vendredi 26 juillet 2013

PhD position: Stress response and resilience in honey bees, INRA Avignon, Fin: 15 sept. 2013

PhD position: Stress response and resilience in honey bees

UR 406 Abeilles Environnement, INRA Avignon, France

Honey bee populations are currently experiencing serious losses, notably in Northern America and Europe, which is a fundamental issue regarding the maintenance and the biodiversity of natural and agricultural ecosystems. The origin of this decline is likely multifactorial because honey bee colonies are facing a multitude of stressors (parasites, xenobiotics, lack of nutritive resources...). Given the diversity of those stressors, there is a need to characterize and better understand the physiological processes involved in general stress responses, in order to ultimately improve the stress resilience of bees.

Recently, a new role for allatostatins in honey bee stress response has been discovered by J.-M. Devaud et al (Research Center on Animal Cognition, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France). Due to their properties, these peptidic neurohormones are likely involved in the regulation of stress response. The goal of the PhD project will be to further understand the role of allatostatins and their receptors in the control of stress response and resilience in bees. This will be done by using different molecular, physiological and behavioral approaches.

The first step will be to determine the link between allatostatin levels and stress susceptibility by measuring the response to different stressors in bees naturally-expressing different levels of allatostatins (or by manipulation of their levels). Afterward, the objective will be to improve the stress resilience of bees and evaluate the effects at the individual and colony levels, notably by using automatic recording of bee behavior and measuring colony fitness.
The thesis will be completed within the framework of the ANR project ASTRAPIS: Allatostatin receptors and stress resilience in honey bees. The candidate will work in the Unit Abeilles Environnement, INRA Avignon (France) and in collaboration with the Research Center on Animal Cognition (Université Paul Sabatier) with a possibility to perform some experiments in the lab of Andrew Barron (Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Australia).

The PhD student will be funded for 3 years within the ANR project ASTRAPIS: Allatostatin receptors and stress resilience in honey bees.

Doctoral school
Université d'Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse, École Doctorale 536 «Sciences et Agrosciences»

Candidate profile
We are looking for a candidate with a Master’s degree in Biology and a strong background in insect physiology and animal behavior. Good competency in molecular biology and English will be greatly appreciated. The candidate should not have known allergies to bee stings.

Cédric Alaux (INRA, CR2, cedric.alaux [ chez ], principal supervisor), Yves Le Conte (INRA, DR1, leconte [ chez ]

The possibility will be considered, for the candidate to apply for an international Cotutelle program (complementary co-supervision fellowship) between France and Australia (Andrew Barron, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University)

How to apply
The application should include a detailed CV and a one-page cover letter. Two reference letters will be appreciated but not a requirement. The documents should be sent by email to Cédric Alaux (cedric.alaux [ chez ] before the 15th September 2013. Selected candidates will then be interviewed. PhD start is expected in January/February 2014.

Contact : Cédric Alaux

UR 406 Abeilles et Environnement
Site Agroparc, CS 40509
84914 Avignon Cedex 9, France
Email : cedric.alaux [ chez ]
Tel : +33 (0)4 32 72 26 18
UMT Protection de l'Abeille dans l'Environnement

Offre de stage (césure): étude des suidés sauvages et domestiques en Corse

Stage de césure : étude des suidés sauvages et domestiques en Corse

Offre de stage de césure – 6 mois :
Contacts et transmission de pathogènes entre suidés sauvages et domestiques en Corse
Suivi et cartographie des contacts

Sujet proposé conjointement par INRA Laboratoire de Recherches sur le Développement de l’Elevage LRDE – Corte et le CIRAD Animal et Gestion Intégrée des Risques AGIRs – Montpellier.
Laboratoire d’accueil : INRA LRDE de Corté (Corse)

Contact Cirad : Dr Daniel CORNELIS CIRAD Département ES – UPR AGIRs Campus de Baillarguet TA C-22E 34398 Montpellier cedex 5 France Tel   +33 4 67 59 38 08 Fax +33 4 67 59 37 99 (French) (English)    

jeudi 25 juillet 2013

Post-doctoral Fellowship in Conservation Research at ASU/Phoenix Zoo

Job Announcement: Arizona State University/Phoenix Zoo Post-doctoral Fellowship in Conservation Research

School of Life Sciences (SOLS) at Arizona State University (ASU) and the Phoenix Zoo invite applicants for a jointly supported Conservation Research Post-doctoral Fellowship to develop and conduct a collaborative study between the two institutions. ASU is a dynamic, progressive university dedicated to interdisciplinary collaborations and to integrating excellence in research and teaching. School of Life Sciences at ASU contains over 100 faculty members who foster a culture of basic research and teaching with an eye toward applicability. The Phoenix Zoo is a private, non-profit zoological park that is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and serves 1.4 million guests annually.
Home to more than 1,100 animals including many endangered and threatened species, the Zoo provides experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world. The Zoo is also home to the Arthur L. and Elaine V. Johnson Native Species Conservation Center and the Joyce Corrigan Memorial Care Center, which are the focal points for work in species recovery and scientific research.

