mercredi 26 janvier 2022

PhD position: The evolution of sociality and cooperative breeding in African birds. Wageningen University, the Netherlands

 We are offering a very exciting PhD research position!

 

The evolution of sociality and cooperative breeding in African birds 

 

See full description and how to apply here: 

https://www.wur.nl/en/vacancy/PhD-position-in-Behavioural-Ecology-2.htm 

 

Closing date: February 15, 2022 

 

 

We offer a fully-funded PhD position in the Behavioural Ecology Group at Wageningen University to work in our “Social Savanna” project. The Social Savanna project was set up in 2017 with the goal of understanding the evolutionary drivers of sociality and cooperation in birds.


The research of the vacant position, funded by NWO ENW, is based on cutting-edge concepts in the field of social evolution, and consists of fieldwork supplemented by phylogenetic analysis. The focus will be on how adverse environmental circumstances affect the relation between sociality, cooperation and reproduction. Using state-of-the-art tracking and monitoring technology, the successful candidate will study a range of different bird species, covering both cooperative and non-cooperative breeders. The fieldwork, conducted in savanna habitat at Mbuluzi Game Reserve, Eswatini, includes for example catching and ringing birds, monitoring breeding attempts and reproductive behaviour, tracking individual movement, and recording various ecological and environmental features such as vegetation and predators.     

The research is embedded within the chair group Behavioural Ecology, and the successful candidate will be a member of the ‘Social Savanna’ team, which is led by Dr. Sjouke A. Kingma (http://www.behaviouralecology.nl/). You will be part of a team consisting of, among others, Dr. Kat Bebbington, Prof. Marc Naguib, and Prof. Ara Monadjem.

 

You have: 

  • a successfully completed MSc degree in the field of Behavioural Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Animal Ecology, or similar 
  • experience (or an affinity for) conducting fieldwork on birds, ideally including behavioural observations, catching and handling of wild birds, and/or nest and population monitoring 
  • strong organisational skills, are a team player willing to work with a diverse group of researchers and technicians, and have the ability to work independently 
  • strong communication skills and are able to lead a team of students and technicians under difficult field conditions 
  • good quantitative skills in statistics, and preferably in phylogenetic analysis 
  • excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C2 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page

 

 

For more information about this position, please contact Sjouke A. Kingma, Associate Professor in Behavioural Ecology, by e-mail Sjouke.kingma@wur.nl

jeudi 20 janvier 2022

PhD studentship: Does behaviour drive evolution? Conflict, behaviour and reproduction in vertebrates

 

3 years PhD studentship: Does behaviour drive evolution? Conflict behaviour and reproduction in vertebrates

Supervisors: Dr Isabella Capellini & Dr Domhnall Jennings (Queen's University Belfast, UK)

Although behaviour is believed to be an agent of selection, few studies have demonstrated that behaviour can drive evolution. This project will test whether behaviour drives evolution focusing on social conflict in the context of reproduction. Reproductive traits, such as the structure of the mammalian placenta, are highly diverse, evolve rapidly and are supposed to be a major target of selection caused by different forms of social conflict - parent-offspring conflict, sibling competition and sexual conflict. The project will exploit diversity among species and take advantage of state of the art phylogenetic comparative methods to investigate whether behaviour drives rapid evolutionary change in reproductive traits at large comparative scale.

Full project description:

lundi 17 janvier 2022

Offre d'emploi

 DIRECTEUR/DIRECTRICE 

PEDAGOGIQUE ET SCIENTIFIQUE


Le Parc Animalier d’Auvergne est une réserve zoologique de plus de 30 hectares dont la philosophie est la protection des espèces rares et menacées. Les piliers de son action : la conservation par le biais du fonds de dotation La Passerelle Conservation et de l’association Biodiv’Educ, la pédagogie avec l’un des services pédagogiques de parc zoologique les plus innovants d’Europe et plus récemment la recherche et les études autour notamment du bien-être animal via l’association Science Nature.


MISSIONS :

Directeur/directrice de notre équipe pédagogique et de notre nouveau projet d’association scientifique, Science Nature, vous managerez une équipe de trois personnes à temps plein mais qui se complète tout au long de l’année pour atteindre 12 à 15 personnes en été.


Vous définirez notre stratégie pédagogique et scientifique à court et moyen terme. Cela englobe des sujets variés comme :

- les ateliers et activités pédagogiques ;

- la transmission du savoir via les panneaux pédagogiques et autres documents ;

- le devenir de nos aires de jeux ;

- les investissements structurels et les innovations à mettre en place au sein du Parc dans les cinq prochaines années.


Rattaché-e au Directeur du Parc, vous intégrez notre équipe de direction et serez amené-e à :

- Manager : Recruter, former, encadrer et accompagner l’équipe pédagogique et scientifique ainsi que gérer leurs plannings ;

- Créer et mettre en place des ateliers pédagogiques pour les scolaires et centres de loisirs mais aussi créer et rédiger les panneaux pédagogiques du Parc ou encore participer à la création des brochures commerciale pour les activités vous concernant ;

- Créerde nouvelles activités pédagogiques pour le grand public ;

- Animer (car vous êtes aussi un membre actif sur le terrain de notre équipe pédagogique) : préparer n et animer les différentes prestations proposées par le Parc Animalier d’Auvergne (soigneur d’un jour, stages vacances, rencontres privilèges, goûters d’anniversaires, nourrissages privés, ateliers pédagogiques…) ;

- Suivre les réservations (écoles, centres de loisirs…) pour toutes nos différentes prestations, gérer les plannings de réservations, les dossiers administratifs (demande de subventions, dossiers DDJS…) en lien avec le service commercial ;

- Gérer les budgets de charge de vos équipes mais aussi les investissements pédagogiques ;

- Être force de propositions sur de nouveaux projets pour développer les prestations du service pédagogique ;

- Etre connecté-e : en participant aux réunions des associations de pédagogues de parcs zoologiques au niveau français et européen (grâce à l’EAZA, association européenne des zoos dont nous sommes membres) ;

- Devenir membre des bureaux des associations Biodiv’Educ et Science Nature ;


PROFIL SOUHAITE : 

Nous recherchons un(e) manager gestionnaire structuré(e) pour encadrer les travaux de ces deux équipes, un(e) visionnaire à l’écoute des innovations.


