Career Opportunities for Neuroethologists


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Position for Neurobiologist / Computational Neuroscientist interested in Biologically-inspired applications,
specializing in Insect Visual Neurophysiology
Position for Neurobiologist/Computational Neuroscientist interested in Biologically-inspired applications, specializing in Insect Visual Neurophysiology

The Natural Systems Sensing Laboratory (NSSL) at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, FL is seeking a postdoc with experience in visual neurophysiology in insects. Multidisciplinary experience is desired in vision, vision-related behavior, and neurobiology. Additionally, experience is desired in approaches that include electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, neurogenetics methods, and neural visualization techniques including neural tract tracing, staining, and ultrastructural analysis.

The successful postdoc applicant will be given opportunity to independently develop a project in this general topic area. Current work in the lab is focused on flying insects -- how they sense and process information, and use the information for guidance, navigation, and control. The successful applicant should have interest in understanding an insect’s sensory suite and how it relates to an insect’s environment and behavior, and how information from disparate sensors is integrated to make decisions about control, navigation, and terminal guidance. The ultimate aim is to apply the basic principles of visual neurobiology to improve upon advanced autonomous air vehicles. 

We have several laboratory facilities to support this work with a primary focus on further developing an optics lab to investigate questions regarding vision. The optics lab is currently configured with an electroretinography (ERG) setup to investigate compound eye or ocellar spectral and polarization responsivities across the UV and visible spectrum; StarGate, a unique instrument built in-house to investigate spectral and dynamic response properties of compound eye systems when illuminated by dynamic multispectral (UV, blue, green) wide angle source distributions; digital cameras configured in-house to measure spectral and polarization signatures of insects, flowers, backgrounds; and high-speed high-resolution cameras for
trajectory reconstruction for behavior experiments.
We have several laboratory facilities to support this work with a primary focus on further developing an optics lab to investigate questions regarding vision. The optics lab is currently configured with an electroretinography (ERG) setup to investigate compound eye or ocellar spectral and polarization responsivities across the UV and visible spectrum; StarGate, a unique instrument built in-house to investigate spectral and dynamic response properties of compound eye systems when illuminated by dynamic multispectral (UV, blue, green) wide angle source distributions; digital cameras configured in-house to measure spectral and polarization signatures of insects, flowers, backgrounds; and high-speed high-resolution cameras for trajectory reconstruction for behavior experiments. We also have access to electron microscopy and microCT facilities, and the successful applicant would work with others in the lab to improve upon and expand upon our existing equipment to investigate neural structure and function.

We relate to other US academic investigators through our Center of Excellence with University of Washington, Case Western, University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, University of Colorado/Boulder, and Carnegie-Mellon University; we relate to investigators in the UK through a Project Agreement between US AFRL and UK Dstl, primarily at Imperial College, Oxford University, University of Bristol, and the Royal Veterinary College; and we relate to other investigators around the world through direct funding and through meetings and organizations such as the International Conference on Invertebrate Vision, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Congress of Neuroethology, etc.

The postdoc in this position will be employed by the University of Florida. The University of Florida has a satellite facility nearby in Shalimar Florida, the University of Florida Research Engineering and Education Facility, where the postdoc will be given an office. Laboratory work takes place 15 minutes away, in our Natural Systems Sensing Lab, which is part of Eglin Air Force Base, located near Ft Walton Beach and Destin, between Pensacola and Panama City, on the Gulf of Mexico. We enjoy a fairly warm climate conducive to a wide variety of insects available from roughly Mar – Oct, and we have an insectary for raising insects during the cooler winter months.

We have funding to hire an appropriate postdoc for 2 years beginning this year, FY2021. The contract will be for one year, with an opportunity to renew for a second year. Additionally, postdocs in our lab will have further opportunities to apply for other sources of funding to extend their time as a postdoc at AFRL. We are primarily interested in postdocs with multidisciplinary experience in neurobiology and interests as described above. US citizenship is required.

If interested in this postdoc position, send an email to the PI, Ric Wehling at martin.wehling@us.af.mil. Attach CV, publications, availability. We can arrange a telephone or video call interview to explore mutual interests. Also feel free to contact Laura Bagge at laura.elizabeth.bagge@gmail.com for any questions about her personal experience with this position.
We have several laboratory facilities to support this work with a primary focus on further developing an optics lab to investigate questions regarding vision. The optics lab is currently configured with an electroretinography (ERG) setup to investigate compound eye or ocellar spectral and polarization responsivities across the UV and visible spectrum; StarGate, a unique instrument built in-house to investigate spectral and dynamic response properties of compound eye systems when illuminated by dynamic multispectral (UV, blue, green) wide angle source distributions; digital cameras configured in-house to measure spectral and polarization signatures of insects, flowers, backgrounds; and high-speed high-resolution cameras for
trajectory reconstruction for behavior experiments.

