vendredi 15 décembre 2017

4 PhD positions on the ‘ecology of fear’ in wildlife

4 PhD opportunities are available to work with Liana Zanette at Western University, Canada.  Prof. Zanette heads the world’s leading research group experimentally testing the effects of predator-induced fear on the population and community dynamics of wildlife, and has published seminal papers demonstrating that fear itself (perceived predation risk) is powerful enough to affect wildlife population dynamics (Science 2011), the fear of large carnivores can itself cause a trophic cascade (Nature Communications 2016), andthe fear the human “super predator” inspires in large carnivores can in turn have cascading effects on ecosystems (Proc R Soc B 2017).  PhD 1 will conduct the first ever comprehensive test of the total impact of fear on the population growth rate in wildlife.  PhD 2 will conduct the first fully manipulative experimental test of whether the fear of large carnivores affects the demography of large herbivores, and has cascading trophic impacts on plant responses.  PhD 3 will test the demographic and behavioural impacts the fear of lions has on their ungulate prey.  PhD 4 will test whether ‘interrogating’ wildlife about their fear of humans can be used as a tool to diagnose the extent and intensity of poaching and disturbance by ecotourists.  PhDs 1 and 2 will be conducted on song sparrows and black-tailed deer respectively, on Canada’s Gulf Islands, and PhDs 3 and 4 will be conducted in private game reserves in South Africa.  Applicants should have an MSc, a passion for research, experience conducting field experiments, publications in internationally-competitive journals, evidence of research/interest in the ecology of fear, and have or be well-positioned to compete for an external scholarship.  Western guarantees a minimum stipend for up to four years.  Applicants should provide: (1) a cover letter; (2) CV with names of 3 referees; and (3) unofficial transcripts from previous degrees.  Use the subject line “Ecology of fear PhD” and e-mail materials to lzanette@uwo.ca.  Review of applications will begin 15 January 2018.

mardi 12 décembre 2017

Emploi

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PhD studentships on the behaviour of wild spider monkeys at Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico

Two 4-year PhD studentships on wild spider monkeys

Two 4-year PhD studentships are available to carry out projects on the behaviour of wild spider monkeys at Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico) under the supervision of experienced researchers. Potential applicants should email me (faureli [ chez ] uv.mx) and mention which of the two research topics they are interested in.

Hormonal underpinnings of social interactions in spider monkeys
(in collaboration with Dr. Pedro Dias, Universidad Veracruzana)

Grooming reciprocity and negotiation in spider monkeys
(in collaboration with Dr. Gabriele Schino, CNR, Italian Research Council)

Potential applicants should have a Masters degree in a relevant field and have some knowledge of Spanish. The PhD thesis can be written in English, but knowledge of Spanish is important to navigate the bureaucracy. Specific qualifications will be asked after receiving the email expressing the research topic of interest.

Contact should be made as soon as possible as applicants need to submit a research protocol developed with the potential supervisor during the application process.

Information about the application process and the PhD program can be found at the following links (it is the information for last application round; it will be updated in 2018):

www.uv.mx/dneuro/sitios-de-interes-y-noticias-y-eventos/avisos-y-eventos/
www.uv.mx/dneuro/

lundi 11 décembre 2017

PhD positions (2), Germany (closes 7 Jan)

pdf here

Research Officer (Cohort Studies) (London_1524)

Overview

Salary
Competitive
Location
London
Job Type
Permanent
Hours per Week
35 Hours
Closing date
01 January 2018


Are you an experienced Researcher in animal welfare science with expertise in studies involving pet owners?  Do you have good knowledge of research methods, data collection techniques and statistical analysis?
Dogs Trust is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK, with a nationwide network of rehoming centres and charity shops.  Last year, Dogs Trust centres cared for over 15,000 dogs; we never put a healthy dog down.
The Dogs Trust Research Team is looking for a researcher with quantitative research experience to join our Head Office based team on a permanent basis. The primary focus of the role will be to assist with the running of Dogs Trust cohort studies (Generation Pup and post adoption projects).
Dogs Trust is committed to ensuring best practice in the care and welfare of dogs. To achieve this aim, it is important that a robust and critical approach is taken when collecting data, and evaluating both research evidence and current activity. The collection and analysis of relevant data, for example through the use of cohort studies of dog owners, is key to developing strategies to ensure the optimum welfare of dogs.
The aim of this position is to work with the Senior Veterinary Epidemiologist to support the running of Dogs Trust cohort studies (Generation Pup and Post adoption projects). This includes helping to prepare online and paper questionnaires for data collection, liaising with owners (through email, phone and social medial communication), assisting with other aspects of data collection – including (but not limited to) veterinary records, health cards completed by veterinary practice staff and behaviour videos. Preparing data for analysis and conducting analyses of data in addition to presenting results at conferences and meetings will be part of this role.  The post holder may also be expected to assist with other projects being conducted within the Dogs Trust research group, as required by the Senior Veterinary Epidemiologist.
To be successful in this role you will have a qualification in veterinary medicine or science, animal behaviour or welfare, animal science, or a related subject, ideally with a postgraduate research qualification.  You will have a good knowledge of research methods, data collection techniques and statistical analysis, with some experience in supervising students undertaking research
To apply for this position please click the APPLY NOW button.  Our application process requires you to submit a CV and cover letter explaining your interest and suitability for the role.


For further details please download the job description below:
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dimanche 10 décembre 2017

PhD position in Behavioural Ecology, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

PhD position in Behavioural Ecology, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Vocal communication and breeding decisions in wild zebra finches

PhD position
We offer a 4 year PhD Position (1.0 FTE) to undertake research on communication and breeding decisions in wild zebra finches within the Behavioural Ecology chair group at Wageningen University, the Netherlands in cooperation with Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. This position is financed by an Open Competition ALW grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
Project details
The aim of this project is to determine how animals respond behaviourally and physiologically in their breeding decisions to climatic variability, using wild zebra finches in the Australian arid zone as model. Zebra finches are the best-studied avian model organism under laboratory conditions, yet decisions and signals used to time and optimize reproduction in nature are poorly understood. Here we will use a long-term monitored Australian field population to identify how birds signal to achieve physiological and behavioural synchrony for optimizing reproduction. While the project consider all vocal signals including calls, it will specifically test hypotheses on the function of male song. This unique field project will provide key advances in our understanding of signalling and behavioural decisions of animals breeding under ecologically challenging and unpredictable climatic conditions. It also will open new doors for understanding social functions of elaborate signals and for laboratory studies on behavioural mechanisms using ecologically refined conditions. The project is supervised by Prof. Marc Naguib at Wageningen University in collaboration with Prof. Simon Griffith at Macquarie University in Sydney. The field research will be conducted at a well established zebra finch population at Fowlers Gap Research Station in New South Wales, Australia.
We ask

•       MSc-degree in Biology with specialization in Animal Behaviour / Behavioural Ecology or equivalent experience

•       Strong experimental and analytical skills

•       Good organizational and (written and spoken) communication skills in English

•       Proven ability to collaborate with others.

•       Willingness to conduct and organize extensive ornithological fieldwork at a remote location.

•       Willingness to travel internationally, to attend conferences and visit other institutes.

•       A driving licence
We offer

•       A contract with full social benefits based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO for 38 hrs/week. Initially the PhD-appointment will be for a period of 18 months. Continuation of the appointment with another 30 months is contingent on a positive performance evaluation. Based on a full time appointment, gross salary will be € 2.222 per month in the first year, rising each year up to €2.840 per month in the fourth year and includes contribution to a pension scheme. The salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance (8%) and an end of year bonus of 8,3% % of the gross salary per year.

•       Participation in the training program of the Graduate School WIAS at Wageningen University.

•       Stimulating international research environment

•       An excellent opportunity to develop an international scientific network.
The organization
The successful candidate will join the stimulating and international research environment of Wageningen University & Research. Wageningen University is worldwide renowned for its research and education in the field of life sciences. Through these activities it aims to make essential contributions to the quality of life. This approach has led to Wageningen University being ranked as the best agricultural university and #1 in environment & ecology in the world according to the National Taiwan University Ranking 2017.
This project will be carried out in the Behavioural Ecology Group within the Department of Animal Sciences with fieldwork being carried out at Fowlers Gap Research Station in NSW, Australia.
For further information, please contact Marc Naguib (marc.naguib@wur.nl).  The application deadline is 7 January 2018. - Applications should include a letter of motivation, CV and names of three references.
Please apply through this website:
https://www.wur.nl/en/Jobs/Vacancies/Show/PhD-positionVocal-communication-and-breeding-decisions-in-wild-zebra-finches-.htm

4-year PhD studentships

Two 4-year PhD studentships on wild spider monkeys

Two 4-year PhD studentships are available to carry out projects on the behaviour of wild spider monkeys at Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico) under the supervision of experienced researchers. Potential applicants should email me (
faureli@uv.mx) and mention which of the two research topics they are interested in.

Hormonal underpinnings of social interactions in spider monkeys
(in collaboration with Dr. Pedro Dias, Universidad Veracruzana)

Grooming reciprocity and negotiation in spider monkeys
(in collaboration with Dr. Gabriele Schino, CNR, Italian Research Council)
Potential applicants should have a Masters degree in a relevant field and have some knowledge of Spanish. The PhD thesis can be written in English, but knowledge of Spanish is important to navigate the bureaucracy. Specific qualifications will be asked after receiving the email expressing the research topic of interest.

Contact should be made as soon as possible as applicants need to submit a research protocol developed with the potential supervisor during the application process.

