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Postdoc - Vocal communication and cognition in meerkats (Suricata surica

Subject: Postdoc - Vocal communication and cognition in meerkats (Suricata suricatta)
From: "Holger Klinck" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2010 12:31:50 -0500
In case of questions, please reply to Alan McElligott  - 
Thanks, Holger


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 Africa. Within this framework, several aspects of 
research can be pursued including: playback experiments documenting knowledge 
about other group members; hormone analyses investigating the physiological 
correlates of status, condition, age and vocal signals; and the flexibility and 
individuality in the production and perception of vocal signals. The tasks will 
consist of collecting observational and experimental data in the natural 
habitat of the meerkat. The postdoc will be responsible for: (1) conducting the 
field 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 Zurich.

We welcome highly motivated applicants with PhDs in Biology/Zoology. Applicants 
must have a strong background in collecting and analysing behavioural data. 
People with experience in acoustic research (i.e. acoustic analysis and 
playback experiments) are preferred. The working language in the group is 
English, German skills are not essential.

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 
research interests, a cv (including publication list), and the names and 
affiliations of three references. Applications (preferably as a single pdf 
file) and informal inquiries should be sent to:  

information on our group:;

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