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Agency University of the Witwatersrand, School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences Location South Africa Job Category Graduate Assistantships

Salary All project costs will be covered, but the candidate will need to source funding to support themselves.

Start Date 02/01/2018

Last Date to Apply 12/10/2017

Description University of the Witwatersrand, School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences

PhD position in carnivore conservation physiology

Supervisors: Dr Robyn Hetem (University of the Witwatersrand) and Dr W. Maartin Strauss (University of South Africa)

Application deadline 10 December 2017

A PhD position is available from 1 February 2018. We invite applications from highly motivated candidates with a passion for understanding how animals are physiologically adapted to their environments. Specifically the PhD project aims to assess physiological plasticity in terms of thermoregulation, hunting, activity and microclimate selection of spotted hyaena (Crocuta crocuta). Because their hunting strategies rely on them running down their prey, often over long distances, spotted hyaena may be particularly vulnerable to exercise-induced hyperthermia, which may be exacerbated with increased ambient temperatures and aridity under climate change. We wish to use biologgers to assess the physiological plasticity of spotted hyaena in a hot and dry environment as an analogue of future climate change scenarios. The candidate will be expected to supplement the biologging data with field observations of instrumented hyaena within the remote Khaudum National Park in Namibia. All project costs will be covered, but the candidate will need to source funding to support themselves. The successful applicant will (1) hold a M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in zoology or animal ecology or another relevant discipline, (2) have extensive field work experience, (3) a good command of statistical and GPS data analyses techniques, and (4) an excellent command of the English language. To apply, please send an email (with “hyaena physiological plasticity” in the subject line) to robyn.hetem@wits.ac.za before the 10th of December 2017. Please attach a single PDF file to your email including a (1) cover letter detailing your personal research interests and why you should be considered for the position, (2) scientific CV including copies of all degrees, and (3) contact details of two academic referees.

For further information about this opportunity, please contact: Dr Robyn Hetem (robyn.hetem@wits.ac.za) School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg, South Africa

Qualifications The successful applicant will (1) hold a M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in zoology or animal ecology or another relevant discipline, (2) have extensive field work experience, (3) a good command of statistical and GPS data analyses techniques, and (4) an excellent command of the English language. To apply, please send an email (with “hyaena physiological plasticity” in the subject line) to robyn.hetem@wits.ac.za before the 10th of December 2017. Please attach a single PDF file to your email including a (1) cover letter detailing your personal research interests and why you should be considered for the position, (2) scientific CV including copies of all degrees, and (3) contact details of two academic referees.

Contact Person Dr Robyn Hetem

Contact eMail robyn.hetem@wits.ac.za

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