Information about the application process and the PhD program can be found at the following links (it is the information for last application round; it will be updated in 2018):

mercredi 6 décembre 2017

Open PhD position in Behavioural Ecology and Conservation

School of Life Sciences PhD Studentship
University of Sussex
Insect behaviour, life history and environmental change
A Ph.D. studentship (42 months) is available from September 2018 under the supervision of
Dr Wiebke Schuett, Department of Evolution, Behaviour and Environment, School of Life
Sciences.
Deadline: 6
th
January 2018
Environmental, including anthropogenic, change has vast consequences on individuals,
population dynamics and communities. Behaviour is often the first response to such change.
Thus, understanding individuals’ behavioural response to environmental change is important
for identifying which individuals or species are likely to persist in or disappear from altered
habitats. Individuals of many species consistently differ in their behaviour (i.e. show
personality differences). Such personality differences are often closely linked to life-history,
physiological and/or morphological traits, forming suits of correlated traits (i.e. pace-of-life
syndromes, POLS). Unravelling how environmental conditions influence POLS structure
would make an important contribution to understanding responses to and (ecological and
evolutionary) consequences of environmental change.
A fully-funded Ph.D. studentship is offered in this research area. Topics that the successful
candidate could pursue include the influence of environmental change (e.g. urbanization,
climate change) on behaviour, and other POL traits, as well as their (co)variance. This might
involve the evolution of personality differences, information use and decision-making under
unpredictable environmental conditions, causes and consequences of POLS and impacts of
environmental conditions on individuals, populations and communities. We offer the
opportunity to work on insects, but work on other invertebrates might also be possible.
Experimental work can be conducted in the field, in enclosures (preferably on ground
beetles) and/or in the laboratory (several taxa).
Please submit a formal application using our online application system at
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/phd/apply, including a cover letter (headed with project title), a
short potential project outline (ca. 300-500 words), CV (max 2 pages), BSc/MSc degree
transcripts and certificates, IELTS certificate (if non-UK) and names of two academic
referees.
Candidates must hold/expect to obtain minimum 2:1 in BSc Biology or relevant subject. An
MSc degree will be advantageous. We expect a highly motivated, talented, well-organised
and meticulous candidate with strong quantitative skills. The candidate will have background
in Behavioural Ecology, Field Ecology, Conservation, Evolution and/or Experimental Ecology.
Previous experience in collecting data in the field, working with insects, behavioural
observations, physiological analyses, statistical modelling (preferentially in R) is
advantageous. Candidates for whom English is not their first language will require an IELTS
score of 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in any section. A driving license is desirable.
Contact Anna Izykowska for application enquiries (a.izykowska@sussex.ac.uk)
Contact Dr Wiebke Schuett for enquiries about the project (wiebke.schuett@uni-hamburg.de)

Campagne de recrutement de Post-Doc 2018-2019- Institute For Advanced Study In Toulouse (IAST)

IAST Research Fellowships in Evolutionary Biology,

The Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST; www.iast.fr) invites applications for post-doctoral research fellowships in Evolutionary Biology, with a start date of September 1, 2018.

We welcome applications from researchers with research interests in any of the following areas: theoretical models of evolution (applied to family structure, strategic interactions, plasticity, cognition, learning, cultural evolution); related empirical work.

We seek candidates with a strong research background in their own discipline, but willing and able to develop research projects drawing on IAST’s substantial interdisciplinary resources, including particularly the proximity of strong groups in economics (Toulouse School of Economics, TSE). We are open to a variety of research methods, including theory, field and laboratory experiments, observational field work, and the analysis of large secondary data sets. All research interests relevant to the broad study of human behavior are welcome, but interests close to those already developed at IAST will be given special consideration.

Eligible applicants
Active researchers who have or will have completed their PhD after January 2015 and before September 2018. The IAST offers its researchers an opportunity to devote themselves full time to their research at the start of their careers. Motivated applications will be considered from candidates whose PhDs were completed in 2014 or earlier; please explain your reasons in your cover letter.

Conditions
Fellows are provided with office space, computer facilities and a contract for two years, renewable for a third year.

All applications need to be sent through our website: http://www.iast.fr/apply before December 31, 2017

lundi 4 décembre 2017

Stage M2 : Personnalité, investissement parental et conséquences sur le succès de reproduction chez le busard cendré (Circus pygargus)

Encadrement
Juliette Rabdeau, doctorante CEBC-Université de La Rochelle (juliette.rabdeau@cebc.cnrs.fr)
Karine Monceau, Maître de Conférences Université de La Rochelle (karine.monceau@univ-lr.fr)
Isabelle Badenhausser, Ingénieur de recherche CEBC-INRA

Période - Durée
Avril-août 2018
 
Résumé
La  personnalité  animale  décrit  des  différences  constantes  entre  les  individus  d’une  même  population,  dans  leur comportement,  à  travers  le  temps  et  différents  contextes.  Quelques  études  suggèrent  l’existence  de  liens  entre  la personnalité animale et la sélection sexuelle. Pour des espèces à soins biparentaux, des études  ont montré  que des traits  de  personnalité  comme  la  témérité  pourraient  être  un  signal  honnête  de  la  qualité  des  mâles  dans  leur investissement parental et seraient utilisés par les femelles dans leur choix de partenaire sexuel. Les combinaisons des traits de personnalité du mâle et de la femelle pourraient avoir ainsi des conséquences sur le succès de reproduction.
Dans ce projet de stage, nous étudierons les réponses comportementales à l’Homme, des mâles et femelles chez une espèce  protégée,  le  busard  cendré  (Circus  pygargus)  en  milieu  agricole.  Nous  analyserons  les  liens  de  ces  traits comportementaux  à  l’investissement  parental  du  mâle  et  de  la  femelle.  Le  busard  cendré  est  une  espèce  aux  soins biparentaux avec des soins spécifiques à chaque sexe : le mâle assure l’approvisionnement en proies pour la femelle et les  poussins,  et  défend  le  nid  tandis  que  la  femelle  incube  les  œufs  et  défend  le  nid.  Enfin,  nous  étudierons  les conséquences des combinaisons de traits de personnalité au sein du couple en interaction avec  leur investissement parental sur le succès de reproduction.

