El Máster en Etología pretende proporcionar una formación científica avanzada que permita a los alumnos conocer el comportamiento animal e incluirlo en el contexto de las características biológicas que, fácilmente moldeables, proporcionan una base evolutiva y ecológica que permita un uso más racional de los animales.

Los alumnos podrán adquirir una base formativa sólida para iniciar una carrera investigadora o bien para la incorporación al mercado de trabajo, como profesional, a través de los siguientes objetivos específicos:

  • Adquirir las bases teórico-practicas que, con el trasfondo evolutivo, determinan el conocimiento de esta disciplina.
  • Conocer y manejar el método científico tanto desde su enfoque puramente teórico como de las bases que sustentan el uso y aprovechamiento de las especies animales tanto silvestres como domésticas.
  • Diseñar y planificar la investigación etológica, como base del desarrollo tanto de la investigación pura como de la aplicada.
  • Manejar la metodología de toma de datos desde el nivel celular hasta el individuo pasando por su fisiología y genética básicas para el uso científico y aplicado de esta disciplina científica.
  • Alcanzar las capacidades de análisis y aplicación de la información generada de las investigaciones, para su aplicación:
    a) en el desarrollo de nuevas bases teóricas,
    b) en la gestión y conservación de fauna,
    c) en cualquier instalación o centro donde mantengamos animales tanto silvestres como domésticos y
    d) en el manejo de los problemas relacionados con los animales de compañía.

Dados los contenidos que se desarrollaran en el Máster, los alumnos adquirirán las competencias exigidas para acreditar la formación como “Personal de la categoría B, C y D1” Real Decreto 1201/2005 de 10 de octubre sobre protección de los animales utilizados para experimentación y otros fines científicos. El correspondiente reconocimiento ha sido solicitado a la Consejería de Agricultura y Pesca de la Junta de Andalucía.

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Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, Switzerland

1) POST-DOC: Candidates are invited to apply for a postdoctoral research position to join our studies on evolutionary mechanisms of conflict and cooperation, with particular emphasis on generalized reciprocity, transitions towards complex sociality, and alternative reproductive tactics. Model species include Lake Tanganyika cichlids, Norway rats and ambrosia beetles. Applicants must be experienced in empirical behavioural research and state-of-the-art statistical analysis, and they should have an excellent publication record. Successful candidates will share in our teaching of behavioural ecology and supervision of students at undergraduate and graduate levels. The position is initially for three years and can be prolonged (max. 10 years). Preferred start is January 2011.

2) PhD Generalized Reciprocity: We search for a PhD-applicant experienced in behavioural research to study the mechanisms of generalized reciprocity in wild-type Norway rats. Potential approaches include causal (e.g. hormonal regulation), functional (e.g. cost-benefit analysis) or developmental (e.g. social experience) levels. Candidates should have a sound background in evolutionary biology, and they should have successfully published previous work (e.g. from their master’s thesis). The position is for three years and should preferably start in January 2011.

3) PhD Developmental Effects: A PhD-position is available to study effects of the early social environment on development of social behaviour with cooperatively breeding African cichlids as a model. The focus is on both, the molecular and physiological basis of developmental effects, and on their fitness consequences. The project involves experimental manipulation of social conditions and behavioural observations in a laboratory setting, quantification of gene expression in brain samples, and measurements of circulating hormone levels. Eligible candidates will have a master’s degree in Biology and research experience in animal behaviour, a genuine understanding of evolutionary theory and a strong commitment to basic science. Practical skills in molecular techniques and in the work with fish would be advantageous. Preferred start: April 2011.

The successful candidates will join a bustling research environment consisting of about 10 PhD-students and advanced research staff, five technicians and a varying number of master’s students and guest scientists. Besides this Behavioural Ecology group, the Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Bern comprises research groups on Aquatic Ecology (Ole Seehausen), community ecology (Wolfgang Nentwig), Conservation Biology (Raphael Arlettaz), Evolutionary Ecology (Heinz Richner) and Population Genetics (Laurent Excoffier). Salaries will follow the schemes of the national funding organization of Switzerland.

Closing date: Open until filled, but all application materials, including CV, a summary of research experience, copies of any published or in-press papers, and two letters of recommendation should be received by 31 October 2010 to ensure full consideration. Candidates should indicate in a cover letter for which position they apply and when they could take it up. Please send all application material to the secretary’s office, c/o Marlis Gerteis, Dept. Behavioural Ecology, University of Bern, Wohlenstrasse 50A, CH-3032 Bern, Switzerland; or as e-mail attachments to marlis.gerteis@iee.unibe.ch. Please consult our web-page for information on our research: http://behav.zoology.unibe.ch/ For inquiries please contact michael.taborsky@iee.unibe.ch (positions 1 & 2) or barbara.taborsky@iee.unibe.ch (position 3).

Electronic & Radar Engineer

 Plant & Invertebrate Ecology Department

An electronic engineer and programmer is required to maintain, develop and operate unique radar systems to track flying insects.  Main duties include: 

  • Maintain and run two Vertical Looking Radars, which monitor insect flight at high altitude.
  • Maintain and run the Harmonic Radar, which is used to track individual flying insects at low altitude.
  • Develop software and hardware to ensure these systems are kept up to date with technological innovations.
  • Deploy and operate the harmonic radar for experiments on externally funded projects, either on Rothamsted estate or at external field sites.
  • Liaise with biologists and mathematicians on modelling and interpretation of the data.
  • Engage in writing papers and articles disseminating the results of the experiments.
  • Explore innovative technologies to improve our ability to record insect behaviour and explore other areas of biologging technology within the context of agriculture.

Candidates will possess a degree and proven experience (or higher degree) in electronic engineering and radar systems.  They will have an excellent understanding of the principles of radar and electronic systems, microwave measurements and RF antenna theory.  Experience of interfacing electronic systems with computers is also required.  They should also be able to design and modify equipment, and be interested in exploring new technologies.  Candidates should have experience in the use of programming languages including BASIC and ‘C’. 

The post-holder will be expected to conduct experiments during good weather, which may involve working outside of normal office hours.  An interest in biological systems would be an advantage.  Previous experience of Microsoft packages, database management and a driving licence are essential.

The level of appointment will be flexible dependant upon the skills and relevant experiences of the successful candidate, but starting salary is likely to be in the region of £33,780 to £37,534.  This post is available for 3 years in the first instance, renewable thereafter.

Apply by application form only, available with further particulars from www.rothamsted.ac.uk or from the HR Group, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 2JQ, rres.hr@bbsrc.ac.uk.  Please quote ref: 1140.

Closing date: 14 October 2010

Es un Programa de sensibilización y vigilancia ambiental para la prevención de los incendios forestales en Aragón desarrollado por el Departamento de Medio Ambiente del Gobierno de Aragón, con el patrocinio de IberCaja. Este Programa de Voluntariado Medioambiental viene desarrollándose desde el año 1996 en diferentes espacios naturales de Aragón gracias a la ayuda voluntaria de tantas personas que dedican parte de su tiempo a la conservación de nuestros montes.