The Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior at its sites in Konstanz and Radolfzell offers an international, interdisciplinary, and cooperative environment that opens up unique research opportunities. The goal of our basic research is to develop a quantitative and predictive understanding of the decisions and movements of animals in their natural environment.

For the Development and Evolution of Cognition Research Group at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior we are looking to fill the following positions starting in January or February 2023. The workplace will be primarily in Konstanz.

Technician Assistant (m/f/d)

(100 % / optional part time)


The Development and Evolution of Cognition Research group is a growing, international research lab ( lead by Dr. Caroline Schuppli and embedded within the stimulating research environment of the Max Planck Institute of Animal behavior ( The lab currently includes 2 postdocs, 2 technicians, 2 PhD students as well as, Master, and Bachelor students. Our team is highly collaborative and aims at creating a friendly and jointly productive research environment.

The work of the Development and Evolution of Cognition Research Group is largely based on orangutan behavioral research. We work with long-term data on a population of wild orangutans as well as with data collected on zoo housed orangutans.

Your tasks:

The two positions advertised here will focus on work around four major areas:

  • Entering and organizing different types of data that were collected in the field, processing already entered data, as well as maintaining and expanding our MySQL orangutan behavioral data base.
  • Collecting behavioral and laser photogrammetry data on orangutans in different zoos.
  • Contributing to different scientific papers, in the form of data wrangling, analyses etc., according to the skills of the applicant.
  • Public outreach and administration work for the SUAQ project, and research administration.

Your profile:

  • State accreditation as a technician assistant or appropriate qualifications based on your professional experience or a university degree in biology, psychology, or a related field
  • Strong interest in primate behavior
  • Good team player who likes to be part of and contributing to different aspects of the research process
  • Very good verbal and written language skills in English
  • Good knowledge of MS Office applications and R programming language
  • Experience with collecting and analyzing animal behavioral data
  • Eye for detail and ability to work precisely
  • Patience and stamina for detail work
  • Good organizing skills

Additional skills that would be useful for the position:

  • Knowledge of German language
  • Knowledge of MySQL, Python, or other programming languages
  • Knowledge of primate behavioral data collection protocols
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis techniques
  • GPS data handling experience
  • Experience with graphic design and photographs
  • Writing skills (mainly English but also German and Indonesian)
  • Experience with/ interest in conservation/ NGO work
  • Experience with laser photogrammetry measurements
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