University of Zurich
We are looking for an ambitious, highly motivated applicant for a three-year PhD position to work on comparative cognition at the Primate Station of the Anthropological Institute and Museum (University of Zurich).
In the Swiss National Foundation (SNF) project “Did cooperative breeding shape our minds? Comparative tests with nonhuman primates” by J. Burkart and C. van Schaik we examine the potential cognitive and psychological impact of the adoption of cooperative breeding during human evolution. The PhD project will focus on general psychological and cognitive consequences of cooperative breeding by testing various primate species, in particular callitrichid and squirrel monkeys.
You will be working in an international, multidisciplinary team of primatologists and psychologists at one of Europe’s leading institutions in this field.
Interested applicants should have a strong interest in primatology and psychology, a good background in evolutionary biology, a very good academic track record, be fluent in written and spoken English and hold the equivalent of a Master’s degree. We are looking for an applicant with advanced skills in statistical data analysis and experimental methods, as well as experience in cognitive and psychological testing of non-/preverbal subjects.
Candidates should send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a transcript of the university diplomas, contact information for three references, and a summary of the Master’s thesis (all combined to a single PDF) to Judith Burkart at Judith.firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than October 31, 2010.
Salaries rise from CHF 34000 in the first year to CHF 40000 in the third year.
Term of Appointment:
Start of the project is planned for February 1, 2011.
October 31, 2010, or until the position is filled
For further information, please contact Judith Burkart (Judith.email@example.com).
Dr. Judith Burkart
Anthropologisches Institut und Museum
8057 Zürich, none 8057