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                                                        Evolution of Brain Connectivity Project


TOPIC: Health, disease and behavior of wild apes

We are searching for qualified vets or pathologists to conduct fieldwork in remote wild ape sites or sanctuaries in several parts of Africa, such as in Loango Chimpanzee Project, Loango National Park, Gabon, the Tai Chimpanzee Project, Tai National Park, Ivory Coast, or in bonobo field sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The fieldwork is for initially planned for six months with the possibility of extension for further six months.
Research assistant tasks will include a) health monitoring data collection including regular non-invasive sampling collection of urine and feces; b) regular behavioral data collection and entry, c) occasional autopsies of apes which have died of natural causes.

Candidates should expect living conditions to be remote and basic (no running water, only minimal solar power for electricity, limited internet availability). The typical day will usually involve 10 hours walking in forest, sometimes through swamps, average 10 km per day, rain or shine. The work and living conditions are physically and psychologically demanding.

Qualification and requirements
Veterinarians with an interest in pathology, animal behavior and biology are preferred, but also biologist or medical doctors (or related fields) may apply if experience in pathology can be shown. The candidate will need to work independently in a remote and physically demanding tropical forest habitat, following a predefined protocol. Good social skills are important to work and live amongst a group of international colleagues with different cultural backgrounds. Similar previous experience will be advantageous.
The successful candidate is fluent in English. Additional languages such as French are useful.
You will be required to have basic health insurance that also covers emergency repatriation and liability. You also must have vaccinations for measles, yellow fever, hepatitis A and B, polio, and meningitis and a negative TB test.

300 Euros per month
One round trip airfare to Africa and transportation to study site will be provided. Accommodation and basic equipment is also provided.

Start and term of appointment
The start is planned for August 2020, however might be deferred for as long as coronavirus (COVID19) travel restrictions persist.
Applications include a cover letter stating interest, research experience, field experience, experience in pathology, detailed curriculum vitae, and the names and e-mail addresses of two referees. The application documents should be sent electronically to wittig@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de and crockford@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de. Application deadline is June 15, 2020 or until position is filled thereafter.
Data and samples collected during field work may serve as the basis for further qualifications (PhD or similar) performed with us, but this will be discussed case by case.

Contact information
Fabian Leendertz: leendertzF@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]rki.de

Roman Wittig: wittig@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de
Catherine Crockford: crockford@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

The Max Planck Society is committed to equal opportunities and to employing individuals with disabilities and explicitly encourages them to apply.

We look forward to receiving your completed application.

We look forward to receiving your completed application at https://www.eva.mpg.de/ career .

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