mardi 29 juin 2010

Volunteer assistant - Primadomus

Hiring Organization:
Stichting AAP

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Are you the volunteer who would like to assist at Primadomus?

AAP foundation is a refuge centre for neglected and discarded apes and small exotic mammals. The animals come from the illegal trade, circuses and private ownership. At AAP the animals receive the care and living space they deserve, so that they can revert to their natural behaviour and are once again able to live normally with their congeners. For animals which cannot be relocated the foundation arranges permanent refuge in, amongst other locations, our Lifetime Care Centre AAP Primadomus in Villena near Alicante (Spain). The first group of 9 chimpanzees has already been established and in the near future there will be space for more primates.

For this Spanish settlement we are looking for a committed and enthusiastic volunteer (40 hours per week for a period of four to six months)

For this function we seek a volunteer who would like to work in our Lifetime Care Centre AAP Primadomus.

Our animals and their care
You are part of a team of about five people. You help with the care of the animals, including cleaning their facilities and feeding and observing them. You assist in the kitchen with the preparation of the food, and also with the making of enrichement for the chimpanzees. On top of that, you may be asked to lend a hand with other tasks, such as minor technical maintenance, taking care of the terrain and/or some office work.

We offer
A unique place to work * accommodation and lunch * a personal and informal working enviroment * working with experienced colleagues * good supervision.

Want to know more, or apply immediately?
For further information about AAP Primadomus see For more information about this function, contact Olga Martin-Carrera, Primadomus Coordinator, telephone 0034 657 189 662, or Elly Koppers, Personnel Coordinator, telephone 003136 5238787.

If you are interested you can send your letter of application and CV, before 1st July, stating reference number 2010-VW08-PDDV, preferable by email to or by post to AAP Foundation, Post Box 50313, 1305 AH Almere, f.a.o. Elly Koppers.

We are looking for a volunteer who
Has affinity with the aims and objectives of AAP Primadomus * is able to work independently and as a team member * is able to work methodically and hygienically * it is in good physical condition, able to undertake (heavy) physical labour * agrees with the foundation’s hands-off policy * is willing to work on weekends * speaks English * has the driving licence.

Volunteer, no salary

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
We offer
A unique place to work * accommodation and lunch * a personal and informal working enviroment * working with experienced colleagues * good supervision.

Term of Appointment:
Volunteer in Primadomus Spain

Application Deadline:
1 July 2010

Contact Information:
Elly Koppers
Kemphaanpad 1
Almere, The Netherlands 1305 AH

Telephone Number:
0031 36 5238787


E-mail Address:

jeudi 24 juin 2010

Field assistants biomonitoring Ivory Coast

Hiring Organization:
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Two field assistants are needed to support, help and control field monitoring teams with data collection on wildlife in Tai National Park, Côte d’Ivoire. Tai National Park is a World Heritage Site, counting 140 mammal species, including 9 species of diurnal primates. It harbors the largest remaining population of chimpanzees in Côte d'Ivoire. Furthermore, Tai National Park is one of the largest protected rainforest remnants of the Upper Guinean forest block.
The biomonitoring in Tai National Park is already implemented and follows standard line transect methodology.

The appropriate candidates are expected to hold at least a Bachelor's degree and possess some understanding of basic statistical concepts (of the line transect methodology).
They should have prior field experience, preferably under hot/humid climate. They should be able to work independently and in isolated conditions (camping, with limited access to modern conveniences).
Conversational level of French language is required


Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Travel costs, visa, accommodation and meal during field missions will be covered. Furthermore, a one-month training will be provided in Leipzig, Germany and in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

Term of Appointment:
Beginning of August 2010 to end of March 2011

Application Deadline:
23. July 2010

Please send your CV with a cover letter by e-mail to Yasmin Möbius putting “volunteer PNT monitoring” as subject (

