Eligibility requirements: Upper second-class degree in Biology or a related area.
Funding: Fees and stipend is provided for 3.5 years.
+ excellent academic track record
+ excellent analytical, writing and communication skills
+ demonstrable skill and enthusiasm for behavioural research and fieldwork
+ high degree of self-motivation and independence
+ ability and willingness to live and work overseas, for extended periods of time and sometimes under challenging field conditions
+ clean driving licence
+ prior research experience is an advantage
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Hunt GR, and Gray RD (2003) Diversification and cumulative evolution in New Caledonian crow tool manufacture. Proc. R. Soc. B 270, 867–874.
Hunt GR, and Gray RD (2004) The crafting of hook tools by wild New Caledonian crows. Proc. R. Soc. B (Suppl. 3) 271, S88–S90.
Hunt GR, and Gray RD (2004) Direct observations of pandanus-tool manufacture and use by a New Caledonian crow (Corvus moneduloides). Anim. Cogn. 7, 114–120.
Kenward B, Weir AAS, Rutz C, and Kacelnik A (2005) Tool manufacture by naïve juvenile crows. Nature 433, 121.
Klump BC, Cantat M, and Rutz C (2019) Raw-material selectivity in hook-tool-crafting New Caledonian crows. Biol. Lett. 15, 20180836.
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Sugasawa S, Klump BC, St Clair JJH, and Rutz C (2017) Causes and consequences of tool shape variation in New Caledonian crows. Curr. Biol. 27, 3885–3890.
FTE Category A staff submitted: 50.45
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