Career Opportunities for Neuroethologists

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Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Neurobiology - Texas A&M University 


The Department of Biology at Texas A&M University (TAMU) invites applications for three tenure-track, assistant professor positions in microbiology, neurobiology, and theoretical evolutionary biology.

We will consider candidates pursuing innovative research in any subarea of these fields. The criteria for selection are uniqueness, creativity, and excellence in research and scholarship.


The Department of Biology at Texas A&M University (TAMU) invites applications for three tenure-track, assistant professor positions in microbiology, neurobiology, and theoretical evolutionary biology.

We will consider candidates pursuing innovative research in any subarea of these fields. The criteria for selection are uniqueness, creativity, and excellence in research and scholarship. We require all candidates to have a Ph.D. in biology or a related field, and we strongly encourage applications from candidates who will increase the exposure of our students to a diverse culture.

Expectations for the successful candidate will be to develop an externally funded research program and to teach undergraduate and graduate courses. We offer an interactive and collegial research environment, a modern infrastructure, and a competitive startup package. Please go to www.bio.tamu.edu to find more information about our department. For full consideration, applicants should email a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, and three letters of recommendation by October 15, 2019 to facultysearch@bio.tamu.edu. 

If you have questions about this search, please direct e-mails to Dr. Bruce Riley, Chair of the Search Committee, at facultysearch@bio.tamu.edu. 

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values.

The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative/Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity. The College of Science and the Department of Biology are dedicated to the goal of building an inclusive and culturally diverse faculty and staff who are committed to teaching and working in an environment of academic freedom and equality of opportunity.

The Department of Biology at Texas A&M University (TAMU) invites applications for three tenure-track, assistant professor positions in microbiology, neurobiology, and theoretical evolutionary biology.

We will consider candidates pursuing innovative research in any subarea of these fields. The criteria for selection are uniqueness, creativity, and excellence in research and scholarship. We require all candidates to have a Ph.D. in biology or a related field, and we strongly encourage applications from candidates who will increase the exposure of our students to a diverse culture.

Expectations for the successful candidate will be to develop an externally funded research program and to teach undergraduate and graduate courses. We offer an interactive and collegial research environment, a modern infrastructure, and a competitive startup package. Please go to www.bio.tamu.edu to find more information about our department. For full consideration, applicants should email a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, and three letters of recommendation by October 15, 2019 to facultysearch@bio.tamu.edu. If you have questions about this search, please direct e-mails to Dr. Bruce Riley, Chair of the Search Committee, at facultysearch@bio.tamu.edu.

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values.

The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative/Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity. The College of Science and the Department of Biology are dedicated to the goal of building an inclusive and culturally diverse faculty and staff who are committed to teaching and working in an environment of academic freedom and equality of opportunity.

(posted September 17, 2019)



The Department of Biology at Texas A&M University (TAMU) invites applications for three tenure-track, assistant professor positions in microbiology, neurobiology, and theoretical evolutionary biology.

We will consider candidates pursuing innovative research in any subarea of these fields. The criteria for selection are uniqueness, creativity, and excellence in research and scholarship.


The Department of Biology at Texas A&M University (TAMU) invites applications for three tenure-track, assistant professor positions in microbiology, neurobiology, and theoretical evolutionary biology.

We will consider candidates pursuing innovative research in any subarea of these fields. The criteria for selection are uniqueness, creativity, and excellence in research and scholarship.

Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor: Neuroethology

The Sections of Ecology, Behavior & Evolution and Neurobiology in the Division of Biological Sciences invite applications for a faculty position in neuroethology at the tenure-track Assistant Professor or tenured Associate or Full Professor level. Candidates must possess strong leadership skills. Candidates who use cutting edge molecular and neural approaches to investigate the neural bases of animal behavior in whole organisms with a strong focus on the natural ecological or evolutionary context of these behaviors are encouraged to apply. Researchers who combine field and lab-based organismal approaches would be an excellent fit. This position will complement existing strengths within the Division of Biological Sciences at UCSD.

The Division of Biological Sciences at UCSD is a vibrant center of scientific discovery, innovation, and collaboration. Our large research base spans many areas of biology and has one of the most celebrated graduate programs in the country. We are committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.