The Post-doctoral Fellowship is the center point of a newly established collaboration between SOLS and the Zoo, and it provides 3 years of salary and benefits as well as a $20,000 per year research budget. The applicant is expected to also apply for and obtain additional extramural funds as needed to complete the research project. The successful candidate will have access to considerable facilities at both institutions and will be encouraged to incorporate undergraduate researchers working for course credit or supported through the ASU SOLUR program. 

As part of the application package, the applicant must submit a research proposal with applied value in conservation, wildlife management, environmental biology, ecology, or biology and society. Preference will be given to proposals that relate to current conservation interests of the Phoenix Zoo that have the potential for clear outcomes (see The research proposal is limited to two pages (excluding references) and should (1) identify a mentor from among SOLS faculty, (2) present a background that develops the scientific merit of the work and describes the connection to the Zoo=92s conservation interests, (3) define specific aims for the study, (4) describe the methodologies to be used in the proposed study, and (5) present a timeline for completion of the work. A one-page budget should also be included. Each SOLS faculty member can only sponsor a single applicant.

Qualifications: Candidates must have earned a doctoral degree in life sciences or a related field within the last five years as well as have an established research and publication record. Previous experience with conducting research at a zoological park is desirable. The successful candidate is expected to develop an innovative research project that utilizes skills and resources available at both institutions.

To apply, submit a curriculum vitae; three reprints; a 1-page statement describing research interests; and the research proposal. The applicant should also provide the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references that have been asked to send in a letter of recommendation directly to the school. All other application materials should be sent electronically as a single PDF file to Andrea Bujeaud at Initial closing date for applications is August 23, 2013; if not filled, weekly thereafter until the search is closed. A back ground check is required for employment. Arizona State University and the Phoenix Zoo are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Please follow this link to view the announcement and proposal instructions:

Stage Ecophysiologie des pigeons – Mi-Aout à fin septembre

Effets des bactéries du plumage sur les signaux sexuels et les défenses antibactériennes chez le pigeon biset
• Cadre : Laboratoire Ecologie et Evolution, Université Paris VI
• Durée : Entre mi-août et fin Septembre (minimum 3 semaines)
• Lieu de travail : CEREEP île de France, logement sur place (150€) (
• Stage non-rémunéré
Contexte thématique
Notre projet se situe à l’interface entre écophysiologie, écologie comportementale et écologie microbienne.
Nous allons modifier les communautés bactériennes du plumage de pigeons maintenus en volières et nous allons étudier l’effet sur les signaux olfactifs et visuels, et sur les stratégies d’investissement dans les défenses antibactériennes.
 Il a été suggéré que les bactéries pourraient jouer un rôle majeur dans la production d’odeur en dégradant des composés non-volatils contenus dans les sécrétions glandulaires. Nous étudierons donc l’effet d’une modification des communautés bactériennes du plumage sur la production de signaux olfactifs.
 Les bactéries kératinolytiques dégradent la structure des plumes et agissent ainsi négativement sur la condition et la coloration du plumage, des signaux sexuels chez de nombreuses espèces. Nous nous attendons donc à ce que les pigeons ayant davantage de bactéries kératynolitiques aient un plumage en moins bonne condition, et des couleurs plus fades. En outre, les plumes noires contiennent de la mélanine et sont connues pour être plus résistantes à l’action des bactéries kératinolytiques que les plumes blanches. Nous testerons donc si les pigeons noirs résistent mieux à une augmentation de la quantité de bactéries du plumage que les pigeons blancs.
 Enfin, cette expérience nous permettra également d’étudier l’effet des bactéries du plumage sur les stratégies d’investissement des pigeons. Nous nous attendons à ce que les pigeons ayant davantage de bactéries sur leur plumes investissent davantage dans les défenses antibactériennes (système immunitaire, comportement de toilettage, sécrétions uropygiennes) et dans la protection antibactérienne de leurs poussins (transfert de lisozyme ou d’anticorps).
Le stagiaire participera aux observations comportementales, aux captures de pigeons, aux mesures morphométriques, au suivi des poussins, aux prises de sang, et à l’entretien des volières.
Contact :
Contacter Sarah Leclaire de l’équipe « Ecophysiologie Evolutive » par courrier électronique :

Post-doctoral position (12 months) on inter-individual variation in ranging behaviour of black-tailed deer (CEFS-INRA Toulouse)

