mardi 30 mars 2010


A PhD in Entomology or a related field. Experience in university teaching, research, publication in rated journals and fund raising for research is essential. The successful candidate should be prepared to teach a wide range of courses in Entomology, and is expected to conduct research that generates research publications in accredited academic journals. Areas of entomological specialization include (but are not restricted to) applied entomology; forensic entomology; insect evolution, phylogenetics, biogeography and/or population genetics; conservation biology; insect ecophysiology and behavioural ecology.

Teach modules at both undergraduate and honours levels. Initiate and supervise postgraduate students’ research and training in the department and contribute to capacity building. Participate in normal administrative duties necessary for the smooth running of the department. Seek research funding, and conduct own research.

For further information, contact Dr Emmanuel Do Linh San at tel. +27 (0)40 602 2601 or e-mail:

The University of Fort Hare is an equal opportunity employer, committed to affirmative action.

Competitive salary packages will be negotiated with the successful applicants. Appointment will be made at a level commensurate with academic experience.

Please send or fax an expression of interest, a comprehensive CV, the names and addresses of three work-related referees and certified copies of academic qualifications to the HR Practitioner: Science and Agriculture, Human Resources Department, University of Fort Hare, Private Bag X1314, Alice 5700. Tel: +27 (0)40 602 2471. Fax: +27 (0)86 602 2384. E-mail:

Deadline: 16 April 2010

REDD Project Manager

Hiring Organization:
Wildlife Conservation Society

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Terms of Reference: Albertine Rift REDD Project Manager

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Albertine Rift program seeks a REDD project manager with expertise in forestry carbon project development to undertake the technical analyses needed to launch forest carbon projects (REDD) primarily in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Specifically the REDD project manager will be responsible for completing a Project Design Document (PDD) for specific projects as well as support development of forest carbon feasibility studies in four landscapes in Eastern DRC and Uganda. The position will be based in the town of Beni, in the DRC, but will initially be based in Kampala, Uganda. The position is for 24 months with possibility of extension.

The main responsibility of the Albertine Rift REDD project manager will be to lead the development of a REDD project in the Mt Hoyo Virunga landscape in Eastern DRC. This project is funded through the Congo Basin Forest Fund (CBFF) and aims to generate carbon credits under the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Communities and Biodiversity Alliance standard (CCBA). The REDD project manager will lead in the project design, data collection, and technical analysis needed to complete a project design document (PDD) for VCS and CCBA.

In addition, the REDD project manager will help lead the analysis for three feasibility studies: One in the Misotshi-Kabogo massif (originally called Kabobo) in Eastern DRC, one in Itombwe massif ; the other in Murchison-Semuliki landscape in Western Uganda.

He/she will be conduct the following tasks:
• Identify appropriate areas for REDD based on the conservation priorities, and a consideration of project additionality and confirming to VCS requirements
• Design field survey and organize teams for biomass inventory collection and ground truthing.
• Develop an assessment of carbon stocks across the landscape, based on existing information and land-use maps.
• Evaluate socio-economic data to assess drivers of deforestation
• Work with remote sensing team to review drivers of deforestation, evaluate historic deforestation
• Hold meetings with local stakeholder communities to explain the project and ensure achievement of any necessary agreements/contracts related to boundaries and management commitments.
• Develop baseline scenarios of deforestation and calculate potential emission reductions (Note: Remote sensing work will be led by a technical specialist in the US.)
• Lead the writing of the Project Design Document for VCS and CCBA and the feasibility reports
• Coordinate with the WCS Forest Carbon Team, Government agencies and stakeholder to identify and development mechanisms for the distribution of REDD benefits
• Coordinate with the WCS team in Kinshasa and with the WCS Central African REDD Technical Advisor to ensure that project activities effectively link to broader national REDD policy.

The ideal candidate for this position has a strong knowledge of REDD and REDD project development experience. Candidates will have a minimum of a Masters degree in forestry or related field (e.g. conservation biology, geography, economics), along with relevant work experience in forestry or related field. Experience managing climate change , ecosystem service payment (PES), or forestry projects generally and REDD in particular, is an advantage. Additional skills include remote sensing, modelling, budgeting, project management, fieldwork, and statistical analysis. Candidates with fluency in French and interest in Central or East Africa are encouraged.

Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications should apply by sending an application letter and CV together with the names and contact information of three referees to Marisa Arpels at
For more information about Wildlife Conservation Society and Climate Change and Conservation Finance, please visit our website at:

Application Deadline:
May 24, 2010

Contact Information:
Marisa Arpels
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10460


E-mail Address:

lundi 29 mars 2010

Offre de CDD 5-6 mois

Offre de CDD 5-6 mois
à l'INRA de Sophia-Antiopolis
(43°36'45.56"N, 7° 4'41.14"E)

Nature du poste : échantillonnage d'insectes en France méditerranéenne. Le CDD recruté sera intégré à deux programmes de recherche de biologie des populations financés par l'ANR Biodiversité et la FRB. Le travail consistera à contribuer à l'échantillonnage d'insectes parasitoïdes sur la Côte d'Azur au cours de l'été, puis dans des oliveraies de la zone méditerranéenne française au cours de l'automne. Une petite contribution à l'élevage d'insectes sera également demandée.

Pré-requis : une connaissance des insectes est un avantage mais n'est pas un pré-requis obligatoire. Les qualités recherchées sont la rigueur et la motivation, notamment pour le travail de terrain. Il est nécessaire d'avoir le permis de conduire et d'être prêt à se déplacer fréquemment, ainsi que d'avoir une certaine souplesse en ce qui concerne les horaires de travail.