All candidates must have earned a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, and be committed to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Associate and Full Professor candidates must possess strong leadership skills. In addition to excellence and creativity in research and scholarship, successful candidates must also demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion in higher education. We are especially interested in candidates who have created or contributed to programs that aim to increase access and success of underrepresented students and/or faculty in the sciences, and/or have detailed plans to accomplish such goals.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales. Initial review of applications will commence on October 28, 2019 and will continue until position is filled. Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research, statement of teaching, a statement describing their past experience and leadership in fostering equity and diversity and/or their potential to make future contributions, and 3-5 publications.

Follow this link for information on preparing diversity statements and divisional initiatives to promote diversity. Applicants at the Assistant Professor level need to submit 3-5 references, and applicants at the Associate or Full Professor level need to provide contact information for 3-5 references. Applications must be submitted through the University of California San Diego’s Academic Personnel RECRUIT System:

Assistant Rank

Associate or Full Rank:

Further details about the required application material can be found here. UCSD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

(posted September 16, 2019)

Research Fellow in Bio-Inspired Artificial Intelligence and Robotics - University of Sussex

Are you a talented and ambitious computer scientist, computational neuroscientist or machine learner? Are you looking for an opportunity to use cutting edge technology to gain new understanding of how small-brained insects learn so rapidly and robustly, and in turn develop novel active AI algorithms that are inspired by these insights? We have an opportunity for a Research Fellow to join the Brains on Board team at the Department of Informatics at the University of Sussex to join a collaboration with the University of Sheffield and world-leading neuroscientists in Australia through the EPSRC-funded ActiveAI project: active learning and selective attention for rapid, robust and efficient AI.

You will develop a new class of ActiveAI controllers for problems in which insects excel but deep learning methods struggle. These problems have one or more of the following characteristics: (i) learning must occur rapidly, (ii) learning samples are few or costly, (iii) computational resources are limited, and (iv) the problem changes over time. Insects deal with such complex tasks robustly despite limited computational power because learning is an active process emerging from the interaction of evolved brains, bodies and behaviours. Through a virtuous cycle of modelling and experiments, you will develop insect-inspired models, in which behavioural strategies and specialised sensors actively structure sensory input while selective attention drives learning to the most salient information. This will be achieved through extended visits to Australia, in which you will interact with biologists and shape novel insect experiments that in turn will inspire computational and robotic models and novel algorithms. In this way, we will both advance neuroscience and enable ActiveAI solutions which will be efficient in final network configuration, robust to real-world conditions and learn rapidly.

This project includes significant scope for you to creatively shape and drive the project to your interests and to organise the timing and length of your visits to Australia. You will work under the supervision of Professors Andrew Philippides, Thomas Nowotny and Paul Graham at Sussex as well as the wider Brains on Board team and, together with a partner research fellow at Sheffield University, you will lead a new collaboration with world-leading Australian research partners through extended secondments.


Closing date
: midnight UK BST, 23 September 2019.

For full details

(posted September 16, 2019)


Cluster Hire in the Biology of Behavior - University of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences is excited to announce three open faculty positions at any rank in the Department of Biology. As part of our Biology of Behavior strategic initiative, the department continues to build an internationally recognized center of excellence in studying mechanisms of organismal behavior. We are searching for creative, collaborative thinkers to join us in taking an integrative and multifaceted approach to understanding the ultimate and proximate causes of behavior. The Department of Biology already has a strong focus on the study of animal behavior, including 16 complementary faculty research programs that investigate the neurobiological, developmental, and evolutionary processes that underlie how animals behave.

We seek to enhance the collaborative momentum of this initiative by inviting individuals with creative, innovative, and dynamic research programs who are interested in joining a strong group of researchers to apply for these faculty positions:

* A
Geneticist who uses integrative molecular approaches to understand the evolution, specification, and/or regulation of how genes affect organismal behavior. 
 
* A Behavioral Physiologist who studies the endocrine regulation and modulation of behavior.

* An Evolutionary Developmental Biologist who studies how developmental processes give rise to organismal morphology, nervous system structures, and/or physiology that lay the foundation for the generation of behavior.

The anticipated start date for these positions is August 2020. For additional details, please visit http://ou.edu/bb and http://www.ou.edu/cas/biology.