We are seeking candidates for a post-doctoral position of 12 months for studying inter-individual variation in ranging behaviour of black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus) on the Haida Gwaii archipelago, BC, Canada. The general aim of the project is to use intensive monitoring at distance with GPS collar technology to identify how individuals vary in their response to environmental heterogeneity and, in particular, with respect to the behavioural trade-off between resource acquisition and risk avoidance.
The post will be based in the CEFS-INRA (Toulouse) under the supervision of Mark Hewison and Nicolas Morellet, but the person will also interact frequently with Jean-Louis Martin and Simon Chamaillé at the CEFE-CNRS (Montpellier) in the context of the ongoing ANR funded project “BAMBI” which aims to understand the mechanisms underlying the observation that large herbivores living in risk-free environments appear able to thrive even in severely resource-depleted habitat by limiting the costs of anti-predator behaviours.
The post-doctoral post will exploit the substantial data set accumulated since the beginning of the project through the GPS collaring of over 30 individual deer on three islands of the archipelago with marked contrasts in terms of the balance between risk and resource availability. This data set includes data on movements (monitored at two temporal scales) and activity of the deer, coupled with detailed information on the distribution of resources (habitat map, vegetation sampling), deer density and behaviour through direct observation (e.g. vigilance). By comparing patterns of variation in behaviour of deer across contrasting environmental contexts, between day and night, and in response to an experimental manipulation of risk on one island (through hunting), the post-doc will analyse how individuals differ in their behavioural tactics (e.g. habitat selection) for solving the risk-resource trade-off. By exploiting the availability of detailed individual-level information, we hope to be able to explore the inter-relationships among different facets of behaviour (ranging, activity, vigilance, stress) and so identify a risk management syndrome in this large herbivore.
Candidates should have a recent PhD in animal ecology and/or behaviour, preferably with experience of handling large spatially explicit data sets, and an interest in movement ecology. Experience with GIS and/or analysis of GPS data would be a considerable asset. The person selected will have good personal skills to facilitate working in collaboration with both partner organisations. The position is scheduled to start in the autumn of 2013.
Candidates should contact either Mark Hewison (05 61 28 51 23, or Nicolas Morellet ( for more information.

Wild olive baboons, Nigeria

Hiring Organization:
Institute of Biology, University of Neuchâtel

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We are looking for a volunteer to work on communication in wild olive baboons (Papio anubis) to explore the evolutionary origins of audience-aware communication, a prevalent feature in human language. Our goal is to investigate how olive baboons take others into account during acts of communication. The research is carried out at the Gashaka Primate Project (GPP, in Northwestern Nigeria. The appointment is for a period of 6-12 months and will consist of helping with data collection and carrying out playbacks experiments. Work at the field site is physically demanding with temperatures varying between 5º and 40 ºC. Living conditions are very basic, although there is electricity. The study is funded by a SNF grant on audience awareness in primates to Klaus Zuberbühler.

The main responsibilities of this position are:
1) Individually recognizing monkeys
2) Running playback experiments and collecting focal animal and scan sampling data 
3) Entering and managing data for subsequent analyses

• Background and interest in animal behavior
• Open-minded and independent
• Ability to adapt to living in a foreign culture and work in a team
• Fluent in English
• Previous field experience is plus

No salary is provided.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
We will be able to cover for the accommodation fees at GPP ($300 per month), a return flight ticket to Nigeria and costs for local travel. This will be on a reimbursement basis, after successful completion of fieldwork. The applicant will be responsible for all other costs, including health insurance and vaccinations.

Term of Appointment:
End of February 2014

Application Deadline:
October 31, 2013

To apply please email a one-page cover letter, CV, and 1-2 letters of reference to Yaëlle Bouquet.

Contact Information:
Rue Emile-Argand 11
Neuchâtel 2000

Telephone Number:
+41 32 718 24 69


E-mail Address:

Volunteer Research Assistant

Hiring Organization:
Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program, a cooperative program of Drexel University and the National University of Equatorial Guinea

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Volunteer Research Assistant (10 needed) for the 20th annual 3-week expedition (~January 2 – 22, 2014) to survey primate populations in Bioko Island's remote Gran Caldera de Luba.

Bioko Island has 7 endemic monkey species including two of Africa's most threatened, the drill and Pennant’s red colobus. All seven are found in the pristine Gran Caldera de Luba, a spectacular naturally protected volcanic crater on the southwestern coast of Bioko Island. This area is accessible only in the dry season (December through February), and then only by boat and a 2-day up-river hike. The Gran Caldera consists of undisturbed tropical monsoon forest; it was rarely visited in the past, and recently (last 20 years) our expedition has provided almost all the visitors. 

This expedition, with a total of 20 scientists and volunteers, typically spends 2 weeks camped in the Caldera to complete the census, plus additional time counting the four species of nesting sea turtles (mostly leatherbacks and green turtles) that visit the adjacent black sand beaches. Primate group encounter rate is very high (more than 2 groups/km on many trails). The expedition also includes local participants from the national university (UNGE) and from the isolated Bubi village of Ureca. The work is conducted in English, but the official language of Equatorial Guinea is Spanish.
You will find more details on the BBPP website ( and the Hearn Lab website ( 
The 2008 Gran Caldera Expedition was the subject of a 22 page feature article in the August 2008 issue of National Geographic magazine. That’s still your best introduction to where you will be going and what you will be doing.

