful abundance estimates or probabilities of animal presence in an area require further investigation.

The student will work with a small team of experts in cetacean population assessment, mathematical modelling and acoustics in St Andrews. He/she will also be working with BAE systems who have been collaborating with St Andrews to develop risk mitigation tools for use by the Royal Navy.

The principal research areas to be covered in this project are
• Assessment of the performance of passive acoustic detection systems in terms of efficiency, false alarm rate and species classification / mis-classification
• Development of a statistical framework for the analysis of line transect and point transect acoustic survey data which can allow for false positive detections. (Current methods only allow for missed detections)
• Development of statistical methods which will update predicted distributions of cetacean density using real time acoustic data
• A comparison of the effectiveness of visual and acoustic detection methods for real time risk mitigation
• An investigation of the use of passive acoustic detection systems for monitoring long term trends in cetacean abundance

Funding Notes
The studentship covers subsistence and fees for UK students, and for European Union nationals who have been resident in the UK for at least the last 3 years for education purposes; where residency has been for less than three years, funding is on a fees-only basis. These studentships cannot be used to support non-European overseas students.

The studentship will be suitable for a candidate with a strong mathematical/statistical background. Applicants should have a good degree in biology, statistics or a relevant subject area, equivalent to a first or upper second class within the UK system. A master’s degree and/or direct research experience in population modelling, acoustics or statistics would be a distinct advantage.

In addition, the following skills will be particularly valuable:
• Experience of computer programming, preferably in the R or Matlab languages.
• An understanding of statistical modelling.
• Experience of acoustic data analysis and an understanding of factors affecting acoustic detection of cetaceans.
• Proven data handling and management skills.

The student will be jointly registered in the School of Biology and the School of Mathematics and Statistics. The latter registration means that he/she will be entitled and expected to register for relevant advanced level courses run by the EPSRC Academy for PhD Training in Statistics and the Scottish Mathematical Sciences Training Centre.

Further informal inquires may be made to Prof. John Harwood ( or Dr Douglas Gillespie (

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Environmental constraints on acoustic sensory ecology and hearing in marine mammals

The sensory ecology of sound in the ocean has been well described in terms of the physical propagation of sound, but little or not work has been done to describe natural sources of sound relevant to passive detection of prey by marine mammals. This PhD studentship will focus on the presence and function of sound in association with aggregations of krill, and how they might be relevant to foraging mysticete whales. While the distribution of krill is predictable at large spatial and temporal scales, their distribution at small and medium scales is patchy and less predictable. Marine mammals should be adapted to make use of any available cues to locate prey resources.

Specific research will focus on: 1. Can krill and krill schools be heard? Do krill actively or inadvertently produce sound that could be used as an auditory cue? Q2. Can marine mammals manipulate krill schools with sound? Q3. How ubiquitous and what is the function of broadband click production by foraging mysticete whales? Q4. The effect of long term exposure to anthropogenic activities on foraging and reproductive behaviour in baleen whales. Questions 1-3 will be addressed using field surveys of sound from krill aggregations in locations where mysticete whale foraging also occurs, in combination with captive observations and experiments via collaborations with institutions holding krill. Question 4 will use modelling techniques, but will be informed by results from questions 1-3.

The successful candidate will have a good training in basic biology, with specific training or extensive experience in the study of marine mammals. Importantly, the successful candidate will also have substantial field experience with marine acoustics; especially a demonstrated ability to create low-noise field recordings and quantitative techniques to analyze acoustic data.

Funding Notes
The studentship covers subsistence and fees for UK students, and for European Union nationals who have been resident in the UK for at least the last 3 years for education purposes; where residency has been for less than three years, funding is on a fees-only basis. These studentships cannot be used to support non-European overseas students.

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lundi 10 mars 2008

Poste de chercheur poste doctoral-strategies de recherche chez les Fourmis


Un poste de chercheur postdoctoral pour travailler sur les stratégies de recherche animale est disponible au Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition Animale, Université de Toulouse, France. La durée du contrat est de 12 mois et le salaire du candidat sera pris en charge dans le cadre d'un projet ANR.

