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Student assistant

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research is seeking a

Student Assistant

to assist in the collection of published population projection matrices in plants and animals. The successful candidate will carry out a range of regular tasks, mostly the digitalization of data from already archived references as well as classifying datasets. The work will involve operating in an international English- speaking team (Denmark, USA, UK, Ireland, etc.) and will include a close cooperation and coordination with other team members from the University of Rostock.

Experience of work with references and basic logistic skills would be desirable. We are seeking candidates who are reliable and well organized and who have already develop an interest for the diversity of life history strategies in animals and plants. A good command of English is essential. Successful candidates must be pursuing a degree in biology, biodiversity, evolution, ecology or demography. We are particularly interested in final-year undergraduate students who will continue studying a MSc in Rostock, or 1st year MSc students. There is some flexibility in the scheduling and in the number of working hours, though the typical expectation is 35 hours per month. More information on the work of the institute and project is available at www.demogr.mpg.de and www.compadre-db.org

Please send a short application by e-mail in English to Dr. Alexander Scheuerlein, including:


  • Coverletter: this must be short, and detail why you are interested in this position, why you think you would be a good fit for this project, and academic plans for the coming 1-2 years.
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  • CV:among other details, academic studies and grades,your hobbies and interests.


Deadline for applications: rolling bases, deadline April 30th, 2017. Position starts 31st August, 2017. 

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