Career Opportunities for Neuroethologists

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Tenure-Track Position in Systems Neuroscience - University of Ottawa

The Department of Biology at the University of Ottawa is hiring a tenure-track assistant professor in systems neuroscience. We are particularly interested in candidates who combine experimental and computational approaches to study the neural mechanisms of animal behaviour.

Application deadline is January 30, 2019

For details, please see  
https://www.uottawa.ca/vice-president-academic/faculty-relations/faculty-recruitment/openings (under the Faculty of Science, Department of Biology tab). 

Specific questions can be directed to
john.lewis@uottawa.ca

(posted December 12, 2018)


Science Fellows in Frontiers of Science - Columbia University

Frontiers of Science is a one-semester course that integrates modern science into the Core Curriculum of Columbia College in order to introduce exciting scientific ideas and inculcate scientific habits of mind. The program will appoint a number of post-doctoral fellows in the natural sciences for the academic year 2019-2020. We invite applications from qualified candidates who have received or expect to receive the Ph.D. before June 30, 2019 and have demonstrated teaching experience. Columbia Science Fellows hold the rank of Lecturer in Discipline in an appropriate natural science department. The fellowship is renewable for a second and third year based on satisfactory performance.



Fellows teach two once-per-week seminar sections each semester, attend the weekly course lecture, faculty meeting and pedagogical seminar, participate in the curriculum development for the course, including course-wide assessments, and carry out research at Columbia. In addition to teaching and research, the Fellows engage in the intellectual life of the department of affiliation. A competitive salary is supplemented by an annual research allowance.

For more information on the program, please contact Jessica Cubas at fos@columbia.edu or 212-851-9814

To apply, please visit our online site

Deadline for applications is January 15, 2019.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.


(posted December 6, 2018)




Computational Biology Assistant Professor - University of Cincinnati

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for a tenure-track position in Computational Biology at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin fall semester 2019. We seek a colleague who develops and uses computational techniques to address fundamental questions in biology. We expect candidates’ research programs to integrate theory with empirical study.

The successful candidate will contribute to the mission of the department by developing an innovative, externally funded research program, teaching courses at the graduate and undergraduate level based on the candidate’s area of experience, and contributing to the department through service. Because the department is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive campus community, we are seeking candidates with an interest working with a diverse range of students.

The Department of Biological Sciences is a collegial, collaborative group of researchers and educators. The Department has a longstanding commitment to the integration of theory and practice, and has strengths in Sensory Biology, Behavior, and Evolution (SBBE) and Environmental Change and Biological Resilience (ECBR). We inhabit a newly renovated building with modern offices and labs and a new greenhouse. The UC Center for Field Studies provides researchers with field opportunities only a short 25 minute drive from campus. Our department has strong collaborative associations with the Neuroscience program, UC Digital Scholarship Center, US EPA, Cincinnati Children's’ Hospital, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Cincinnati Public Schools, and other institutions providing opportunities for collaborative research, education and outreach. The Ohio Supercomputing Center provides researchers a state of the art computing environment with a current peak performance of 1,048 teraflops and >5 petabytes of storage. UC is working with Jetstream to develop research and education workflows, and has the UC ScienceNet, an academic network that enables high-speed (10Gps-40Gps) data transfer, in addition to several other High-Computing Resources on campus.

The University of Cincinnati is a premier, public, urban research university, and is ranked as one of America’s top 26 public research universities by the National Science Foundation. U.S. News has ranked UC in the Top Tier of America’s Best Colleges. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls UC a “research heavyweight”. Forbes, Delta Sky and Travel + Leisure magazines have named UC one of the most beautiful campuses. Cincinnati is a vibrant city on the banks of the Ohio River. The region is home to year-round cultural and entertainment activities. The Hamilton County Parks system provides extensive opportunities for outdoor activities.

