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Two Field Assistants/PhD Option for Research in Thailand

Two Field Assistants for Assamese Macaque Research in Thailand with option for later PhD starting date May 1st 2021

The Primate Social Evolution Group of the German Primate Center and the Behavioral Ecology Department of the University of Goettingen runs the field project on wild Assamese macaques at Phu Khiel Wildlife Sanctuary in Thailand where we have been studying social behavior and reproductive strategies of Assamese macaques since 2006. To help with the data collection for the long-¬‐term data base, we are looking for two highly motivated field assistants for 12 months, starting May 1st, 2021, to join our fabulous field team. Pending a consensual decision, there is an option on a paid PhD position starting January 2022.

We cover travel costs, medical insurance, necessary medical examinations and vaccinations (reimbursement after completion of stay). Housing is free and we pay €400 per month.

Required Skills for the field assistant work:

  • Happy to live and work under harsh conditions
  • Able to cope with long days in the heat or rain
  • Comfortable in a forest with potentially dangerous animals incl. snakes and bears 
  • Field experience / experience with observing animals
  • Good intercultural communication skills
  • Team spirit
  • Clean Driver’s license ideally including motorbikes
  • Enjoy intellectual challenges


  • Collect behavioral data using focal animal observations
  • Collect fecal and urine samples for genetic and physiological analysis
  • Preprocess samples in our field lab
  • Work closely with current PhD students
  • Contribute to the running of the project

Check out our website for more information on the field station and our ongoing research:

If you are interested in the position, please send a motivation letter, a CV and names of two referents to Oliver Schülke (oschuel(at) The deadline is rolling until suitable candidates are found.