Durée : 5 ou 6 mois de juin à octobre-novembre 2010.

Niveau : les niveau de recrutement possible vont de bac+2 (minimum) à bac+5 (maximum).

Salaire mensuel brut : entre 1543 € et 2013 € selon le diplôme et l'expérience.

Pour postuler : envoyer CV + lettre de motivation avant le 30 avril 2010 à

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Workshop on Biology of Social Cognition

July 14 - 20, 2010
Application Deadline: April 15, 2010

Arranged by: David Skuse & Jason Mitchell

The past few years have seen remarkable advances in our knowledge of the genetic, molecular, and neural factors that contribute to social behavior. At the same time, sophisticated analytical and theoretical approaches have helped to make sense of the data. This week-long workshop aims to provide a comprehensive overview of these topics. Whilst the emphasis will be on social cognition in humans, there will also be study days dedicated to state-of-the-art presentations on comparative approaches and evolutionary models. Finally, all themes will be related to the clinical consequences of dysfunctional social cognition, and the role of translational research.

The workshop will include introductory seminars on key themes, offered every morning. There will be afternoons devoted largely to practical sessions that provide hands-on experiments in consultation with seminar leaders, rounded off by after-supper keynote lectures by leading scientists that reflect cutting-edge and future views related to our theme for that day.

Please pass this along to colleagues or members of your laboratory or group who may benefit from this training. A diverse faculty will bring the most up-to-date results and theories to the students, making this workshop a valuable resource for young researchers starting out in this fast-moving and expansive field.

The workshop will be held at the Laboratory’s Banbury Conference Center located on the north shore of Long Island. All participants stay in easy walk of the Center, close to tennis courts, pool and private beach. Ample breaks will allow time not only for informal interactions between lecturers and students, but also for reading, swimming, tennis and other outdoor activities available at the Center.

PhD position on Dolphins’ Vocal Communication

The Animal and Human Ethology laboratory (UMR 6552 CNRS - Rennes 1 University,) and the scientific department of the delphinarium in Planète Sauvage park (next to Nantes city, France) are proposing a PhD project on dolphins’ vocal communication.

Applicants should apply at the address below with full CV:

PhD title: Vocal communication and social relationships in captive bottlenose dolphins

PhD supervisor: Alban Lemasson, Co-supervisor : Martine Hausberger

Starting date: September 2010

PhD objectives: (1) describe the vocal production of a captive group of 5 dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and test the influence of social and environmental factors on the acoustic structuring of individual repertoires and on the communicative rules, (2) investigate the question of the function of whistles through an analysis of the contexts of call emission and through experiments aiming at testing the perceptual and recognition abilities of animals.

Competences of the candidate: Master diploma obtained no later than June 2010. University education in ethology required. Skills in acoustic recording and analysis desired. Skills in computer/electronic welcomed.

Position is dependent upon result of grant application; successful applicant will have to start September 2010.

Website of the research unit :

Website of the animal park :

jeudi 18 mars 2010

Field Assistant

Hiring Organization:
German Primate Center DPZ

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Field Assistant for Guinea Baboon Research in Senegal

The Cognitive Ethology Laboratory of the German Primate Center at Goettingen runs a research station in the Niokolo Koba National Park in Senegal, the Centre de Recherche de Primatologie Siment( To help with the data collection and the running of the project we are looking for a highly motivated field assistant for a period of six months, starting in July 2010.

Preference is given to applicants with experience of living and working under harsh conditions. Basic knowledge of French is essential, an interest in cultural exchange highly recommended. It would be helpful if the candidate had some experience with studies of animal behavior, but this is not a requirement. After some initial training period, we expect the candidate to collect GPS ranging data, record vocalizations, and contribute to the habituation of further animals. In addition, the candidate is required to contribute to the running of the project (repairs etc.). The position is open until a suitable candidate is found.

Applicants should send a brief letter of motivation, a CV and addresses of two references via email to:

Nadine Ellrott

Cognitive Ethology Lab
German Primate Center
Kellnerweg 4
37077 Göttingen
Phone: +49-551-3851-258

or contact Julia Fischer ( or Dietmar Zinner
( for further enquiries.

We cover travel costs (reimbursement after completion of stay), medical insurance, necessary examinations and vaccinations as well as malaria prophylaxis. The monthly salary is € 400 net, plus benefits.

Contact Information:
Dietmar Zinner
Kellnerweg 4
Goettingen, none 37077

Telephone Number:
49 551 3851 129


E-mail Address:

Kagwene Assistant Manager

Hiring Organization:

Date Posted:

Position Description:
The project is located in the South West Province of Cameroon. Individuals will be required to undertake both office (~60% of time) and field (~40% of time) work to assist the WCS Project in all facets of daily conservation activities. Field work mainly concentrates on indirect study of the endangered Cross River gorillas and includes periods of up to one month at an isolated field site. Fieldwork consists of managing operations of the research camp and responsibility for collecting and entering data into databases following established protocols. Mentoring local staff is an important obligation of the position. Other responsibilities include administrative support to the office, and other projects in support of the Director and Research Coordinator

A minimum of an undergraduate degree in a biological related discipline or a minimum of 6 months previous field experience (preferably in Africa) of ecology and conservation of large mammals. Given field site locations and topography, physical fitness is a high priority and the ability to work with minimum support in isolated areas in different weather conditions. Good spoken and written English. French would be an additional advantage.

Desirable attributes: Enthusiasm about working with wildlife and a Cameroonian national research team. Mature self-starter able to work within established program protocol. Practical experience with ArcGIS would be a bonus.

No salary is provided – see below.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Volunteers are expected to pay for their own airfare, visa, and medical insurance (no volunteer will be accepted without proof of medical insurance and up to date vaccinations). Basic field rations and local transport costs are provided for whilst on field assignments; however, out of field food and accommodation costs will not be covered.

Term of Appointment:
6 months renewable up to one year . Start date: 1 July 2010

Application Deadline:
30th April 2010

Send your application by e-mail to with subject V2010 and your surname. Application should include your curriculum vitae (no more than two pages) and a covering letter explaining (i) why you would like the position, (ii) what personal characteristics and technical experience you would bring to the project and (iii) what you would most want to accomplish as a volunteer member of the project team?

Contact Information:
Romanus Ikfuingei
c/o Limbe Botanic Gardens
Limbe, none

Telephone Number:
00237 3333 3755

Fax Number:


E-mail Address:


Hiring Organization:
Primate Rescue Project - Darwin Primate Group

Date Posted:

Position Description:
As a volunteer you will be part of our organization which rescues mainly injured and orphaned vervet monkeys and monitors wild vervet and baboon troops in the area.

By working, you will have a learning experience with all daily routines at a sanctuary.

The best times – for most - to volunteer with us are from September to May during the warmer months.

-Chopping food
- Cleaning enclosures
- Acting as human enemies to show what humans are capable of.
- Collecting branches and insects for monkey food.
- Observing integration/socializing from a fair distance while attempting to remain passively non-communicative (to encourage monkeys to mingle with their own kind).
- Observing the behaviour of the monkeys undergoing rehabilitation and the wild troop of baboons - noting hierarchy changes, vocalizations and their context, the working out of new relationships, each individuals particular personality and how s/he interacts with everyone else etc.
- When monkey mothers are not available, a volunteer may be required to act as surrogate mother for at least 3 months. It is always in the best interest of the monkeys to choose a surrogate monkey first if possible.
- Fetching food from our closest town.
- Monitoring wild troops for male/female ratios, behaviour etc.
- Researching what the vervet monkey and chacma baboon eat naturally in this area.
- Anti-poaching patrols.
- Hikes - The Garden Route where we are based has spectacular scenery and world renowned hikes like the Otter trail. We are a few minutes away from various animal centres like the Elephant Sanctuary, Eagle Encounters and Monkeyland for those who seek an experience with captive wildlife.
- Building/maintaining enclosures
- Blogging about your activities for our website.
- Writing awareness articles about the plight of non-human primates in this province - your experiences as a visitor to this country - for our local newspaper.
- Fundraising ideas/activities.
- Walking our rescue huskies on the beach or in the forest.

An Average Day during the baby season/summer:
6.00/7.00 am - Babies get bottles first thing after they have been sterilised. (October to February when there may be infants here during the baby season - this is not always the case). Mr Gandhi gets a handful of biscuits.

Cutting branches and looking for insects to put into monkey enclosures for juveniles, sub adults and adults.

07h00 - 10 am (depending on time of year) Cleaning cages of faeces, dishes and food. (Check faeces for diarrhoea, worms etc. Preparing food, putting out clean water (to be done two/three times a day), and feeding of other animals.

- If monitoring baboon troops, it may be necessary to go and look for them early on sunny mornings (6-8am when it is not baby season). This means that someone needs to be at home to care for the monkeys who need to know there is a protector around in the absence of a functional monkey adult and to exhibit a warning when/if any predators/enemies arrive. The appearance of an eagle, snake, strange dog or strange human offers an opportunity to show the monkeys that these are potential enemies.

08h00/9 - Breakfast continental style.

If all are up and willing, it is good to discuss the day's activities during a communal breakfast.

10h00 - 13h00 - Continue with feeding if not complete, check for injuries or any discomfort with casualties if any and report. Washing blankets.

While some of us clean cages, the monkeys are taken out to socialize by the full time caretakers of the troop where we will supervise and observe them while bearing the dehumanizing process in mind as much as is possible.

9 - 10.30 - TWO (or more) DAYS A WEEK:
On monitoring days we will leave at 9 -10.30 (winter) to monitor wild troops. Depending on how many volunteers there are, volunteers will go together.

13h00 - 14h00 Lunch prepared by volunteers if hungry. The kitchen is yours to use whenever you please. Because many have individual eating habits we have found it more practical to work this way.

14h00 - 17h00 Afternoon programmes vary from building new enclosures, maintaining old ones, vegetables (for animals, checking animals in various stages of rehabilitation programme, collecting food, or sometimes having some time off to go on excursions or just personal time to do whatever volunteers want to do.

Depending on the animals needs, socializing and integration may take up much of the afternoon.

- Volunteers with ideas on how to dehumanize monkeys/baboons could help by showing the monkeys to be scared of strange humans.

- Anti-poaching in our area is another option for volunteers to get involved in at this time. The growing snaring problem is claiming lives of much of our local wildlife.

- Taking babies for forest walks, showing dangers (like raptors, wild baboons, feral dogs etc.) and food sources - foraging etc. This depends on the age of the monkey as well as the history.

A willingness to help out with all daily chores as listed above. A passion for animals. Volunteers who have initiative to take our project forward are much appreciated.

Donation of 150 pounds per week. This project relies solely on the support of the public and donations are integral to our primates survival.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Included are accommodation, laundry, lift once a week to the closest town for supplies, and continental breakfast.There is internet access and lifts are provided to local attractions when needed.

Application Deadline:

For a more detailed account of this project, please contact Karin Saks at:

Contact Information:
Karin Saks 6602
South Africa


E-mail Address:

mardi 16 mars 2010

PhD course: Measuring and assessing animal welfare at herd level

Dead line registration: May 1st 2010

Course date(s): Residential course May 31st – June 4th 2010, 2 day follow-up in October 2010 and in between project work
Location: Koldkærgård, Aarhus, Denmark (
Participants: Primarily PhD students of veterinary, animal and social sciences, max. number of participants: 15
Course fees: For PhD students registered at Danish Universities 8500 kr. (including 2-day follow-up) covering lodging and meals. Other participants 15000 kr (incl. lodging and meals). All participants cover their own travelling costs.
Course content:
The course is built up of a residential course of 5 days and a 2 day follow-up on individual student report work carried out in the intervening period. The residential course will focus on measuring and assessing animal welfare at herd level and will include in-depth introduction to the following topics:

• Animal welfare and ethics; the ‘isms’, the different stakeholders, measuring vs. assessing animal welfare
• Definition of animal welfare; the different approaches ‘nature’, ‘biological functioning’, ‘emotions’
• Animal welfare assessment concepts – Different goals…different methods
- General guidelines
- Decisions support for the farmer
- Certification / Classification
• Animal welfare indicators; Individual and marginal validity, applicability and robustness
- Animal behaviour and health as animal welfare indicators
• Aggregation of animal welfare indicators / Animal welfare index
- The concept of Welfare Quality
- The acceptable vs. the non-acceptable level
• Animal welfare legislation and control

Lecturers: Raphaelle Botreau INRA, NN Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, Peter Sandøe LIFE/KU, and researchers DJF/AU.
Course language: English
Course examination: Mandatory requirements: Participation in residential course and 2 day follow-up – as well as a passed course report. Report presentations and opponent criticism of fellow students’ course report possible via video link for PhD students from abroad.

Contact and registration:, +45 89991350

Positions Details - 2010/79 - Research Scientist - Animal Welfare

Job Profile

Reference Number: 2010/79
Position Title: Research Scientist - Animal Welfare
Division: CSIRO Livestock Industries
Location: Armidale, NSW
Classification: CSOF5
Salary Range: $79K - 85K plus Superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Applicants: International Applicants Welcome
Relocation Assistance: May be offered to the successful applicant.
Applications Close: 26 Mar 2010
Job Category: Scientific Research

Would you like to join Australia's leading research organisation and make a difference in farm animal welfare?
CSIRO Livestock Industries is looking to appoint an accomplished Research Scientist to join our highly successful team working to address current and emerging animal welfare issues in Australian Livestock industries. The position will be based at the FD McMaster Laboratory in Armidale NSW. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and leading research projects that are central to the core strategies of the team:
1) The biology of animal welfare and its measurement,
2) Identification and selection of animals adapted to their environment and
3) Assessment and improvement of animal husbandry practices.

Under the direction of the Team Leader, you will be expected to liaise with external funding bodies, and develop and maintain partnerships with other research groups within and external to CSIRO and across a range of disciplines. The position requires original thinking, conceptualizing complex relationships and a thorough understanding of the science and technologies used in animal welfare research. The need for high level interpersonal and communication skills is central to this position.
Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent in an animal or biomedical science such as physiology,
neurobiology, behaviour, cognition, immunology or veterinary science. You should be able to demonstrate conceptual and practical knowledge and experience in research to improve animal welfare and a strong publication record. The applicant must have at least 2 years demonstrable experience (post PhD) in animal science or related research.

Position Description

Key Capabilities:

  • Application of research skills in animal behaviour, cognition, neurobiology, physiology or immunology for assessment of animal welfare and demonstrated research impact.
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate productive relationships with clients, maintaining research collaborations to share leading edge concepts and technologies, and investments to support development and implementation of research outputs.
  • Ability to resolve major conceptual scientific issues in areas that have little or no precedent and require original concepts and approaches.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain effective and efficient work relationships within a team and to assist in managing resources to achieve objectives displaying creativity and a high degree of cooperation.
  • Strong commitment to working as a team member to achieve project goals.
  • Coordination and management of resources to undertake animal experimentation, on time and within budget.
  • Excellent skills in data analysis, report preparation and publication of research findings in peer- reviewed international journals.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, and in progressing complex, sensitive or contentious research matters to finality.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication, negotiation and representational skills, including evidence through reports and scientific papers published in peer-reviewed international journals.
  • Knowledge, understanding and commitment to principles of equal employment opportunity and health and safety and environment.
Key Result Areas/Duties:

  • Participate in a team of approximately 8 to 10 research and support staff, assisting in building the reputation of the team as a source of non-partisan, authoritative research and advice on livestock welfare issues.
  • Assist in development of funding proposals and reports that are effective by being concise and timely, based on a thorough understanding of the needs and expectations of the funding body.
  • Maintain costings spreadsheets and ensure projects are conducted on budget and in a timely manner.
  • Work effectively in a team environment where team members may come from diverse backgrounds and may be located in other establishments.
  • Be able to conduct research in a manner consistent with CSIRO’s organizational objectives and code of conduct.
  • Develop novel concepts and methodologies for the assessment of animal welfare.
  • Influence industry appreciation of animal welfare issues.
  • Publish original research and reviews in quality peer reviewed journals.

Selection Criteria

Applicants must address the selection criteria. Applicants that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered. To assist you prepare your application please read the information available at "Before you Apply".


1. PhD or equivalent in an animal or biomedical science such as physiology, behaviour, animal cognition, immunology or veterinary science.
2. At least 2 years demonstrated experience in animal welfare or relevant animal research after completing a PhD.
3. Demonstrated conceptual and practical knowledge and experience in application of experimentation to improving animal welfare.
4. Demonstrated record of publication in quality peer reviewed journals.
5. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team.
6. Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication and negotiation skills.
7. Ability to maintain and manage research project budgets and delivery schedules.
8. Knowledge, understanding and commitment to principles of equal employment opportunity and health and safety and environment.
9. Willingness to travel within Australia as required.


1. Experience managing externally-funded research projects.
2. Knowledge of current and emerging welfare issues of Australia’s livestock industries.

More Information


Before you apply ensure that your documents are in Text, MS Word or PDF. Ensure your file is not larger than 1MB in PDF format, or 2MB for all other formats. Your documents will be converted into PDF format.
To view these documents once converted you will need to download Adobe Reader Download Adobe Reader.
CSIRO prefers your application be lodged online via this careers site.
You are required to include two (2) documents "Statement of Claims Addressing the Selection Criteria" and a "Resume or CV" including the names of at least two (2) referees.
If you experience difficulties applying online call 1300 301 509 for assistance. Outside business hours please email
If you are unable to lodge your application online you can send your completed application and copies of any supporting documentation quoting reference number 2010/79 to:
CSIRO Careers Online
PO Box 225
Dickson ACT 2602
Or alternatively fax to 02 6276 6641.
Contact: Should you require more information on this position please contact Drewe Ferguson via email or by phone on 02 6776 1354.

Please do not email your application directly to Drewe. Applications received via this method will not be considered. Please use the 'Apply Now' link.


CSIRO's purpose is to deliver great science and innovative solutions for industry, society and the
environment by igniting the creative spirit of our people.
People are at the centre of everything we do. We work to create the right environment to amplify our talent. We take a ‘Team Australia’ approach. It is not enough just to have a great idea; we must have impact, solve problems and make a difference. We take a triple bottom line focus in our activities, balancing between commerce and the public good.
Great science is our foundation. Getting it out there is our aim. Description of the Research/Business Group CSIRO Livestock Industries creates, develops, and commercialises technologies for the benefit of Australia’s livestock industries, the environment, and the food industries. We have a major research initiative to improve animal welfare within Australia’s livestock industries.
This key research position lies within the Livestock Industries business unit of CSIRO through its Theme
1045 ~ Transforming the Animal and its Products.


vendredi 12 mars 2010

Position in animal behaviour and welfare + Evolution of Social Cognition workshop

The ESF Research Networking Programme "CompCog" (full name: Evolution of Social Cognition: Comparisons and integration across a wide range of human and non-human animal species) is calling for applications:
- to organize workshops (regular workshops: 10000€, discussion meetings: 8000€)
- to organize lab visits (6 students will be financed for a week to visit your lab)
- to have short term research visits (for students, typically not longer than 2 months).

Applications from countries supporting CompCog (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom) have priority.

The deadline for application is 10 April 2010.

For details on the CompCog objectives, the application procedure and the selection processes see

Best regards,
Zsofia Viranyi
CompCog coordinator

[experience] questionnaire internet sur la compréhension de l'incertitude

Marie JUANCHICH (juanchic [ à ] propose une expérience

- Dédommagement : non
- Dates de l'expérience : Pas de date limite
- Cloture du recrutement :

- Description de l'expérience :
L'expérience consiste à compléter un très court questionnaire sur internet (environ 5 minutes) et qui porte sur sur la façon dont les individus comprennent l'incertitude.

Pour participer, cliquez au hasard sur un des 4 liens ci dessous (attention, il est important de ne participer qu'à un seul de ces questionnaires.)

Merci beaucoup.

- Conditions : Etre majeur et de langue maternelle française.

- Lieu de déroulement : Internet

- Laboratoire : CLLE-LTC

- Personne à contacter :
Marie Juanchich (juanchic [ à ]

mercredi 10 mars 2010

Un beau parcours

A tous ceux qui ont décroché un diplôme en éthologie, voici une belle réussite: le parcours d'Hélène Roche qui a su créer son propre emploi et vivre de ses passions.
Pour la découvrir:
- sur mon blog
- sur son site

PhD opportunity

The adaptive value of learning in different ecological contexts

Despite a large amount of research into the mechanisms of learning we still know almost nothing about how cognitive traits might be adapted to different ecological conditions. This project provides a series of novel experimental approaches to address this issue. Anticipated environmental change is almost certain to affect the structure and dynamics of pollination systems. A more complete understanding of pollinator behaviour means we will be better able to predict how the pollination of crops and wild flowers will be affected by environmental change.

Learning, or the adaptive modification of behaviour based on experience, is an important way in which animals can respond to changes in their environment. Many pollinators are actually faced with a complex environment in which to collect food – this ‘pollination market’ may contain dozens of flower types which not only vary in colour, shape and scent, but also in the quantity and quality of rewards (principally pollen and nectar) they present. The rewards on offer may change very rapidly over the course of the day depending on the timing of reward provision by flowers, climatic conditions and the activity patterns of other flower visitors. Hence, learning to modify flower choices rapidly could be advantageous to a pollinator in circumstances where the floral market is highly dynamic. This view is supported by current data showing that colonies containing faster learning individuals are more efficient at collecting nectar in the field (Raine & Chittka 2008). However, there is actually a large range in learning performance among bee colonies with individuals in some colonies learning much faster than others. Therefore, a key question is what maintains this variability in cognitive abilities if faster learning performance appears to be at a selective advantage?

