Job – Research Field Assistant – South Africa

please see below a job advert received from Dr. Carsten Schradin, email address below.

Research Field Assistant Needed for the Project: Socio-Ecology of Small Mammals in the Succulent Karoo of South Africa

Project: We study the reasons of group living, paternal care, communal nesting and social flexibility in the striped mouse. As this species is diurnal and the habitat is open, direct behavioral observations in the field are possible.
What kind of people are needed? Zoology students with a BSC or MsC are preferred as candidates. Applicants must have an interest in working in the field and with animals. Hard working conditions will await applicants, as the study species gets up with sunrise (between 5 and 6 o` clock), and stops its activity with dusk (19 o` clock). Work during nights might also be necessary. Work in the field will be done for 5-6 days a week. Applicants must be able to manage extreme temperatures (below 0 at night, sometimes over 40°C during days). Applicants must both be prepared to live for long periods in the loneliness of the field and to be part of a small group.
Work of field assistants: Radio-tracking, trapping and marking of striped mice; direct behavioral observations in the field; collection of blood samples; maintenance and cleaning of the research station. The research field assistant will learn all techniques at the field site.
Compensation: R 1500 /month for personal expenses and free accommodation.
Opportunity: This is a great opportunity for a student to get important experiences before starting a MsC or PhD.
Costs: Students have to arrange their transport to the field site, the visa and insurances themselves. Students get an invitation letter which they can use to apply for funding in their home country (eg. DAAD in Germany, SANW in Switzerland).
Place: The field site is in the Goegap Nature Reserve near Springbok in the North-West of South Africa. The vegetation consists of Succulent Karoo, which has been recognized as one of 25 hotspots of biodiversity. It is a desert to semi-desert with rain mainly in winter (June to September).
When and how long: As soon as possible. For a minimum duration of 8 months, preferably 12 months.
How to apply? Send a short motivation letter stating why and for which period you are interested and your CV via email to

More information under
Contact via e-mail:

Dr. Carsten Schradin
Research Assistant, Zoological Institute, Department of Animal Behavior,
University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland.
Tel: +41 – (0)44 635 5486
Honorary Researcher at the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences,
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

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