Le travail du candidat portera sur l'étude des stratégies de recherche de nourriture au niveau individuel chez différentes espèces de fourmis possédant des régimes alimentaires ou des capacités sensorielles variées. Le projet de recherche se situe à l'interface entre la physique théorique et la biologie. Son but est de tester chez les fourmis différents algorithmes de recherche de cible développées en physique théorique. Le candidat analysera de façon détaillée les caractéristiques spatiales et temporelles des patterns de recherche des fourmis dans différentes conditions (distribution spatiale de la nourriture, absence/présence d'hétérogénéités dans l' environnement) et confrontera les résultats obtenus dans ses expériences à ceux obtenus par des modèles analytiques ou par des simulations basées sur différents types d'algorithmes de recherche de cibles.

Une expérience de recherche préalable avec les insectes n'est pas indispensable. De bonnes connaissances en biologie théorique et une bonne maîtrise de la programmation seront par contre utiles et appréciées.

Le salaire mensuel du postdoctorant s'élèvera à environ 2000 Euros. Le contrat débutera préférentiellement en septembre 2008. Le poste restera ouvert tant qu'il ne sera pas pourvu. Les candidats doivent envoyer un CV, un résumé de leur activité de recherche et une liste de contacts susceptibles de les recommander.

Pour plus d'information ou pour envoyer votre candidature, adressez vous à :
Dr Vincent Fourcassié
Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition Animale
118 route de Narbonne
31062 Toulouse cedex 4
Tel : +33 (0)5 61 55 88 71. Fax : +33 (0)5 61 55 61 54
Email :

dimanche 9 mars 2008

Projet de financement d’une thèse d’université par un contrat CIFRE

Financement : contrat industriel de type CIFRE prenant la forme d’un CDD de 3 ans (environ 1100 à 1200 euros nets par mois).

Industriel financeur: Liphatech leader mondial en mise au point d’appât pour contrôler les rongeurs.

Encadrement Industriel : Dr Romain Lasseur (Directeur Technique Développement Liphatech basé à l’Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Lyon).

Encadrement Scientifique :

-- UMR 1233 INRA/DGER : « mycotoxines et métabolisme des xénobiotiques » basée à l’Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Lyon, Pr. Etienne Benoit

-- UMR 1063 INRA/IRD/Supagro/CIRAD : « Centre de Biologie et Gestion des Populations », Campus de Baillarguet, Montpellier : Dr Jean-François Cosson

-- PT Smart Libo Research Institute Indonesia: Ing. Jean-Pierre Caliman (directeur de la station Scientifique)

Ecole Doctorale : au choix :

- EDISS Lyon (Ecole Doctorale Interdisciplinaire Sciences Santé)

- Ou Ecole Doctorale Montpellier

Localité du Travail : 2/3 du temps en Indonésie (Sumatra) dans une station de recherche localisée dans des plantations de palmiers à huile et 1/3 du temps dans les laboratoires de recherche cités localisés à Montpellier et Lyon.

Intitulé du travail, contenu et attente vis-à-vis du candidat :

Titre : Dynamique des populations du rat palmiste (Rattus tiomanicus) à l’origine d’importants dégâts dans les plantations de palmiers à huile en Indonésie : stratégie de contrôle et gestion de la résistance.

Mission : Le candidat aura pour mission de construire une base solide de connaissances sur la dynamique spatiale des populations de rat palmiste, l’impact des traitements rodenticides et la quantification des dégâts dans les plantations de palmiers à huile. Le travail combinera des expériences de terrain et de la génétique moléculaire (génétique des populations et détermination des bases moléculaires d la résistance). Ces connaissances serviront à mettre au point des outils de monitoring fiables et à orienter les stratégies de contrôle des populations.

Calendrier : Le premier volet de l’étude concerne la description de la dynamique spatiale des populations de rats dans les plantations. La communauté des rongeurs (nombre d’espèces, abondances relatives etc …) sera décrite grâce à des piégeages et à l’analyse des pelotes de réjection des chouettes effraies (Tyto alba). La structuration spatiale des populations de l’espèce la plus abondante (Rattus tiomanicus) sera étudiée grâce à l’analyse de leur structuration génétique. L’analyse de la diversité génétique à plusieurs locus microsatellites permettra d’estimer les tailles des populations, leur expansion spatiale et l’importance de la dispersion entre les unités populationnelles. Ces connaissances sont essentielles pour la mise au point de stratégies de lutte raisonnée dans les cas où les zones traitées sont susceptibles d’être rapidement recolonisées.

