A PhD position is available at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
in Seewiesen (near Munich, Germany) starting in autumn/winter 2011 to
study the ecological causes of variation in reproductive behaviour in a
population of captive house sparrows (Passer domesticus).
We seek a highly motivated student with a background or strong interest
in ecology, evolution, and behaviour. The ideal candidate is fascinated
by questions in behavioural ecology, has a good knowledge of statistical
analysis and excellent writing and presentation skills. He/she will be
expected to work independently and creatively in the field with the
possibility to develop her/his own research questions. Commitment to the
project and readiness to contribute to the research of the group are
Our department has a main focus on the ecology and evolution of avian
mating systems using a variety of model species. The research on the
house sparrows involves a long-term captive breeding population. Our aim
is to understand the ecological factors influencing reproductive
decisions of individuals from mating to parental care. The work will
involve developing and conducting experiments, breeding captive birds,
behavioural testing and observations, data base management, and possibly
The institute offers a stimulating international environment and an
excellent infrastructure with access to state-of-the-art techniques.
Seewiesen is located in an attractive area, close to the culturally
active city of Munich, and to the lakes and mountains of the Alps.
The position is funded for three years, starting as soon as 1 November
2011. Applications should include a concise statement of research
interests and work experiences relevant to the project, curriculum vitae
and contact details for 2-3 academic references. Please send your
application as a single file (Word-doc or pdf) to firstname.lastname@example.org. For
further information please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Dr. Bart
Kempenaers at email@example.com.
The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer.