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Postdoc - Vocal communication and cognition in meerkats (Suricata surica

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Subject: Postdoc - Vocal communication and cognition in meerkats (Suricata suricatta)
From: Alan McElligott <>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2010 21:10:51 +0000 (GMT)
A three year postdoctoral position in animal behaviour is available at the
University of
Zurich working with Prof Marta Manser and her international team.

The research
involves behavioural and vocal studies in relation to physiological aspects on
meerkats, with fieldwork performed at the Kalahari Meerkat Project in South
Within this framework, several aspects of research can be pursued including:
experiments documenting knowledge about other group members; hormone analyses
investigating the physiological correlates of status, condition, age and vocal
and the flexibility and individuality in the production and perception of vocal
The tasks will consist of collecting observational and experimental data in the
habitat of the meerkat. The postdoc will be responsible for: (1) conducting the
research; (2) analyses of behavioural and acoustic data; and (3) involvement in
supervision of our assistants, MSc and PhD students in the field and back in
We welcome highly motivated applicants with PhDs in Biology/Zoology. Applicants
must have a strong background in collecting and analysing behavioural data.
with experience in acoustic research (i.e. acoustic analysis and playback
are preferred. The working language in the group is English, German skills are

The position is available from January 2011. Target application date is
November 15th, 2010, but open until a suitable candidate has been found.
Applicants should please send a cover letter with a brief statement of their
interests, a cv (including publication list), and the names and affiliations of
references. Applications (preferably as a single pdf file) and informal
inquiries should
be sent to:   

information on our group:;

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