Job announcement
University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Institute of Zoology

Research assistant position - lemurs in Madagascar

Application deadline: 05.02.2017
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Research assistant position (wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in)

The Institute of Zoology at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (TiHo Hannover) invites applications for a research assistant position (65% TV-L 13 salary) in a project funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The position is available from the 1st of April 2017 for three years.

Marked climatic oscillations between glacial and interglacial periods had worldwide consequences for vegetation as well as animal population dynamics. This multidisciplinary project aims to integrate demographic inferences based on molecular datasets of mouse lemurs with validated high-resolution vegetation dynamics based on paleoecological reconstructions obtained from the same study sites reaching back to the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). To reach these goals, study sites in northwestern and northern Madagascar will be visited for the joint collection of (paleo)ecological and population datasets and samples of mouse lemurs in direct vicinity to each other. The lemur samples will be analyzed by applying NGS technologies.

The successful candidate will join a multi-disciplinary field team and spend a period of 6 months in Madagascar for sample collection and the determination of lemur abundance in several study sites.  We offer the opportunity for the acquisition of a doctoral degree in the framework of this study.

Applicants should hold a M.Sc degree in biology or equivalent qualification. A high motivation for a multi-facetted project that includes substantial amount of field work under remote and basic living conditions as well as advanced bioinformatics techniques on large molecular datasets will be a prerequisite. Good language abilities in English, both orally and in writing, are required and some knowledge of French would be beneficial. Previous experience with tropical countries and with field techniques such as capture or handling of animals or distance sampling is a plus. Experience with molecular techniques such as sequencing and analysis of population genetic datasets would be highly beneficial. In addition, the applicant should have a high capability of self organization and the ability to work in a team as well as independently under difficult field working conditions.

Applications (in electronic form as single pdf file, subject line: mouse lemur demography) should consist of (I) a motivation letter, (II) a recent curriculum vitae including publications, (III) the abstract of the M.Sc thesis together with Master certificate, and (IV) contact information of two professional referees and should be sent until the 5.2.2017 by email to

For informal inquiries please contact
Prof. Dr. Ute Radespiel, Tel. +49-511-9538430

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