Le second volet de l’étude concerne l’apparition et le maintient de la résistance aux rodenticides. Les rongeurs des plantations sont régulièrement traités par différents anticoagulants. Récemment, des phénomènes de résistance aux raticides et des intoxications d’espèces non-cibles (chouettes et serpents principalement) ont été constatés. Les phénomènes de résistances chez les rongeurs ont fait l’objet de récentes publications, l’origine étant liée au polymorphisme à certains un gène dénommé VKORC1. Un outil de génétique moléculaire (kit SNP) pour la détection des allèles de résistance sur de grands échantillons sera mis au point par le candidat (ce travail est déjà fortement avancé par le laboratoire de Lyon). L’évolution des fréquences des allèles de résistance sera ensuite comparée dans des populations originaires de zones plus ou moins exposées aux rodenticides. La comparaison des structures génétiques neutres (microsatellites) et au VKORC1 permettra de préciser la force de la sélection. L’ensemble de ces données permettra d’établir des prédictions sur l’apparition et l’évolution de la résistence dans des populations de rats en fonction de différentes stratégies de contrôle.

Le troisième volet s’appuiera sur ces travaux fondamentaux pour pour proposer des stratégies de luttes prenant en compte l’efficacité de l’appât qui sera formulé à cet effet, ainsi que les modalités avec lesquelles cet appât (en cours d’homologation par ailleurs) doit être appliqué pour répondre au triptyque efficacité maximum/exposition minimum des espèces non-cibles/non sélection de rongeurs résistants aux anticoagulants. Pour connaitre les niveaux d’exposition de la faune non-cible aux appâts que nous utiliserons dans la lutte en plantation, nous réaliserons des dosages sur des fèces, et des plotes de réjections des chouettes (laboratoire toxicologie Lyon).

Profil du candidat recherché :

-- motivé par une expérience à l’étranger (Indonésie)

-- s’intéressant aux rongeurs/ou mammifères

-- expérimenté ou très motivé par le terrain en plantation

-- à l’aise avec la génétique et le développement d’outils de génétique moléculaire (PCR, sondes…)

-- aimant travailler à l’interface Recherche/Application industrielle

-- tenté par une carrière professionnelle dans l’industrie

Parts relatives du travail à caractère fondamental / appliqué à la stratégie industrielle (essai modalités applications raticides) : 20% / 80%

Qui contacter :

-Dr. R Lasseur : 06 83 83 32 01 ou

-Dr. JF Cosson 04 99 62 33 01 ou

-Pr. E Benoit 06 79 37 19 08 ou

N’hésitez pas à nous contacter pour tout besoin d’info supplémentaire.

PhD in Norway

Telemark University College (TUC) is a fully-accredited state college in Norway, with approximately 5,000 full-time students and 500 faculty and staff. TUC has 4 campuses (in Bø, Notodden, Porsgrunn and Rauland) and offers a wide variety of study programmes and degrees. All 4 faculties are actively involved in teaching and research.

Research Fellowship (PhD student position) in Behavioural Ecology

A position as Research Fellow is available for a PhD student at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in Bø from August 1, 2008.

The fellowship period is either 4 years (25 % teaching responsibility included) or 3 years (no teaching duties). The Faculty of Arts and Sciences currently has approximately 90 faculty staff/research positions and 15 administrative positions. The position is at the Department of Environmental and Health Studies, which employs 10,6 teaching- and research positions, 3,3 technical positions and 4 Research Fellowships and other temporary placements. The Department offers a Master degree programme in Environmental and Health Studies.

The Research Fellow will work on the project “Chemical Ecology and Genetics in Mammals”. This is an exciting interdisciplinary project that combines chemistry, genetics and ecology to allow new insight into sociality and communication in mammals. The project will focus on the monogamous Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber), the polygamous yellow-bellied marmot (Marmota flaviventris) and the non-social brown bear (Ursus arctos) as model species. The majority of the field work will be carried out on beavers in Telemark, but there will also be field work on bears in south-central Sweden and on yellow-bellied marmot in the Colorado Rockies in the USA. The Research Fellow will collect scent samples from live-trapped animals and conduct chemical analysis in the laboratory on a gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS). Molecular genetic analyses, such as PCR (the Polymerase Chain Reaction) and DNA fingerprinting will also be conducted. The behaviour of, and interactions between, individual animals will be studied with GPS radio technology, data-loggers and proximity loggers.