Research Assistants must be physically fit and willing to endure primitive work conditions. In addition to a commitment to biodiversity preservation, a sense of humor and knowledge of Spanish are helpful characteristics. Although we accept university students (must be at least a sophomore) on the expedition, we encourage undergraduates to participate via Drexel’s Study Abroad on Bioko Island Program for a much more in-depth experience. Adult volunteers must be over the age of 21. Some of our volunteers (we're now beginning our 20th season) have been over 70, but most are between 25 and 55. US citizens are preferred (no visa to EG required) but other nationalities can be accommodated. Once the fee is paid we will assist in obtaining the EG visa.

The cost of participation is $3000. Academic credit is available through Drexel University, but at an extra charge. If you are an undergraduate, consider arranging academic credit (independent study) through your home university, or consider the Drexel Study Abroad on Bioko Island which includes the expedition and a semester of coursework (January through mid-March). 
Participants are expected to provide their own air transport and medical evacuation insurance.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
The cost of participation includes the necessary on-island expenses: housing and almost all meals in the capital city of Malabo; transport including boats, trucks, and porters; field facilities including tents, food and equipment. Extensive pre-trip on-line materials and on-site training in field techniques are provided. Academic credit is available through Drexel University, but at an extra charge. If you are an undergraduate, consider arranging academic credit (independent study) through your home university, or consider the Drexel Study Abroad on Bioko Island which includes the expedition and a semester of coursework (January through mid-March).

Term of Appointment:
January 2-22, 2014

Application Deadline:
October 15, 2013

Applications are considered as they arrive until the positions are filled so early application is encouraged. Sometimes participants cancel and positions become available after the deadline so late applications can be successful.

Contact Information:
Biology Department, Drexel University, 3245 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Telephone Number:
215 895 1476

Fax Number:
215 895 1273


E-mail Address:

Research/Field Assistant - Barbary macaque research in Morocco

Hiring Organization:
University of Roehampton (PhD student)

Date Posted:

Position Description:
I am looking for 3 research assistants to work on a PhD project examining personality in wild Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) in the Ifrane National Park, Morocco. Participation in the research offers the opportunity to learn a range of techniques and protocols, including:

- Behaviour data collection
- Playback experiments
- Novel-item experiments
- Non-invasive hormone sample collection

Work at the field site is physically and mentally demanding. The field site is between 1,400 and 2,000 m a.s.l. and weather conditions can vary dramatically across the year, with temperature ranging between 35ºC in summer to -5ºC and snow in the winter months. Hence, interested individuals should be physically fit. The field site is in the beautiful cedar and oak forest of the Atlas Mountains and it is close to the Moroccan imperial cities of Fez and Meknes.

The successful applicants will live in the town of Azrou in an apartment block with basic amenities including wireless internet access and hot water. The accommodation will be shared with me and the other assistants, which would make a total of 4 people. 

For more information about the field site and work in Morocco, visit the Barbary Macaque Project’s website/blog:

Previous field experience (not necessarily with primates) is essential. 

Applicants should: 

- Have a background and strong interest in primatology, behavioural ecology or related fields.
- Have a sound knowledge of behavioural (e.g. scan and focal sampling techniques) data collection methods.
- Be prepared for long days in the field in a challenging environment. 
- Be open-minded and independent, prepared to adapt to living in a foreign culture, and able to work as part of a team.
- Being able to speak French/Arabic would be an advantage; being able to speak English is essential. 
- A valid driving license would be useful, but is not essential.

This is an unsalaried post, and in order to help cover the basic living costs involved with the successful applicants will be required to contribute up to £200/€230 per month (price for accommodation is currently being finalized). This will cover rent, internet and utility bills, and should be sufficient to cover food costs also.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
The research assistants will be responsible for their own flight costs and health insurance. All transport within Morocco will be provided.

Term of Appointment:
Field work is set to commence in early September 2013 and will last for 6 months. Applicants must be able to work for the whole study period.

Application Deadline:
Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

To apply please send a cover letter discussing your suitability for this position (one side A4 maximum), your CV, and the contact details of two academic referees to Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, and I shall get back to you as soon as possible, via email or Skype if you prefer.

Contact Information:
Whitelands College, Holybourne Avenue
London SW15 4JD
United Kingdom

Telephone Number:
+44 (0) 20 8392 3532

E-mail Address:

Thèse en Biologie de la Conservation

Octobre 2013- octobre 2016

Sujet de la thèse
         Le hamster commun (Cricetus cricetus), ou Grand hamster, est une espèce emblématique d’Alsace, seule zone de présence française. Malgré son statut légal d’espèce protégée et les actions spécifiquement menées depuis 2000 en faveur de sa sauvegarde, sa population et son aire de répartition ne cessent de décliner. Les expérimentations visant à sa conservation, menées ces dernières années dans d’autres pays européens, couplées aux travaux de recherche nationaux, ont permis d’identifier un certain nombre de pratiques qui pourraient garantir à moyen terme le maintien de l’espèce en France.
Cette thèse est partie intégrante du projet ALISTER (programme Life+ Biodiversité financé par l’Union Européenne) qui vise à tester et à démontrer, dans plusieurs zones d’habitat, la pertinence, au niveau régional, d’actions préalablement identifiées comme potentiellement favorables au hamster.