QUALIFICATIONS - Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree and a record of outstanding achievement as evidenced by publications. Preferred candidates will have a promising (Assistant professor) or externally funded (Associate/Full professor) research program. Successful candidates will be expected to provide excellent research training for students and postdocs and contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching (one course per semester) in areas such as animal behavior, genetics, physiology, neurobiology, cell biology, genomics, or bioinformatics.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS - Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their interest in a position, a full curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, and up to five selected reprints/preprints as PDF files to the website for the appropriate position:

Geneticist:  

Behavioral Physiologist:  

Evolutionary Developmental Biologist

Applicants at the rank of Assistant Professor should also arrange to have three signed letters of reference uploaded to the appropriate website. Applicants at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor may submit names and contact information for three references in lieu of letters. Screening of candidates will begin October 15, 2019 and will continue until the positions are filled.

The University of Oklahoma is an EO/Affirmative Action institution. Individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. In compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, the University of Oklahoma does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services. 


(posted September 13, 2019)

Neuromolecular Study Opportunity at Illinois State University

MS or PhD position is available Summer/Fall 2020 to study the neuromolecular basis of magnetic field transduction in the Vidal-Gadea lab at Illinois State University. This NSF funded project explores the transduction of machinery for magnetic field transduction at the molecular, cellular, and behavioral levels. You will join a vibrant team of researchers and will have the opportunity to learn in-depth behavioral analysis, calcium imaging, confocal microscopy, molecular techniques including cloning, RNAi, qPCR, and optogenetics. Our lab has state of the art equipment to facilitate your training and progress, and our department is home to a diverse group of helpful scientist including multiple neuroethology groups which will enrich your training. This position will be funded by a combination of TA and RA funds. 

Qualifications: The successful candidate should be highly motivated, and ideally have previous research experience, BSc in biology, and be excited to work in a diverse environment.   

More information: Please email Andrés Vidal-Gadea (avidal@ilstu.edu) with questions, or visit:
Our website: https://about.illinoisstate.edu/avidal/Pages/default.aspx
NSF award description: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1818140&HistoricalAwards=false


(posted September 11, 2019)


Post-Doc Opportunity - Weizmann Institute/Tel-Aviv University

A motivated Post-doc is wanted for working on seismic sensing and communication in the blind mole-rat in Israel, aiming to understand how these animals use vibrations to communicate information and navigate through under-ground tunnels. 

The project will include various behavioral experiments in lab and field conditions, applying advanced computation methodologies of sound and vibration analysis and use of unique new miniature wireless on-board sensors.  

The project is a collaboration between the lab's of
Yossi Yovel in Tel-Aviv University and Tali Kimchi from the Weizmann Institute

(posted September 5, 2019)

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Neuroscience -  McMaster University



The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, & Behaviour at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track, open faculty position in Neuroscience at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 1, 2020.

We seek a researcher who uses animal models to investigate fundamental neuroscience questions at any level(s) ranging from cells to circuits and systems. Applications from any area of neuroscience are welcome, and applications from early-career researchers are especially encouraged.

Our department has long-standing strengths in sensory systems and behavioural neuroscience, and state-of-the art animal facilities. We also have strengths in perception, cognition, development, evolutionary psychology, and animal behaviour. We value and encourage collaboration among researchers, and have close ties with the Departments of Biology and Kinesiology and the Faculties of Engineering and Health Sciences. Many of our faculty are affiliated with McMaster’s Neuroscience Graduate Program, and together with the Department of Biology, our department founded and administers McMaster’s Neuroscience Undergraduate program.

McMaster University is a globally renowned institution of higher learning and a research community committed to advancing human and societal health and well-being. Our focus on collaboratively exchanging ideas and approaches makes us uniquely positioned to pioneer ground-breaking solutions to real-world problems leading to a Brighter World. The Faculty of Science works to create global impact by advancing scientific discovery and knowledge, and promoting greater understanding. Our innovative, interdisciplinary approach generates new methods and insights, results, and lasting change.

Faculty members at McMaster enjoy numerous personal and professional benefits. University employees are offered an excellent benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, extended health care, dental care, group life, long term disability, worldwide travel assistance, and a retirement plan. Progressive policies are in place to assist faculty who are parents and/or need to care for family members. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

McMaster is located in Hamilton, Ontario, which is part of the “Golden Horseshoe” region of southern Ontario. Hamilton is located between Toronto and the Niagara/Buffalo area. It sits on the shores of Lake Ontario alongside the Niagara escarpment, and boasts an abundance of waterfalls, hiking trails, and green space.

All candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, and be committed to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Interested applicants should submit a copy of their curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements, a one-page statement on equity and diversity, and three representative publications (reprints or preprints).

Complete applications must be made online at www.hr.mcmaster.ca/careers (Faculty Positions, Job ID 28515) to the attention of:

Dr. Bruce Milliken, Professor & Chair
Chair, Search Committee
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario
L8S 4K1
Canada

Academic reference letters are not required at the time of application, but applicants should provide the names of three referees who may be subsequently contacted. Please know and alert your referees that their letters and your full application may be read by all faculty members in the Department and other persons associated with hiring at McMaster.

Review of complete applications will begin November 1st, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. The effective date of appointment is expected to be July 1, 2020. All applicants will receive an on-line confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements in their application package. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and, within the lands protected by the “Dish with One Spoon” wampum agreement.

In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of visible minorities, and LGBTQ+ persons. Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247) to communicate accommodation needs.

(posted September 5, 2019)


PhD Position and Research Assistant Position in Hawkmoth Visual Neuroethology 

Anna Stöckl’s group at the at the Department of Behavioral Physiology & Sociobiology at Würzburg University has 2 vacancies for positions within the field of visual neuroethology. We study the visual neuroethology of hawkmoths – in particular spatial information processing and the neural basis of flower selection and movement control. We combine intracellular electrophysiology, quantitative behavioural experiments and neuroanatomical methods (immunohistochemistry, block-face SEM) to answer these questions.

Find more information here and feel free to contact Anna Stöckl (anna.stoeckl@uni-wuerzburg.de)

Applications close October 8

(posted September 5, 2019)

Macquarie University is seeking a Senior Lecturer in Vertebrate Physiology

The Department of Biological Sciences is seeking an engaging and inspiring teacher in the field of vertebrate physiology. This is a specialist teaching and leadership role that is focused on enhancing the organisation and delivery of teaching and improving the student experience within the Department, particularly in the Bachelor of Medical Sciences and related Bachelor of Science (Human Biology). The emphasis of this role is on pedagogic innovation, governance and leadership across the University and strong leadership of academic programmes and activities.


Full details on the role and application procedure are
found here

Applications close October 6 11:55 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.  

(posted September 4, 2019)

PhD Student Position in “Neuronal Circuit Organization in Piranhas” in Graz, Austria


Our laboratory is interested in how evolution shapes neuronal circuits to generate adaptive behavior from single cells to the network level. The goal of the PhD project is to investigate the range of adaptations that enable similar neuronal circuits to generate different behaviors in Piranhas: While some neurons in the piranha spinal cord generate low frequency alternating muscle contraction sequences for locomotion, others generate high frequency discharge patterns for acoustic social communication. The presence of two functionally different spinal systems located in the same spinal segments in one species, provides a unique opportunity to investigate the neuronal modifications that enable diverging motor systems to generate different behaviors, without having to consider species-specific adaptations.

For information on the job advertisement, please contact Boris Chagnaud.

(posted August 28, 2019)


Yale University SYNAPSES Seminar Speakers

The Neuroscience Department and Kavli Institute for Neuroscience at Yale are pleased to announce the 2019-2020 SYNAPSES seminar series.

SYNAPSES (Seminars at Yale Neuroscience: Advanced PoStdoc Extramural Series) brings to Yale postdocs from around the world to share their latest work. During their visit to Yale, selected speakers will present their research to the Yale Neuroscience Community, talk with faculty members in one-on-one meetings, and go out to dinner in New Haven with Yale postdocs.

The Yale Neuroscience Department encompasses a broad spectrum of interests. This includes molecular, cellular, synaptic, systems, behavioral, cognitive, and computational approaches to understanding the nervous system. Thus, we encourage applications from highly-talented postdocs from any area of neuroscience. We are interested in attracting a diverse group of scientists, including women, minorities, and international postdocs. Members of these groups are especially encouraged to apply.

The Kavli Institute will cover the costs of travel and accommodation and will pay a small honorarium to selected speakers.

Applications for the 2019-2020 SYNPASES seminars will be accepted until 11:59pm on September 6th, 2019.