Minimum Qualifications: A PhD is required for this position. Applications must be submitted online (search requisition #34746). To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation using the additional documents feature in our application system. As part of the process, the applicant will be asked to provide a separate one-page statement addressing how the candidate’s past or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance UC’s commitment to Inclusive Excellence. Review of applications will begin December 7th and continue until the position is filled. FOR ALL FACULTY HIRES OFFICIAL ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPTS WILL BE REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF HIRE.

The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement. As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP). 

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.

(posted November 20, 2018)


    Postdoc position available in the songbird lab at the OIST Graduate University and the University of Tokyo, Japan 


Yazaki-Sugiyama labs at OIST Graduate University and the International Research Center for Neurointelligence (WPI-IRCN) at the University of Tokyo are interested in how the early developmental stage sensory experiences shape neuronal circuits in the brain and guide the later development of higher cognitive function by using bird song learning, as well as how the time window of song learning is regulated. We are now seeking productive and motivated Post-Doctoral researchers who are interested in neuronal mechanism for controlling auditory experience guided song learning in either of place.

We are mainly using electrophysiological method as well as newly developed viral vectors, also are always interested and motivated for incorporating new techniques. Please look up the website at OIST  for a comprehensive position description and application instructions, and University of Tokyo for the details and contact me (yazaki-sugiyama#oist.jp (please replace # with @ before sending)) if you are interested (also help me for spreading the words to your friends!).


(posted November 14, 2018)


Postdoctoral Researcher in Insect/Bee Neuroscience


The Oxford University Bee Laboratory in the Department of Zoology is offering a 1 year full-time Postdoctoral position (with the possibility of extension for an additional 2 years) to study gustatory coding in bee species. The overall goal of the project is to characterise how populations of bee gustatory neurons respond to mixtures of sugars and potentially toxic compounds found in floral nectar. In collaboration with the lab of Dr Mark Stopfer (US National Institute of Health), this project will use multichannel extracellular recording techniques to study populations of gustatory neurons projecting from the bee’s mouthparts in the buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) and the honeybee (Apis mellifera). The postholder will also work with another PDRA to identify how gustatory input drives feeding behaviour. This post is part of an active and interdisciplinary research group – the lab of Professor Geraldine Wright – who work on the physiology and behaviour of bee species.

This post is ideally suited to applicants with a PhD/DPhil in biology or neuroscience where the candidate has experience making multichannel recordings and handling data from multichannel recordings. The ideal candidate will have experience recording from insect chemosensory neurons with skills in data analysis including spike sorting. Candidates with strong scientific writing skills (in English) will be preferred.

For questions about this position please contact the PI via email (geraldine.wright@zoo.ox.ac.uk). Further particulars, including details of how to apply, can be obtained from the document below. Applications for this vacancy should be made online and you will required to upload your CV and supporting statement as part of your application.

The closing date for this position is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 12 December 2018

(posted November 13, 2018)


Postdoctoral Researcher in Insect/Bee Behaviour


The Oxford University Bee Laboratory in the Department of Zoology is offering a full-time 1 year postdoctoral position (with the possibility of extension for an additional 1 - 2 years) to study bee feeding behaviour. The overall goal of the project is to characterize the structure of feeding of the bee’s mouthparts. This project will make high speed recordings of bee behaviour with the aim of identifying how the bee’s mouthparts are driven in response to chemical components of floral nectar, including potential toxins. This post is part of an active and interdisciplinary research group – the lab of Professor Geraldine Wright – who work on the physiology and behaviour of bee species.

This post is ideally suited to applicants with a PhD/DPhil in biology with an emphasis in neuroethology and/or behaviour where the candidate has experience working with insects to study their behaviour. The ideal candidate will have experience observing from insect chemosensory behaviour with skills in using specialist software (e.g. Noldus Observer) and high speed cameras. Candidates with strong scientific writing skills (in English) will be preferred. For questions about this position please contact the PI via email (
geraldine.wright@zoo.ox.ac.uk).

Further particulars, including details of how to apply, can be obtained from the document below. Applications for this vacancy should be made online and you will required to upload your CV and supporting statement as part of your application.

The closing date for this position is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 12 December 2018.


(posted November 13, 2018)

Associate / Full Professor in Integrative Physiology

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (http://ecoevo.bio.uci.edu) invites applications for a faculty position at the level of Associate or Full Professor in the field of integrative physiology. We seek applicants who have established a laboratory that investigates the physiology of animals at multiple levels of organization with extramural support. The successful candidate is expected to build an independent, externally funded research program leading to innovations in the understanding of physiology. The candidate will also contribute to teaching and mentoring at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

We are particularly interested in individuals with research that uses an integrative approach to investigate physical activity, exercise, or locomotion at the organismal level. This includes, but is not restricted to, the following areas: Behavioral Neurophysiology, Biomechanics, Physiological Genomics, Metabolomics, and Cardiopulmonary Physiology. The ideal candidate will complement existing strengths at UCI. The cluster of physiology faculty at UCI have a long-standing tradition of excellence in comparative physiology and anticipate future growth, particularly in areas related to physical activity, exercise, and locomotion. UCI hosts centers and initiatives with related interests including the Center for Complex Biological Systems, the Center for Exercise Medicine and Sports Sciences, the Beckman Laser Institute, and the UCI Microbiome Initiative.

The School of Biological Sciences is recognized as a national leader in the development of programs designed to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities (http://port.bio.uci.edu/about/) and is firmly committed to the ideals of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Career partners programs are available to meet the needs of dual-career academic partners. Subsidized faculty and staff housing and a Mortgage Origination Program are offered to facilitate the purchase of a home. UC Irvine (https://uci.edu/) is located 10 minutes from the coast and is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The city of Irvine is home to excellent parks, schools, entertainment opportunities, and a diverse citizenry.

UC Irvine offers an excellent salary, incentive and benefit program. Faculty rank and compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
To apply, please log onto UC Irvine’s RECRUIT located at https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF04988
Review of applications will begin January 11, 2019. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.
Inquiries about the position should be directed to the search chair, Matt McHenry (mmchenry@uci.edu).
Application Procedure Applicants should complete an online application profile and upload the following application materials electronically to be considered for this position: curriculum vitae, cover letter, reprints of 3-5 relevant publications, and the names and contact information for 3 referees. Letters of reference are not required for the application, but will be requested for applicants under serious consideration by the search committee. In addition, the following statements are required and will be closely examined:
UC Irvine offers an excellent salary, incentive and benefit program. Faculty rank and compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
To apply, please log onto UC Irvine’s RECRUIT located at https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF04988
UC Irvine offers an excellent salary, incentive and benefit program. Faculty rank and compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To apply, please log onto UC Irvine’s RECRUIT. Review of applications will begin January 11, 2019. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position should be directed to the search chair, Matt McHenry (mmchenry@uci.edu).
We are particularly interested in individuals with research that uses an integrative approach to investigate physical activity, exercise, or locomotion at the organismal level. This includes, but is not restricted to, the following areas: Behavioral Neurophysiology, Biomechanics, Physiological Genomics, Metabolomics, and Cardiopulmonary Physiology. The ideal candidate will complement existing strengths at UCI. The cluster of physiology faculty at UCI have a long-standing tradition of excellence in comparative physiology and anticipate future growth, particularly in areas related to physical activity, exercise, and locomotion. UCI hosts centers and initiatives with related interests including the Center for Complex Biological Systems, the Center for Exercise Medicine and Sports Sciences, the Beckman Laser Institute, and the UCI Microbiome Initiative.
The School of Biological Sciences is recognized as a national leader in the development of programs designed to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities (http://port.bio.uci.edu/about/) and is firmly committed to the ideals of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Career partners programs are available to meet the needs of dual-career academic partners. Subsidized faculty and staff housing and a Mortgage Origination Program are offered to facilitate the purchase of a home. UC Irvine (https://uci.edu/) is located 10 minutes from the coast and is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The city of Irvine is home to excellent parks, schools, entertainment opportunities, and a diverse citizenry.

Application Procedure: Applicants should complete an online application profile and upload the following application materials electronically to be considered for this position: curriculum vitae, cover letter, reprints of 3-5 relevant publications, and the names and contact information for 3 referees. Letters of reference are not required for the application, but will be requested for applicants under serious consideration by the search committee. In addition, the following statements are required and will be closely examined:

Research Statement (3 pages). This statement should:

1. Detail the candidate’s specific area of expertise, with a description of their contributions to the field.
2. Provide a detailed plan of their future independent research program, and how this program will be leveraged to obtain extramural funding.
3. Indicate how the candidate’s research program will synergize with the research environment at UCI.
1.  Detail the candidate’s specific area of expertise, with a description of their contributions to the field.
2.  Provide a detailed plan of their future independent research program, and how this program will be leveraged to obtain extramural funding.
3.  Indicate how the candidate’s research program will synergize with the research environment at UCI.

Teaching Statement (1 page). This statement should:

1.  Indicate the candidate’s teaching experiences to date, including experience with teaching/lecturing to undergraduates/graduate students, or other populations, as well as their areas of interest. This should also include mentorship that they have given to others in the line of research or outreach activities.
2.  Detail the candidate’s teaching approaches and philosophies, as to how they will engage in effective teaching strategies.
3.  Provide evidence (if any) of effectiveness of previous teaching.

Diversity Statement (1 page). The UC Statement on Diversity is available here. Applicants will be evaluated on their required statements of their contribution to diversity. This statement should:

1.  Indicate how the candidate has demonstrated awareness of the issues faced by historically underrepresented or economically disadvantaged groups and the benefits of a diverse and inclusive faculty.
2.  Provide evidence (if any) of the candidate’s track record and success in activities aimed at reducing barriers in education or research for underrepresented of disadvantaged groups.
3.  Detail specific plans (if any) to contribute through campus programs, new activities, or through national or off-campus organizations.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. As a recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.

(posted October 31, 2018)

Assistant Professor in Behavioral Neuroscience 


The Department of Biology at the University of Mississippi invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Behavioral Neuroscience. Candidates integrating multiple approaches and levels of analysis that address behavioral mechanisms in either vertebrate or invertebrate systems are especially encouraged to apply.  For the complete advertisement and to apply, please follow this link to view this career opportunity at the University of Mississippi.

(posted October 25, 2018)


EEB President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship 


The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior is seeking applications for a postdoctoral position supported by the University of Minnesota President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program. The President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, based on a highly successful program launched at the University of California, aims to attract outstanding scholars from groups historically underrepresented in higher education earlier in their careers. The program offers promising postdoctoral candidates a pathway to a faculty position while providing the community and mentoring needed to support success. The successful candidate will complement the department’s existing strengths in the areas of animal behavior and population biology (especially animal population biology). Preference will be given to candidates whose research integrates ecology, evolution and behavior.

Learn more here: University of Minnesota

Questions? Contact CBS Human Resources at cbshr@umn.edu.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 1, 2018

(posted October 14, 2018)


Senior Faculty Position - Behavioral Neuroscience

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (http://www.umass.edu/pbs) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Associate or Full Professor in Behavioral Neuroscience starting Fall 2019. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience or a related discipline, an excellent record of leadership, a productive externally-funded research program, and a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.

The successful candidate will be part of a highly interactive group of neuroscientists working with rodent, avian, and primate models, as well as other groups within the Department and across campus. Ideal candidates will have a strong program in one or more of the following areas: neuroendocrinology, neurodevelopment, stress, learning and memory, neuroethology, and/or neuroimmunology. Innovative research programs that employ advanced techniques in genetics, molecular/cellular biology, imaging, and/or electrophysiology are particularly desired.

Candidates should expect to become an active member of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience and Behavior (http://gpls.cns.umass.edu/nsb) which includes faculty members from the Departments of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science, and other departments, as well as colleagues in the regional Five-College community, and to contribute to the College of Natural Sciences commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion http://www.cns.umass.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and teaching philosophy, a list of five sample publications, a statement of contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion, and the names and contact information of three references. Please submit materials online to: http://careers.massachusetts.edu/cw/en-us/job/495447?lApplicationSubSourceID=11182

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

The Amherst Campus of the University of Massachusetts is part of the Five-Colleges Consortium in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. The University and town offer rich social and cultural life, and diverse recreational amenities. We are 2 hours from Boston and 3 hours from New York City by car.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

(posted October 12, 2018)

Assistant / Associate Professor - 

Translational Neuroscience: Animal Models of Neurological Disease

The Department of Biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.  The successful candidate will also be a part of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (see IALS), which has the goals of developing translational research programs, fostering interactions with industry, and training a translational life sciences workforce. New faculty members will be able to take full advantage of the substantial investments in campus infrastructure and core facilities made by IALS (see IALS Cores for details).

We are seeking a new faculty member who will establish a research program with high translational potential that utilizes animal models or human-derived cells to develop mechanistic insights and therapeutic approaches into neurological disorders.  Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's Diseases and recovery from acute injuries such as traumatic brain injury or stroke.  We are particularly interested in candidates whose research programs augment our existing strengths in neuroscience (see UMass Initiative on Neurosciences (IONS), and extends this expertise directly into health-related areas (IALS, Models to Medicine Center). The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience in neuroscience or related fields. The candidate must have outstanding potential to build a vibrant translational research program and the ability to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Review of applications will begin on November 5, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Online applications should include a cover letter, CV, research plan, teaching statement, diversity statement and the contact information for three references. 


Apply on line at:
http://careers.umass.edu/amherst/en-us/job/495642/assistantassociate-professor-tenure-track

The University of Massachusetts Amherst (http://www.umass.edu), the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, is a nationally ranked public research university and home to over 22,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students. The 1,430 acre campus is located in the scenic Pioneer valley of western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. UMass Amherst, along with Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges, is a member of the Five College Consortium and the Academic Career network.

The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

(posted October 12, 2018)



Program Coordinator at the University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati has been awarded an NSF ITEST grant ($1.2 mil/3 yrs), and we seek a full-time program coordinator.  The grant creates a model curriculum for increasing interest among HS students, from underrepresented groups, in STEM fields.  It will focus on students from several Cincinnati public schools, and the curriculum will be based around the interface between sensory guidance of animals, and sensory guidance of robots. It would be great for someone with neuroethology-ish background wanting to go into a teaching position or a science education-related career. Please follow the link below for more details and to apply:

For more information on this opportunity, follow this link to the University of Cincinnati website.

(posted October 11, 2018)


Postdoc Positions Available for Multiple Projects

Navigation and Locomotor Control in Augmented Reality 
PI’s: Noah Cowan & James Knierim
Johns Hopkins University

The Cowan and Knierim laboratories have multiple funded projects from NIH and DOD investigating the neural computations that underlie navigation in the physical world. We are using a novel augmented reality apparatus and multi-electrode neural recordings of place cells, grid cells, head direction cells, and other cell types of the hippocampus and related brain regions to reverse engineer the interplay between navigation and locomotor control in freely behaving animals (see https://limbs.lcsr.jhu.edu/ and http://sites.krieger.jhu.edu/knierim-lab/ ). We are seeking dynamic and ambitious postdoctoral candidates who are highly skilled in experimental research in potentially diverse areas (e.g. biomechanics, neuroscience, robotics, control systems, or physics). The ideal candidate will also have a strong computational background (e.g. dynamical systems, information theory, control theory) and/or strong data analysis skills (e.g. statistical methods, data mining, Bayesian filtering, spectral analysis, machine learning).

Qualifications: PhD in Engineering, Neuroscience, Biology, Physics, Computer Science, or related fields. Strong computational and experimental background a must.

How to apply: Interested applicants should send a single PDF including a brief (1 page) cover letter, CV (no more than 4 pages, including a list of 3 references), and up to two papers to ncowan@jhu.edu

(posted October 9, 2018)