            Cette thèse s’articule autour de deux objectifs :
1) Améliorer l’habitat du hamster, sur la base d’un recensement exhaustif de l’existant, en expérimentant les pratiques agricoles les plus prometteuses et leurs effets sur la biologie du Grand hamster. En effet, le modèle démographique de Leirs (2002) montre que seule une augmentation de son succès reproducteur permettra de stabiliser ses populations en Europe de l’Ouest de manière pérenne. Or, le succès reproducteur est conditionné par les apports alimentaires avant l’hibernation, mais aussi pendant la gestation et la lactation des femelles et la croissance des jeunes (Franceschini-Zink & Millesi, 2008).
2) Reconnecter les populations. Le morcellement de l’habitat du Grand hamster est lié à deux phénomènes différents : l’intensification d’une agriculture industrielle et la fragmentation inhérentes des zones favorables à sa survie (alimentation/prédation) ; l’urbanisation galopante et les infrastructures associées, augmentant plus encore le cloisonnement des populations. Afin de remédier à la forte densité d'infrastructures routières en Alsace, certaines d’entre elles ont été équipées de passages pour la faune sauvage, qui semblent être utilisés à la fois par les petits carnivores et par le Grand hamster. La fonctionnalité de ces passages peut être compromise s’il existe un risque renforcé de prédation au moment de leur traversée. L’objectif de ce travail est de mettre en place des dispositifs anti-prédation à l’intérieur de passages souterrains à petite faune  et de valider leur efficacité.
            Concrètement, cette thèse vise à expérimenter, en captivité ou semi-captivité (en s’affranchissant donc des problèmes de prédation qui dépendent souvent de la qualité du couvert végétal), quelles espèces végétales sont les plus favorables au Grand hamster en termes d’apports nutritionnels : 1/ au moment de la constitution des réserves pré-hivernales, et ce afin de lui permettre une hibernation optimale, la meilleure condition corporelle à l’émergence et un succès reproducteur optimal ; 2/ pendant la lactation des femelles, qui est une période particulièrement coûteuse en énergie ; 3/ pendant la croissance des jeunes qui requiert des apports nutritionnels spécifiques. L’objectif de cette étude est donc de déterminer quelles plantes permettraient au Grand hamster d’avoir une hibernation optimale et le meilleur succès reproducteur en fonction de la qualité des apports alimentaires disponible en milieu naturel, tout au cours de la réalisation du cycle reproductif. Le suivi de l’hibernation sera réalisé grâce à des enregistreurs de température intra-péritonéaux. Le taux de reproduction des femelles en fonction de leur condition corporelle sera évalué par des mesures du nombre de jeunes par portée, du nombre de portées par an, et par des dosages des hormones de reproduction et du soin parental. Enfin, un suivi de la croissance des jeunes sera réalisé.
            Le second volet de cette thèse consistera à évaluer l’efficacité des dispositifs anti-prédation lors du franchissement de passages à faune par les hamsters. Cette efficacité sera évaluée via un suivi vidéo très complet. A partir d’avril 2014, l'action consistera à lâcher des hamsters dans ces enclos (estimation à 25 individus/an) et à provoquer expérimentalement la rencontre avec différentes espèces de prédateurs (chat, renard, furet).

Profil souhaité :
Le candidat devra être titulaire d’un master 2 en Biologie et devra posséder les compétences suivantes :
. Connaissances théoriques en physiologie de l’hibernation et de la reproduction
. Connaissances solides en Ethologie et Ecologie.
. Des compétences en statistiques seront également appréciées.
. Intérêt pour la Biologie de la Conservation
. Pas d’appréhension vis à vis de la manipulation de Rongeurs (y compris prélèvements sanguins, anesthésie, chirurgie)
. Bonne pratique des techniques de laboratoire
. L’étudiant(e) devra également présenter les qualités requises à l’étude du comportement animal (patience, rigueur, temps passé à l’extérieur)
. Un temps non négligeable sera dévolu à l’analyse vidéo
. Un sens aigu des réalités pratiques (bricolage, utilisation du matériel vidéo, …) serait un plus.