Apply here: https://medicine.yale.edu/neuroscience/seminars/synapses.aspx

(posted August 1, 2019)


Senior Research Program Coordinator - Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland is seeking a Sr. Research Program Coordinator, who will be responsible for managing the scientific mission of the Neural Systems and Behavior Lab in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences on the Homewood Campus. 

Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, Cynthia Moss, the Sr. Research Program Coordinator will oversee the scientific content of grant reporting, work directly with members of the lab to prepare manuscripts for publication, generally manage research projects, and supervise the undergraduate research assistants in the lab.  This is a full-time position and is subject to the availability of funds.

For more information about the Comparative Neural Systems and Behavior Lab, please visit our website here.  For more information on the position, please feel free to contact Cynthia Moss:  cynthia.moss@jhu.edu

Interested candidates can navigate to jobs.jhu.edu, and search for 16956 in the ‘requisition number’ field.

(posted July 25, 2019)


Postdoctoral Opportunity in Avian Sensory/Developmental Biology - University of Kentucky


The Schneider Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Kentucky (UK) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join our group.

Close your eyes. Reach into your backpack. What do you feel there? The smooth surface of a laptop? The softness of a piece of lint? The yielding crinkle of a candy wrapper? The neural circuitry you just used to make those identifications on the basis of touch is what we’re interested in understanding. Our lab compares neural circuit organization in species of waterfowl that forage with their bills using the sense of touch (tactile foragers) with closely related species that rely on other senses. In doing this we hope to understand what is different about animals that are really good at using touch and how these differences evolved. We are also interested in understanding interactions between sensory neurons and corpuscles during development.


We seek a postdoctoral researcher with a strong independent streak and interest in pushing the boundaries of what is possible with optical methods in non-traditional model organisms. Ideal behavioral traits for success in the lab are open communication, independence, creativity, organizational skills, and ability to multi-task. Experience with in vivo 2-photon imaging, electrophysiology, developmental biology, animal behavior, neurotrophic viruses, molecular biology, and data analysis is highly desirable but not required. Salary follows NIH guidelines for postdoctoral researchers. Informal inquiries by email are strongly encouraged at
eves@uky.edu


Review of applications will begin on a rolling basis and will continue until the position has been filled. Ideal start date is fall 2019. Candidates will have completed their Ph.D. prior to starting the position but need not have defended their dissertation prior to applying.


To apply, please upload a single pdf document that includes a CV, names of three references, and a 1-2-page synopsis of their current research interests and how these complement our overall research program. Please upload under Specific Request 1.


The Department of Biology houses a strong group of research labs interested in development, regeneration, and circadian rhythms using a diverse array of animal models (e.g., sparrows, spiny mice, salamanders, planarians, lampreys, zebrafish) and in vitro systems. Together, these labs create a vibrant atmosphere to pursue interdisciplinary projects across comparative genomics, developmental, regenerative and evolutionary biology. In joining the UK biology department you will become part of a supportive community that values work/life balance as well as excellence, and truly feels like a “family.”


For more information visit the
job posting here:


(posted July 21, 2019)


Postdoctoral Opportunity on Drosophila Social Learning in Toulouse, France

Workplace : TOULOUSE
Contract Period : 24 months
Expected date of employment : 2 September 2019
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : between 2103 and 3007 euros net per month depending on the candidate's experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : Indifferent


MissionsDrosophila melanogaster can socially learn sexual preferences from the observation of copulating conspecifics, a social observational learning called mate-copying. We found recently that that species has all the cognitive abilities to transmit mating preferences culturally across generations (Danchin et al., Science, 2018). We are now using the existing neurogenetic tools to manipulate the molecular expression in specific cells and manipulate activity of specific brain neurons and circuits in Drosophila in order to reveal the neurobiology of social learning and memory in Drosophila. This research is part of a larger ambition project including evolutionary aspect of mate-copying.

Activities
The recruited post-doctoral fellow will use a combination of fly genetics and genetically encoded tools, and will perform intensive fly behavior experiments to analyze this social learning and publish results. He/she will integrate his discoveries into both the neurobiological and evolutionary questions that he/she will develop. More, he/she will be in charge of the daily supervision of PhD and/or MSc students participating to the project.

Skills
Applicants should be highly motivated, have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience (or in any domain of functional biology) in Drosophila with a track record of publications in leading journals. High experimental skills are crucial. An experience in student supervision and coordination will be welcome. Preference will be given to applicants possessing solid experience of behavior and genetic tools in drosophila. Knowledge of basic molecular biology techniques is also desired, but not mandatory.