Missions  du  stagiaire :  analyses  de  données  déjà  acquises  (saison  2017) et  part  importante  de  travail  sur  le  terrain comprenant des observations comportementales et le suivi de reproduction des busards cendrés sur la Zone Atelier Plaine et Val de Sèvre (http://www.za.plainevalsevre.cnrs.fr) pour l’acquisition des données de la saison 2018.

Références bibliographiques
Réale, D., Reader, S.M., Sol, D., McDougall, P.T., and Dingemanse, N.J. (2007). Integrating animal temperament within ecology and evolution. Biol. Rev. 82, 291–318.
Schuett, W., Tregenza, T., and Dall, S.R.X. (2010). Sexual selection and animal personality. Biol. Rev. 85, 217–246.
Both, C., Dingemanse, N.J., Drent, P.J., and Tinbergen, J.M. (2005). Pairs of extreme avian personalities have highest reproductive success. J. Anim. Ecol. 74, 667–674.

Compétences particulières exigées
Connaissances en écologie comportementale et biologie évolutive.
Bonnes connaissances statistiques (modèles linéaires généralisés, modèles mixtes) et utilisation du logiciel R.
Expérience en manipulation et/ou observation d’oiseaux
Autonomie
Permis de conduire avec plus de 2 ans de permis (OBLIGATOIRE)

Gratification & Conditions d’accueil
Gratification de stage
Possibilité de logement et restauration sur place

Modalités de candidature
CV et lettre de motivation à envoyer jusqu’au 10/12/17 à Juliette Rabdeau (également pour toute demande d’informations) et Karine Monceau.

jeudi 30 novembre 2017

Proposition de stage Master 1

Effet de la durée de développement du couvain de l’abeille domestique (Apis mellifera) sur la reproduction de Varroa destructor
Laboratoire d’accueil : INRA, Centre de Recherche Provence‐Alpes‐Côte d’Azur, UR 406 Abeilles et Environnement ‐ 228, route de l’Aérodrome –84914 Avignon Cedex 9 – France
Responsable du stage : Alexis Beaurepaire
Durée : 2 mois

Contexte 
Dans  un  contexte  de  déclin  avéré  des  abeilles,  nous  disposons  dans  l'unité  de  deux populations d'abeilles qui survivent bien aux différents stress puisqu’elles n’ont pas été traitées contre parasites et maladies depuis 1999. Elles représentent un formidable espoir pour l'apiculture qui ne dispose à ce
jour que de solutions chimiques à efficacité limitée, mais aussi pour l’environnement et la biodiversité
car ces abeilles sont potentiellement capables de recoloniser les cavités naturelles pour établir leur nid
à partir duquel elles pourront assurer la pollinisation des fleurs sauvages et cultivées. Nous souhaitons
comprendre  par  quels  mécanismes elles  ont  acquis  cette  résistance  pour  pouvoir  développer  des
méthodes  de  contrôle  du  parasite  alternatives  durables.  Pour  cela,  nous  nous  focalisons  sur  les
interactions entre Apis mellifera, Varroa destructor, leurs virus et leur environnement (biotope). 

Objectif et démarche
Nous souhaitons analyser l’effet de la durée d’operculation du couvain d’ouvrières et de mâles d’Apis
mellifera sur la reproduction (nombre de descendants fertiles produits) de Varroa destructor. Le but
de  ce  stage  est  de  comparer  la  durée  d’operculation  de  colonies  survivantes  et  témoins  afin  de
comprendre si le temps de développement du couvain influence la dynamique des populations du
parasite.  Pour  cela,  la/le  stagiaire  sera  en  charge  de  participer  au  développement  d’un  protocole
expérimental et de le mettre en œuvre sur le rucher de l’unité. 

Méthodologie 
‐  Aide au développement et à la mise en œuvre d’un protocole expérimental
‐  Analyse de données
‐  Rédaction d’un rapport
Profil
Etudiant Master 1 (Bac +4)
‐  Rigueur scientifique
‐  Connaissances de base en écologie comportementale et interactions hôte‐parasite 
‐  Sens du travail d’équipe
‐  Organisation et autonomie
‐  Goût pour le travail de terrain
‐  Pas d’allergie aux piqûres d’abeilles

Conditions
‐  Possibilité de logement sur place

Contact
Envoyer CV et lettre de motivation à Alexis.Beaurepaire@inra.fr


Multiple PhD positions available in collective behavior and decision-making in Konstanz, Germany

Interested in joining an exciting, interdisciplinary research community with a focus on collective animal behavior and decision-making
This year, multiple PhD positions across 3 different research groups are available through the International Max Planck Research School in Organismal Biology. 

