Volunteer Research Assistant position at the Kalahari Mole-rat Project

The Research

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

Our research broadly investigates the influence of genes, hormones, breeding and social factors on individual developmental, growth, behaviours and ageing.

What you can gain from this role?

This position is particularly suited, but not exclusively, for people aiming to carry on their academic education or hold a management position in a research project. 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 a period of 6 to 12 months, starting March-May 2020. 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 (behavioural observations, collection of biological samples), data editing and animal handling.

If you are interested in this position send your CV and cover letter stating your availability to molerat.volunteer@gmail.com. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a Skype interview.

Deadline: 28th February 2020 (spontaneous applications beyond this date are welcome)