This project will investigate these questions using the bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) as a model system in both laboratory and field experiments. Previous work has shown that B. terrestris colonies are amenable to laboratory learning experiments and that the same colonies can subsequently be moved into the field to assess their foraging abilities (an established robust proxy measure of colony fitness) under ecologically relevant conditions (Raine & Chittka 2007; 2008). This approach enables us to examine potential links between cognitive abilities (tested in the laboratory) with foraging performance (assessed under field conditions). B. terrestris is an important pollinator species which is bred commercially for large-scale crop pollination. In the laboratory several generations of bees can be raised each year and this will form the basis of selection experiment to examine the heritability of learning performance. ‘Fast’ and ‘slow’ learning lines of bumblebee colonies will be selectively bred from the most extreme behavioural phenotypes observed in each generation. The foraging performance of these colonies will then be tested in a range of habitats to assess the ecological conditions to which particular cognitive behavioural phenotypes might be best adapted.

This project will also examine how variation in learning performance between isolated B. terrestris populations could be adapted to particular local floras. B. terrestris occurs throughout Europe including many isolated island populations. Preliminary data indicate a number of striking differences in learning ability between colonies tested from several isolated populations. This project will investigate whether these differences are predictably linked to differences in local flora in which they each forage, particularly with respect to the degree to which the most profitable flower species changes over time (a trait which could favour faster learning).

For further details about the project please contact Dr. Nigel Raine (

Applications should be made by submitting a completed application form (available from and a full CV by email to by 20th March. Candidates should arrange for two academic references to be sent to the same email address ( by the same date. It is anticipated that interviews will take place in April.


Raine NE, L Chittka (2007). The adaptive significance of sensory bias in a foraging context: floral colour preferences in the bumblebee Bombus terrestris. PLoS One 2: e556.

Raine NE, L Chittka (2008). The correlation of learning speed and natural foraging success in bumble-bees. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 275: 803-808.

NB: pdf versions of these papers can be downloaded from:

Dr. Nigel Raine
Senior Lecturer in Behavioural Ecology,
School of Biological Sciences,
Royal Holloway, University of London,
Egham, Surrey,

Tel: ++44 (0)1784 443539


mardi 9 mars 2010

PhD Studentships (2) in Children and Young People

Applications are invited for two PhD studentships in Children and Young People, as part of a new collaborative research programme between the UNESCO Chairs at the University of Ulster and NUI Galway. Candidates should hold, or expect to hold by 15 August 2010, a first or upper second class honours degree in any relevant discipline such as health, education, social policy, child psychology and development, economics, law, social policy or other cognate area. Successful candidates will enrol as of September 2010, on a full-time programme of research studies leading to the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 26 March 2010
Interviews will be held during May 2010

We are particularly interested in proposals within the following areas:
• A critical analysis of the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland’s (OFMDFM), ‘Ten Year Strategy for Children and Young People in Northern Ireland’ (2006-2016).
• Studies that investigate the impact of early intervention programmes for children and young people in Ireland. Applications may focus on a specific area of intervention programme related to children’s health, education, welfare or development; or the study might focus on services for a specific group of children and young people such as children in care, immigrant children etc. The research could involve advanced statistical analyses and will need to draw firm conclusions about the theoretical frameworks underpinning the intervention and evidence of its impact.
• A study of the concept of ‘advocacy’ as it relates to services for children and young people in Ireland. The investigation could include an analysis of how advocacy is understood within different policy environments in Ireland; strengths and weaknesses of advocacy strategies employed by children’s agencies; analysis of capacity and characteristics of successful approaches.

If you wish to discuss your proposal or receive advice on your application please contact:
Prof Alan Smith
University of Ulster

Apply online or application materials are available from: Research Office, University of Ulster, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA, t: 028 7032 4729, e:,

Funding Notes
The studentship will comprise fees (Home and EU rate only) and an annual stipend of £13,630. It will be awarded for a period of up to three years subject to satisfactory progress and is tenable in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Coleraine Campus.

More informations?

Department for Employment and Learning N.I. (DEL) funded PhD Studentship in Ecology

Applications are invited for a DEL funded PhD studentship tenable in the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences at the Coleraine Campus.
Candidates should have ordinary UK residence to be eligible for both fees and maintenance. Non UK residents who hold ordinary EU residence may also apply but if successful will receive fees only. All applicants should hold a first or upper second class honours degree in Ecology or a cognate area. Successful candidates will enrol as of September 2010, on a full-time programme of research studies leading to the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
The studentship will comprise fees together with an annual stipend of £13,630 and will be awarded for a period of up to three years subject to satisfactory progress.
The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 26 March 2010
Interviews will be held during May 2010
The Research topic proposed is Understanding mechanisms of plant species coexistence: the role of ecological stoichiometry
If you wish to discuss this topic or receive advice on research please contact
Dr Dario Fornara, Terrestrial Ecology Research Group, Environmental Sciences Research Institute, University of Ulster, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA, N. Ireland t: +44 (0)28 70324658 e:
Application materials may be obtained from:
Apply online or application materials are available from: Research Office, University of Ulster, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA.
t: 028 7032 4729, e:, w:

Funding Notes
Candidates should have ordinary UK residence to be eligible for both fees and maintenance. Non UK residents who hold ordinary EU residence may also apply but if successful will receive fees only. All applicants should hold a first or upper second class honours degree in Ecology or a cognate area.
The studentship will comprise fees together with an annual stipend of £13,630 and will be awarded for a period of up to three years subject to satisfactory progress.

More information?

Primate Behaviour and Ecology Field School, Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, Borneo

Educational Organization:
Oxford Brookes University

Date Posted:

Program Description:
A two-week field school in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary in Sabah, Borneo

Tuition will be given in the following areas: vegetation sampling, behavioural observation, censusing, triangulation, phonological sampling, GPS, and an introduction to SPSS. Students already experienced in these skills can begin their project from day one. Due to time constraints, each topic must be approved by the instructor prior to arrival at the field site. You may be able to arrange independent study or dissertation credit from your school or university.