Work Context
This 2 year post-doctoral research position is available between two laboratories, the Research Center on Animal Cognition that belongs to the Center for Integrative Biology, and Evolution & Biological Diversity that is part of the TULIP LabEx laboratories in Toulouse, Southwestern France. The position will be in relation with Guillaume Isabel and Etienne DanchinThis position is part of the project entitled Multiscale study of social learning and memory in Drosophila melanogaster: from genes to animal Culture, funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR).

Additional Information
The successful candidate must be identified by July 2019, with a start date no later than end of 2019, upon agreement. The successful candidate will be hired for a period of 24 months with a salary corresponding to the level of research scientist according to the standards of the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS). Salary will include social security, health and retirement benefits. 


Applications should be received before June 15, 2019 and should include 1) a cover letter briefly describing experience, motivation and skills adapted for the position, as well as research interests; 2) complete CV and publication list; and separately, 3) two letters from professional references, providing their recommendation (these letters should not be included into the application and should be sent to us separately by the referees).

Applications should be sent to both Dr. Guillaume Isabel (guillaume.isabel@univ-tlse3.fr) and to Dr. Etienne Danchin (etienne.danchin@univ-tlse3.fr ).


(posted June 10, 2019)


Postdoctoral Researcher Opportunity at Newcastle University


Vivek Nityananda’s lab at Newcastle University (UK) is looking for a postdoc in insect visual behaviour. (Deadline July 13th 2019)

This is a 5 year postdoc funded by the BBSRC. The research will investigate attention in praying mantises and bumblebees and the effect of pesticides on pollinator attention. Expertise in insect behavioural experiments, visual psychophysics, Matlab programming and statistical analysis in R would all be desirable. The position has dedicated funding for further training courses and conferences. The lab uses a comparative approach to sensory behaviour and researches vision and cognition in insects. We are based in the lively environment of Newcastle University's Centre for Behaviour and Evolution and the Institute of Neuroscience in the beautiful north east of England.


Details about the position and application procedure are here.

For more details on the research, please see: Research and Applications to Pollinator Biology and Health

(posted June 10, 2019)


Postdoctoral Researcher Opportunity at Case Western Reserve University

Jessica Fox’s lab at Case Western Reserve University is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to investigate sensory input to the fly nervous system. The position is full-time with benefits and currently funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Desirable qualifications include electrophysiology experience, quantitative skills, Matlab programming, and enthusiasm for understanding neural circuits and behavior. Appreciation for invertebrates is encouraged.

The lab is currently funded by both AFOSR and the National Science Foundation. Techniques available include electrophysiology, quantitative analysis of behavior, high-speed videography, and genetic manipulations. The department of biology at Case Western Reserve University includes several PIs focusing on neural control of behavior in invertebrates, and the department is expected to grow in this area in the near future. University colleagues in the Department of Neuroscience at the CWRU School of Medicine and in CWRU’s College of Engineering provide opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations. CWRU is located in Cleveland, an accessible, diverse, and vibrant city that provides world-class cultural experiences and a low cost of living.

Interested applicants should contact Jessica Fox at jlf88@case.edu. Start dates are flexible.

(posted June 7, 2019)


Postdoctoral Fellow in Cichlid Visual Neuroscience - University of Maryland


The Juntti Lab at the University of Maryland is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to work in an HFSP-funded position to understand the neural circuitry of visual perception in cichlid fish. We work in a multi-lab collaborative team to understand the differences in visual circuits in comparison with zebrafish. This project will determine the stimuli that evoke behavior, and will use transgenic cichlids with calcium indicators to identify responsive neurons.

Our lab focuses on the control of social behavior, and we ultimately seek to link perception to behavior. We are a well-funded young lab using cutting-edge technologies in molecular genetics, neuroanatomy, pharmacology to make these links. We use the family of cichlid fish as our model system, as they exhibit complex social behaviors and are genetically tractable. We’re looking for a motivated candidate who will pursue independent research, working within a dynamic team of scientists.

Learn more about our research at our Lab website

To apply: Please send a C.V. with names of three references and a cover letter to sjuntti@umd.edu briefly addressing the following questions:

   - How do see your skills, training, and previous experience fitting with the lab?
   - How would this work fit with your future career goals?