Contact Information:
Moebius Yasmin
Deutscher Platz
Leipzig 04103

Telephone Number:
00 49 341 3550 229

Fax Number:
00 49 341 3550 299


E-mail Address:

mardi 22 juin 2010

Volunteer research assistant

Hiring Organization:
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We initiated a project to habituate both western gorillas and chimpanzees in Loango National Park, Gabon in January 2005. We are currently looking for a research assistant to help with the ongoing habituation of the chimpanzee community. The position will begin in September 2010, for a one year period.
The assistant will be required to work long hours in the forest (10 hours a day, 6 days a week) to search for chimpanzees. The work is physically demanding (average 10 km per day, rain or shine) and requires a great deal of patience. The assistant will be expected to take behavioural data during contacts with the chimpanzees and identify individuals when possible. Other tasks will involve data entry and possible assistance with other projects including tool use, phenology and camera trap maintenance. Loango National Park is located on the coast of Gabon and consists of several ecosystems including coastal forest and swamps with a high diversity and abundance of large mammals.
The living conditions at this project are basic. We have two main camps, with only basic amenities (no running water, only minimal solar power for electricity).

The applicant must have at least a BSc in biology, zoology, anthropology or a related discipline. Previous field experience with primates or other animals will be viewed as a great asset. An interest in botany and general ecology is helpful.
The applicant should demonstrate an ability to handle the living conditions at the site, be extremely motivated to spend long days in the forest and be willing to work extra hours during periods when the chimpanzees can be easily located.
The language spoken by our field team is French and the ability to speak it is required.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, CV, and one to three reference letters via email. All candidates will be notified by August 1st; please don't send repeated letters of inquiry or telephone calls.

200 euros per month.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
One round trip airfare to Gabon and transportation to study site will be provided. Accommodation (a tent) and basic equipment is provided. Food is also provided.

Term of Appointment:
1 year

Application Deadline:
July 15, 2010

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, CV, and one to three reference letters to with “Field position in Loango” in the subject line.

Contact Information:
Luisa Rabanal
Deutscher Platz 6 Germany
Leipzig, none 04013

Telephone Number:
+49 (0) 341 3550 200

Fax Number:
+49 (0) 341 3550 299


E-mail Address:

Volunteer Research Assistant

Hiring Organization:
Tulane University

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Research assistant need for study of infant and juvenile white-faced capuchin (Cebus capucinus)social behavior at Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica.

(1) Daily collection of behavioral data
(2) Daily collection of fecal samples for genetic and hormone analysis
(3) Weekly lab processing of fecal samples for hormone analysis
(3) Monthly collection of phenology data

Research assistant will be expected to work up to 4-6 days per week, spending a minimum of 8 hours in the field, tracking 3 different monkey troops. Santa Rosa is located in a tropical dry forest, roughly an hour north of Liberia. There is electricity, running water, refrigeration, wireless internet, and easy access to the city for groceries, banking and other activities (e.g. an air conditioned movie theater). Costa Rica is a safe, stable, and environmentally progressive nation.

This project will run from June, 2010 until September 2011.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and demonstrate an interest in primate behavioral ecology or a similar discipline. Positive attitude and strong work ethic are a must!

At least one year of completed undergraduate work. Previous experience at a field school or working on a biological field project.

No salary provided.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
At this time no support can be offered. Long-term applicants (3 months or more) are encourage to discuss possible funding opportunities with the PI.

Projected Costs:
Round-trip airfare from the USA, $600-$750
Lodging, $10 per day in park fees
Food, $200 per month
Internet, $30 per month

Term of Appointment:
Interested parties may apply for any term length ranging from 1 month to 12 months

Application Deadline:
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis

Applicants should email a resume and a brief letter of intent to

Additional support may be offered in the future, pending funding opportunities. However at this time, no guarantee of support can be offered.

Contact Information:
Claire Sheller
7041 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118

E-mail Address:

jeudi 17 juin 2010

workshop Européen, primate cognition, Rousset, 19 oct. 2010

Nous organisons le 19 Octobre 2010 un workshop Européen à Rousset sur
le thème "Primate Cognition".