Available projects include:

From sensory perception to action: Active sensing in insects

with Einat Couzin-Fuchs, University of Konstanz


Communication, social structure, and collective movement in animal groups

with Ariana Strandburg-Peshkin, University of Konstanz


with Iain Couzin, Max Planck Institute / University of Konstanz


Applications are due January 15, 2018.

More information on all projects can be found at http://www.orn.mpg.de/projects and http://collectivebehaviour.com/

Konstanz is an historic city in southern Germany on the shores of Lake Constance, and at the gateway to the Alps. The University of Konstanz one of the nine “elite universities” in Germany. The University has almost 12,000 students and is situated on a hill overlooking Lake Constance, the Island of Mainau and Mainau Forest. The campus is a short cycle or bus ride from the city center which has a large and well preserved old town (Altstadt), and a vibrant day and nightlife, including many museums, galleries, and parks. Our local airport is Zurich, which is 50 mins away by car and approximately 1 hour by direct train link.

We are  highly international community and our working language is English (no knowledge of German is necessary).

mercredi 29 novembre 2017

PhD - Bath & Bristol - Sex role evolution: phylogenetic analyses of mating and parenting in vertebrates

PROJECT TITLE:  Sex role evolution: phylogenetic analyses of mating and parenting in vertebrates

Main Supervisor:  Professor Tamás Székely, University of Bath, UK
Co-Supervisor: Dr Daniel J Field, University of Bath, UK
Co-Supervisor:  Prof Innes Cuthill, University of Bristol. UK

Project Enquiries: T.Szekely@bath.ac.uk

Project Background
A general trend in social behaviour is that females tend to be the caring sex, whereas males focus more on mating; however there are illuminating exceptions. This division of sex roles has far-reaching effects on ecology, physiology and life histories of males and females. The causes, however, of sex role differentiation have remained controversial. This PhD project is focused on understanding the causes of sex role evolution in vertebrates using phylogenetic approaches.

Project Aims and Methods
This PhD project will focus on vertebrates (i.e. fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals) that exhibit particularly well-studied sex role behaviour. The PhD project has three objectives:

1.  to investigate the association between key components of sex roles: courtship, competition for mates, pair bonding and parental care;
2.  to examine the influence of variation in ecology, life-history and social environment on sex roles;
3.  to investigate the multi-way feedbacks between sex roles, environment, life histories and the social environment using phylogenetic tools.

These objectives will be addressed using (i) detailed information on courtship, pair bonding and parental behavior collected by Prof Szekely’s team from multiple bird populations, and (ii) across vertebrates based on published data in the literature.
This will be a challenging and stimulating project that can potentially produce cutting edge results. The student will not only benefit from the excellent facilities at Bath and Bristol, but also from interacting with top international scientists involved in the project. Fieldwork in exotic locations can be negotiated.

Candidate
The ideal candidate has a strong interest in evolution, phylogenetic methods and behaviour, and direct experience working with any vertebrate taxon. Excellent quantitative skills are required to perform phylogenetic comparative analyses and run mathematical simulations. Innovative thinking will be necessary to draw links between disparate sources of data.​

Training
The training will focus on three major skills:
1. Phylogenetic analyses: this includes inferring phylogenies and using trees in a comparative framework for testing macroevolutionary hypotheses. Training in computational and advanced statistical methods will be a focus of this PhD;
2. Fieldwork including experimental design, behavioural observations, estimating ecological and life-history variables in the field;
3. Transferable skills including research planning, statistical analyses, paper writing, presentation and communication skills.

References / Background reading list
1.  Remeš, V., R. P. Freckleton, J. Tökölyi, A. Liker & T. Székely. 2015. The evolution of parental cooperation in birds. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, US 112: 13603-13608.
2.  Prum, R. O., Berv, J. S., Dornburg, A., Field, D. J., Townsend, J. P., Lemmon, E. M. and Lemmon, A. R., 2015. A comprehensive phylogeny of birds (Aves) using targeted next-generation DNA sequencing. Nature 526: 569-573.
3.  Cuthill, I. C. et al. 2017. The biology of color. Science 357: 470-475.
4.  Liker, A., R. P. Freckleton & T. Székely. 2013. The evolution of sex roles in birds is related to adult sex ratio. Nature Communications 4: 1587.

mardi 28 novembre 2017

Offre de stage sur les chats (AVA) Hiver 2018 (7 semaines)

Lieu : Refuge AVA (Aide aux Vieux Animaux), Cuy-Saint-Fiacre, Normandie
Durée : du lundi 8 janvier au samedi 24 février 2018 (7 semaines)
Contact : thesechatsava@gmail.com