Étant également un membre actif de l’équipe pédagogique, vous devez être à l’aise devant un public même nombreux et avec les enfants de tout âge, vous aimez transmettre votre savoir et démontrer des qualités relationnelles et de vulgarisation scientifique non simpliste.


Diplômé-e en biologie ou en médiation scientifique, Bac+5

Expérience minimum de deux ans en tant qu’animateur-animatrice pédagogique

Passionné-e par la protection des espèces menacées et de la biodiversité en général

Anglais courant pour comprendre et participer à une conférence en anglais


Conditions :

Titulaire du permis B et idéalement du BAFA ou du BAFD.

Vous travaillez les WE, les jours fériés et les vacances scolaires.

Contrat CDI à partir de février 2022 à 40H/semaine

Salaire : 28K€ annuel brut


Répondre à cette offre par email avec CV et lettre de motivation personnalisée : contact@parcanimalierdauvergne.fr, une vidéo détaillant votre motivation serait appréciée


Offre d'emploi "Research positions at UGent

 UGent (Fac. Vet. Med.) & Poulpharm are recruiting 4 broiler welfare researchers on the WISH (Welfare Improving monitoring Solutions for cHickens) project.

vendredi 14 janvier 2022

Applications are open for a PhD studentship at Royal Holloway University of London in which we will use honeybee dance-decoding as a tool to understand anthropogenic threats to bees.

 Supervisor: Prof Elli Leadbeater

Co-supervisor: Prof Julia Koricheva

About the Project

The loss of floral forage resources that has resulted from land-use change within the last century is considered to be one of the key threats to social bees in temperate landscapes. Conservation efforts seek to mitigate these impacts by encouraging diversity and continuity of forage within agricultural landscapes, but elucidating when and where “pinch points” occur will be key to the success of such schemes. In this large-scale field project, we will use a unique behavioural tool- honeybee dance decoding- to understand where human-altered landscapes present bottlenecks of forage availability for social bees. Specifically, we will focus on the constraints imposed by the need to find pollen- the key source of protein that is fed to developing bee brood.

Honeybees are unique in communicating the locations of the forage resources that they find to nestmates, and by decoding these dances researchers can build maps of both forage availability and quality from the perspective of a generalist pollinator. We will combine dance-decoding with laboratory work and meta-analysis to understand how and why pollen is limited, how pollen foraging shapes insecticide exposure, and what mitigation methods could address both problems. The project will involve extensive summer fieldwork in the UK, and represents a unique opportunity to apply a behavioural tool to address a real-world conservation problem with potential outcomes for policy recommendations. We seek a candidate with a strong research background in practical field ecology, and a keen interest in both Animal Behaviour and Social Insects. You should have (or expect to attain) a BSc at 2:1 level or higher in a related discipline (Ecology, Zoology or similar). The research project will be supervised by Professor Elli Leadbeater, and based at Royal Holloway University of London. Further information on the project aims, approach and methods are available by contacting . Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to get in touch prior to applying. Our research group’s website is here: https://ellileadbeater.wixsite.com/insectcognition.

For further information and to apply follow link to https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studying-here/applying/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Funding Notes

This studentship is available for UK applicants. The studentship will cover tuition fees at home student rate and will provide a tax-free annual stipend in the region of £17,600 per annum for three and a half years. The studentship will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement and research potential. Application deadline: 31 January 2022. Interviews will be conducted in the week 14th-18th February 2022. Studentship start date: September 2022.

References

Samuelson, A. E., Schürch, R., & Leadbeater, E. (2021). Dancing bees evaluate central urban forage resources as superior to agricultural land. Journal of Applied Ecology, 00, 1– 10. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.14011

jeudi 13 janvier 2022

PhD opportunity to study social networks and cooperation in sociable weavers

 A funded 4-year PhD position is available to study social network associations and cooperation using a long-term study on sociable weavers at Benfontein reserve, South Africa. The PhD work is part of an ERC-funded project that is investigating the role of partner choice in the evolution of cooperation. The successful candidate will be registered at the University of Porto (with possibility of having a joint PhD degree through the Universities of Porto and Montpellier). The successful candidate will investigate feeding and roosting networks in this highly social species, and will use correlational data and experiments to examine the links between cooperation and social associations. The student will be working under the supervision of Rita Covas (CIBIO, University of Porto, Portugal), Claire Doutrelant (CEFE-CNRS, Montpellier, France) and André Ferreira (University of Zurich, Switzerland). S/He is expected to spend time in these different institutions, and to conduct fieldwork in South Africa. The project requires a strong interest in sociality and cooperation and a keen interest in state-of-the-art technologies such as RFID and robotics. Previous experience with fieldwork and social network analyses are advantageous. A valid driver’s license is required. Pre-application enquiries are welcome (please email rita.covas@cibio.up.pt , Claire.doutrelant@cefe.cnrs.fr or andrem343@hotmail.com )


To apply, please submit your application until the 23 January using the link https://www.cibio.pt/?p=1903


For more information: https://sociableweaverproject.com/