Volunteer Research Assistant position at the Kalahari Mole-rat Project

The Research

We are looking for two volunteer research assistants to carry out exciting experiments with captive Damaraland mole-rats, a cooperatively breeding subterranean rodent, at the Kuruman River Reserve in the South African Kalahari Desert.

The research the successful applicants will be taking part aims to experimentally investigate the hormonal and transcriptomic mechanisms underlying dominance and the transition from cooperation to conflict in a highly social mammal.

What you can gain from this role

This position is particularly suited, but not exclusively, for people aiming to carry on their academic education. Successful applicants can expect to gain invaluable experience in animal handling procedures and in conducting and managing experiments. They will also gain database skills (MySQL) and will be provided with the opportunity to work on a personal analysis project. Costs of food and accommodation while at the project will be covered. A contribution towards travel costs will be made (300 Euros/Year)

Candidate requirements

Applicants should be available for 6 to 12 months. They should be hardworking, enthusiastic, physically fit, and prepared for long hours in the laboratory. Successful applicants will be responsible to run experiments and will be involved in data collection, data editing and animal handling. Previous experience in the dissection and tissue collection of rodents (including brain) will be considered an asset.

If you are interested in this position send your CV and cover letter stating your availability to Philippe Vullioud (philippe.vullioud@gmail.com). Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a Skype interview.

Deadline: 10th May 2019: (spontaneous applications beyond this date are welcome)