PhD ösztöndíj: Health monitoring in wild chimpanzees of the Taï National Park, Ivory Coast

PhD position for veterinarian

We are looking for a veterinarian for a PhD (or similar) project on health monitoring in wild chimpanzees of the Taï National Park, Ivory Coast.

project will be carried out in the context of the long-term project on
the Taï chimpanzees under the supervision of Prof. Christophe Boesch,
Max-Planck-Institute for evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.
The health component of the project is executed in collaboration with
Dr. Fabian Leendertz of the Robert Koch-Institute in Berlin.
The work schedule will roughly be:
Preparations (approx. 2 month):

  • Writing of an research proposal
  • Laboratory training at Robert Koch Institute
  • Primate pathology training at the German Primate Centre, Göttingen
  • 2) 2 years of field work in the Taï National Park, Ivory Coast 
    (Interrupted by some first analyses between the 2 years)
    3) Analyses at the Robert Koch-Institute and the Max-Planck-Institute
    4) Publications etc.

    Total duration: ~ 3 years

    field work requires good physical condition, the ability to work
    independently and involves some management work. Good oral French and
    English language skills are required. 
    The candidate will be
    responsible for sample collection and preservation as well as disease
    outbreak response including necropsies. A specific project on vectors
    carrying pathogens of importance for the chimpanzees including sample
    collection and analyses on site will be the basis for a PhD (or
    similar) project.

    including a cover letter stating research experience and interests,
    detailed curriculum vitae, and the names and e-mail addresses of two
    referees should be send electronically to Fabian Leendertz. The
    evaluation of applications will start on the 28th of April 2009 and
    applications will be accepted until position is filled.

    Find more information on .

    Dr. Fabian Leendertz
    Coordinator "Great Ape Health Monitoring Unit" (GAHMU)
    Veterinarian Taϊ Chimpanzee Project, Côte d'Ivoire 
    Robert Koch-Institut Berlin, Research Group „Emerging Zoonoses“
    Nordufer 20
    D-13353 Berlin
    Phone: 01888 754 2592