2013 Postdoctoral Positions in Orangutan Behavioral Ecology and Parasitology at Masaryk University in Czech Republic

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Masaryk University, Brno has invited applications for postdoctoral positions in Orangutan Behavioral Ecology and Parasitology in Czech Republic. To be eligible for this position, candidates must have a background in the fields of parasitology, animal population ecology, molecular biology and immunohistochemistry and a degree from a university. Applicants should also possess English language skills. The position is offered for 3 years with a salary of 52,000 CZK per month.

Study Subject(s): The postdoctoral positions are available in Orangutan Behavioral Ecology and Parasitology
Course Level: This position is available for pursuing postdoctoral program.
Scholarship Provider: Masaryk University
Scholarship can be taken at: Czech Republic

Eligibility: Candidates are expected to have strong backgrounds in the fields of parasitology, animal population ecology, molecular biology, and immunohistochemistry, as well as sufficient English language skills (both spoken and written) to fully understand the study materials. Applicants are required to hold a corresponding degree from a university, and be capable of working both independently and in a team. Candidates should posses:
-Knowledge of techniques for parasite assays and identification in faecal samples (preferably with orangutan and or primates faecal samples)
-Experience with parasite culturing technique, working with fluorescent markers
-Experience with SEM, TEM microscopy technique
-Experience with Western blot
-Experience with data analysis in community ecology and statistical analysis of biological data and multivariate statistical methods
-Experience with molecular methods of isolation and PCR.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Students of Czech Republic can apply for this position.

Scholarship Description: Relationship between medicinal plants and parasites; development of in vitro and in vivo systems suitable for investigating antiparasitological, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory activity of selected plant extracts on known orangutan parasites. Research objectives include:
-Developing comparable in vitro and in vivo systems suitable for studies on selected parasites.
-Testing selected compounds for antiparasitic activity on selected parasite cultures through application of biologically active compounds (to both in vitro and in vivo systems), and subsequent evaluation of the parasite’s pathogenic impact and host immunological status.
-Evaluation the hypothesis that the eating of specific plants or their parts by orangutans corresponds to a decrease in parasite load.

Duration of award(s): The contract is for 3 years.

What does it cover? The contract is for 3 years with a salary of 52,000 CZK per month.

How to Apply: To apply, please enclose a cover letter expressing motivation, Curriculum Vitae, a list of publications and contact information for 3 references and submit by email.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Contact employer

Note: For more information or for questions, please contact Dr. Ivona Foitová – Principal Investigator of project at: foitova@sci.muni.cz.

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