Deadline for applications 15 April; places filled on a first-come first serve basis. The course will not run with less than ten students, with a maximum 15 spots available. The cost is £650, which does not include your return ticket to and from there.

Primates present at the site include:
Orang-utan (Pongo pygmaeus morio)
Proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus)
Long-tail macaque (Macaca fascicularis)
Pig-tail macaque (Macaca nemestrina)
Bornean gibbon (Hylobates muelleri)
Silvered leaf-monkey (Trachypithecus cristatus)
Maroon leaf monkey (Presbytis rubicunda)
Western tarsier (Tarsius bancanus borneanus)
Bornean slow loris (Nyticebus menagensis)

Entrance Qualifications:
The courses are intended for undergraduates interested in primate behaviour, ecology or conservation, but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment.

Tuition / Fees:
£650, (not including return ticket to and from site).
Cost includes: transportation to the field centre by bus and boat, your accommodation and meals/drinks at the field centre during the two weeks, a conservation fee, fuel for boat trips, and the use of the facilities (including laboratory space, electricity, running water and internet!). The cost does NOT include a round-trip international flight. Students with special dietary requirements (i.e. vegetarian) or allergies can be accommodated, but this needs to be pre-arranged.

Support (scholarships, travel):
None provided; Funding may be available from your local council. Students attending from one University, School or College may be eligible for Royal Society or British Ecological society expedition grants. Use Google to search for youth expedition/ conservation grants.
Education/transferable skill stipends may also be available from your local town council, county or school.

Start + End Dates:
6 - 20 August, 2010

Application Deadline:
10 April, 2010

Contact Danica Stark to enroll or for more information: and pass this email along to anyone who might be
interested. See also:

Contact Information:
Danica Stark
United Kingdom


E-Mail Address:

vendredi 5 mars 2010

Offre de stage

La SVAA recherche un étudiant en Biologie/Primatologie pour effectuer un suivi des populations sauvages de Gibbon Hoolock de l'Ouest au sein du Nokrek NP (parc national) déclaré réserve de la biosphère par l'UNESCO, dans le cadre du Programme HURO.
L'étudiant sera encadré par l'équipe sur place et sera suivi par le Dr Sati, primatologue et spécialiste des gibbons.
Cette offre de stage peut prendre lieu au plus vite.

Merci de diffuser largement cette annonce,

Pour plus de renseignement :

Kelly Thomas.
Secretaire assistante
Association SVAA


Je propose une nouvelle formation spécialement adaptée aux étudiants de M1 et M2 devant faire leur stage de terrain et qui devront faire des manipulations sur les oiseaux. Vous trouverez tous les détails de cette formation très pragmatique sur le lien :

Par ailleurs, vous trouverez sur mon blog les différents services que je propose pour vos programmes de recherche.

Je reste bien sûr à votre entière disposition pour tout renseignement et étude de cas.


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Field Research Assistant

The Impact of Seasonal Variation in Food Resources and Ranging Patterns on the Reproductive Physiology and Behavior of Female Spider Monkeys

Hiring Organization:
S. Ramirez (UTSA)

Date Posted:

Position Description:
I am searching for a hard-working, motivated, responsible assistant to help with a project on the behavior and physiology of spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi) on Barro Colorado Island (BCI), Panama. The project focuses on female spider monkey reproductive physiology and energy expenditure. The assistant will be responsible for collecting behavioral, foraging, and ranging data as well as fecal and urine samples for hormonal and energetic analyses from multiple females. Other responsibilities will include identifying plant species, tree mapping, and data entry. The assistant will be trained in all relevant data collection and archiving methods, including behavioral sampling, GPS, radiotelemetry, and sample preservation. The research assistant should view this position as an internship, thus the experience gained will be a great opportunity for a student who is interested in primatology, biology, and ecology wishing to further their academic career.

Students interested should have or in the process of obtaining a BS/BA in Physical Anthropology, Biology, Ecology, Primatology, Animal Behavior, or a related field. Although previous experience with primates in not necessary, it is strongly preferred that the student has had some experience in tropical forests (i.e. field school), working with animals, and/or working in the outdoors. The student should have a substantial background in science that allows one to understand the scientific method, basic research terminology, and the importance of collecting systematic data. More importantly, the student should have a strong interest in primate behavior and ecology. Knowledge of Spanish is helpful, but not necessary. Furthermore, applicants must be in good physical and mental condition; have the ability to hike long distances; feel comfortable being away from family and friends for extended periods of time; be emotionally mature, energetic, and patient; detailed orientated; not be afraid of snakes, bugs, etc. or being alone in the forest; have good social skills; and be able to maintain a optimistic attitude towards challenging and tiring work. The assistant will be expected to work about 6 hours a day and 5-6 days each week. The terrain at the research site is very hilly and rocky and the climate is hot, humid, and rainy; thus persistence, maturity, and dedication are very important.

No salary

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Partial to full refund of plane ticket and boarding is possible, depending on the availability of grant money. Applicants who are interested in this position, please indicate how much of the cost you will be able to contribute in your letter of interest (see below). Stay at BCI (US $775/month) includes three meals a day, Wi-Fi Internet, and boarding. For more details see

Term of Appointment:
Minimum 6 month commitment; 12 month commitment preferred.

