Loyola University Chicago

Department of Biology

Summer 2020 Opportunities

 

REU summer internship in host-parasitoid interactions and global change in the Pacific Northwest(Binghamton University SUNY)

Overview:The Prior Lab at Binghamton University SUNY is seeking one undergraduate student for a Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) internship this summer. The successful applicant will develop an independent project that contributes to NSF-funded research investigating how insect host parasitoid communities are altered under global change in the Pacific Northwest. Please see the Prior Lab website for the type of research projects that we work on (www.priorecologylab.com).

We seek a highly motivated and enthusiastic undergraduate student for a 10-week full-time, paid internship. The majority of the time (~ 8 weeks) will be spent conducting field research in the Pacific Northwest (northern Oregon, Washington State, and Vancouver Island, British Columbia), with the remaining (~ 2 weeks) in the lab at Binghamton University, NY analyzing results and writing a report. Dates are somewhat flexible, between mid-May and mid-August 2020.

The selected students will conduct independent research, mentored by Dr.

Kirsten Prior, in conjunction with an NSF-funded research project:

Uncovering the role of altered cryptic interactions in driving the demographic success of a range-expanding species.? This project focuses on how insect communities (oak gall wasps and parasitoids) are altered under range expansions. One gall wasp species recently expanded its range from mainland western North America to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, where it's outbreaking and has become a tree pest. We're investigating how interactions with other gall wasps (competitors), parasitoids (enemies), and the host plant (oak) are altered when this species' expands its range, and how these altered interactions facilitate outbreaks. We combine field surveys and experiments in the species' native and expanded ranges, along with molecular tools to understand how interactions are altered and contribute to outbreaks. There are several independent research project ideas that the selected student could develop within this study system, and will work with Dr. Prior to develop a project.

Benefits:The selected student will receive a $5000 stipend and housing during the 10-week program. Additionally, up to $700 will be provided to travel to the Pacific Northwest. There are also modest funds for supplies.

The student will live in a shared residence with Ph.D. students and field technicians. The student will pay for their own food with the use of a field vehicle that can be used to get groceries and a kitchen to prepare food.

Eligibility:Applicants must be rising sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduate students currently enrolled in a degree program. Due to NSF funding restrictions, only U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents are eligible. Students must have a valid passport and driver's license.

Applicants should be willing and able to work under sometimes strenuous field conditions, work and live will with others, and be able to adapt to flexible and irregular hours that are needed when conducting field research.

To Apply:Applications should be submitted to Dr. Kirsten Prior by email ( kprior@binghamton.edu). Applications are being considered now, and will be considered up to?March 27, 2020. Applications should include the following

documents: (1) letter of interest that describes your educational background, career goals, and how this internship will contribute towards those goals (4 paragraphs maximum), (2) current curriculum vitae/resume, and (3) unofficial transcripts. We strongly encourage undergraduates in underrepresented groups in STEM to apply.

 

Kirsten M. Prior, PhD

Assistant Professor

Binghamton University (SUNY)

Department of Biological Sciences

Science III, Rm. 106

(607) 777-4448

priorecologylab.com

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North Dakota State University (NDSU) - REU. Focus: Long-term consequences of stress exposure in a local population of house sparrows.

Dates: 10 wks; late May/early June-early August 2020

Location: Fargo, ND

Student Benefits: Hands-on research experience, development of a diverse
set of avian field research skills, and $500/week stipend plus housing
and some travel costs.

Position Description:

The Heidinger lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at North
Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, ND, is seeking a motivated
undergraduate student to participate in an REU on a project examining
the long-term consequences of stress exposure in a local population
of house sparrows. Duties will include manipulating stress exposure,
monitoring parental behavior, checking nests, catching and re-sighting
adult sparrows, and measuring offspring growth. Successful applicants
must be enthusiastic and motivated. They must work well independently
and as part of a research team.

Who should apply:  Students in their sophomore or junior years of
college, with strong credentials and majoring in wildlife ecology,
biology, or conservation are encouraged to apply. Participants must
be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and currently enrolled as
an undergraduate student (i.e., enrolled for fall 2020). Students
with backgrounds that are underrepresented in wildlife science are
especially encouraged to apply. Students who have received their
bachelor's degrees and are no longer enrolled as undergraduates are not
eligible to participate. A high level of responsibility, organization,
and motivation are required. Applicants must be able to maintain work
quality and a positive attitude during challenging field conditions that
can include long field days in adverse weather conditions.

