Open positions

Organisations affiliated with the KRC occasionally offer open positions in addition to the the research volunteers. Find more information on open positions below.

Open Positions

Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 23.37.13The Population Ecology Research Group at the University of Zurich (, Zurich University) is looking for a research assistant and a volunteer to join our field research team in South Africa.

Our team investigates wildlife population dynamics using a biodemographic perspective, and applies modelling and statistical methods to field and laboratory data to test hypotheses on the dynamics and persistence of wildlife populations. In this project, we are investigating dispersal in the Kalahari meerkat and its eco-evolutionary consequences.


Main tasks

You will provide field support for our research and collect movement and life-history data from dispersing meerkats at our field research site in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa. The daily activities will include radio-tracking, behavioral data collection, animal handling, data entry and analysis. A typical working day is split into a morning observation session starting at sunrise and continuing for about four hours, and an afternoon session lasting about three hours until sunset. Please read FAQ information for further details.

Your profile

We are looking for reliable, independent, and team-oriented individuals with sound field and organisational skills, rigour in monitoring and measurement of individual organisms, enthusiasm for ecological and evolutionary research, an ability to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills (in English), and a driving licence (incl. stick shift). Experience in working with mammals is desired and familiarity with the Kalahari environment is a plus. We expect a 12-month commitment to fieldwork.

Our offer

We offer a position in a dynamic research environment, where you will be member of a large international field team. Salary/allowances will be based on the position and your experience. There will also be a possibility to develop this work into a graduate degree. Field accommodation and subsistence will be covered, and there will be contributions towards travel costs.


The positions will start in August 2017 (or upon arrangement) and applications will be open until the matching candidate has been identified (no deadline). Please send a motivation letter, your CV, and contact details of two referees as a single PDF to Dr. Gabriele Cozzi <>. Interviews will take place either in person at the University of Zurich or via online conference.

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