dimanche 23 janvier 2011

Field Assistants Needed for Amphibian Project in Thailand

Position: Full time, temporary field assistants
Duration: July 1st to October 31st, 2011
Location: Sakaerat Environmental Research Station (Northern Thailand)
Application deadline: until filled

Job Description:
2-3 field assistant positions are available as a part of behavioral and reproductive ecology research on amphibians in the tropical evergreen forests in Thailand. The project focuses on the parental care behavior of treefrogs and interactions between various pond-breeding species.

Assistants will be based at the Sakaerat Station for the duration of the field season, which is located within the Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve. Access to society outside of the station will be minimal, though there will be weekly grocery trips into town and occasional trips to the city. The station will have electricity, running water (usually cold water only), and internet access depending on the weather. Meals will be cooked in turns by the researchers and assistants. During the season, days-off will be limited and assistants will have roughly 1 day off every week, though must be flexible with schedules as the nature of the work depends on the animals.
This is a good opportunity for someone looking to get experience in field work and exploring SE Asia, with the chance to make connections with researchers in tropical ecology and herpetology. The position is best suited for to a mature, upper-level undergraduate or recent graduate who is considering advanced study or professional work in ecological studies.
If time permits, assistants will have the opportunities to develop their own project and/or assist in other projects within the research group from National Singapore University or collaborating researchers from Hong Kong University.
Good physical condition, and able to work long and/or odd hours in humid weather
and often in ponds; ability to work and live cooperatively with others; willingness and flexibility to work for consecutive days with little time or days-off in between and limited access to the outside; desire to live in a foreign country with different customs for extended periods. Previous experience in field work required.

Room and board and local transportations within Thailand will be provided. Field assistants are responsible for all other expenses, including flights to/from Thailand.

To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter briefly detailing relevant interest and experience, CV and a list of 3 references to s h e i l a p o o @ g m a i l . c o m . Please write explicitly to confirm ability to cover own expenses to/from Bangkok and availability from July 1st to Oct 31st. Hiring will begin immediately and positions will remain open until filled.

For additional information, please see https://sites.google.com/site/sheilapoo/

Thank you!

Sheila (Sinlan Poo)
Graduate Student
The Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Lab
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore
14 Science Drive 4, Block S3
Singapore 117543

Nancy E. Karraker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
School of Biological Sciences
University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China
Phone: +852-2299-0675 (lab:0621)
E-mail: karraker@hku.hk
Website: http://www.hku.hk/biosch/aboutusAS_as.html