We are looking for a part-time (three days a week) research assistant for up to twelve months to addresses the potential role of vocalisations in individual recognition in African elephants. The candidate will review the literature of the role of vocalisations in individual identity and recognition, participate in recording vocalisations of elephants in zoos, analyse variation in the vocalisations and assist in writing a paper on the topic. The candidate will be involved in coordinating similar data collection by field assistants in South Africa and analysing the data. Short trips to South Africa may be involved, although the post is primarily based in Cambridge.
The project is a collaboration between Dr. Hannah Mumby, a Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology and the South Africa-based non-profit organisation Elephants Alive. The successful candidate will be a graduate with a good understanding of behavioural ecology and bioacoustics.
Skills in recording and analyzing vocalistaions are required as well as the ability to work on aspects of the project from planning fieldwork to synthesising and summarising information for grant applications.
Interviews: the week commencing Monday 18 January 2016
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 12 months.