mardi 16 décembre 2014
Avian Field Trainees, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (Seewiesen), Germany
FIELD TRAINEES needed in fulltime for monitoring and catching breeding passerines at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, in the research group ‘Evolutionary Ecology of Variation’.
Website: http://www.orn.mpg.de/159079/Research_Group_Dingemanse Location: Seewiesen, Bayern, Germany.
The field Trainees will help collect breeding and behavioural data on Great Tits (Parus major) from approximately end of March to mid/end of July 2015. The research focuses primarily on identifying how natural and sexual selection act on animal personalities and behavioural plasticity. Trainees will work closely with an international team consisting of several post-docs, PhD and Master students, as well as other assistants. Field work is physically demanding, and involves walking over hilly terrain for long days outdoors in all weather conditions. The breeding season is intense and with typically only 1 day off per week. Duties include behavioural observations, nest monitoring, bird handling and data entry.
Candidates preferably study Biology or a related field. Having experience handling birds (preferably small passerines), including ringing and measuring, is a plus but not a requirement. Ideal candidates are highly motivated, well organized, able to work both independently and as part of a group. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and be experienced in operating vehicles with manual transmission.