dimanche 8 juillet 2012

Assistants Needed for a Field Study on Rhesus Macaques at Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico

Hiring Organization:
SUNY at Buffalo

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We are looking for two candidates to assist with a project on the socioecology of behavior related to dominance, competition, cooperation and conflict management among rhesus monkeys on Cayo Santiago. We will examine between-group variation and co-variation of behavior across three social groups. The project is being undertaken by Krishna Balasubramaniam, a PhD candidate in the program in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, under the supervision of Dr. Carol Berman (http://wings.buffalo.edu/anthropology/Faculty/berman.htm). The volunteers will be working alongside the PhD candidate (Krishna) in the field.

Successful applicants will be expected to work on Cayo Santiago for 6 days a week for 3-4 months at a stretch. They may also be required to undertake data entry and/or processing during evenings, and on Sundays. Work will primarily involve recording behavioral data (primarily dyadic aggressive interactions, but also grooming, agonistic support in conflicts and tolerance) in three groups of rhesus macaques by following individual monkeys for half hour periods and recording data in a sequential manner into digital devices, and by using video cameras to record interaction at food bins and/or drinking stations.

The study will take place during a four month period tentatively between February – June 2013. Final starting and ending dates will be decided in September 2012.

Individuals with backgrounds in anthropology, biology, ecology, animal behavior or psychology are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience in primate behavioral data collection on captive, wild or free-ranging groups. Previous field experience (preferably in the tropics) is helpful, but not necessary.

No salary is available

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Support for assistants will be provided pending funding from NSF. Currently, the project has been "recommended for funding", and we expect to have the final decision by mid August. If fully funded, we will provide support for airfare from mainland US to San Juan, Puerto Rico, ground transportation to the field site, modest lodging (three investigators will share a fully furnished two-bedroom apartment) and a modest allowance for living expenses at the field site. The applicant will have to cover his/her own expenses for medical insurance, medical tests required to work on Cayo Santiago, and field clothes. The applicant’s transportation and living expenses at the field site will be reimbursed upon completion of the entire field season.

Term of Appointment:
February 2013 – June 2013

Application Deadline:
There is no strict deadline, but we will be reviewing applications throughout July and August 2012, following which final decisions will be taken by late September.

For more information, please contact Krishna Balasubramaniam at the address below. To apply, please send him a brief letter (as an attachment to your email) introducing yourself and expressing your interests in working in this project, and a Resume that includes at least two References. Subsequent interviews will be conducted by phone/ skype.

Contact Information:
380 MFAC-Ellicott Complex
Buffalo, NY 14261

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