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The Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) in Berlin is Germany’s premier wildlife research institute, one of eight research institutes in the Forschungsverbund Berlin e. V., a member of the Leibniz Association and jointly funded by the German federal and state governments. The IZW is one of the collaborating institutions of the DFG Research Training Group 2046 “Parasite Infections: From experimental models to natural systems” (lead organisation: FU Berlin).

For the project on “Parasite infections in spotted hyenas”, the IZW Department of Ecological Dynamics offers (beginning on 1st January, 2020) a

Motivated student assistant position


We are looking for a highly motivated student keen to assist with immunological, physiological, genetic and parasitological analyses. The post provides the opportunity to learn a range of skills, including (i) newly developed immunological assays for the non-invasive measurement of immunological parameters using faecal samples; (ii) genetic analyses; (iii) the curation and maintenance of large datasets. The research will focus on immunological and genetic factors influencing parasite infections in the spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. The successful applicant will work within a multi-disciplinary research team and be based at the Leibniz-IZW.


Registration at a German university at a faculty of veterinary medicine or biology as undergraduate (degrees of Staatsexamen, Bachelor or Master).

The successful candidate will have good command of English and an interest in parasitology, eco-immunology, evolution, ecology and life-history theory.

Good organisational skills, high motivation and ability to work independently are essential. Personal interest in the questions of how species adapt to ongoing change is a bonus.

Applications and working environment:

The position will start on 1st January, 2020 and will last for 2 years (until the end of 2021). Work load comprises 40 hours per month. Enquiries or questions should be directed to Miguel Veiga (PhD student) at 030/ 5168 520, Supervisors: Dr Marion L. East, Dr Gábor Á. Czirják, Prof Heribert Hofer.

As a member of the Leibniz Association the Leibniz-IZW is an equal opportunity employer, determined to increase the proportion of women in successful scientific careers, and particularly encourages women to apply. Preference will be given to disabled applicants with the same qualifications.

Please include in the application a letter of motivation, CV, proof of university enrolment and contact details (email address and telephone) of a person who can provide a reference.

Submit your application as soon as possible but no later than 30 November 2019 via the Leibniz-IZW’s online-job-market (button “Apply online”). Interviews will take place in early December, 2019. We are looking forward to your application!