This position is a cooperation between TUC, where the student will work daily, and the Norwegian University of Life Science (UMB) in Ås, Norway, where the Research Fellow is obliged to follow required PhD courses, and where the student will be awarded the PhD degree after the project has been successfully completed.

Applicants must have achieved a Master’s degree, Cand. Scient, or similar educational background. Due to extensive field periods in Norway, Sweden and the USA, an ability to conduct field work within the frames of the project and a driver’s license are required. Criteria such as experience with and understanding of behavioural ecology and statistical data, individual qualities and the ability to work both independently and as part of an international team of students and scientists will be emphasized in the selection of the best candidate.

The position as Research Fellow/PhD student is placed at salary level 43 (code 1017) on the government salary scale. Two percent of the salary is deducted due to required membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Employees must comply with current laws, regulations and agreements for the position.

An expert committee from TUC will evaluate the applications. The most suitable applicants will be interviewed.

Based on the rules on equal opportunities laid down in the Personnel Regulations for Academic Positions, state employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the general population. Women and persons with minority background are encouraged to apply for the position.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Tone Jøran Oredalen, Head of the Department of Environmental and Health Studies (tel: + 47 35 95 27 76, e-mail: or project manager Ass. Prof. Frank Rosell (tel:+47 35 95 27 62, e-mail:

A written application should be submitted, each with a complete overview of education and professional activities (CV), certified copies of diplomas (Bachelor and Master degrees), documentation of relevant work experience and, if available, a list of publications and copies of these. The application is to be marked “27/08 and sent to Telemark University College, Hallvard Eikas Plass, 3800 , Norway.

Application deadline: 01.04.08.

PhD Position in Tropical Stream Ecology

Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

A PhD position is available at the University of Georgia's new Odum School of Ecology. We are seeking a highly qualified individual to join our NSF-funded TADS (Tropical Amphibian Declines) research project:

Ecosystem-level consequences of extinction: quantifying the ecological effects of catastrophic amphibian declines in neotropical streams.

The successful applicant will be part of an interdisciplinary research team composed of scientists and graduate students from the University of Georgia (Catherine Pringle), Drexel University (Susan Kilham), and Southern Illinois University (Matthew Whiles, Karen Lips). Field research will be conducted in central Panama and laboratory work primarily at the University of Georgia's Odum School of Ecology, with several trips to Drexel University. The successful applicant will be involved in field experiments and surveys to examine the ecosystem-level effects of tadpole extirpation in streams. He/she will have intellectual freedom to develop independent research projects that compliment, but are distinct from goals of the main project. For more information about the TADS project see Pringle's web page:

Position starting date would ideally begin in May 2008 for fieldwork in Panama (negotiable). The academic program begins Fall 2008 in Athens, Georgia. Please send a cover letter stating your research accomplishments and interests, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation by mail or email to: Catherine Pringle, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA (cpringle at

PhD position: Modelling stability and thresholds in Lake Victoria's food web subject to eutrophication and fishery

Co-supervised by (Wageningen University, Aquatic Ecology and Waterquality Group, NIOO Center for Limnology)

The position is part of an integrated research project on " Exploitation or eutrophication as threats for fisheries? Disentangling social and ecological drivers of ecosystem changes in Lake Victoria, Tanzania (SEDEC)" awarded by NWO.

Lake Victoria is the second largest freshwater lake and supports the largest freshwater commercial fishery in the world. Eutrophication and fisheries drive Lake Victoria's changing ecosystem with far-reaching consequences for exploitation patterns, livelihoods and trade. The changes in Lake Victoria's food web are driven both by top-down (e.g. fishing influenced by trade and management) and by bottom-up processes (e.g. eutrophication). Both processes structure the food web and thus the resource base of the fishery, yet no attempt has been made to link them to understand feedbacks in food webs, resource use patterns and trade. Our main objective is to unravel the social and ecological drivers of ecosystem change and to develop long-term strategies to deal with the combined risks of these ecosystem changes. The responses of the fishery to changes caused by increased eutrophication as well as the responses of Nile perch stocks to the combined impacts of size selective fishing and eutrophication will be researched in four inter-related projects. A detailed project outline can be found here < CCB/51182/Victoriafullproposal_wobudget.pdf> .

