mardi 28 avril 2015

Vacancy: Research assistant – Intergroup interactions in crested black macaques. Sulawesi, Indonesia

Hiring Organization:
University of Lincoln (Laura Martínez Íñigo, PhD student)

Position Description:

We are looking for a research assistant to help during 6 months on the data collection for a project on intergroup interactions in crested black macaques (Macaca nigra;   and

The study will be conducted at the Tangkoko-Batuangus Nature Reserve in North East Sulawesi (Indonesia) as a part of the Macaca nigra project (

The assistant will need to learn the I.D. of approximately 80 animals and will contribute to:

  *    Behavioural data collection, using a mixture of focal, scan, and ad libitum sampling
  *   Spatial data collection (GPS)
  *   Faecal sample collection for DNA analysis
  *   Performing field experiments (playback)
  *   Data management

Although these will be the main responsibilities of the research assistant, some flexibility is expected to adapt to the unpredictable conditions of fieldwork. In general, the weekly schedule will consist of 5 days of field work, 10-12h/day (Dawn to dusk).  Training will be provided on site.

Accommodation will either be at the field station (, where the conditions are basic, but comfortable (Beds are provided, cellular service is fairly regular, and electricity is available a few hours every day at night), or in the village, about 10 minutes walking from the field site.


  *   Bachelors/undergraduate degree in Biology, Anthropology, Zoology or related subjects.
  *   Fluent in English (Spoken and written)
  *    Previous field work experience with wild animals
  *   Be physically fit and healthy (Able to spend 12h/day in the field 5days/week carrying a backpack, walking and standing most of the time
  *   Good social skills (being respectful towards others, patient, sympathetic...)
  *   Be able to work independently within a team
  *    Be open-minded and able to work with people from different nationalities, cultures, and backgrounds
  *   Feel comfortable living under basic conditions and being far away from family/friends
  *   Be willing to adapt to a foreign culture
  *   Be able to maintain a positive attitude towards hard and tiring work
  *   Willing to learn new skills
  *    Ability to follow instructions accurately
  *   Be flexible and responsible
  *    Willingness to learn basic Bahasa Indonesia  (i.e. courtesies)

Preferred candidates will have experience:

  *   Collecting behavioural data from individually recognized primate
  *   Working in a tropical climate under demanding physical conditions
  *   On international field work
  *   Working  in international teams


This is a volunteer position and at the moment there is no funding available to subsidize the costs.
We are aiming to start a crowdfunding campaign to help with the expenses, but the assistant needs to be ready to cover all the costs explained below.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):

Currently there is not funding available to support the field assistant. The costs that the assistant should be ready to cover are:

  *    International travel to Indonesia (if required)
  *   National travel to Manado: 150€ approx. (return plane ticket)
  *   Monthly camp fees: 300€/month (includes 3 meals per day and bills) or homestay in the village (approx. 600€/month, including meal and bills)
  *   Visa: approx. 100€, but country dependent
  *   Permits: 1100€ Approx.
  *   Vaccinations (depending on personal requirements)
  *   Travel health insurance (Depending on the company; can be 200€ or more)
  *   Personal equipment: field clothes, backpack, appropriate foot gear... (depending on personal requirements)
  *   Personal expenses: trips to town, free-time activities…

Term of Appointment:
6 months (Approx. June 2015- November 2015)

Application Deadline:
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until 30th May 2015 (included)

If interested, please apply by sending an email to Laura Martinez Inigo ( attaching a cover letter and a CV. The letter should explain why you are interested in the position and why you are a suitable candidate for the post, relating your skills and experiences with those in the advertisement.
Contact Information:
Laura Martinez Inigo
University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

Telephone Number:
(+44) 01522 83 7366

[University of Lincoln]      Ms. Laura Martinez Inigo, MSc | PhD student
College of Social Science
University of Lincoln. Brayford Pool, Lincoln, Lincolnshire. LN6 7TS
tel: +44 (0)1522 837366
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