Comparative Cognition Research Group, Max-Planck Institute for Ornithology, Tenerife, Spain

The Max-Planck Comparative Cognition Research Group (CCRG)

invites applications of Masters students and volunteer research assistants. The CCRG forms part of the collaboration between the Max-Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany, and the Loro Parque Fundación (LPF), Tenerife, Spain. We are currently running various comparative research projects on social and physical cognition in parrots. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact us to enquire about the ongoing projects. We particularly welcome international candidates to join the team and are willing to provide required documents for visa application. Successful applicants can expect to gain a solid insight in the field of Animal Cognition/Experimental Psychology and gain experience in working with psittacids in a dynamic, international research environment. The research is carried out on captive parrots of the LPF, which holds the largest parrot collection and gene reserve in the world (ca. 350 subspecies) for conservation and research purposes.


Voluntary research assistant position /Master Project starts between late-July and early August 2020. The position requires a minimum of 4 months, but ideally 6 months, continuous commitment at the research station in Tenerife, Spain. Free accommodation in a shared student apartment can be provided. However, we would require volunteers to pay for 50 euros to cover some maintanence costs (e.g. water, electricity). Successful applicants will be responsible for their own transportation expenses to and from the research station (Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain).

Important skills/qualifications:

Successful candidates will have:

  • Completed a degree in Biology, Psychology or any related field
  • A strong interest in comparative cognition or behaviour and cognition
  • High motivation and commitment to the project
  • Reliability, efficiency and an ability to work both independently
  • Confidence to interact with animals
  • Previous relevant laboratory or field research experience
  • Good verbal and written English skills
  • Initiative to carry out or develop a project
  • Good team work communication, attitude and other social skills (shared accommodation between 3 students)

To apply:

This is an ongoing recruitment until the position is filled. For further information on how to apply for the position, please email Dr. Pizza Chow ( and Dr. Anastasia Krasheninnikova ( Contact details of 2 referees may be requested.