To Apply: If interested please email 1) a cover letter describing your
interest in the project and previous research experience, 2) a resume or
CV, and 3) the names & contact information for two references to Rebecca
Young (rebecca.c.young@ndsu.edu) by April 1, 2020.

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Institute of Science and Technology - Austria

Nick Barton's group at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST)
Austria is recruiting volunteers to assist with fieldwork on plant
adaptation in the Pyrenees (Spain) this coming summer (June-July).

The project: We are studying the evolutionary processes underlying
population divergence in wild Antirrhinum majus (snapdragons). We focus
on natural hybrid zones between two subspecies with different flower
colours. Most of the field work is contributing to a long-term pedigree
project aimed at establishing a direct link from genotype to phenotype
to fitness. With tens of thousands of samples collected over ten years
so far, this provides an exciting and powerful system to examine many
outstanding questions about adaptation and quantitative genetics in
wild populations.

The work: We are seeking volunteers to assist with the field research,
which involves mapping the location of individual plants (GPS), tagging
and sampling them for leaves and flowers, measuring quantitative
traits, and processing samples back at the field station. There may
also be opportunities to be involved in other projects on plant-insect
interactions. The work is highly team-orientated, typically in groups of
2-3. This is a great opportunity for anybody looking to obtain experience
in fieldwork relating to evolutionary biology and plant ecology.

The field site is located near Ripoll in a beautiful part of the Pyrenees
of North Eastern Spain (Catalonia). We stay in comfortable apartments
overlooking a picturesque valley, with close access to hiking trails
and small villages. All food, accommodation and travel (WITHIN EUROPE)
are covered. However, we cannot offer any further stipend.

For these positions we are looking for hard working and enthusiastic
biology students/graduates with a strong interest in working outdoors
with plants. You must be meticulous with recording data and also be
comfortable working as part of a team. Experience with field-based
projects and plants is preferred but not essential.

We require a minimum stay of 3 weeks between May 28 and July 30. To
apply, send your CV or resume by March 15. Include a few sentences about
your background and why you are interested, and include the approximate
date range you are available. Send any questions and your application
to carina.baskett@ist.ac.at.

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Two volunteer shorebird fieldwork opportunities in breathtaking Arctic Russia during summer, 2020


**Application deadline: 15 March 2020**

Description:
Within the international project ÉLVONAL Shorebird Science we are
investigating in detail sex roles evolution in shorebirds at various
locations. Here, we are searching for motivated researchers to work as
field assistants with our teams in the high Arctic from 1st June to 20th
July 2020.

The first assistant will be based at the Tobseda research station in
Western Russia (North of Naryan-Mar).

The location for the second assistant is currently under negotiation,
spanning options from Kola peninsula to Chukotka.

Both fieldwork consists mostly of detailed observations of courting pairs
and families with chicks as well as nest searching and monitoring. For
details see the fieldwork protocol (Székely and Kubelka 2019):
https://elvonalshorebirds.com/documents/.


Skills requested:
Ideal candidates will have fieldwork experience with breeding shorebirds or
at least birds, a good health condition and are willing to work in remote
field areas within international team.

Experience with bird ringing and expeditions in Russia or knowledge of
Russian language is beneficial but not essential.


Training offered and benefits:
Resighting of colour-ringed/banded birds with binoculars and scope,
detailed standardized behavioural observations of pairs and families, nest
searching, floating eggs, trapping ground nesting birds, ringing/banding
birds with metal and colour rings, taking blood samples.

ÉLVONAL project will cover research costs and accommodation during the
fieldwork for the chosen candidate. Contribution to travel cost is
possible, but depending on the travel route and the distance.


Interested?
Please contact Vojtìch Kubelka (kubelkav@gmail.com) with applications that
include max one page motivation letter and max three pages CV highlighting
relevant experience and referees.
These documents are requested in English. Please send your application to
Dr Kubelka until 15 March 2020.

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Field Assistant needed for Anolis Research in Fort Pierce, FL

We are looking for a field assistant to help us conduct behavioural
research on Anolis sagreion small dredge-spoil islands near Ft. Pierce,FL,
from April 22 to May 21.Daily activities include searching for and
observing marked lizards as well as collecting habitat data. We will
work long hours on most days (beginning 7-8am). Applicants should be
prepared for hot and humid work conditions as well as travel on a small
boat. Applicants must be comfortable handling lizards and using binoculars
and should be adaptable to changing plans. All expenses (airfare, food,
lodging) will be covered and a stipend will be provided.