(posted May 24, 2019)


Postdoctoral position available in neuroethology, electrophysiology and quantitative experimental neuroscience - fulltime w/ benefits, start date flexible but summer or fall 2019 preferred

Dr. Simon Sponberg’s Lab at Georgia Tech is seeking a neuroscience postdoc to investigate origins of precision timing in motor systems. We are especially interested in connecting sensory and descending neuron representations to the resulting motor program and behavior. The system will focus on agile flight of hawk moths, where we have recently recorded a comprehensive, spike-resolved motor program. The postdoc will take the lead in tracing the structure of this motor program back into the CNS and connecting it to sensory representations. The work will be collaborative with students and postdocs in the lab that already work on computational neuroscience, the mechanics of flight, and comparative sensory neuroscience. While the general topic is defined there is some flexibility in how to tackle this problem including the specific circuits and modalities to consider, which can be tuned to the applicant's strengths. Extensions from this topic into the central complex, flight mechanics, quantitative behavior, and control theory are possible for ambitious postdocs looking to develop their own research program. Applicants from a broad range of fields will be considered, but candidates with experience in neuroethology, electrophysiology, and computational neuroscience  are especially encouraged to apply. The postdoc will need to be eager to design and conduct experiments as well as perform data analysis but training to complement their background will be provided. The lab group is primarily experimental. Funding is available for at least two years, with a third year extension likely.

Interested candidates should send a CV, and a short statement about background, goals, and research interests to Simon Sponberg via email (sponberg@gatech.edu). Questions about the position can be directed to him as well.

Information about the lab: Sponberg's group, the Agile Systems Lab, is part of the physics and biological sciences schools at Georgia Tech. We are part of Georgia Tech's Physics of Living Systems (PoLS) community, a neighborhood of 10 lab groups across biophysics with ~50 students and postdocs and supported by a NSF Student Research Network grant. Lab members usually participate in weekly PoLS lunches with student led seminars and the growing Neuro@GT community (~15 new labs in the last 7 years).  We have close relationships with the neuroscience community across Atlanta. We are also part of the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Machines (including ongoing robophysical experiments) and the Petit Institute of Bioengineering and Bioscience. The Agile Systems lab has students and postdocs from physics, neuroscience, biology, and engineering backgrounds and broadly studies the physical and physiological mechanisms that enable agile movement in living systems, with an emphasis in flight and running at the centimeter scale.

(posted April 24, 2019)





The Institute of Biology of the École Normale Supérieure (IBENS) is seeking to recruit 2 or 3 group leaders in Developmental Biology and Neuroscience. 

Located in the heart of Paris, IBENS develops advanced and original studies in Life Sciences aiming at discovering basic mechanisms and principles that underlie biological processes. IBENS is part of the Department of Biology of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), and is also affiliated to CNRS and INSERM. It hosts 28 research teams organized into four main research axes: Developmental Biology, Neuroscience, Functional Genomics and Ecology & Evolution. Research performed at IBENS is highly collaborative and multiscale, and combines both experimental and theoretical approaches. Multidisciplinarity is reinforced by local collaborations with other ENS departments as well as with several nearby top research institutions (Curie Institute, Collège de France, ESPCI Paris Tech…). As part of ENS, IBENS scientists have strong links with higher-education teaching and training both at undergraduate and graduate levels. 

We are looking for outstanding candidates developing ambitious research programs with the potential to interact with and complement the existing strengths of IBENS. The Developmental Biology section will recruit one or two group leaders at junior and/or senior levels. Interest in the nervous system will be appreciated, although not mandatory. The Neuroscience section seeks one junior group leader, research projects on the molecular and cellular aspects of neurobiology will be considered with particular interest.

IBENS hosts state-of-the-art facilities, including advanced imaging, genomics, bioinformatics and protein production platforms, as well as several plant and animal housing facilities (including for rodents and zebrafish). 

Applications should include a CV and a summary of scientific achievements (max 2 pages) and proposed research program (max 2 pages). In addition, three letters of recommendation should be emailed directly to the same address. IBENS is committed to a transparent, open and merit-based recruitment policy and encourages women to apply.


DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: March 1st 2019

Applications and information requests should be sent to ibens.newresearchgroups@biologie.ens.fr

Shortlisted applicants will be notified early April 2019 and interviews will be conducted in June