Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
phone.: +49 (341) 3550 - 0
fax: +49 (341) 3550 - 119
The Leipzig School of Human Origins seeks Ph.D. candidates interested in
- Comparative and Molecular Primatology,
- Evolutionary and Functional Genomics, Ancient DNA, Molecular Anthropology and Genome Bioinformatics,
- Human Paleontology, Prehistoric Archaeology and Archaeological Science.
The Leipzig School of Human Origins offers a unique interdisciplinary graduate program to study the evolutionary history of humans and great apes. The language of the school is English. Visit www.leipzig.de for information on living in Leipzig, Germany, in the center of Europe.
Application deadline: December 01, 2013
Ph.D. position: MHC Variation in Wild Chimpanzees in the Primatology Department of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Although much is known about the patterns of functionally-neutral genetic variation in wild animal and human populations, we understand much less about the distribution of genetic variation underlying physiologically important traits. The genes of the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) play a critical role in the immune response by coding for molecules which present antigens to immunocompetent cells. This project will use our recently developed protocols for next generation sequencing of DNA from noninvasive samples to characterize variation at multiple loci of the MHC in wild chimpanzees. The degree of functional diversity in individuals will be assessed and compared among individuals, communities, populations, and subspecies. This project does not involve field research, but will incorporate use of behavioral and demographic data and fecal samples from wild chimpanzees that are the subjects of long term observation by collaborators in the field. This position will be within the molecular genetics group (http://www.eva.mpg.de/primat/files/genetics.htm) in the Primatology Department at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.
The Leipzig School of Human Origins (http://imprs.eva.mpg.de/start.html) is a joint graduate program of the University of Leipzig (Germany) and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. This program provides interdisciplinary training and research opportunities for university graduates who wish to work towards a Ph.D. in anthropology, biology, evolutionary genetics, primatology, paleoanthropology and related fields. Our graduate school is conducted in English, open for international students and designed as a 3-year-program with a research focus and a limited amount of formal classwork.
We invite applications from all countries. Applicants should have a Master’s degree before the start of the program. Candidates should be fluent in written and spoken English. Knowledge of German is not required but international students have the opportunity to take free German courses. For this project a background and keen interest in molecular biology laboratory analyses is a distinct advantage and a background in anthropology or primatology is helpful but not necessary.
Ph.D. students are supported for the duration of their PhD by tax-free stipends of approximately 15,000 Euro per year. There are no tuition fees, and low cost health insurance is available. Leipzig is an attractive city with readily available housing and a relatively low cost of living.
Start Date and Application process:
Applicants should follow the application process described at http://www.leipzig-school.eva.mpg.de/index.html and indicate interest in this project. The application deadline is December 1, 2013, and the planned starting date is September 1, 2014 or earlier.
For further information please contact:
Dr. Linda Vigilant
Deutscher Platz 6
Leipzig, Saxony 04103
Field assistant or Ph.D. position: Behavioral Ecology and Spatial Cognition in the Aka Hunter-Gatherers
We are looking for a candidate for a project on the spatial cognition and knowledge of the Aka hunter-gatherers of the Central African Republic.
The project will be carried out in the broader frame of improving our understanding of the natural spatial skills requires for foraging in the tropical forest ecology of modern hunter-gatherers. This project is a joint collaborative project of Christophe Boesch with Barry Hewlett of Vancouver (USA). The candidate will be primary responsible of mapping food resources in the Aka territory and follow individuals during their daily forays in the forest.
- Preparation: approximately 2 weeks at the MPI EVAN
- Data collection: First field trip of 4 months in CAR is planned but is dependent upon the progress of the data collection
- Analysis at the MPI EVAN
MSc (or comparable degree) in Behavioral Ecology or Anthropology. Sound field experience in the tropics, botanical knowledge, developed experience with GIS and GPS techniques will be favored. The field work requires good physical condition, the ability to work independently and under remote conditions. Good French speaking abilities are required. If the qualification is there and the first field experience is completed to satisfaction, a Ph.D. on spatial cognition in the Aka hunter-gatherer could be envisioned.
The candidate will be supported by a stipend.
Terms of Appointment:
Initially for 6 months
Applications including a cover letter stating research experience and interests, detailed curriculum vitae, and the names and e-mail addresses of two referees should be sent electronically. The evaluation process will start immediately and applications will be accepted until position is filled.