The PhD project we are now seeking candidates for is will be a modelling study to unravel interactions and feedbacks resulting from eutrophication or fishery as most likely factors driving changes in Lake Victoria's food web. Dominant interactions will be further explored to assess the risk of potential future regime shifts, using models of different levels of complexity.

We are searching for: Highly motivated individuals with a keen interest in ecology and mathematical modelling, and the ability to work both independently and in a multi/interdisciplinary team.

Qualifications: Master degree ; Knowledge of mathematical modelling techniques and basic dynamical systems theory ; Excellent analytical capacity ; fluency in written and spoken English. We offer: A full-time PhD position for an initial period of one year, with the intent of extension to four years after an assessment of proven abilities, that should lead to a dissertation and PhD degree. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities and are supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8 % per year. Start date: from 1 March 2008 on Information and application:

Prof. Dr. Marten Scheffer (tel. +31- (0)317- 484039 marten.scheffer at

Dr. Egbert van Nes (tel. +31- (0)317- 482733 Egbert.vanNes at

Dr. Wolf Mooij (tel. +31- (0)294 239 352 w.mooij at

How to apply: Applications, including a curriculum vitae, a letter motivating your application and a statement of your research interests, the names and addresses of 2 referees, and must be sent, before 21-3-2008 to: (preferably by email: Marijke.Kuipers at or alternatively by mail to Marijke Kuipers, AEW, PO Box 47, 6700 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands)

Summer field assistant positions

The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking applicants for summer field assistant positions on an ongoing ecological research project. These positions will be located at the Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska. For additional information about the Arctic Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project, visit our website at Information about the Toolik Field Station is available at The following positions will be filled pending funding:

Chemistry Summer Field Assistant: The successful candidate will participate in research on the quantitative and qualitative analyses of nutrients in natural water samples. Duties include facilitating chemical measurements through the preparation of standards and reagents, and the maintenance of instruments for a multi-user laboratory at the Toolik Field Station. Some field work is involved. Prior chemistry experience is required.

Streams Summer Field Assistant: The successful candidate will participate in research on arctic tundra stream ecosystems at Toolik Field Station. Duties will include monitoring physical parameters in streams, collection and analysis of water samples, benthic samples and juvenile and adult fish. Basic chemistry skills and knowledge preferred.

Terrestrial Summer Field Assistant: The successful candidate will participate in research on tundra ecosystems. Duties include sampling and processing plant and soil samples, collection of precipitation and weather data, and maintenance of long-term fertilizer experiments and field greenhouses. Basic laboratory skills, familiarity with spreadsheet software, and some knowledge of plants and soils preferred.

Basic Qualifications:

Applicants should be recent college graduates, (BS or MS) with significant course work and/or field experience in ecology.

Preferred Qualifications:

Some background in terrestrial ecology, soil science, aquatic ecology, hydrology, chemistry, fish ecology and/or ecosystems ecology is preferred.

Physical Requirements

Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous outdoor activity and prepared to live in a field camp where cooperation with others is essential, personal privacy is limited, and living accommodations are spare and simple.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Unofficial transcripts are required documents, but may be either uploaded with your Resume and Cover Letter or faxed to the Human Resources Office, 508-289-7931. If faxing, please reference this posting.

Apply online at

Second International Conference on Acoustic Communication by Animals

This conference will help researchers share ideas, data, and methods in the growing and exciting field of animal acoustic communication. The aim will be to bring together senior scholars, mid-career researchers and teachers, young investigators, and students to share information and ideas across animal taxa. The conference is Aug. 12-15, 2008, with an abstract deadline of April 18.

For further information, please see

Physiologically structured population models for viability analysis

One Post-doctoral position 2008-2009 available at the Ecology-Evolution Laboratory (CNRS,
UMR 7625) at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (CERES-ERTI) in Paris.

Applications are invited for a one-year postdoctoral position funded by R2DS
( to investigate the dynamics of small populations with plastic life histories using physiologically structured populations models.

Population persistence is notably conditioned by the degree of individual variation in reproductive success, which depends on variation in any part of the life cycle. Yet, the majority of studies that examined population extinction have tended to ignore life history variation and plasticity. Here, we wish to use life history models to inform the dynamics of small populations and ask how plasticity in life history traits influences extinction dynamics. Many aspects of life history can interact with population dynamics and the project concentrates on three of them, namely growth, maturation and survival.

The post-doc will explore this issue by developing models that account for variation in life history traits using the theory of physiologically structured populations (PSP). This theory takes into account that physiological development (e.g. growth, maturation) depends on the current state of the environment (e.g., temperature, food and predator densities). In turn, the influence of the population on the environment closes a feedback loop between environment, population and life history. The theory of PSP models is thus particularly well-suited to study the interaction between population dynamics and plastic life history. Small populations are subject to stochastic fluctuation in abundance. The project aims to study the feedback of this variability on life history and the consequences for extinction dynamics. The models will be parameterized with estimates from field and experimental studies undertaken with the common lizard, a species with strong thermal and food plasticity in life history traits.

The post-doc will be based at the Ecology-Evolution Laboratory (CNRS, UMR 7625) at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (CERES-ERTI) in Paris, where the applicant will work with David Claessen and Jean-François Le Galliard. This post-doc project is part of a research network on the dynamics of small populations funded by ANR from 2008 to 2012 and will therefore interact with a larger group of researchers. The post can start on September 1st or October 1st 2008 and will run for one year with a possible one year extension by applying to extended funding from the R2DS network in spring 2009. Gross salary will be 2500€ per month. The starting date can be postponed in exceptional circumstances.

Claessen, D. (2005). Alternative life-history pathways and the elasticity of stochastic matrix models. American Naturalist 165: E27-E35.
Le Galliard, J.-F., Fitze, P. S., Ferrière, R. and J. Clobert. 2005. Sex ratio bias, male aggression, and population collapse in lizards. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 102(50):18231-18236.
Claessen, D; Van Oss, C; de Roos, AM; Persson, L. 2002. The impact of size-dependent predation on population dynamics and individual life history. Ecology 83 (6): 1660-1675.

Candidate profile
There are no nationality restrictions and the successful candidate will:
(1) Possess a doctoral degree in ecology and/or mathematics, dating no more than 2 years before 1 October 2008, though the last condition may be negotiated in exceptional circumstances.
(2) Not have worked in the hosting lab, nor have prepared his thesis within the hosting lab, except for a return after a period of absence of at least one year.
(3) Have strong competence in modeling, with an interest in population dynamics, viability analyses and conservation biology and knowledge of C programming or closely related languages.
(4) Have personal qualities needed for group work and inter-disciplinary study.

Application: Chantal Cuisinier, tel.: +33 1 44 27 36 89, email:, postal address is CNRS UMR 7625, Université Paris 6, 7 Quai St Bernard, 75005 Paris
Research project: David Claessen, tel.: +33 1 44 32 27 21, email:

How to apply
1 – Applicants have until April 30 2008 to send a completed application form available at to the Application contact point.
2 – The lab director and a local jury will select one candidate from the application forms and contact the candidates from May 31 2008.
3 – The regional office of the CNRS will be responsible for drawing up the contract.

vendredi 7 mars 2008

Field Assistant -- Grooming in Barbary macaques, UK

Hiring Organization: Roehampton University

Position Description:
A volunteer field assistant is needed for a six month study of grooming among Barbary macaques, to be carried out at a monkey park in the UK. This project will be supervised by Dr Stuart Semple and Dr Julia Lehmann of the Centre for Research in Evolutionary Anthropology, Roehampton University. Responsibilities of the assistant will include observational study of behaviour using Psion handheld computer, and data entry.

Experience with working with free-ranging non-human primates is essential. The ability to work well with other researchers is critical.

A stipend of £100/month will be paid, in addition to project expenses being covered (see below).

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
All travel, meals and lodging will be paid. Please note however that this unfortunately does not include travel to the UK for overseas applicants.

Term of Appointment:
April – October 2008

Application Deadline:
ASAP, but March 21st latest

Contact Information:
Dr Stuart Semple
Roehampton University
London SW15 4JD
United Kingdom
Telephone Number:
+44 208 3923528
E-mail Address:

mercredi 5 mars 2008

Bat Conservation Ireland BATLAS Co-ordinator

EUR28,000 per annum (mileage/subsistenc e will be paid in addition to a maximum value of EUR3,000/yr)

Bat Conservation Ireland is seeking a highly motivated individual to work as co-ordinator of the BCIreland BATLAS Programme. This contract will run from mid-April 2008 to mid-March 2010.

The successful candidate will be based at BCIreland´s office in Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath but will be required to travel around the island for field work and training courses. Completion of a fixed number of field nights will be required per survey season but according to a schedule worked out at the discretion of the successful candidate.

Responsibilities will include:
- preparing survey packs for volunteers
- co-ordinating volunteers and providing day-to-day support for volunteers
- maintaining mailing list and contacts of volunteers
- organising and providing training for volunteers
- night-time bat surveys of 10km squares not covered by volunteers
- participation in BCIreland surveys/projects
- GIS mapping and report writing of BATLAS programme
- data entry onto database and GIS sets of data collected by BATLAS
- co-ordination with BCIreland contractors and committee members
- responding to conservation enquiries
- perform other duties as required
- to be responsible for the care and maintenance of BCIreland equipment
- risk Assessment

- fluent English speaker
- excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
- event management and planning skills
- organisation skills
- ability to work on own initiative
- GIS mapping skills
- bat detection / survey (heterodyne detection skills essential, time expansion training will be provided if necessary)
- enthusiasm to work with others
- full drivers licence and use of own car (note that mileage and subsistence will be paid at rate set by Bat Conservation Ireland)
- good working knowledge of Microsoft Office

- degree in Environmental Science/Biology/ Zoology
- training courses in identification of Irish/European bats

Additional skills
- 3+years of experience in bat survey and detection would be preferable
- track record of teaching skills or providing training

Please send CV and letter of application to
tinaaughney@ by 24th March 2008. Interviews will be scheduled for the week of the 7th April 2008.

Création d'un poste de garde zones humides

Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage

L'Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune sauvage est un établissement public à caractère administratif.

Outre les missions de surveillance de la faune sauvage, de l'environnement et de la police de la chasse, l'ONCFS assure également des missions d'études, de recherches et d'expérimentation sur la conservation, la restauration et la gestion de la faune sauvage et de ses habitats. A ce titre, l'ONCFS est investie dans la gestion de 32 réserves sur tout le territoire français.

La Réserve Nationale de Chasse et de Faune Sauvage du lac du Der et des étangs d'Outines et d'Arrigny et la Réserve Naturelle de l'étang de la Horre, toutes deux gérées par l'ONCFS, sont des territoires dévolus à la conservation d'habitats naturels et d'espèces sauvages.

Poste à plein temps sur 2 réserves:
- un mi-temps sur la RNCFS du lac du Der et des étangs d'Outines et d'Arrigny
- un mi-temps sur la RNN de l'étang de la Horre

missions principales du garde zones-humides seront :
- la mise en oeuvre de suivis naturalistes sur les 2 réserves (suivis avifaune, botanique, insectes...)
- l'entretien courant des milieux
- le piégeage des ragondins en période hivernale
- la surveillance des territoires
- l'accueil et la sensibilisation du grand public

Maison de la Réserve - ONCFS
Site de Chantecoq
51290 Giffaumont-Champaub ert

BTS Gestion et Protection de la Nature

Ornithologue confirmé ayant une bonne technique d'identification et de dénombrements massifs des oiseaux d'eau
Connaissances botaniques
Bonne connaissance en gestion des habitats et des espèces aquatiques
Connaissance de la réglementation en police de l'environnement
Aptitude à la communication et sens des relations humaines

Connaissances naturalistes d'autres groupes très appréciées (Odonates, Lépidoptères, Amphibiens.. .)
De l'expérience dans le domaine serait un plus
Permis VL

Un an renouvelable 2 fois à partir du 1er avril 2008

Rémunération basée sur l'Indice Net Majoré 320 de la Fonction Publique et fonction de l'expérience

