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GMERC research assistant

GMERC research assistant

The Greater Mahale Ecosystem Research and Conservation Project (GMERC) is seeking a full-time research assistant, to be based in a remote field site
in western Tanzania for 9-12 months

position description

Primary responsibilities include

(1) collecting data and overseeing a long-term study of chimpanzees and yellow baboons,

(2) assisting in data management and

(3) supporting the project manager in administrative tasks. These administrative tasks may include, but are not limited to, helping with scheduling, salary disbursements, and town (shopping) trips.


A successful candidate should have a master’s degree in a related field (evolutionary biology, zoology, biological anthropology, etc.), with a good command of evolutionary theory and behaviour (bachelor’s students with extensive experience will be considered), prior living or work experience in a developing country (preferably in Africa), be extremely fit, and a willingness to learn KiSwahili.

Additionally, the candidate must be responsible, organized, independent, resourceful, and get along well and easily with others, as the position requires long periods in the forest with a team of Tanzanian field assistants. The
landscape is demanding, and so extreme physical fitness is critical. Previous experience with old world
monkeys and/or apes, especially Pan, is preferred.


Nov/Dec 2019 – Oct/Nov 2020 (dates flexible)


USD300 per month, with all in-country & workrelated expenses covered by GMERC. Candidates must be prepared to pay international travel costs and government research permits (USD2200) up front; travel and permit costs
will be reimbursed upon completion of nine months of tenure.

how to apply

Interested applicants should create a SINGLE PDF file that includes a cover letter, updated CV, and the names of two references, emailed to

Accepting applications until the position is filled.

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