Application Deadline:
Till position is filled

The start date for this project is July 1, 2010. If interested, please email the following to Stephanie Ramirez (

1. CV including relevant coursework, previous field/outdoor experience, and contact information
2. Letter of interest
3. References from two persons (preferably professors or research supervisors with whom you have worked closely with) in which they provide information about your experiences, skills, and training

Contact Information:
Stephanie M. Ramirez / STRI, attn: BCI
Unit 9100 BOX 0948
DPO, AA 34002-9998

Telephone Number:
(country code: 507) 6558-3247

E-mail Address:

jeudi 4 mars 2010

Veterinaire Assistant au Centre de Primatologie

Hiring Organization:

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Le Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville (CIRMF) propose 1 poste de vétérinaire assistant « junior » vacant à partir de juin 2010.

Type de Contrat : poste de Volontaire International pour le Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes (durée 1 an renouvelable une fois).

Profil de poste : Le Centre de Primatologie du CIRMF comprend environ 400 primates d'une dizaine d'espèces (voir site internet du CIRMF, rubrique Primatologie). Vous intégrerez une équipe de 21 personnes (18 Gabonais, 2 Français, 1 Tchadien) comprenant notamment 3 autres vétérinaires, 12 animaliers et 2 assistantes. Vous serez chargé des soins et des protocoles en cours sur les primates ainsi que de la gestion quotidienne du Centre (contrôle du travail des animaliers, amélioration des conditions de captivité, enrichissement, commandes, stocks, etc). Vous exercerez sous la triple tutelle du chef de service du Centre, du Directeur du CIRMF (logistique et scientifique) et de la Coopération Française (administratif).

Vétérinaire (thèse ou non), âgé de moins de 28 ans, expérimenté en médecine et chirurgie courante, avec si possible une expérience d'expatriation, de primatologie et/ou de recherches. Le poste requiert disponibilité (gardes de week-end, travail nocturne si besoin), rigueur (protocoles scientifiques, gestion des zoonoses, etc.) et débrouillardise (suivi de travaux, négociations de devis, etc). Francophone, vous parlez et lisez l'anglais avec facilité (littérature scientifique).

Fixé par le Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et susceptible d'être modifié annuellement : environ 1700 € nets/mois, non imposable.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Logement possible sur le campus du CIRMF avec participation financière. Le CIRMF possède sur son campus un terrain de tennis et une piscine. Le Ministère des Affaires Etrangères offre le billet d'avion Paris-Franceville A/R.

Term of Appointment:
Temps plein

Application Deadline:
Poste vacant en Juin 2010

Contacter Bettina SALLE avec lettre de motivation et CV. En cas de présélection, le dossier sera transmis selon la procédure officielle auprès du Ministère.

Contact Information:
SALLE Bettina
Franceville, none BP769

Telephone Number:
+ 241 67 70 92


E-mail Address:

Meetings Calendar

Dates: March 26, 2010 - March 28, 2010
Sponsor: Iowa State University
Location: Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa Web Site:

Dates: April 7, 2010 - April 8, 2010
Sponsor: Department of Psychology, University of Abertay, Dundee
Location: University of Abertay, Dundee, Scotland Web Site:

Dates: April 7, 2010 - April 9, 2010
Sponsor: Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour, University of Exeter, UK
Location: Exeter, UK
Web Site:

Dates: April 13, 2010 - April 16, 2010
Sponsor: Washington National Primate Research Center
Location: Seattle, WA
Web Site:

Dates: April 14, 2010 - April 17, 2010
Sponsor: University of New Mexico
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Web Site:

Date: April 15, 2010
Sponsor: New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research and Merck & Co., Inc
Location: National Conference Center at the Holiday Inn, East Windsor, NJ

Dates: April 17, 2010 - April 20, 2010
Sponsor: Cognitive Neuroscience Society
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Web Site:

Dates: April 17, 2010 - April 18, 2010
Sponsor: Bowen Center for the Study of the Family
Location: Georgetown University School of Medicine campus Web Site:

Dates: April 23, 2010 - April 25, 2010
Sponsor: Oxford Brookes University
Location: Anthropology Centre for Conservation, Environment, and Development, Oxford Brookes University

Date: April 24, 2010
Sponsor: Southern California Primate Research Forum
Location: Cal State Fullerton

Dates: May 9, 2010 - May 12, 2010
Sponsor: Animal Transport Association
Location: Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Web Site:

Dates: May 12, 2010 - May 15, 2010
Sponsor: Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) and the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians (EAZWV)
Location: Zoo Aquarium of Madrid, Spain
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Dates: June 16, 2010 - June 19, 2010
Sponsor: American Society of Primatologists
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Web Site:

Dates: July 25, 2010 - July 29, 2010
Sponsor: College of William and Mary
Location: Williamsburg, VA
Web Site:

Dates: August 16, 2010 - August 18, 2010
Sponsor: National Engineering Research Center of Biomedicine and Animal Science and Kunming Biomed International
Location: Kunming, Yunnan, China
Web Site:

Dates: September 12, 2010 - September 18, 2010
Sponsor: International Primatological Society
Location: Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan Web Site:

Dates: September 12, 2010 - September 17, 2010
Sponsor: Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and Houston Zoo
Location: George R. Brown Convention Center and the Hilton Americas Houston, Houston, Texas Web Site:

Dates: October 6, 2010 - October 9, 2010
Sponsor: APV
Location: Emory Conference Center Hotel/Emory Inn, Atlanta, GA Web Site:

Dates: October 10, 2010 - October 14, 2010
Sponsor: American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Web Site:

Dates: November 17, 2010 - November 21, 2010
Sponsor: American Anthropological Association
Location: Marriott New Orleans & Sheraton New Orleans, Louisiana Web Site: