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Volunteer Field Assistant for sociality and health study

Job Type: volunteer position

Location: N/A

Posting Date: 17 Feb 14

Closing Date: 19 May 14

Position Description:
We are looking for reliable and motivated volunteers to join in on a study on the costs and benefits of sociality with respect to health in Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) for a PhD Project at the University of Göttingen. The project is aiming at disentangling the interplay between social interactions, stress and gastrointestinal parasites, using data on social behaviour as well as hormone and parasite analyses in a semi-free ranging population of Barbary macaques at the Affenberg Salem in Southwest Germany.
For the Project you will work closely together with the PhD student and the caretakers at the Affenberg and learn different behavioural observation protocols and individual identification of all individuals of a large social group. You will collect observational data on social behaviours (affiliative interactions and aggression) as well as spatial distribution and activities of the animals and help with non-invasive faecal sample collection and preparation of parasite analyses if you are interested. Applicants should be prepared for long days in the field (also on rainy days) and therefore reasonably physically fit. Importantly, you should be willing to work both independently and as a part of a team and share working as well as personal space with your co-workers (as a shared flat will be organized).

Qualifications/Experience:
Applicants should be:
- highly motivated, mature and open minded
- strongly interested in behavioural biology, primatology or related
fields
- prepared for long field days
- able to work independently and as a part of a team
- fluent in English

Previous field experience (not necessarily with primates), speaking German and a valid driver’s license will be advantageous

Salary/funding:
At the moment, we cannot provide funding for field assistants.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Accommodation (a shared flat near the study site) will organised and expenses will be shared.

Term of Appointment:
The field study will be conducted from the 1st of June to the 30th of November 2014.

Application Deadline:
Review of applications will be run until the positions are filled.

 

Contact Information:

Contact Information:
Nadine Müller
Kellnerweg 6
Göttingen, none 37077
Germany

E-mail Address:
Nadine.Mueller@zentr.uni-goettingen.de

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