La liste des intervenants pour cette journée est la suivante:

James Anderson, Université de Stirling
Josep Call, Max Plank, Leipzig
Joël Fagot, LPC
Ludwig Huber, Université de Vienne
Carlo de Lillo, Univ. Leicester
Carole Parron, LPC
Valentina Truppa, CNR Rome
Elisabetta Visalberghi, CNR Rome

L'inscription est gratuite, mais nous n'avons qu'une trentaine de places à proposer, avec la contrainte de distribuer ces places entre les différentes structures qui soutiennent la manifestation (LPC, Ifr, université, Région, CPA, Station de primatologie, etc...). Si vous souhaitez y participer, vous pouvez vous inscrire en nous envoyant un mail à carole.parron [ à ], sachant que nous donnerons priorité aux premiers inscrits si il y a trop de demandes.

Par ailleurs, merci de noter que nous organisons également le prochain congrès de la Société Francophone de Primatologie sur le site de Rousset du 20 au 22 Octobre 2010 (le lendemain de ce premier workshop). Il s'agit d?un congrès de primatologie interdisciplinaire avec un thème prioritaire dont l'intitulé est, pour cette année, « Comportements et cognitions ». Ce thème peut donc intéresser les membres du LPC. Les informations sur ce congrès sont maintenant disponibles sur le site Il n'y a aucune limitation de place pour le congrès SFDP (inscription de l'ordre de 90euros). N?hésitez pas à vous y inscrire.

mercredi 9 juin 2010


Un sujet de thèse proposé par le laboratoire Ethos (voir la liste complète ici) dispose d'un financement. Il s'agit du sujet "Multimodalité et imitation : une étude chez l'oiseau" (Directeur de thèse : HENRY Laurence).

Pour tout complément d'information, se rendre sur le site de l'Ecole Doctorale de Rennes:; profil 98, en bas de page

Workshop Statistical Physics and Biology of Collective Motion at MPIPKS Dresden, Germany

International Workshop on Statistical Physics and Biology of Collective Motion Scientific Coordinators: A. Deutsch, G. Theraulaz, T. Vicsek

We would like to draw your attention to our international workshop on Statistical Physics and Biology of Collective Motion to be held from November 8 to 12, 2010 at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPIPKS) in Dresden.

More information - including the application form - can be found on the workshop's web page through

Yours sincerely,
Andreas Deutsch, Guy Theraulaz, Tamas Vicsek

Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems
Noethnitzer Str. 38, 01187 Dresden, Germany
Tel.: +49-351-871-2107
Fax: +49-351-871-2199

mardi 8 juin 2010

Research Assistant

Hiring Organization:
Chester Zoo

Date Posted:

Position Description:
The Assistant works alongside the Research Officer, gaining in-depth knowledge of various areas of zoo research, especially behavioural research. Much of the job is computer-based, and essential parts of the work include maintaining the research database, dealing with enquiries (mostly by email and telephone) from prospective researchers on all types of zoo research, co-ordinating the review of research proposals and biological sample requests, co-ordinating approved research projects, and reviewing dissertations. The Assistant will also be expected to work independently on a specific ex-situ research project, relating to animal behaviour and welfare. It is expected that the Assistant will present the results of this work at a conference, and will produce a publishable project report, by the end of the contract. The Assistant is also expected to be closely involved in environmental enrichment programmes at the Zoo.

By the application deadline, you must have already successfully graduated with an animal-behaviour-related degree at Bachelor’s or post-graduate level (giving theoretical and practical experience in this field), and you will also be able to demonstrate:

The ability to work well in a busy, shared office environment, and have excellent organisational and critical-thinking skills;
Excellent communication and customer service skills, both in written and in spoken form (including giving presentations, and a strong command of written English);
A desire to assist and advise others, which includes enjoying working with students and other researchers, as well as Zoo staff from all levels and departments across the Zoo;
Some experience of working in zoos (e.g. during paid or voluntary zoo work-experience, or during data collection for a zoo-related dissertation), and demonstration of an active interest in zoo biology, with special emphasis on animal behaviour, welfare and husbandry-related issues;
The ability to work as an individual and also as part of a team, with a reliable and conscientious attitude;
An empathy to the mission of Chester Zoo;
Clear benefits to your career progression if successful in obtaining this position;
Experience and skill in designing and carrying out behavioural research projects, including data collection, data processing and analysis on PCs. Familiarity with ‘SPSS’ and ‘The Observer’ programmes are advantageous, but not essential, as is further animal behaviour research experience (in addition to the Bachelor’s degree).