If interested, please contact AmbikaKamath: ambikamath@gmail.com and Nick
Herrmann:nicholas.carl.herrmann@gmail.com with a brief letter describing
why you are interested in this position and any relevant research
experience along with your CV and the names and contact information of
a professional reference whom we may contact by email. We will review
applications as they arrive until the position is filled.

Ambika Kamath,Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Environmental Science Policy and Management
Miller Institute, University of California, Berkeley

www.ambikamath.wordpress.com

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Ambika Kamath <ambikamath@gmail.com>

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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity - UTEP

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Department of Biological Sciences invites applicants for the NSF sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity.  This is a 10 week summer program.  The goal of this program is to provide undergraduate students with experience in hypothesis-driven collaborative research utilizing field based and/or laboratory methods and fully engage students in projects associated with the ecology and evolution influencing Chihuahuan Desert biodiversity.

APPLICATION DEADLINE MARCH 13, 2020

The program provides:

* High quality research experience in ecology and evolutionary biology in the field and/or lab * Research opportunities at the Indio Mountains Research Station (IMRS), a 40,000 acre facility controlled by UTEP and/or other Chihuahuan Desert field sites * One-on-one and group mentoring from active research faculty in multidisciplinary fields * Training in bioethics and other relevant professional skills

The program includes:

* $6000 stipend for 10 weeks

* Housing in shared apartments and field station

* Travel reimbursement of up to $600

For more information on the program, research projects or to apply please visit: http://science.utep.edu/cdb-reu/
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Field Assistant in Evolutionary Biology

We are seeking a field assistant with an interest in fieldwork experience and evolutionary biology. The field assistant will collect data related to two PhD projects on ruff breeding and movement ecology in Finland. This research is a collaboration of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

(Germany) and the University of Oulu (Finland).

Background:

Ruffs are sexually dimorphic lekking waders with a fascinating mating system making them a classic model organism for evolutionary biologists. Ruff males have three Alternative Reproductive Tactics (ARTs), that is ruff males differ in morphology and reproductive behaviour to avoid direct competition. Part of our lab focuses on understanding the maintenance of these distinct ARTs on an evolutionary time scale. In order to do this, two PhD students are researching the wild demographics and male movement ecology of ruffs.

Activities:

The position starts 27 April 2020 and requires a minimum stay of 2 months. The housing is in close proximity to the field-site, in the Liminganlahti area, about 1 hour away from Oulu, Finland.

In the first part of the field season, the field assistant will do regular lek observations, focusing on male courtship displays, mating events and lek visitations. The field assistant will also assist in the capture and radio-tagging of lekking males. As the season progresses, the field assistant will collect ruff nesting and chick survival data. Duties during the nesting phase will include nest searching, egg measurement and transport, female ruff capture, and nest protection. During the chick rearing phase, the field assistant will assist in radio tracking of ruff chicks, capture of tagged and untagged chicks and classification of chick mortality causes. He or she will also assist in establishing a network of solar powered automated tracking stations and its regular maintenance.

We will cover housing costs at the field-site and transportation from Munich. If eligible, the field assistant may apply for a living stipend through an Erasmus internship with the University of Oulu, otherwise we will cover essential living costs.

Acquire skills:

The field assistant will gain experience in handling, ringing, and blood sampling of live birds, as well as nest roping, specimen photography, artificial incubation, navigation with hand GPS and radio tracking of live birds.

Required skills:

The field assistant should be willing to work in harsh environmental conditions such as low and high temperatures, harsh winds, and high humidity. He or she should be able to work in the presence of biting insects and under variable/flexible schedules. The field assistant must be in good enough physical condition to walk several kilometres over muddy and uneven ground in a single day with a 10 ¡V 18 kg of equipment on their back. Finally, they should be meticulous in note taking and data recording.

Contact:

If you are interested or have questions please contact: Hanna Algora

(halgora@orn.mpg.de) or James D.M. Tolliver (jtolliver@orn.mpg.de). When applying please include a short cover letter describing how you meet the position requirements and your CV/resume.

For further information about our research groups visit:

https://www.orn.mpg.de/Research-Group-Kuepper;

https://www.oulu.fi/ecology/

James D. M. Tolliver

IMPRS Doctoral Student

IMPRS Seewiesen Student

Representative

Research Group for Behavioural Genetics and Evolutionary Ecology

Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

House

5, room 05|0.17

Eberhard-Gwinner-Str.

