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Thank you for your interest in the Mulder lab! Please see below for current opportunities.

If you are interested in collaborating on projects run by the Mulder lab, or if you are a prospective student, please contact:

Professor Raoul Mulder
School of BioSciences
BioSciences 4 (Building 147)
Faculty of Science
University of Melbourne
VIC 3010

Current Opportunities:

Volunteer field assistants required
We are looking for field assistants to help monitor a color-banded population of superb fairy-wrens near Melbourne, Australia for a study on animal personalities. Duties include regular censusing of colour-banded birds, searching for and monitoring nests, mist-netting, behavioural observations, video analysis, and data proofing. Working days are long, with early starts six days a week. Enthusiasm, self-motivation, and a strong work ethic are a must. The study is based at Serendip Sanctuary, a small reserve on the outskirts of Melbourne.

Experience monitoring colour-banded birds, nest-searching, and mist-netting. Must also be early riser, physically fit, able to work in extreme weather conditions, and enjoy basic shared living conditions. Onsite accommodation in a house with shared dorm-style room is provided, but assistants cover travel to the site and their own food costs. The project will reimburse up to AUD$500/month towards receipted food and travel expenses.

Time periods:
August – September 2019 (2 months mist-netting and testing personalities) or October 2019 – January 2020 (4 months nest-searching and behavioural observations).

To Apply:
For more information contact: TIMON VAN ASTEN ( and RAOUL MULDER ( To apply, please email a letter outlining previous relevant field research experience, and a resume including names and contact information for 3 referees.

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