Research Associate or Postdoctoral Researcher – excavation of gorilla skeletons in Uganda

The Department of Human Origins, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany) is looking for a motivated, independent person with a strong expertise in primate (especially ape) osteology/anatomy and experience working in the field, particularly excavation experience. This person will work on a specific project at the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda focused on the excavation, identification and curation of mountain gorilla skeletal remains, coordinating work with local authorities and be responsible for the supervision and safety of field assistants. The successful candidate would be based in Leipzig, Germany but will need to be willing to work in Uganda (often in the field), including travel through Rwanda as well, for extended periods of time and to engage in physical strenuous activity (e.g. hiking up/down hills, digging). A valid driver’s license (manual transmission) is also highly recommended. The position would ideally start January 2024 for one year, with the possibility of a one-year extension. A minimum of a Master’s degree, and preferably a PhD, in biological anthropology or related discipline, is required. For postdoctoral candidates hired into the position, there is the potential to develop independent research using this skeletal resource, in consultation with project leaders and local authorities.