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George Washington University – Postdoctoral Scientist

by Ed Hagen last modified Mar 11, 2013 12:21 PM expired
Applications are invited for a full-time, benefitted position as Postdoctoral Scientist in GW’s Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology (CASHP), to contribute to morphological research on the development and life history of Virunga mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

The successful applicant will contribute to a field-based research program employing photogrammetry methods to investigate relationships between the physical ontogeny and life history of living mountain gorillas monitored by the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda, and will also take advantage of a recently-established collection of well documented mountain gorilla skeletal remains in Rwanda to generate new research. 

The project will require spending the majority of the year based at the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda, and will involve close collaboration with the CASHP-based Project Director and with researchers, field assistants and other staff of Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International’s Karisoke Research Center, Rwanda Development Board’s Department of Tourism and Conservation (national parks authority), and the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project. Activities will include field observational studies and behavioral data collection from wild gorillas, digital photogrammetry to measure physical traits of wild gorillas, collection of skeletal data, statistical analysis of results, and writing research articles. There may also be opportunities to contribute to ongoing laboratory-based research on the hard tissue biology of mountain gorillas, and field efforts based at other long-term primate study sites, depending on interests.  

The position is currently supported for a period of two years. Desired start date is July-August, 2013. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in biological anthropology, zoology, primatology or a related discipline before the start date.  Preference will be given to applicants who have experience with methods employed in field primatology and/or morphology based research, and a demonstrated ability to conduct and publish their research.  Evaluation of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  

Applicants must complete an online application at  

In addition, the following application materials must be emailed directly to Dr. Shannon McFarlin ( (1) cover letter, (2) CV, (3) writing sample, and (4) names of three people who can be contacted for letters of reference. Please direct any questions about the position to Dr. McFarlin.

The George Washington University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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