Recherche sur l’éthologie du chat domestique

Je  recherche  plusieurs  stagiaires  cet  hiver  pour m’assister lors du 8ème et dernier protocole de ma
thèse  en  éthologie  portant  sur  l’observation  du comportement  d’un  groupe  de  chats  vivant  en
collectivité.
Vos  missions  quotidiennes  se  partageront  entre  la gestion des chats de l’enclos d’étude et l’assistance aux  soigneurs  dans  leurs  tâches  au  contact  des nombreux animaux d’AVA.
Avec  l’aide  de  l’équipe  du  refuge  et  de  vos encadrantes  (Brunilde  Ract-Madoux  (éthologue)  et
moi-même), ces 7 semaines au cœur d’AVA et d'un protocole de recherche vous apporteront une réelle expérience  du  travail  en  refuge  et  de  meilleures connaissances  en  éthologie  du  chat  via  diverses méthodes d’observation du comportement.
Pour  mener  à  bien  ce  stage,  vous  devrez  savoir travailler  de  manière  autonome  (mais  aussi  en équipe)  et  faire  preuve  d’initiatives.  Un  savoir-faire dans  la  manipulation  et  l’approche  des  chats  est primordiale.  La  disposition  d’un  permis  B  (et  d’un véhicule) sera nécessaire et un budget logement est à prévoir.
Si vous êtes motivé(e) par ce stage, merci de m’envoyer au plus vite vos CV et lettre de motivation.
Une convention de stage via votre université/école/mission locale/pôle emploi sera requise.
Marine PARKER
http://avarefuge.fr/

RESEARCHER IN AVIAN PRODUCTION

Company  Reneco International Wildlife Consultants
Job category  Permanent position
Job locations  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Job context  Reneco’s  mission  is  to  implement  an  overall  conservation  strategy  aiming  to  restore  and preserve  the  endangered  North  African  and  Asian  native  houbara  bustard  populations (Chlamydotis  undulata  and  Chlamydotis  macqueenii).  To  achieve  these  goals,  Reneco  has developed  a  multidisciplinary  approach  in  different  centres  and  countries  combining fundamental and applied research in such varied areas as ecology, biology, physiology, captive breeding,  veterinary  medicine,  with  an  in-depth  expertise  in  the  reinforcement  of  wild
populations.
More particularly, research efforts aim to increase general knowledge on both species and their habitats to provide useful tools for conservation planning at a large scale and in various environments. In addition, the success of the programme and its impact on the environment has to be carefully assessed.
Job description  The  holder  of  this  position  will  focus  on  houbara  production  in  captivity,  with  a  particular emphasis  on  the  egg  production,  incubation  and  chick’s  growth,  investigating  the  effects individual traits, captive environment and breeding management.
The successful candidate will have the following responsibilities:
Protocol  edition  and  follow  up  of  their  application  /  team  training  and  coordination/  data analysis / report edition  / scientific papers edition /  international communication (congress) / conduct regular research meeting (students, fieldworkers) / student supervision.
Skills required  The successful candidate should hold a PhD degree with an education well rounded in breeding biology, reproduction physiology, incubation and nutrition,.
Complementary  knowledge in the following topics would  be an asset:  animal behaviour, ex-situ
conservation and genetic.
He/She must be able to move in several countries within Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa.

Language requirements
Fluency in English
Additional valuable abilities
Ability to work in a multicultural and multinational environment.
Mobility across all Reneco’s projects in Middle East, Asia and North Africa.
Start date  2018
Salary  Commensurate with experience
Additional benefits
Full medical insurance, travel allowance, length of service gratuity, provisions for accommodation
To submit an application
Email  hr-sourcing@reneco-hq.org

RESEARCHER IN CAPTIVE BREEDING TECHNIQUES

Company  Reneco International Wildlife Consultants
Job category  Permanent position
Job locations  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Job context  Reneco’s  mission  is  to  implement  an  overall  conservation  strategy  aiming  to  restore  and preserve  the  endangered  North  African  and  Asian  native  houbara  bustard  populations (Chlamydotis  undulata  and  Chlamydotis  macqueenii).  To  achieve  these  goals,  Reneco  has developed  a  multidisciplinary  approach  in  different  centres  and  countries  combining fundamental and applied research in such varied areas as ecology, biology, physiology, captive breeding,  veterinary  medicine,  with  an  in-depth  expertise  in  the  reinforcement  of  wild
populations.
More particularly, research efforts aim to increase general knowledge on both species and their habitats to provide useful tools for conservation planning at a large scale and in various environments. In addition, the success of the programme and its impact on the environment has to be carefully assessed.
Job description  The  holder  of  this  position  will  focus  on  research  and  development  of  captive  breeding techniques  applied to bustard species, with a  particular emphasis on the  effects of husbandry techniques  in  outdoor  and  indoor  (controlled  environment)  on  individual  condition  and reproduction.
The successful candidate will have the following responsibilities:
Protocol  edition  and  follow  up  of  their  application  /  team  training  and  coordination/  data analysis / report edition  / scientific papers edition /  international communication (congress) / conduct regular research meeting (students, fieldworkers) / student supervision.
Skills required  The  successful  candidate  should  hold  a  PhD  degree  with  an  education  or  experience  well rounded in breeding biology, reproduction physiology, animal behaviour, and bird husbandry.
Complementary  knowledge  in  the  following  topics  would  be  an  asset:  ex-situ  conservation,
artificial reproduction in controlled environment.
He/She must be able to move in several countries within Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa.
 
