Job Announcement
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Department of Behavioral Ecology

PhD student position - macaque project "aging" (Thailand)

Application deadline: 15.11.2017
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The Department of Behavioral Ecology ( at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen seeks to fill a

PhD student position

with 65% of the regular working hours (currently 25,87 hours per week) for up to three years. Pending final approval by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft this position should be filled by approximately 01.01.2018. Salary: Pay grade 13 TV-L.

Your duties
As part of the DFG funded research unit Sociality and Health in Primates (, we are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to work on the effects of energetic constraints on the latelife decline in physical condition, health, and sociality in wild Assamese macaques (Macaca assamensis). The project will combine detailed behavioral observations with photogrammetry, physiological measurements from urine as well as NGS of gut microbiota and will be embedded in the Assamese macaque project at Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand (

Your profile
Applicants should have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field and should be familiar with topics of behavioral ecology, behavioral endocrinology, and genetics. Previous field experience is mandatory and lab experience an asset. The applicant will spend approximately 12 months at a remote field site and thus needs to be physically and mentally fit, emotionally mature, able to integrate into an international team of diverse cultural backgrounds, be able to work independently and to spend long hours alone in a dense forest. Excellent English skills are essential as is the willingness to learn basic Thai.

The PhD student will be enrolled in a graduate program of the University of Göttingen, e.g. Behavior and Cognition (

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favored.

Please send your application with the usual documents incl. names and addresses of 2 referees in electronic form by November 15th to Prof. Julia Ostner, Dept. Behavioral Ecology, University of Göttingen, email:

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