mercredi 16 février 2011
PhD-position on the causes and consequences of between group conflicts in vervet monkeys
Anthropological Institute and Museum, University of Zurich
8057 Zurich, Switzerland
Date Posted: 15.02.2011
Within the framework of a large collaborative project between the universities of Neuchatel (Prof. Dr. R. Bshary), St. Andrews (Prof. Dr. A. Whiten) and Zurich (Prof. Dr. C.P. van Schaik & Dr. M. Krützen) on the evolution of social behaviour in vervet monkeys (Cercopithecus aethiops), the Anthropological Institute and Museum (AIM) at the University of Zurich offers a three year, full-time PhD-position to investigate the causes and consequences of between-group conflicts in South African vervet monkeys.
The successful candidate is expected to spend a considerable amount of time at our field-site in Kwazulu-Natal -up to a minimum of 10 months per year over the first two years- collecting and supervising the collection of: 1) behavioural (both observational and experimental) and ranging data (GPS- and VHF-telemetry) on ten habituated groups, and 2) detailed information on the local vegetation (structural and floristic make-up as well as phenology). In addition, genetic samples will be collected to allow detailed genetic analyses on population structure, within- and between-group relatedness, and paternity. For the genetic part of this project, the PhD-student will receive all required training at the AIM.
We invite applications from students holding (or expecting to obtain prior to July 2011) an MSc.-degree in Biology/Anthropology or other relevant academic field. Previous experience collecting and analyzing behavioural and movement data, especially in a (sub-)tropical environment will be highly advantageous. Applicants should moreover be proficient in written and spoken English, have excellent social skills, and be able to work both independently and in a large, interdisciplinary team.
The salary will be in accordance with Swiss national regulations for doctoral students and amounts to CHF 40,200.- over the first year, up to CHF 46,200.- over the third year. In addition, an annual contribution of up to CHF 2,000.- will be made to cover travel expenses between Zurich and the field site in South Africa.
Term of Appointment:
Initial appointment will be for a 1 year period which, after satisfactory evaluation, will be extended to a total duration of 3 years. The successful candidate is expected to start by 01.07.2011.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Promising candidates will be invited for an interview and oral presentation of their MSc-thesis or other relevant work in the week of 11 -15 April.
Applications consisting of a cover letter stating research experience and interests, a detailed CV (up to 2 pages), and the names and e-mail addresses of two referees can be sent electronically to Dr. Erik Willems, email@example.com. A more detailed project description can be obtained upon request.
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