mercredi 20 avril 2016

Field Assistant/Research volunteer at the Inkawu Vervet Project, South Africa

Position Description: Within the framework of a large collaborative project between the universities of Neuchatel (Drs. R. Bshary & K. Zuberbuehler), Zurich (Drs. C.P. van Schaik & M. Krützen) and St. Andrews (Dr. A. Whiten) on the evolution of social behaviour in vervet monkeys (Cholorocebus aethiops), the Inkawu Vervet Project is currently looking for highly motivated field assistants. Applicants that want to use this opportunity as a jumping board to help them pursue a post-grad degree (MSc. or PhD) in Behavioural Ecology, Anthropology, Evolutionary Psychology or any related field are especially encouraged to apply.
Assistants will help Postdoctoral researchers, PhD-students and Master students with habituation data collection on a targeted 10 groups of wild vervet monkeys at our field-site in Kwazulu-Natal, South-Africa. Behavioural data (both observational and experimental) and invasive genetic samples (ear-clips) are currently collected on 7 groups (each equipped with GPS/VHF loggers).
Assistants are expected to spend a minimum of 8 months (but 10 months would be better) in the field in order to qualify for financial compensation of their on-site lodging in South Africa. All applicants are responsible for their own field equipment (hiking shoes, bush clothes, rain gear, etc.), as well as travel to South Africa, food costs, vaccinations and travel insurance. Research equipment (handheld computers, binoculars and VHF-receivers for telemetry) are provided.
Qualifications: Successful applicants are proficient in English, have excellent social skills, and are able to work within a large, interdisciplinary research team under field conditions.
Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging): Financial compensation of on-site lodging is available (see above).
Term of Appointment: Positions are open from now!
Comments: Applications consisting of a motivation letter (1 page, file named: your name-motivation letter) and curriculum vitae (up to 2 pages, file named: your name-CV) should be send electronically to Erica van de Waal
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Erica van de Waal
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