PhD Studentship in Social Learning
University of St Andrews
Applications are invited for an EU-funded postgraduate studentship (fees plus stipend) to study social learning processes in capuchin monkeys. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Professor Kevin Laland and Dr Rachel Kendal to conduct experimental investigations evaluating social learning strategies in zoo-based populations of monkeys. The project is part of an EU NEST-Pathfinder initiative on cultural dynamics, and involves collaboration with a network of European researchers.
The ideal candidate would have a degree in behavioural biology, and knowledge of social learning and cultural evolution.
Tuition fees plus stipend are provided.
Term of Appointment:
3 years, commencing 1 January 2007 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV detailing their qualifications and interest in the topic to Rachel Kendal from whom further information may be obtained.
Dr Rachel Kendal
School of Psychology, University of St Andrews
St Andrews, Fife KY16 9JP
Leipzig School of Human Origins
We invite applications for the Leipzig School of Human Origins, 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 PhD in anthropology, biology, evolutionary genetics, primatology, paleoanthropology and related fields. Each student will apply for - and be accepted to - one of the following disciplines:
1) Comparative primatology -- focusing on the evolution of social and cultural systems in the great apes, as well as other relevant mammals.
2) Evolutionary and Functional Genomics / Ancient DNA / Molecular Anthropology
a. Evolutionary genomics / Ancient DNA -- focusing on the evolutionary and functional genomics of humans and the great apes, as well as the retrieval of DNA from palaeontological remains.
b. Molecular Anthropology - focusing on the origin, relationships, history, and migration patterns of human populations.
3) Human Paleontology, Prehistoric Archaeology and Archaeological Science -- focusing on the study of hominid fossils and archaeological sites. This includes comparative morphological as well as chemical (isotopic) analyses.
Graduate students will be accepted to one of these areas but will have the opportunity to take part in courses and seminars in all of them. Our PhD program is open for international students and is designed as a 3-year-program.
We invite applications from all countries. Applicants must hold a Masters degree, a Diploma or equivalent in biology, biochemistry, anthropology, or related fields.
It is not necessary to hold the degree at the point of application. However, you must have been awarded your degree prior to the start of the program in September.
Candidates have to be fluent in written and spoken English. German is not required but international students will be offered opportunities to take German courses.
PhD students are supported by pre-doctoral fellowships which are provided either by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology or the University of Leipzig; or have been obtained by the student.
Term of Appointment:
January 31, 2007
Leipzig is a highly livable city in the center of Europe (www.leipzig.de).
Deutscher Platz 6
Leipzig, Saxony 04103
Field Assistant Position for Primate Research in Peru
I am looking for volunteers to assist with the data collection for my investigation “Intestinal parasite loads of a Neotropical Primate measured in disturbed and undisturbed forests”.
The aim of this project is to understand the human influence on parasite infection in a wild species of a Neotropical Monkey.
Fieldwork will take place at the Los Amigos Research Center (CICRA) – Madre de Dios – Perú, Check out the website: http://www.amazonconservation.org/home/LosAmigos/cicra.htm for more information about the station. Fieldwork will take place around the station and will involve mainly behavioural observations of titi monkeys (Callicebus brunneus) and collection of fecal samples for the diagnosis of intestinal parasites. Volunteers should be prepared to work long hours and under hot weather.
I am looking for enthusiastic, hard-working and reliable individuals who possess a strong interest in primates to assist me for a period of one to four months between February and May 2007.
Accommodation, transportation and food expenses to the field site must be provided by the volunteer. Volunteers will also have to fund their own travel to Perú.
Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Estimated costs are as follows:
Roundtrip airfare US to Lima, Peru: $1,000-$2,000
Roundtrip airfare Lima to Puerto Maldonado, Peru: $200
Roundtrip bus fare Puerto Maldonado to Laberinto, Peru: $20
Roundtrip boat fare Laberinto to the Field Station (CICRA): $50-$245
Station Fees at CICRA:
- Room, board, and food: $20/person/day
December 10th 2006
Applications should include:
- Current CV or resume
- A brief description of yourself including your interest in primates and any relevant experience (i.e. field/laboratory experience, outdoor experience, etc.)
- Be enthusiastic and genuinely interested in primates.
Inés Nole Bazán
Jr. Cornelio Borda 278 dep 202
Lima, NA 01