£12,394 per annum

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Applicants would be expected to fund their travel and relocation costs

Term of Appointment:
11 months fixed term contract

Application Deadline:
25th June 2010

Contact Information:
Jemma Goss
Caughall Road
Chester, none CH2 1LH
United Kingdom

Telephone Number:
01244 380280

Fax Number:
01244 371273


E-mail Address:

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in Primate Social Cognition

Hiring Organization:
George Washington University

Date Posted:

Position Description:
The Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park (SI/NZP) in collaboration with The George Washington University (GWU) Ape Mind Initiate (AMI) is soliciting applications from qualified candidates with a doctoral degree and a specialization in Primate Social Cognition. The primary focus of the research is to support a National Science Foundation funded program, “The Evolution of Cultural Learning” directed by Dr. Francys Subiaul and Lisa Stevens. This comparative research program focuses on studying social and cultural learning in human children and great apes ( Applicants with laboratory experience working with non-human primates and an interest in social learning are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is part of the Think Tank and Great Ape House research program, which are home to 6 orangutans and 6 gorillas. Emphasis will be placed on a new education/research direction that will involve the public as well as high school and university students in the research program.

The position is for 1 year with the possibility of renewal. Salary will be competitive but limited by NSF funding constraints. Applications should be sent electronically and include: (1) a one page letter of research stating how the applicant’s own interests and experiences are compatible with the funded research program, (2) a CV, (3) and the names of three referees including emails and current affiliation. Applicants should submit all application materials to Dr. F. Subiaul and Lisa Stevens ( by June 30th 2010. We will continue to review applications if no applicant is identified before June 30th.

Questions about the zoo program may be directed to Lisa Stevens, Curator, Primates and Giant Pandas. Questions about on-going research studies may be directed to Francys Subiaul. Only complete applications and candidates with doctoral degrees (or those who anticipate a Ph.D. by the start of the appointment in August/September) will be considered.

Doctoral degree with a specialization in primate social cognition, to be awarded by the start of the appointment in August/September time frame.

Salary will be competitive but limited by NSF funding constraints.

Term of Appointment:
1 year with possibility of renewal

Application Deadline:
June 30th

Contact Information:
Dr. F. Subiaul and Lisa Stevens
2115 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052


E-mail Address: and

vendredi 4 juin 2010

PhD Strasbourg

Ecole doctorale des Sciences de la Vie et de la Santé de Strasbourg :
Activations cérébrales induites par les stimulations olfactives chez
le nouveau-né humain

Ce sujet a été sélectionné par l'Ecole doctorale des Sciences de la
Vie et de la Santé de Strasbourg pour le concours des Allocations de
Recherche. Au total, 27 allocations de thèse seront distribuées cette
année par l'Ecole Doctorale. Les bons candidats ont donc toutes leurs

Attention, la date limite de dépôt des dossiers est le mardi 8 juin!

Luc Marlier
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Laboratoire d'Imagerie et de Neurosciences Cognitives
Institut de Physique Biologique
4, rue Kirschleger
67085 Strasbourg cedex

luc.marlier [ à ]

jeudi 3 juin 2010

Sujets de thèse Rennes

L'UMR6552-Ethologie Animale et Humaine de Rennes propose cette année au concours de son école doctorale les sujets de thèse suivants:

- Influence des adultes sur la construction comportementale de l'individu ; Directeur de thèse : LUMINEAU Sophie.
- Latérale sociale : approche comparative chez les primates humains et non-humains ; Directeur de thèse : BLOIS HEULIN Catherine.
- Multimodalité et imitation : une étude chez l'oiseau ; Directeur de thèse : HENRY Laurence.
- Plasticité de la communication vocale chez les caciques (Aves, Icteridae). Une évolution liée à la vie sociale ; Directeur de thèse : DELEPORTE Pierre.

