Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d) | Orangutan ranging decisions and socioecology

Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Radolfzell / Constance

Type of Job


Developmental and Evolutionary Biology & Genetics Behavioral Sciences Microbiology & Ecology

Job Code: ORNR-W014

Job offer from June 07, 2021

The Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior at its sites in Konstanz and Radolfzell offers an international, interdisciplinary, and collaborative environment that opens up unique research opportunities. The goal of our basic research is to understand and predict animal decision-making in the natural world.

The Max Planck Department for the Ecology of Animal Societies, together with the Max Planck Research Group of Development and Evolution of Cognition and the Max Planck Fellow Group Comparative Socioecology, would like to fill the following position as soon as possible, ideally by September 1st 2021:

Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d) on orangutan ranging decisions and socioecology

The position (60-100%), is limited to a maximum of 3 years and will be located in Constance.

Your tasks

The successful candidate will work primarily with behavioral and ranging data of Bornean orangutans collected over 15 years. By analyzing ranging data of simultaneous follows, we intend to identify the rules governing decisions by the various sex-age classes to initiate, terminate, or avoid associations with others. In addition, a comparative project will focus on social, ecological and cognitive drivers of movement and ranging by multiple frugivorous primate species using the same forest. Additional opportunities exist for involvement in ongoing projects on alternative male reproductive tactics and mother-offspring conflict under varying ecological conditions, based on existing orangutan data from a Bornean and a Sumatran population. No fieldwork is foreseen during this postdoc.

Your profile

Applicants should hold a PhD degree in Biology or a related field, and be distinguished by a proven academic interest and experience with data collection on the behavior of wild animals, while simultaneously having expertise in the analysis of spatial data and modern statistical modeling (including both frequentist and Bayesian analyses). Enthusiasm for working as part of an interdisciplinary, international team is expected.

Our offer

Candidates will work in a dynamic and highly international research environment. Our working language is English and consequently, applicants must be fluent in this language; knowledge of German is not required. The payment is made in accordance with your qualification and the collective agreement for the public service (TVöD-Bund).

For further information regarding this position please contact Maria van Noordwijk ().

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Are you interested?

Then we are looking forward to receiving your application until June 30, 2021, as a single PDF file, including a statement of interest, CV and list of publications, names of three references, contact information, and a sample publication. Please submit your application documents online.

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