Cette thèse sera co-dirigée par Caroline Habold et Yves Handrich en collaboration avec Odile Petit, Département d’Écologie, Physiologie et Éthologie de l’Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien, UMR 7178 CNRS - Université de Strasbourg.
 Pour postuler, merci d’adresser un CV détaillé et une lettre de motivation avant le 16 août aux 3 adresses suivantes : ; ;

A three-year PhD degree position is available

A three-year PhD degree position is available starting Fall 2013, in the laboratory of Dr. Alexandra Harlander 

The research project will investigate the topic 
“Locomotion of Gallus gallus domesticus”

Non-cage systems create opportunities for laying hens to express species specific locomotion, where the birds can use three dimensional space. The goal in using these systems is to promote bird well-being. Research investigating the ease with which egg-laying breeds of chickens negotiate the third dimension via flying and walking is scarce. Such scientifically-founded information would be timely, as traumatic bone fractures are more prevalent in non-cage systems. The present study aims to investigate the development of locomotion in the air and on the ground in domestic fowl and the significance of this knowledge for the proper housing of laying hens in non-cage systems. 
Selection of the successful applicant is based on a combination of: academic criteria; relevant interests and experience; 2 letters of reference; an assessment of the candidate’s career goals and motivation. Practical experiences with motion analysis in animals/humans and experiences in experimental design and statistics would be an asset. Remuneration will be below or at NSERC guidelines. Application deadline is July 26, 2013, or until a suitable applicant is identified. 

Send your application electronically to: 

This research project involves collaboration with the University of Bern (CH) and the Flight Laboratory at the University of Montana (US).
Additional information about Dr. Harlander and the Welfare and Behaviour Group at Guelph can be found by visiting:

GUELPH • ONTARIO • CANADA • N1G 2W1 • (519) 824-4120 ext 52021 • FAX (519) 836-9873

Veterinary Council of Ireland Newman Fellowship in Veterinary Ethics

As part of its programme to provide post-doctoral research opportunities for scholars of proven academic excellence, University College Dublin invites applications for the prestigious Veterinary Council of Ireland’s Educational Trust Newman Fellowship in Veterinary Ethics.  The Fellowship is established with the generous support of the Veterinary Council of Ireland’s Educational Trust.
Applications are invited from candidates who hold a PhD in veterinary ethics, bioethics, animal welfare science or similar. A sound knowledge of veterinary practice is also desirable demonstrated either by academic qualifications or over 2 years work experience.  Ideally, demonstrable skills in qualitative research methodology and thematic analysis are desirable.  Relevant scientific publications in international peer reviewed journals should demonstrate a portfolio of high quality research output along with conference publications and evidence of clinical experience.

The Veterinary Council of Ireland’s Educational Trust Newman Fellowship is tenable for two years.  The successful applicant will be based in the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine, Dublin, Ireland.
Informal enquiries regarding this Fellowship may be directed to Professor Stephen Gordon, UCD School of Veterinary Medicine (

To apply please submit the following forms:

plus a CV and cover letter to: 

Amy Smith
UCD Graduate Studies
Research Building 
Dublin 4


Closing Date for applications is Friday 26th July 2013

Volunteer field assistants: rhesus macaques in Puerto Rico

Hiring Organization:
University of Chicago

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Two volunteer field assistants are wanted to help with data collection on rhesus macaque behavior and physiology in Puerto Rico. The study combines behavioral observations of individually recognizable animals with collection of fecal and urine samples for hormonal and parasitological analyses. Volunteers will receive training on-site and will work as part of a larger team of researchers and volunteers from the University of Chicago. Field-work is carried out on Cayo Santiago, a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico, where over 1,000 provisioned rhesus macaques live.

Living arrangements:
Lodging is available in the nearby town of Punta Santiago (where most researchers are based). Rental accommodation is furnished. Two people can usually share a flat for ca. $250-300 per person per month. Shops and supermarkets within walking & driving distance. 

More details about our lab and current research:

Behavioral Biology Laboratory at the Institute for Mind and Biology of the University of Chicago:

Alexander Georgiev's website:

Caribbean Primate Research Center:

Strong interest in animal behavior and/or biological anthropology essential. Must be able to work in field conditions on a daily basis (5 days per week) in the hot Caribbean sun. Physically fit, motivated, and willing to learn new skills. Strong communication and inter-personal skills. Previous experience in field biology research would be useful: in particular any work involving systematic behavioral data collection. Formal training in zoology, biological anthropology and/or ecology would also be advantageous. Additionally, in order to receive permission to work on Cayo Santiago you have to provide a number of medical test results (e.g. TB, measles, intestinal parasites, rabies) to the Caribbean Primate Research Center (the organization that runs this field site). Medical tests need to be done at least a month in advance of your arrival so you would have to take care of that ASAP after your application has been accepted.

None available.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Volunteers will be responsible for all costs associated with this placement, including air travel and local transport. International volunteers are responsible for their own visa arrangements and costs.

Term of Appointment:
20 Oct 2013 - 29 Feb 2014 (end date somewhat flexible)

Application Deadline:
20 Aug 2013

To apply, please, e-mail Dr. Alexander Georgiev ( In your e-mail briefly explain your interest in this position and attach your CV with the names and contact details of three referees. You can also direct any questions about this ad to the email above.