La date limite de candidature est fixée au 10 juin 2010 à 17h00. Pour tout renseignement complémentaire, merci de consulter le site de l'école doctorale ( ou de contacter les responsables.

Research Assistant in applied ethology, Chester Zoo

Just to let you know, Chester Zoo is currently advertising for a Research Assistant in applied ethology, which is an 11-month post, working with me (but don’t let that put you off!), starting in September 2010. The application deadline is strictly 25th June, so there is a very short turn-around time on it.

If interested, please see the advert at, or please forward to others. Please note, applicants must have already graduated with an animal-behaviour-related degree at Bachelor’s level, by the application deadline, 25th June, and so anyone who has not yet graduated by this date, or who doesn’t fit any of the other requirements, should not apply this year.

Best wishes,

*Apologies for cross posting*
Dr Sonya P. Hill
Research Officer

North of England Zoological Society
Chester Zoo
Caughall Road

Post-doctoral Position: Courtship Behaviour of the Ruffed Grouse

A post-doctoral position is available to assist in research on the courtship behaviour of the Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus). Male Ruffed Grouse produce a unique display known as drumming in which males beat their wings repeatedly. Our lab is interested in understanding this unique behaviour. The prospective post-doc will have the opportunity to work on several projects related to the structure, function and production of the drumming display. For example, there are no detailed analyses of the spectrographic structure of the drumming and there are numerous reports of how far the drumming sound carries. Similarly, we have mixed evidence regarding how Ruffed Grouse respond to drumming playbacks. A variety of experiments are needed to better understand the function of drumming and how males respond to drumming. These experiments will include playback to drumming males, playbacks following male removal, playback in conjunction with a stuffed model and modulating the spectrographic features of the drumming (e.g., frequency shifted, altered tempo, altered sound pressure level, etc.). The drumming itself is a reflection of environmental stimuli and the intrinsic physiology of the males. We are therefore also interested in examining the endocrine profile of drumming males by collecting fecal samples from drumming males and relating testosterone and corticosterone levels with drumming behaviour, as recorded from automated digital recorders. Finally, at an anatomical level, we are interested in examining the morphology and biochemistry of the pectoral muscles and the central nervous system.

Applicants with a record of peer-reviewed publications and a PhD in ecophysiology, behavioural endocrinology or bioacoustics will be considered. A salary will be provided for two years with a possibility of renewal for a third year. The successful candidate should be independent and self-motivated with an enthusiasm for developing new scientific ideas, training students and manuscript writing. Individuals will also be encouraged to develop their own ideas and projects complementary to the project. To apply, send: 1) a c.v.; 2) a brief description of how you see yourself fitting into the lab’s research program; 3) your research interests and goals; and 4) the contact details of at least two references to Dr. Andrew Iwaniuk ( Review of applications will begin immediately with an anticipated start date no later than January 2011, but the start date is flexible. Further details on the lab’s research can be found at:


Equipe Communications Acoustiques, CNPS-CNRS UMR 8195
Université Paris Sud, Bat.446, 91405 Orsay, FRANCE
Tel:(33-1). Fax:(33-1).

new Isabelle's website:
Bioacoustics Team website:

field assisstant - radio-telemetry of the Philippine tarsier

Hiring Organization:
Tarsius Project

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We are looking for volunteers to assist on a project studying behaviour, home-range use and acoustic communication of the Philippine tarsier. Volunteers will work independently in the field under supervision of the project leader. We have several animals radio-collared and monitor their nightly movements in the forest and record their vocalization.

Specific tasks you will participate in:
•Radio-tracking of the tarsiers during night time (usually for 6 hours).
•Radio-tracking of animals on their sleeping sites during day
•Recording of vocalization
•Analyzing the data from radio-tracking

Other task that you may participate in
•Mapping of the area using GPS and maintaining the marked points in the field
•Conservation education of local people

Resting periods: resting days will be scheduled regularly as part of the field work program.