Language requirements
Fluency in English
Additional valuable abilities
Ability to work in a multicultural and multinational environment.
Mobility across all Reneco’s projects in Middle East, Asia and North Africa.
Start date  2018
Salary  Commensurate with experience
Additional benefits
Full medical insurance, travel allowance, length of service gratuity, provisions for accommodation
To submit an application
Email  hr-sourcing@reneco-hq.org

POSITION OFFER

RESEARCHER IN MOVEMENT ECOLOGY
Company  Reneco International Wildlife Consultants. LLC.
Job category  
Permanent position
Job locations  
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Job context  
Reneco’s  mission  is  to  implement  an  overall  conservation  strategy  aiming  to  restore  and  preserve  the  endangered  North  African  and  Asian  native  houbara  bustard  populations (Chlamydotis  undulata  and  Chlamydotis  macqueenii).  To  achieve  these  goals,  Reneco  has developed  a  multidisciplinary  approach  in  different  centres  and  countries  combining fundamental and applied research in such varied areas as ecology, biology, physiology, captive breeding,  veterinary  medicine,  with  an  in-depth  expertise  in  the  reinforcement  of  wild populations.
More particularly, research efforts aim to increase general knowledge on both species and their habitats to provide useful tools for conservation planning at a large scale and in various environments. In addition, the success of the program and its impact on the environment has to be carefully assessed.
Job description  
The holder of this job will  focus on the  movement ecology and behaviour  of houbara  (wild and captive-bred  released)  with  emphasis  on  1)  dispersal  and  migration  behaviour,  2)  drivers  of birds movements, 3) relationships between movement and bird fitness (survival and breeding),and 4) flying and orientation behaviour.
The successful candidate will have the following responsibilities:
Fieldwork  and  experiment  protocol  edition  and  application  /  team  training  /  data  analysis  / report  edition  /  scientific  papers  edition  /  international  communication  (congress)  /  conduct regular research meeting (students, fieldworkers) / student supervision.
Skills required 
The successful candidate should hold a PhD degree with  an education well rounded in animal ecology,  behaviour  and  conservation  biology.  More  particularly  a  profound  knowledge  in  the analysis of movements is required.
A comprehensive knowledge in the following research topics would be an asset: habitat use and selection / foraging ecology / in and ex-situ conservation / reintroduction biology
He / She must have good experience of fieldwork, and must be able to move in several countries within Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa.
 
Language requirements
Fluency in English.
French, Arabic or Russian will be an asset.
Additional valuable abilities
Ability to work in a multicultural and multinational environment.
Mobility across all Reneco’s projects in Middle East, Asia and North Africa.
Start date  2018
Salary  Commensurate with experience
Additional benefits
Full medical insurance, travel allowance, length of service gratuity, provisions for accommodation
To submit an application
Email  hr-sourcing@reneco-hq.org

Offre en éthologie, Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes, Paris

Nous recherchons un(e) stagiaire pour une étude éthologique sur le groupe de aras araraunas de la Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes.

La durée de ce stage est de 2 mois et pourrait commencer dès février 2018 (ou plus tard en fonction des convenances). Il sera co-encadré par Aude Bourgeois et Elodie Rey.

Si vous êtes intéressés par cette offre, vous pouvez envoyer votre CV et lettre de motivation à : elodie.rey [ chez ] mnhn.fr.

Offre CDD 6 mois

L’équipe Pegase du laboratoire d’Ethologie animale et humaine de Rennes propose un CDD de 6
mois à partir de janvier 2018 pour travailler sur un projet de recherches en éthologie du cheval (bienêtre). Le travail consistera en analyses de données existantes, recueil et analyse de nouvelles données.
La  localisation  sera  répartie  entre  la  Station  Biologique  de  Paimpont  et  l’Ecole  Nationale
d’Equitation à Saumur.
Le/la candidat(e) devra disposer d’un master ou doctorat en éthologie et ne pas craindre d’approcher
les chevaux.  Le salaire sera fonction du niveau (Bac +5 ou Bac+8).  Il est indispensable d’avoir le
permis B et un véhicule personnel est souhaitable.
Merci  d’envoyer  vos  CV  et  lettres  de  motivation  à  martine.hausberger@univ-rennes1.fr  et
severine.henry@univ-rennes1.fr  pour  le  17  décembre  au  plus  tard.  Un  entretien  avec  les  candidats
présélectionnés est prévu la semaine du 18 décembre.

Postdoctoral positions for primatology/bio-Anthropology working in China

1. Specially-appointed professor focusing on primatology/bio-anthropology
http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/jobs/listings/38150

2. Post-doctoral Scholar on primatology
http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/jobs/listings/38149

Deux offres pour des post doc à Sun-Yat Sen University,  Canton, Chine.

Open positions – Comparative fMRI on speech processing

Open positions Comparative fMRI on speech processing
http://etologia.elte.hu/en/lendulet-open-positions/

We are looking for excellent researchers to join the MTA-ELTE 'Lendület' Neuroethology of Communication Research Group (led by Attila Andics) to study social, vocal and verbal processing capacities of dogs, pigs and humans in a comparative neuroscientific framework. The group is hosted by the Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, a world-leading centre of ethological and brain imaging research in dogs. In particular, this new project aims at distinguishing common mammalian traits and human-specific traits in the neural processing of vocal and linguistic signals, using behavioural and neuroimaging methods (with awake, unrestrained animals).

