vendredi 8 juin 2012

PhD position in mouse lemur´s cognition

Hiring Organization:
University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (Germany)

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We seek to recruit a highly motivated PhD student for a study in primate cognition as a part of an EU-funded project on aging. The study aims at assessing the cognitive abilities of mouse lemurs, world´s smallest primates. Animals will be tested using different paradigms to evaluate aging effects on their learning and memory abilities. The institute owns a self-sustaining breeding colony. The successful candidate will be supervised by Professor Elke Zimmermann and Dr. Marine Joly.

Required: Masters degree (or equivalent) in biology or related fields; research experience in animal behaviour; strong interest in animal cognition; good interpersonal and organisatory skills; excellent knowledge of English. Beneficial: knowledge of primate cognition literature; research experience with primates; knowledge of C++ programming language; basic knowledge of German.

The position is fully funded for 2 years by the EU.

Term of Appointment:
Initial appointment will be for 1 year, to be extended by a further 1 year following satisfactory evaluation. The successful candidate will take responsibility to collect project data and ensure the delivery of scientific goals. She/he will also be required to assist with undergraduate teaching at the Institute of Zoology, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover.

Application Deadline:
15 July 2012

Applications should include a (1) letter of intent, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) 2-3 letters of recommendation, and (4) copies of academic transcripts and degrees. Please send all documents to and by 15 July 2012. Start date: 01 October 2012.

Contact Information:
Institute of Zoology, University of Veterinary Medicine, Buenteweg 17
Hannover 30559

Telephone Number:
+49 511 953 8740

Fax Number:
+49 511 953 8586


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