The qualifications we are looking for in a research assistant are:
1)Be physically fit, and capable of undertaking fieldwork in hot/humid conditions.
2)Be capable of team work and not have issues with authority figures.
3)Be hardworking, disciplined in following field procedures and reliable.
4)Be interested in primate behavior, conservation.
5)Be able to work individualy in tropical forest during night time!
6)Enjoy being outdoors and experiencing the tropical forest.
7)Some knowledge of zoology, animal behavior and data collection preferred but not required.

No salary is provided. Volunteers must pay their own transportation and expenses.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
No support is provided. Simple accommodation will be provided in farm house (simple open house with elctrocity and cold water) for 1000PhP/month. Local food available for 100PhP/day.

Term of Appointment:
June - December 2010 (at least one month, longer period preffered)

Application Deadline:

To apply, please email a recent copy of your CV and describe your research interests and experience, and your availability for this position.

Contact Information:
Milada Petru
Na Pesine 267
Decin, none 405 05
Czech Republic

Telephone Number:


E-mail Address:

[stage d'été] comportement, équipe MECADEV UMR 7179, Paris

STAGE DE COMPORTEMENT Sujet de stage : Effets du vieillissement sur les performances locomotrices et cognitives chez un prosimien malgache (Microcebus murinus).

En milieu naturel, l’espérance de vie des microcèbes gris est limitée par l’environnement (disponibilité en nourriture, prédation)cependant en captivité elle atteint une dizaine d’année. Au cours de ce vieillissement les microcèbes développent des altérations variées proche de celles que l’on peut observer durant le vieillissement humain. En effet certains microcêbes ‚gés montrent des déficits cognitifs (Picq JL Exp Gerontol 2007). Il a aussi été montré qu’une sous-population d’animaux développait une atrophie cérébrale ainsi que des lésions cérébrales visibles en histologie semblables à celles touchant les personnes atteintes de la maladie d’Alzheimer (Kraska, A. and coll. Neurob. Aging, 2009). Le microcèbe est donc un modèle privilégié du vieillissement sain et pathologique

L’objectif du stage sera de quantifier les performances cognitives et locomotrices d’individus d’âge différent. Il s’inscrit dans une étude globale du vieillissement cérébral chez le microcèbe.

Cette étude est réalisée en collaboration entre l’UMR 7179 CNRS/MNHN de Brunoy, équipe MECADEV dirigées respectivement par les Drs. Martine PERRET et Fabienne AUJARD et le CEA URA 2210, MIRCen dirigée respectivement par les Drs. Emmanuel BROUILLET et Philippe HANTRAYE.

Le stage se déroulera au sein de l’équipe MECADEV.

Cette étude prend en compte différents paramètres tels que des mesures faites en imagerie anatomique (imagerie par résonance magnétique) et fonctionnelle (tomographie par émission de positons), ou des mesures physiologiques et enfin des mesures comportementales.

Les mesures comportementales sont faites grâce à un ensemble de 5 tests :
- test locomoteurs (test du rotarod, test de saut)
- tests cognitifs (labyrinthe de Barnes adapté, test d’alternance spontanée, Openfield).
Le stagiaire devra effectuer les différents tests.

Compétences requises :
L’étudiant devra avoir un intérêt certain pour la cognition et le comportement, faire preuve de rigueur et de patience.

Contacts pour demande d’information complémentaire et/ou candidater à ce stage : Olêne Dorieux (dorieux [ à ]; olene.dorieux [ à ] )

Période du stage : le stage aura une durée totale de 2 mois et se fera en deux parties la première partie au mois de juin et la deuxième partie au mois d’'aout.

Possibilité de logement peu onéreux sur place.

Coordonnées du laboratoire : UMR 7179 CNRS MNHN CF, Département Ecologie et Gestion de la Biodiversité, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, 1, avenue du Petit Château, 91800 Brunoy, France


Olène Dorieux
1 av. du Petit Château
91800 BRUNOY
01 60 47 96 27

18 rte. du Panorama
92265 Fontenay aux Roses
01 46 54 92 96