41-43 route de Jouy
57160 Moulins les Metz
tel : 64
port : 55
e-mail :

Date limite de réception des candidatures : 14 mars

Entretiens prévus le 20 mars

mardi 4 mars 2008

Stage rémunéré sur "émancipation et déplacement des canetons"

Emancipation et déplacement des canetons chez le fuligule morillon

Notre cabinet d’études NATURACONST, dans la suite d’un programme de recherche mené en collaboration avec le CNRS de Strasbourg, engage un travail de recherche scientifique sur le suivi des nichées et le succès de reproduction chez le fuligule morillon dans le département de la Mayenne. A ce titre nous recherchons un stagiaire Bac+3 de fin juin à fin août 2008 pour effectuer ces suivis et éventuellement les analyses de données (à convenir).

Ce stage est rémunéré (indemnités de stage + repas). Le (la) stagiaire disposera d’un véhicule de service pour réaliser ses opérations de terrain. Il (elle) bénéficiera également des compétences professionnelles des personnels techniques de la Fédération des chasseurs de Mayenne (ayant droit d’accès aux zones d’études) ainsi que celles de notre consortium scientifique afin que ce stage soit compté comme une expérience professionnelle valorisante.

Deux possibilités sont donc envisageables, soit sous forme d’un stage obligatoire dans le cadre de votre formation étudiante, soit sous forme d’un stage volontaire. Dans les deux cas une convention de stage pourra être établie avec votre établissement scolaire ou universitaire.

Il est préférable que le (la) candidat(e) réside dans le département de la Mayenne.

Récapitulatif :
Sujet de stage : «émancipation et déplacement des canetons chez le fuligule morillon ».
Lieu : Département de la Mayenne (environs de LAVAL).
Profil recherché : Etudiant(e) Bac+3 ou plus (Science de la vie et de la terre), permis B, si possible domicilié(e) dans le département de la Mayenne ou départements limitrophes.
Période : fin juin à fin Août 2008.
L’étudiant(e) percevra des indemnités de stage + frais de repas et disposera d’un véhicule de service pour ses déplacements sur le site d’étude.
Candidature et cv à adresser à : Naturaconst, Direction, mail :, objet « stage 53 »

Cabinet d'Expertise et de Recherche en Ecologie Appliquée
Research Agency in Applied Ecology
14 rue principale

Profil CDD ANR genanimal

Recherchons CDD niveau technicien du 2 juin 2008 au 2 décembre 2008 pour participer au projet de l’ANR genanimal "déterminisme génétique des problèmes de fertilité des vaches laitières hautes productrices" (coordinatrice J Dupont) sur le site de l’INRA à Nouzilly

Le principal travail consistera à suivre le comportement des VLHP à la fois directement et sur les enregistrements video qui seront effectués et de faire l’analyse de ces données. La personne recrutée sera aussi impliquée dans la prise et l’aide au traitement des autres mesures faites chez ces animaux: cyclicité (dosage de progestérone et échographie), métabolisme (prélèvements et dosages) production laitère. Le candidat devra avoir fait preuve dans le passé à la fois de sa capacité à s’intégrer dans une équipe de travail et de mener à bien un travail de manière autonome.

Une expérience de l’observation des vaches laitières ou d’autres animaux d’élevage constituera un avantage mais n’est pas indispensable.

Pour tous renseignements s’adresser à C. Fabre-Nys 02 47 42 79 75

lundi 3 mars 2008

Post Doc - Behaviour genetics of domestication in chickens

A one-or two-year post-doc opening is available at Linköping University, in the Applied Ethology Group (supervised by professor Per Jensen).

The successful candidate will be working in a research program exploring the behavioural effects of domestication in chickens and the associated genetic mechanisms. She or he should hold a PhD in either animal behaviour or molecular genetics, and have a genuine knowledge and interest in the other.

The Applied Ethology Group runs modern and well-equipped chicken facilities and a behaviour lab, and shares a state-of-the-art molecular genetics lab with other groups.

For further information, contact Per Jensen,, to whom you should also send a letter of interest containing a brief description of yourself and your CV. A formal application with full details will be requested after your letter has been received. The letter can be sent in at any time, and the position is open until 1 April, or until filled. The position is open for applicants fromall countries.