mardi 25 janvier 2011

Ph.D position for veterinarian: Health monitoring of wild chimpanzees

Hiring Organization:
Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

Position Description:
We are looking for a veterinarian for a PhD (or similar) project on health monitoring in wild chimpanzees of the Taï National Park, Ivory Coast.
The project will be carried out in the context of the long-term project on the Taï chimpanzees under the supervision of Prof. Christophe Boesch, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany. The health component of the project is executed in collaboration with Dr. Fabian Leendertz of the Robert Koch-Institute in Berlin.
The candidate will be responsible for sample collection and preservation as well as disease outbreak response including necropsies. A specific project including sample collection and analyses on site will be the basis for a PhD (or similar) project.

The work schedule will include:
1) Preparation (approx. 2 month):
a) Writing of an research proposal
b) Laboratory training at Robert Koch Institute
2) Two years of field work in the Taï National Park, Ivory Coast (Interrupted by some first analyses between the 2 years)
3) Analyses at the Robert Koch-Institute and the Max-Planck-Institute
4) Thesis writing and publication of results

We invite applications from all countries. Applicants hold a degree in veterinary sciences. The field work requires good physical condition, the ability to work independently and involves some management work. Good oral French and spoken and written English language skills are required. Work experience in the tropics is advantageous but not mandatory.

The candidate will be supported by a stipend.

Term of Appointment:
~ 3 years

Application Deadline:
The evaluation process will start immediately and applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Applications including a cover letter stating research experience and interests, detailed curriculum vitae, and the names and e-mail addresses of two referees should be sent electronically.

Field work at Côte d’Ivoire might be delayed due to the current political situation, but the applicant will start laboratory training at the RKI in Berlin upon acceptance.

Contact Information:
Grit Schubert
Nordufer 20
Berlin, none 13353

Telephone Number:
++49 (0)30 - 18754-2592

Fax Number:
++49 (0)30 - 18754-2181


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