82319 Seewiesen

Germany

E-mail: jtolliver@orn.mpg.de

Office:49

8157 932-442

Mobile: 49 1525 1919036

Skype: tolliverjdm

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Modern Research Skills in Genome Editing and Analysis Course - UW-Madison

The UW-Madison Genetics department is offering a new summer course, Modern Research Skills in Genome Editing and Analysis, and we are opening it up to non-UW-Madison students. This course will have two sections: a lab, and a class. The lab section is designed around a CRISPR screen for genes involved in early development of zebrafish. The students will have hands-on opportunities to work with CRISPR-Cas9 and bioinformatic data, looking for off-target effects of CRISPR-Cas9. The class will be a series of guest lectures from the Genetics department, allowing the students to be exposed to a wide variety of topics and research. One of the overall goals of this class is to give non-UW-Madison students a chance to learn about the Genetics graduate program and network with professors in the department. More details can be found on this webpage, http://johnpool.net/SummerCourse.htm.

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Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY)

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) has very exciting summer employment opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students interested in teaching biology.

For decades, CTY’s summer programs have provided a fun and enriching experience for the most academically gifted elementary, middle, and high school students in the world.

Working with CTY in the summer can provide a great experience where you get to work with small classes of bright and motivated students, teaching interesting subjects from across science (biotechnology, anatomy and physiology, neuroscience, biomedical science, marine ecology, etc.). Positions are available at residential and day sites at various locations on the East and West coasts and Hong Kong. Room and board are provided in addition to a competitive salary for staff at residential sites. Opportunities are available for staff to work either three or six weeks; available positions can be found here 

Core Dates for 2020

Session 1: June 25 - July 18, 2020
Session 2: July 18 - August 8, 2020

Please note that the dates for some sites vary from those listed above. Review site locations and dates for specific employment dates at each site.

More information and our online application can be found through the JHU Jobs website.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions, 

Best, 

Corrin McBride Hunt, Ph.D.

Program Manager, Summer Academic Programs

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The university promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.

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Loyola University Chicago - Discover Pharmacology - Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The successful applicant will conduct a 10 week laboratory-based research project in conjunction with a faculty mentor from the Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Neuroscience at our Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, IL (just West of Chicago). Students will also attend weekly professional development seminars, a regional pharmacology conference, and a pharmacology careers panel discussion. In addition, students will have an opportunity to tour a Chicago area pharmaceutical company. Our fellowship is designed to provide students with a hands-on biomedical research experience and an introduction to the career opportunities available in pharmacology research. Our program is ideal for the student who may have limited research opportunities at their own college or university.

$5,200 salary provided to cover room and board and/or travel and other expenses that the student may incur during the course of the fellowship.

Apply on-line
☛ Electronic application form
https://ssom.luc.edu/pharmacology/undergraduate-research-opportunities/

Submit by email or direct mail from the source
☛ Official transcript of credits
☛ Two letters of recommendation
☛ An essay of 200 words that highlights the applicant’s career goals

Deadlines and Contact Info
Final Application Deadline:
February 28, 2020

Notification
Mid-March, 2020

Program begins:
May 26th, 2020

Program end:
July 31st, 2020

Apply Online
https://ssom.luc.edu/pharmacology/undergraduate-research-opportunities/

Submit additional application materials to:

Dr. Karie Scrogin
Program Director
Discover Pharmacology Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program
 (708) 216-3261
 kscrogi@luc.edu
https://ssom.luc.edu/pharmacology/

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Gulf Coast Research Laboratory 

During the Summer Field Program, students from around the country convene on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) to earn college credit and to gain a truly unique field and laboratory experience.  GCRL is located in picturesque Ocean Springs, MS where there are plenty of activities outside of class.  To apply, students should visit the following URL: Usm.edu/GCRL-apply.  Classes are filled on a first come first served basis.  With this in mind, we encourage students to apply early to secure a seat in the course of their choice.  Please share this information with students and colleagues that may have an interest in the GCRL Summer Field Program. We are looking forward to another great summer exploring the coastal habitats of the northern Gulf of Mexico. You can find more information at our website http://gcrl.usm.edu/summer_field/index.php or by searching “GCRL Summer Field Program” on facebook.  If you have any questions or if you need additional information, please contact myself or Margaret Firth at Margaret.firth@usm.edu or by phone at 228-818-8852.  We hope to see you on campus this summer!