Contact Information:
c/o 18 Calle Marina
Punta Santiago, PR 00741


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PhD Studentship, University of St Andrews and Max Planck Institute Evolutionary Anthropology

Hiring Organization:
University of St Andrews

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We are currently looking for a student to undertake a PhD to analyse data from the Pan-African Great Ape Monitoring Program. This program is conducted by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, with advice on survey design from the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) at St Andrews. It seeks to estimate abundance of bonobos, chimpanzees and gorillas by conducting line transect surveys of nests throughout their ranges.

The student will be based at CREEM, on a studentship fully funded by the University of St Andrews and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. The project will be to analyse the survey data, first to estimate abundance by region, and then to develop spatial models to quantify how density varies through each region.

For more information, contact Steve Buckland (

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- M.Sc. in biology, anthropology, mathematics or related field
- Strong statistical and informatics background required.

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United Kingdom


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Post Doctoral Research position - chimpanzee ecology

Hiring Organization:
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Date Posted:

Position Description:
The Department of Primatology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany is seeking a postdoctoral researcher for its Pan African program ‘The Cultured Chimpanzee’ (for more details on this project please see the report in Nature 476, 18 August 2011, pp. 266-269 &

More specifically, the research to be conducted will address questions related to the extent of the diversity and variability of ecological conditions across chimpanzee habitats including fauna, flora and the abiotic environment and how they affect aspects of chimpanzee biology. Within the Pan African Program, we are collecting a unique dataset on habitat structure, food resource availability, sympatric animal species, climate and human impact from more than 30 sites to learn more about the environments inhabited by chimpanzees. 

Although we use standardized methods for all data collection, the entire dataset is very heterogeneous. Data processing and analysis will therefore require advanced and innovative statistical approaches for data integration and synthesis.

The successful candidate will therefore need excellent organizational and quantitative skills, including statistical and programming expertise. Furthermore, since this work will be directly linked to other projects within the Pan African Program, we expect the candidate to communicate well with other researchers for mutual benefit and integrate well into the department.

The position is available for a three year period from 1 January 2014, salary will be up to 36,000 Euros for German candidates depending on qualifications and an equivalent tax free stipend for foreign candidates.

Please send a Curriculum Vita, publication list, cover letter and two reference letters to Ms. Claudia Nebel ( Please reference “Postdoc chimpanzee habitat diversity-The Cultured Chimpanzee” in the subject line.

PhD in biology, anthropology or related field

Contact Information:
deutscher platz 6
leipzig 04103

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mercredi 10 juillet 2013

Chargé(e) d’études ornithologue _ Limoges (87)

La société
Le bureau d’études d’ENCIS Energies Vertes est spécialisé dans les problématiques environnementales, d’énergies renouvelables et d’aménagement durable. Dotée d’une expérience de plus de 9 années dans ces domaines, notre équipe indépendante et pluridisciplinaire accompagne les porteurs de projets publics et privés au cours des différentes phases de leurs démarches.
Notre équipe pluridisciplinaire est composée de deux docteurs en géographie, des deux paysagistes, d’une ingénieure, d’un écologue, d’une ornithologue et d’une chiroptérologue. Nous travaillons également avec plusieurs prestataires spécialisés.
La mission du poste
Pour accompagner le développement de son activité ENCIS Energies vertes recherche un(e) ornithologue pour un CDD de 1 à 3 mois suivant la charge de travail.
Sous la responsabilité des Responsables d’études du Pôle Environnement, vous serez en charge des tâches suivantes :
- Analyses bibliographiques (données régionales, fiches ZNIEFF, ZSC, etc.)
- Réalisation de relevés avifaune lors des phases de migrations postnuptiales,
- Saisie informatique des données (tableur et SIG),
- Analyse des données et caractérisation des populations (analyse qualitative et quantitative, définition des enjeux et sensibilités, ….),
- Aide à la rédaction des rapports d’études.
Profil et qualification requises
- Connaissances scientifiques, spécifiquement sur l’avifaune (des connaissances en écologie générale et sur les chiroptères seraient un plus),
- Connaissance du contexte réglementaire lié à la protection des oiseaux, aux études d’impact sur l’environnement et aux NATURA 2000
- Aptitude à déterminer (à la vue -posé et en vol- et au chant) les espèces avifaunistiques présentes sur le territoire français,
- Maîtrise des protocoles d’inventaires avifaunistiques,
- Connaissance des problématiques éolien/avifaune,
- Bonne pratique de l’outil informatique indispensable (traitement de texte avancé, tableur, base de données, messagerie, Internet). La pratique du SIG serait un plus mais n’est pas exigée
- Rigueur pour le suivi ou l’élaboration de protocoles, esprit d’analyse et de synthèse
- Aisance orale et rédactionnelle indispensable
- Gestion du temps et des priorités, organisation et autonomie indispensables (nombreux déplacements sur de longues durées à prévoir),
- Permis B indispensable
Aire géographique
- Siège social basé à Limoges (87)
- Rayonnement sur le grand ouest de la France :
Pays de Loire, Poitou-Charentes, Centre, Limousin, Aquitaine, Auvergne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrénées
- En raison d’un développement de l’activité dans le sud-ouest de la France, des propositions incluant des conditions de télétravail en Languedoc-Roussillon ou en Midi-Pyrénées peuvent être acceptées
Informations supplémentaires :
- Disponibilité : août 2013
- Contrat de travail : CDD de 1 à 3 mois suivant la charge de travail
Si vous êtes intéressé par l’offre, envoyez-nous votre CV ainsi qu’une lettre de motivation à l’une des adresses e-mail suivantes :,,, et/ou contactez-nous au 05 55 36 28 39

