viernes, 17 de enero de 2014

Data manager and analyst for IUCN SSC A.P.E.S. database-Germany

The IUCN SSC A.P.E.S. database was founded in 2005 as a repository for great ape population data and the aim to inform great ape conservation strategies. Since its start a large number of field survey datasets have been compiled, processed and archived. It has been used to inform great ape conservation action plans and to conduct and publish scientific studies with a large number of data providing authors. These and other activities are dependent upon rigorous, expert management of the data.

We are seeking a highly-motivated person with a background in ecology, conservation or a related field and excellent quantitative skills to join our team as a data manager. The range of tasks covered by this position include the continuous identification and compilation of relevant datasets, their processing, archiving and analysis, handling of data requests, writing of reports on the status of ape populations and close collaboration with other members of the team. Furthermore, it will be important for the compilation of relevant datasets to travel to data owning institutions across the ape range, particularly as the database is being expanded to incorporate information on gibbon populations.

The successful candidate will therefore need excellent quantitative, organizational and communicative skills and to be fluent in English and French. We expect candidates to be able to efficiently process and standardize highly variable datasets, to extract summary statistics, to produce ape range and distribution layers, to estimate ape abundance from survey data and to be familiar with GIS techniques and software. The successful candidate will also need to communicate closely with Dr. Liz Williamson, coordinator of the Section on Greats Apes of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group.

The position will be available for up to five years from January 2014. The annual salary will be up to 40,000 Euros depending on qualifications. The place of work will be at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, both located in Leipzig, Germany.

Please send a Curriculum Vita, publication list, cover letter and the contact details of two referees to Dr. Hjalmar Kuehl ( Please reference “IUCN SSC A.P.E.S. data manager” in the subject line