Career Opportunities for Neuroethologists

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The Institute of Biology is looking for a University Assistant without doctorate (m/f/d)

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Navigation is a fundamental behaviour across the animal kingdom. Ants and other social insects represent an excellent example for navigational skills as foragers return several times a day with their booty to provide nutrition and water for their colonies. One of the expert navigators amongst insects are desert ants. Those diurnal foragers venture out and search for food solitarily and must find their way back to their nest in due time not to become victim of the scorching heat. Hence, their exceptional navigational abilities, which are predominantly based on visual terrestrial and celestial compass cues. Although researchers have found numerous new insights regarding ant navigation during the last decades, several open questions remain. This project aims to answer some of those open questions.


The 4-year position is aimed at obtaining a PhD degree in the group of Sebastian Schwarz. The candidate will focus on behavioural experiments with (desert) ants in the field and in the lab. Field work will be carried out in Seville, Spain and possibly in Australia. Lab work will be carried out at the University of Graz. One aim of the project is to better understand the interaction of proprioception in navigational processes. Another aim is to investigate the perception of time and potential underlying mechanisms in navigating ants. As two field work sites with different ant species are available, a comparative approach investigating behavioural and/or (neuro) anatomical similarities and differences is also likely.


Applicants must have a MSc (or equivalent degree) in biology. A background in animal behaviour, behaviour ecology or animal ecology is preferable. A high commitment and motivation for scientific work is expected. Because the candidate will spend a substantial time in hot and arid climates to conduct field experiments, resistance to extreme and harsh weather conditions and physical health is essential. Prior practical experience with field work and knowledge in ethology is advantageous. Strong statistical and analytical skills are desired – additional computational skills are beneficial. The candidate is also expected to have good social and collaborative skills and an appropriate level of English for both communication and scientific writing. A driving licence would be desirable.


Applications can be submitted through the link below until the 24.04.2024. 

Further details about the job conditions can also be found in the link below.

(Posted April 5, 2024)

Postdoctoral Fellowship- neurogenetics of natural variation in sociability
The Choe and Dukas labs, McMaster University - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

The Choe and Dukas labs at the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University are looking for a postdoc for a collaborative ongoing project deciphering the genetic basis of natural variation in sociability.

The Dukas and Dworkin labs have artificially selected low and high sociability fruit fly lineages ( and identified promising candidate sociability genes. We have begun the process of quantifying the effects of these genes on sociability in fruit flies and wish to expand our work to examining the role of the verified genes in mammalian sociability using mice as a model system.

The Choe Lab ( investigates neurobiological mechanisms underlying social behaviour using a multi-scale approach with a wide array of techniques including in vitro electrophysiology, molecular biology, confocal and lightsheet imaging, optogenetic and chemogenetics, in vivo fiber photometry recordings, mouse fMRI and behaviour assays.

The prospective postdoc would combine functional genetic analysis (using RNAi interference, CRISPR, or Cre-conditional knockout strategies among other genetic approaches) to examine variation in sociability and its neurobiological basis using fruit flies and mice as model systems. Qualified candidates will possess a PhD in biology, neuroscience or another relevant field.

Please send a cover letter, current CV, and a list of 3 references to Drs Katrina Choe or Reuven Dukas at or We will notify applicants before contacting any references.

(posted March 26, 2024)

Application for Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Dickerson lab at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute is looking for several highly motivated postdoctoral or more senior research associates. Research in the Dickerson lab is at the interface of neurobiology, biomechanics, and behavior and seeks to understand how mechanosensory input structures locomotor output. The lab studies the flight behavior of the fruit fly, Drosophila, combining the powerful genetic tools available for labeling and manipulating neural circuits with cutting-edge imaging in awake, behaving animals (current site:

The term of appointment is based on rank. Positions at the postdoctoral rank are for one year with the possibility of renewal pending satisfactory performance and continued funding; those hired at more senior ranks may have multi-year appointments.

The successful candidates will employ state-of-the-art single and multiphoton calcium imaging, electrophysiology, and behavioral approaches to understand how behaviorally relevant mechanosensory feedback is functionally organized. The project will make use of the latest imaging tools in intact, behaving animals as well as the powerful genetic techniques available in Drosophila. We are seeking exceptionally talented candidates that are organized, self-directed learners with superior communication and analytical skills. Applicants should possess an appreciation for integrative approaches.

Essential qualifications: Ph.D. in biology, neuroscience, mechanical engineering, or other related fields

Preferred qualifications: experience with imaging, electrophysiology, or quantitative behavior, programming (preferably Python or Matlab), and strong quantitative skills.

Interested applicants must apply at and include a cover letter stating background and professional interests, a CV including all publications, Research Statement, and contact information for two or more referees. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

The work location for this position is in-person on campus at Princeton University.

This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. These positions are subject to the University's background check policy.

(posted February 23, 2024)

Postdoc positions:

Neurobiology of Behavior and Behavioral Evolution

The Fischer Lab is seeking postdocs to work on two funded projects investigating (1) neural mechanisms of parental care plasticity in poison frogs, (2) juvenile aggression in poison frogs. Both projects are at the intersection of neurobiology, behavior, and evolution. The lab will be moving to the University of California Davis in summer 2024.  

Qualifications include a PhD and expertise in animal behavior, neuroscience, molecular biology, and/or evolution. Experience with genomics and bioinformatics is preferred. Experience working with non-traditional model systems is useful, but not necessary. In addition to research, our lab is committed to wholistic mentoring and community engagement. We are dedicated to building an equitable and inclusive environment that provides opportunities for the growth and success of everyone. Learn more at

Positions will be funded for 2-3 years, renewed annually, with possibility of extension. Preferred start date is between August 2024 – January 2025 (negotiable). Salaries are commensurate with NIH/NSF postdoc scale, plus benefits, and will be increased annually based on experience.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, and a research statement describing your research interests, background and your goals for your career and postdoc. Please also include the names and contact information for 2-3 references. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. For questions and to submit your application, please contact Eva Fischer (

(posted February 14, 2024)

Open-Rank Faculty Opportunity - Virginia Tech University

The School of Neuroscience at Virginia Tech seeks applicants for an Open-Rank Collegiate Faculty position on its main campus in Blacksburg, VA. Applicants for this position must have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Cellular and Molecular Biology, or a related field and experience teaching in higher education, preferably at the undergraduate level. The search committee will consider applicants across career stages, and the rank of the successful candidate will be commiserate with experience. Apply HERE.

(Posted 29 January 2024)

Postdoc position in Paris to study neural circuit dynamics and behaviour in cavefish

The Mexican tetra, Astyanax mexicanus is a leading model for studying genetic mechanisms underlying trait evolution. A. mexicanus consists of a surface (river) and several cave populations that independently evolved in largely isolated caves, allowing for comparative approaches to identify genetic and neural variants associated with behavioral evolution. Cave populations of A. mexicanus exhibit prominent changes in sensory systems including loss of vision and expansion of smell, taste, mechanosensation and lateral line. Despite the robust changes in behavior and morphology, the shifts in processing sensory information within the brain have been unexplored.

The Sumbre lab at the Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France is looking for a postdoc to study the evolution of brain processes and computations. For this purpose, we are using transgenic fish expressing GCaMP in combination with light-sheet microscopy to monitor the activity of the whole brain, with single-neuron resolution in an intact, behaving larvae.

We are studying the differences in sensory processing (audition/vocalization, taste, lateral line, somatosensory and olfaction) between the surface and cavefish, to shed light on principles underlying the evolution of sensory systems.

The lab is located at the Ecole normale supérieure, paris, France.

*For the postdoc position, it is necessary to have good programming skills, and some background in neuroscience.

For more information you can contact Germán Sumbre

(Posted 18 January 2024)

PhD student position at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student with a strong interest in neuroscience and genetics, to study processing of visual cues used in social behavior in Drosophila melanogaster.

The PhD position is available in my group, that is affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine, at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany. The starting date is early 2024, preferably no later than March 2024.

Background: The brain receives and processes sensory cues from multiple parallel channels. Persistent behavioral states are elicited in certain sensory contexts, that not only extend the effect of such contexts for minutes, but also modulate how sensory information is processed. Vision in particular starts as a rather abstract initial percept from which features such as motion, color or discrete objects are extracted. Remarkably, detection of discrete objects underlies seemingly disparate behaviors such as courtship, aggression, or avoidance in Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies).

Fruit flies inhabit fermenting fruits that are crowded with other fruit flies, which forces social interactions. Fly chemosensory cues influence the internal state and determine whether an encounter between two flies results in courtship, aggression, or a simple avoidance. Visual cues, specifically the detection and location of the other fly as a discrete, visual object, are used for tracking and orienting maneuvers. Our work identified LC10a visual projection neurons as essential for female tracking. LC10a neurons project to the largest retinorecipient area of the fly brain, the anterior optic tubercle, together with several other neuron types from the LC10-group neurons. Our recent work shows that, unexpectedly, LC10d neurons mediate avoidance of discrete objects. Current projects use LC10a and LC10d neurons as entry points to study how central neural circuits transform visual object information from a stimulus-correlated signal to a signal correlated with motor output in different social behaviors.

Research papers related to current projects:

Ribeiro, et al, 2018 PMID: 30033367

Ribeiro, et al, 2022 PMID: 35876796

Interested students should have a background and/or interest in social behavior, visual coding, functional imaging, data analysis, genetics, and neuromodulation. We offer a fixed-term position (36 months, salary according to the DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) with possibility to prolong, in an outstanding working environment at LMU-Munich and collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence. Munich is simultaneously a tranquil and buzzing city with a large, vibrant neuroscience community. Please email me for more information.

We look forward to receiving your application. To apply, please send your cv, a motivation letter and contacts of two referees by email.


(posted January 5, 2024)
The Invertebrate Neuroethology Laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba is seeking one or two talented MSc or PhD students starting in the Fall term of 2021. Our laboratory is interested in how brains select appropriate behavioural responses to varying conditions, how different brains produce different behaviours, and how brains change with age and experience. Using primarily honey bees and cockroaches, we employ immunohistochemistry, microscopy, electrophysiology, and a wide variety of behavioural assays. 
Application deadline for Canadian and US applicants: June 1, 2021.
Application deadline for international applicants: March 1, 2021.
For more information, please contact Dr. Byron N. Van Nest at at least two months prior to these deadlines.