Damaraland Molerat Project Research Assistant: South Africa

Agency
Damaraland Molerat Project
Location
South Africa
Job Category
Volunteer Openings
Salary
Unpaid volunteer position
Last Date to Apply
10/31/2021
Website
https://kalahariresearchcentre.org/research-publications/cambridge-group/damaraland-molerats-group/
Description
We are looking for several volunteer research assistants to collect long-term data and carry out experiments on a captive population of cooperatively breeding Damaraland mole-rats at the Kuruman River Reserve in the South African Kalahari Desert. The aim of this project is to investigate the evolution of social behavior in mammals. Our research examines the influence of genes, hormones, breeding and social factors on individual developmental, growth, behaviors and ageing. This position is particularly suited, but not exclusively, for people aiming to carry on their academic education or hold a management position in a research project. Successful applicants will gain experience in animal handling and the collection of observational and physiological data. There is also the opportunity to gain database skills (MySQL) and work on a personal analysis project. This project provides a unique opportunity to work at a vibrant, multinational field site which houses several other research projects. See https://kalahariresearchcentre.org for more details. Costs of food and accommodation while at the project will be covered. A contribution towards travel costs will be made (300 Euros/Year) Successful applicants will be responsible for data collection (behavioral observations, collection of biological samples), animal handling and be involved in conducting experiments. If you are interested in this position, send your CV and cover letter stating your availability to molerat.volunteer@gmail.com. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a Skype or Zoom interview.
Qualifications
Applicants should be available for a period of 6 to 12 months, with start date to be discussed during interview. They should be hardworking, enthusiastic, physically fit, and prepared for long hours in the laboratory. A background in behavioral ecology is desired but not essential.
Contact Person
Dave Seager
Contact eMail
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