Research Assistant I Non Lab Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences United States

Job Code403109 Research Assistant I Non-Lab
Duties & Responsibilities

Two professors in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology seek a full-time research assistant to help create and manage the long-term databases associated with ongoing, long-term, research projects on the behavioral ecology of wild chimpanzees living in the Kibale Forest, Uganda and wild bonobos living in the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Job duties include:

1. Create a long-term project relational database for the Kokolopori Bonobo Research Project. This includes creating tables with a relational structure, uploading existing and new research data received from research site, and building macros for calculations of basic metrics of behavior.

2. Maintain long-term project database of the Kibale Chimpanzee Project by uploading new research data received from research field site in Uganda to the database. This includes cleaning incoming data sheets and uploading them into a Microsoft Access database. Coordinate transfer of research data between research field site in Uganda and the U.S. File and maintain paper sheets of research data. Scan and digitize paper sheets of research data.

3. Assist students and researchers in extracting research data from either database by writing macros and queries that will facilitate quick data retrieval. Assist graduate students and undergraduates and other researchers in accessing long-term data from the project databases. This includes teaching new students how to use the databases.

4. For the Kibale Chimpanzee Project. maintain a project server that will allow researchers and students at Harvard, Tufts University, and the University of New Mexico, as well as those at the research field site, to access newly scanned and digitized research data immediately.

5. Assist researchers with data analysis and write-up of publications using the long-term data from either project. This includes ongoing research projects on aging, development, and aggression.

6. Using Adobe Lightroom, scan old photographs and slides related to the field research project to create a photographic database for research use that could be accessed by students and researchers.

Basic Qualifications

Experience conducting behavioral research with primates or other animals (relevant coursework may count towards this experience).

Additional Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Anthropology, Biology, or related field preferred.
Excellent organizational skills, strong attention to detail, and facility using computer software applications, including Microsoft Access.
Ability to work independently.
General familiarity with field research, statistical software systems and applications, and behavioral coding systems helpful.

Additional Information

This is a one-year term position, with possibility of renewal, dependent upon adequate funding and satisfactory performance.

Might involve (infrequent) travel to research conference at University of New Mexico, where primary research collaborator is located, or to research field sites in Uganda or Democratic Republic of Congo.

We invite individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to be a part of our community


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