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Super-volunteers: Fight against wildlife traffic in tropical Africa

Hiring Organization:
Conservation Justice

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We are activists motivated by the big failure of aid in Africa, disillusioned by the waste, lack of conviction and corruption in the aid business. With the hope of bringing about a real change and in order to prove that Civil Society Organizations can and should develop a much more demanding and aggressive approach in this fight. The Last Great Ape Organisation ( started tackling corruption issues as an NGO. LAGA facilitated replication of several projects in Congo (, Gabon (, RCA, Togo and in Guinea.

We are now searching for super-volunteers ho:
• Have had an experience in Africa.
• Have experience in volunteering and activism.
• Have a strong character and devotion that can carry them through this fight.
• Have a desire to effect change in a society.
• Must not necessarily be biologists or conservationists.

No salary, just minimum to survive

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Supported by LAGA or Conservation Justice after a test period

Application Deadline:
No deadline


Contact Information:
Libreville BP 23749

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Volunteer field assistant, 4-month project on wild white-faced capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica

Hiring Organization:

Date Posted:

Position Description:
I am a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) conducting dissertation fieldwork in conjunction with the Lomas Barbudal Monkey Project. I will be monitoring one or two habituated groups of wild white-faced capuchin monkeys for a period of 4 months (Nov-Feb) - taking behavioral, genetic, and hormonal data as part of a project on female reproductive strategies.
I am looking for two field assistants to assist with data collection. My field assistants will be responsible for taking GPS data, collecting fecal samples opportunistically, filling out monkey census sheets, and helping with fecal sample processing. Field assistants will also be trained on monkey IDs, vocalization recognition, and behavioral data collection.

Before applying, make sure to take a close look at the field guide for the Lomas Barbudal Capuchin Project to get a sense of the terrain and typical work schedule of field assistants. The guide can be found as a PDF in the "How do I apply for a fieldwork internship in Costa RIca?” section on the following website:


My assistants and I will be staying either at the Lomas de Barbudal Biological Reserve field station or on neighboring private property (potentially in tents). The cost of living at the Lomas de Barbudal Biological Reserve field station or neighboring private land will be covered for assistants.

Field days are long (typically 12 to 14 hours) and physically demanding. It is usually hot and we must walk long distances to keep up with the monkeys. Most of our time will be spent off-trail and on the move. Please contact me via email for any additional information and to express interest.

In order to be considered, an application packet must contain the following materials:
1. Letter of interest: Describe your career goals, why you are interested, and your suitability for this project. Also, include a time frame during which you are available to work
2. CV/resume: detailing relevant experience and coursework
3. Transcript: of college courses taken (unofficial copy OK) (for institutions outside of the US, please include a summary of coursework and grades)
4. References: Please send the contact information (including email addresses) for 3 or more people who would be willing to write letters of support. We prefer that this list include
a. one academic reference in a relevant field (e.g. primate behavior, animal behavior), 
b. one person who has supervised the applicant’s research or work in the past, and 
c. one person who has lived with the applicant in a cooperative living situation, preferably in the field.
IMPORTANT: The assembled materials should be sent via email with the subject heading “application for field assistant position” to:
If you do not hear back within a week’s time acknowledging receipt of your application, please resend it to alert me that it may have gone to junk mail. Applications are not reviewed until they are complete. If the application looks promising, a Skype or phone interview will be conducted.

You must be able to carry a heavy backpack (3-6 liters of water, project equipment, etc.), positive attitude, high tolerance for stress, not afraid to crash off of trails, Spanish language skills preferred but not required. Previous field experience is a plus.

$100 stipend given at the end of each field month.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Upon completion of a 4-month contract (Nov-Feb), and ONLY upon completion, I will be able to refund up to $750 in plane fare. Assistants must provide their own medical insurance and arrange for their own vaccinations.

Term of Appointment:
A 4-month commitment (November 1, 2013 through February 28, 2014) is necessary. Field assistants must also be available twice weekly during October 2013 for Skype meetings to go over project protocols and to begin training on codes.

Application Deadline:
I will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue on a rolling basis until all the assistant slots are filled.

This is a great opportunity to get primatology field experience. It is a short-term commitment primarily during the dry season, when visibility is high.

Contact Information:
Deptartment of Anthropology, Box 951553
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1553


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