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University of groningen




Last Date to Apply:

28 Feb 2018


VOLUNTEERS - AVIAN FIELD ASSISTANTS - Agency:  University of Groningen - Location: Groningen, The Netherlands. 

Job description: we are seeking four volunteers to help us collecting breeding and behavioural data in two different populations of 
Pied flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca) next spring 2018 (two volunteers will work in one population located in The Netherlands and the 
other two volunteers will work in Sweden; estimated start April 1st 2018-end of June 2018). Our current research focuses primarily on 
identifying how natural selection act on animal “behavioural syndromes” (or personality) and on testing the role of dispersal in the 
process of adaption to climate change. The candidates will work closely with an international team consisting of one post-doc, two PhDs, 
one technician and several students. Duties include intensive behavioral observations (aggressiveness and boldness), mist netting (for a 
translocation experiment), nest monitoring, bird handling (ringing, measuring), data entry and data management. 

Qualifications: Candidates should have a BSc in Biology or a related field in preferably have proven experience with bird handling and/or 
behavioural observations in the field. Candidates should be highly motivated, willing to work independently, well organized and have a 
valid drivers’ license. Field work will involve long hours and work in the week-end while still maintaining a positive attitude. We will 
provide housing in the lovely field site in Drenthe (~60 km south Groningen, The Netherlands) and/or in Sweden (field sites near Lund). 

Non-EU applicants should make sure that they eligible for extended stay in Europe. 

Applications will be accepted until February 2018 or until the position is filled and should include 
(1) a statement that highlights relevant experience, and (2) a short resume or CV and contact information for references (up to 2). 
Send applications to: Marion Nicolaus (EMail: nicolaus.marion@gmail.com);  
Conservation Ecology Group, Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Science (GELIFES), 
University of Groningen, PO Box 11103, 9700 CC Groningen, The Netherlands; 
For more information about the lab visit: (URL: http://www.rug.nl/research/institute-evolutionary-life-sciences/ceg/).