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Department of Primatology

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 200
fax: +49 (341) 3550 - 299

Positions available


VET or Pathologist research assistant position
TOPIC: Health, disease and behavior of wild apes

We are searching for qualified vets or pathologists to conduct field work for one year in remote wild ape sites or sanctuaries in several parts of Africa, such as in Loango Chimpanzee Project, Loango National Park, Gabon, or in bonobo field sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Research assistant tasks will include

  • health monitoring data collection including regular non-invasive sampling collection of urine and feces;
  • regular behavioral data collection and entry;
  • 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 and conversational in French.
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.

Salary / funding
Salary: 250 Euros per month plus 50 Euros for health insurance
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
Starting March 2019, or as soon as possible afterwards.


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@eva.mpg.de and crockford@eva.mpg.de. Application deadline is February 4, 2019 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@rki.de

Roman Wittig: wittig@eva.mpg.de
Catherine Crockford: crockford@eva.mpg.de
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Primatology www.eva.mpg.de/primat

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

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