The ideal candidate 1) has a strong background in cognitive neuroscience and psycholinguistics, 2) has a PhD/MSc/MA degree in neuroscience, psychology, biology, linguistics or a related discipline, 3) has a good publication record, 4) has ample experience in fMRI experimental design and advanced data analysis, and 5) is skilled at math and programming -- however, all these points may be negotiable in case of an otherwise very strong application. Furthermore, the applicant is expected to have advanced English skills, a specific interest in the neural mechanisms of auditory and speech processing, to be enthusiastic and dedicated to strive for scientific excellence, to be able to work independently, but also in a multidisciplinary team, and to supervise students.

The successful applicant(s) will work on comparative fMRI studies on speech processing: design, conduct, analyze and publish brain imaging experiments with dogs, pigs and humans. The full-time position(s) are initially for 1 year, with possible prolongation for up to 4 years. Starting date: from January 2018, but negotiable. Salary depends on experience (350-550 kHUF/month with a PhD, 240-340 kHUF/month without a PhD).

Please send your CV, a motivation letter and contact information of one reference to Attila Andics (attila.andics@ttk.elte.hu).

Application deadline: 5 December 2017.

Further information about the group: http://etologia.elte.hu/en/lendulet-neuroethology-research-group/



vendredi 24 novembre 2017

Doctorat : sélection sociale & défenses anti-parasitaires du Coucou - U. Helsinki, Finlande

Dr Rose Thorogood, from the Information Ecology & Evolution research group at the University of Helsinki is looking for outstanding candidates to study for a PhD project.
Salary (€2500 per month, before tax) and research funding is available for up to 4 years (includes a probationary period to assess the candidate’s ability to finish a PhD thesis in the remaining time), starting from 1.03.2018, or as soon as the best applicant is available.  To apply, please submit your application by 31.12.2017 (see here for more information : 
https://www.helsinki.fi/en/open-positions/phd-student-position-behavioural-ecology).
The successful candidate will take part in a project discovering how social environments influence the evolution of brood-parasite host defences, and conduct experiments in the field in Oulu, northern Finland at an established study site. Here, redstarts are the cuckoo’s main host and they use the nest boxes we provide. The specific research questions can be modified in accordance with the background and interests of the candidate. 
Suitable applicants will hold Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with courses in evolutionary biology, behavioural ecology, or animal cognition. Fieldwork experience is highly desired, and a willingness to work independently is essential. You should also be able to demonstrate an ability to write and speak fluently in English as it is the working language of science and the research environment.
The PhD will be also be supervised by Dr Robert Thomson (FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town, South Africa) and Dr Jukka Forsman (University of ulu). There will be opportunities for mobility to each of these institutions and support for attending international conferences.

jeudi 23 novembre 2017

Recherche étudiant pour stage de M1 "Ethologie humaine - Piétons"



Influence de la culture sur le comportement social de traversée des piétons :
de Strasbourg à Nagoya, Japon.


Au moment de traverser une voie de circulation, les français ont la lourde réputation d’être peu disciplinés et de traverser n’importe quand et n’importe où, contrairement à certains de leurs voisins européens. Mais qu’en est-il réellement ? Lorsqu’un piéton traverse une rue, il doit trouver son équilibre entre gagner du temps, en traversant le plus vite possible, et éviter d’être blessé suite à une collision avec un véhicule, en restant sur le trottoir. L’information sociale, c’est-à-dire celles des autres piétons, est également importante dans le processus de décision de traversée. Une fausse information, c’est-à-dire une traversée au feu rouge, peut est risquée pour l’individu qui fait confiance à cette dernière. La culture peut-elle influencer la perception qu’a le piéton des risques encourus lorsqu’il traverse une rue ? Les étudiants analyseront les données de Nagoya (Japon) et de Strasbourg afin de mieux comprendre les processus de décisions chez ces derniers et l’influence de la culture.

 

Références :

Sueur, C., Class, B., Hamm, C., Meyer, X., & Pelé, M. (2013). Different risk thresholds in pedestrian road crossing behaviour: a comparison of French and Japanese approaches. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 58, 59-63.

Pelé, M., Bellut, C., Debergue, E., Gauvin, C., Jeanneret, A., Leclere, T., ... & Sueur, C. (2017). Cultural influence of social information use in pedestrian road-crossing behaviours. Royal Society open science, 4(2), 160739.

 


Encadrants

Cédric Sueur
Maîtres de conférences à l’Université de Strasbourg
Equipe Ethologie Evolutive
DEPE, IPHC, UDS-CNRS UMR7178
Marie Pelé
Docteur en éthologie
Ethobiosciences : Cabinet d’Expertise et de Recherche en Bien-être et Comportement Animal


Laboratoire
Département Ecologie, Physiologie et Ethologie, Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien, UMR 7178 CNRS Université de Strasbourg, 23 rue Becquerel, 67087 Strasbourg cedex 2

Profil souhaité
Intérêt pour la quantification et la rigueur scientifique. Patience.

Compétences acquises au cours du stage
Méthodes d’échantillonnage des comportements, analyse vidéo, analyse statistiques, analyses de courbes, connaissances en sciences de la décision et comportement.