mardi 21 mai 2013

Field team leader, simian malaria study

Hiring Organization:
Danau Girang Field Centre

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Two (2) Field Leaders are needed in the study of wild long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) in Pulau Banggi and/or in the Kudat area, Sabah, Malaysia. This job is part of a larger inter-disciplinary project aiming to investigate the risk factors associated with the emergence of Plasmodium knowlesi (a simian malaria parasite) in an area of decreasing forest cover. P. knowlesi malaria has become a substantial public health problem in Malaysia.
The field leader will be responsible for: 
(a) Preliminary census of long-tail macaques and other primate species in the area;
(b) Repeated collection of non-invasive samples from focal troops 
(c) Radio-telemetry tracking of GPS-collared long-tail macaques;
(d) Conducting full-day behavioural observations of GPS-collared focal macaque troops;
(e) Conducting vegetation monitoring and habitat quality assessments;
(f) Walking repeated census transects;
(g) Entry of daily data collected into database;
(h) Data analyses, and
(i) Coordination of day-to-day activities and supervision of 2 field assistants.
This position might have the opportunity to become a post-graduate degree research project.

•An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in biology or a related field. 
•Be Physically and mentally fit
•Be comfortable with minimal living conditions and spending long periods of time away from developed areas 
•Have good communication skills, able to lead and work in a team. 
•Field experience (GPS usage, navigation, trekking) is mandatory. 
•Be proficient with computers and spreadsheets. 
•Proficiency in Bahasa Malaysia or B. Indonesia is preferred; written and oral English is compulsory.

MYR 2000.00/month

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Accommodation and transportation to/from site is provided by the project. Food is not included.

Term of Appointment:
June 2013 to August 2014 (with a possibility to extend two more months)

Application Deadline:
Positions will remain open until filled

To apply, please submit (1) a letter of interest stating how and why this position satisfies your interest and future career or education goals, explaining your suitability for this project, plus a time frame during which you are available to work, (2) a CV or resume detailing relevant experience, and (3) contact information for at least two references, preferably at least one academic reference. The subject heading of the email message should read: “Application for MonkeyBar position”. Please email the application materials to Dr. Milena Salgado Lynn (

Contact Information:
c/o Sabah Wildlife Department, 5th Floor, Block B, Wisma Muis
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah 88100

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