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  • Field Assistants (Collared and Pied Flycatchers, Sweden)

    William Jones
    • Employer: Uppsala University
      Location: Öland, Sweden
      Country: Sweden
      Last Date to Apply: 03/10/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    We are looking to hire highly motivated field assistants from 1st of May to 30th June 2019 to help collect data for the Qvarnström lab at Uppsala University, Sweden.

    Since 2002, the Qvarnström lab has been researching sexual selection, genetic incompatibilities and speciation in collared and pied flycatchers and their hybrids on the island of Öland off the coast of Sweden. Fieldwork involves regular monitoring of ~2500 nest boxes across the island throughout the two months of the breeding season. Successful applicants can expect to work long hours during the peak of the breeding season, including early starts (4-5am). however, field duties are usually quite light at the beginning and end of the field season.

    Öland is a diverse island and provides an excellent work environment for anyone interested in natural history and is home to the world renowned Ottenby Ringing Station.

    Tasks will include:

    Trapping, ringing, measuring and blood sampling of flycatchers

    Nest monitoring

    Data entry

    Helping lab members with specific experiments

    Driving between field sites



    Experience with catching, handling and processing wild birds (experience of blood collection is desired, but not necessary as we will provide on-site training)

    A full and clean driving licence

    Good English language skills. (Knowledge of Swedish is not required)

    The right to work in Sweden (i.e. EU citizen or appropriate work visa)


    We cover/provide:

    A salary (~19,000 SEK/month)

    Travel costs to and from Öland (within reason)

    Vaccinations for tick-borne encephalitis (TBE)



    Applicants should send a cover letter and full CV to William Jones at: william.jones@ebc.uu.se. Any pre-application enquiries can be sent to the same email address.



    Edited by William Jones

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