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Green Corp Spring and Summer 2020 Internships

Organization: Care Action Network
Position: Care Action Network Intern
Location: Atlanta, GA

Organization: Environment America
Position: Environment America Intern
Location: Nationwide

Organization: Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Position: Maryland GrassrootsNorthern Virginia Climate OrganizingCommunications and Social MediaLegal Internship
Location: Multiple Locations

Organization: U.S. PIRG
Position: U.S. PIRG Intern
Location: Nationwide

Organization: Green Century Funds
Position: Marketing and Communications InternShareholder Advocacy Intern
Location: Boston, MA

Organization: Urban Land Institute
Position: 2020 Summer Internship Opportunities
Location: Various locations

Organization: PennEnvironment
Position: PennEnvironment Intern
Location: Philadelphia & Pittsburgh, PA

Organization: Mighty Earth
Position: Intern
Location: D.C. Area, Other locations considered

Organization: Center for Biological Diversity
Position: Distributed Organizing Intern
Location: Asheville, NC

Organization: The Education Trust-West
Position: Education Trust-West Intern
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Organization: Green Corps 
Position: Development Internship
Location: Denver, CO

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Notre Dame Summer Research Opportunities Program

The Notre Dame Graduate School is seeking applicants for the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP), which is designed to prepare aspiring graduate students for success by immersing them in guided research with a world-class faculty for 10 weeks during the summer, culminating in a research symposium on campus. The program is open to students in any discipline offered by the Notre Dame Graduate School (listed here). We are particularly seeking applications from undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds, first-generation, or financially disadvantaged students.

Notre Dame supports students who have been admitted to the program by providing:

  • A generous stipend
  • Housing
  • Travel expenses
  • GRE prep
  • Specialized assistance with grant and fellowship applications to NSF, NIH, Fulbright, and more
  • Graduate school application support
  • Mentoring sessions
  • Fee waiver when applying to ND

Over the past decade SROP participants have received awards from:

  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
  • The Fulbright Program
  • The National GEM Consortium

Previous participants have also been admitted to top graduate programs, including our own.

Please encourage any promising undergraduate students to visit the SROP webpage and apply before the March 15th deadline. The 2020 SROP program will run from May 18-July 25th. If students have any questions, I invite them to contact me directly using my information below.

Sincerely,

John Lowery, Ph.D.
Recruitment Strategies Program Director
jlowery@nd.edu
(574) 631-4694 (direct)
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The Summer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS): https://jcesom.marshall.edu/research/srims

 

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Research assistant - Mandrill project in Gabon

*Role description*

The Mandrillus Project aims at longitudinally studying wild mandrills in
Southern Gabon. We are currently recruiting Volunteer Field Assistants for
our 2020 field season. These positions combine practical research with
training and are entirely field-based. The volunteers are trained by and
work alongside local field assistants, field managers, students and
researchers, contributing to the research activities of the Mandrillus
Project. Following established protocols, the fieldwork will primarily
involve daily follows of a natural population of mandrills on foot,
collecting data on the behavior of individually recognizable animals,
together with the collection of non-invasive measurements and samples.
Please visit the website of the project to get an idea of the scientific
programs that are currently running (
http://www.projetmandrillus.com/research-and-conservation.html).

*Positions available*

A Volunteer Field Assistant positions is currently available running for
six months from April to September 2020.

*What we cover*

Once the volunteers arrive in the field site, the Mandrillus Project covers
all their work-related costs, including accommodation (private equipped
room with air-con and private bathroom, shared kitchen) and a stipend for
meals (about 200€/month).

Volunteers need to take at their own charge, an repatriation and health
insurance for their entire stay (we will ask for a proof).

*Who are we looking for?*

This position is open to all with an interest in animal behavior and
ecology. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants who:

•        Are friendly, easy-going people, happy to live in small team at a
remote field site

•        Are strongly motivated, reliable, honest and committed

•        Have good levels of physical fitness and stamina - you will be
following the mandrills on foot several hours a day, 6 days per week, over
mountainous terrain, in heat

•        Show good initiative, with a willingness to learn and show
attention to detail

•        A good level in French is mandatory

*What do volunteers get out of it?*

•        An amazing opportunity to share the lives of wild mandrills in an
equatorial forest landscape

•        An opportunity to learn new skills and gain experience, especially
those relevant to research in behaviour and ecology

•        An opportunity to be involved in a long-term project on African
wildlife, hosted by an international research institution

•        An opportunity to use this field experience with the Mandrillus
Project as a stepping stone on to future Masters and PhD degree courses

•        Experience a new culture and share knowledge with local assistants

*Further information*

For further details about the position, including the work involved, our
living conditions in the field, preparations prior to departure, and what
to bring with you, please see below (and additional information will be
provided to successful candidates).

