mercredi 24 août 2016

Field assistant and/or M2 positions in bird cognitive ecology (French Pyrenees)

We are looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic M2 students and volunteers to help with an exciting field project developed in the French Pyrenees. The overall goal of the project is to understand how inter-individual differences in cognitive abilities is linked to ecology, personality, dominance, social networks and life history in wild great tits (see Cauchoix and Chaine 2016 for more information on our research line). Volunteers/students will help capturing and recording bird behaviours in the wild with up-to-date equipment, participate to experiment in aviary and help with video analysis. These internships will provide the students/volunteers a diverse experience in cognitive sciences, behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology. Additionally, being based at the Station of experimental Ecology of Moulis (SEEM) they will have the opportunity to discover one of the nicest and wildest area in the south of France.
Although some knowledge in ornithology and biology would be a plus, highly motivated applications from any field will be considered with high interest.
Duration of the internship is flexible from 2 to 6 months starting from October 2016.
Volunteers/Students will be under the direct supervision of Maxime Cauchoix (Post Doc, IAST) and will have the opportunity to collaborate with Alexis Chaine (Researcher, CNRS, SEEM).
Cauchoix, M., & Chaine, A. S. (2016). How can we study the evolution of animal minds?. Frontiers in psychology, 7.