Field assistant in ornithology (Germany) ~

7 de febrero de 2015

Field assistant in ornithology (Germany)

The Department of Behavioral Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, Germany, is seeking a field assistant to work from 1st April to 31st May 2015. The assistant will
participate in a study on the reproductive biology of a blue tit population in a protected forest site in Southern Germany.
Specifically, the assistant will help carrying out an experiment in which provisioning effort by one
parent will be manipulated (by exposing it to begging playbacks) in order to examine its effects on provisioning behavior of the other parent. The work will primarily consist of recording nest visits from a hide and
controlling the playback device. This will include long days (up to 8 hours) in a hide and thus require a lot of patience and endurance. In addition, the assistant will help with preparations of the experiment, as
well as with maintaining the long term data on breeding behavior of the blue tits through regular nest checks.

Successful candidate must have experience with field work, with working
long hours under all weather conditions and with collecting detailed
observational data. Applicants should be highly motivated, dependable, well
organized and have the ability to collect data accurately. Field work hours
will be long and tiring, and applicants must be prepared to work at any
time (including weekends and holidays), with no days off during the peak
experimental period.

The working language at the Institute is English, so good knowledge of the
language is required. Applicants should be aware that Lyme disease spread
by ticks is common in the area, and should inform themselves about the
disease in advance.

The payment would be in accordance with the collective agreement for public
employees up to pay group 6 TVöD.

The Max Planck Institute for Ornithology employs a dynamic, dedicated, and
international group of researchers who are focused on exploring the fields
of evolution, ecology, genetics, and neurobiology.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals
with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications
from such qualified individuals. 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.

For inquiries, please contact Dr. Santema, Tel.: 08157 932-234, E-Mail:

Review of applications will start immediately until the position is filled. If
you are interested in applying for the field assistant position as
described above, please apply (including your CV) by latest 13st February
2015 by E-Mail to:

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