*How to apply*

If you would like to apply, please prepare a CV and a detailed covering
letter that should explain why you would like to work on the project. The
CV should include the names of two referees with e-mail contact details.

Applications must be sent at projetmandrillus@gmail.com by March 15th 2020.
We will notify successfully shortlisted candidates few days after this
deadline, and interviews will be held in Montpellier (for local successful
candidates) or by skype the following week. Telephone/skype interviews will
be possible for overseas applicants.

* * * * * *

*The Study Site*

*Weather*

Gabon has an Equatorial climate with little seasonality. Precipitations are
important, almost every day from October to May, and days may be hot (up to
30°C), although the Lekedi Park benefits from a cooler weather because of
its altitude (600m). The long dry season, from June to September, is
characterized by cool weather (temperatures can fall below 18°C) with no
precipitation.

*Landscape*

The Lekedi Park is characterized by a mix of savannas and gallery forests
interspersed with rivers and riverbeds. Equatorial Marantaceae forests are
found in the area.

*Wildlife*

The Lekedi park is home to a variety of wildlife including forest buffalos,
several Apes (chimpazees, gorillas) and other primates (cephus, nictitans)
and, of course, mandrills! Predators include, occasionally, leopards (but
don’t expect any encounter with them!). Birds and reptiles also abound.

*Location*

The Lekedi park is located in Southern Gabon. It is only a 1 hour drive
from Moanda, the nearest town that comprises hotels, petrol stations,
banks, basic shops and markets.

*Working Conditions*

Data collection requires full-day follows of the study group. This ensures
that the location of the sleeping sites used by the mandrills each night is
known, which in turn facilitates their pick-up by observers early the next
morning. If the day begins late, or ends early, the mandrills can be lost
and may take several days to relocate. Each day, seven days a week, two
teams (at least two persons) alternate: the morning team leaves the camp at
5:45am and come back around 12:30pm while the afternoon team starts at noon
and come back at 6:30pm. A driver brings every day the two teams by car the
closest to the mandrills. When mandrills are located with high confidence,
the team enters into the forest and starts following the mandrills. Field
assistants work 6 half-days per week and benefit from one day off per week
during the entire stay.

*Working with mandrills in the Lekedi landscape*

Observers and local field assistants spend half the day on foot in the
company of the mandrills in the forest. Forested environments may be
physically demanding because there are often closed and hilly. Field team
members travel (with small backpacks) up to 5-8km a day, ascending and
descending small hills and slippery, muddy, slopes as they follow the
mandrills. The mandrills are habituated to the presence of human observers,
allowing data to be collected from close proximity without causing
disturbance, but observers must always act carefully and responsibly when
in the company of these wild animals. Data collection is largely conducted
with handheld computers. Faecal and urine samples are also collected on a
routine basis. On-site supervision and detailed guidelines will be provided
describing how to work with the mandrills in the forest.

*Living Conditions*

*Accommodation *The fully-furnished, air-conditioned rooms are located in a
small research complex where the lab and offices are. It is located at the
entrance of the park near other houses: the house of the managers of the
project, the one of the director of the park and another one for the vet of
the park.

*Food *Field team members prepare their own food in the communal,
fully-furnished kitchen located in the research complex. Once every two
weeks, the manager brings the field team members to Moanda to buy food and
supplies.

*Telephone and e-mail*

The Project has access to wi-fi in the Field team members are advised to
buy a local mobile phone chip when they arrive in Libreville or in Moanda.

*Visitors and vacation*

Volunteers cannot make arrangements to receive visitors during their stay
at the Project (including local visitors). In addition, tourists are not
allowed to visit the study group of mandrills. For vacations, volunteers
need to plan to stay additional weeks following their 6-month commitment to
the project. In these cases, a visa extension will be needed. Volunteers
need to make their own arrangements.

Alice Baniel <alice.baniel@gmail.com>