(posted March 3 , 2021)

We have several laboratory facilities to support this work with a primary focus on further developing an optics lab to investigate questions regarding vision. The optics lab is currently configured with an electroretinography (ERG) setup to investigate compound eye or ocellar spectral and polarization responsivities across the UV and visible spectrum; StarGate, a unique instrument built in-house to investigate spectral and dynamic response properties of compound eye systems when illuminated by dynamic multispectral (UV, blue, green) wide angle source distributions; digital cameras configured in-house to measure spectral and polarization signatures of insects, flowers, backgrounds; and high-speed high-resolution cameras for
trajectory reconstruction for behavior experiments.


Position for Neurobiologist / Computational Neuroscientist interested in Biologically-inspired applications,
specializing in Insect Visual Neurophysiology
Postdoctorate Opportunity at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Bell lab is looking for postdocs to work on genomic, molecular and/or neural mechanisms of paternal care in threespine sticklebacks. Candidates with experience in single cell transcriptomics, brain injections, functional manipulations, and/or viral-mediated delivery of transgenic constructs are especially encouraged to apply. A strong background in neurobiology, molecular biology, genomics, behavioral ecology and/or evolution is preferred.

Successful candidates will have a PhD, a strong track record of publications in internationally peer-reviewed scientific journals and a willingness to work in a collaborative environment.

Start date is flexible. Review of applications will begin April 15. Interested applicants should send a CV, 2-3 relevant publications, contact information for three references and a brief, one page research statement of interests related to ongoing work in the Bell lab to alisonmb@illinois.edu with Postdoc search: <<YOUR NAME>> in the subject line. You can learn more about work in the Bell lab HERE.

The Bell lab is committed to broadening participation in STEM and is looking for people who share that vision and who are committed to diversifying science.

(posted February 25 , 2021)


University of Wyoming: Laboratory Technician

The Nelson laboratory in the Zoology and Physiology Department and the Sensory Biology Center is seeking to hire a laboratory technician to assist with the organization and management of a molecular neurobiology and neuroethology research group. As a full-time staff member, you will assist undergraduate and graduate students on projects related to animal behavior and neuroscience and will help develop future projects.

You will help oversee the group’s animal colony, equipment, and reagent inventories. Tasks might include animal cranial surgery and dissection, histology, animal husbandry, genotyping, organizing laboratory space, and curating behavioral and physiological data. This position is suitable for those seeking additional research experience before applying to graduate school or other careers in research.

A minimum two-year commitment is strongly encouraged. We are looking for candidates that are energetic, organized, and have an interest in behavioral ecology, molecular neurobiology, or neuroethology. Experience in working with rodent models, molecular biology, and/or bioinformatics is preferred but not required.

The starting salary is approximately $40,000/year with benefits, depending on the candidate’s prior job experience and educational training. The start date is flexible, but ideally the successful candidate would begin between April 2021 and June 2021.

Minimum qualifications for this position include a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Neuroscience, Physiology, Zoology, or related field, a demonstrated knowledge of either neuroscience or animal behavior, and excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Desired qualifications include research experience with rodents and knowledge of molecular biology techniques. Required application materials include a cover Letter, Resume/CV, and contact information for three references.

Inquiries about the position should be sent to Drs Adam Nelson (anelso74@uwyo.edu) and Nicole Bedford (bedford@hms.harvard.edu).
Applications can be submitted online.

UW is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. We are committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.

The University of Wyoming is located in Laramie, a town of 30,000 in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West. In a high mountain valley near the Colorado border, Laramie offers both outstanding recreational opportunities and close proximity to Colorado’s Front Range, including Denver and Fort Collins. This beautiful mountain landscape offers outdoor enjoyment in all seasons, with over 300 days of sunshine annually. Together with the University of Wyoming’s state-of-the-art research facilities, Laramie provides a terrific opportunity to conduct cutting edge research while living in a small, affordable, and vibrant community.

(posted February 25 , 2021)


Tenure-Track Position in Neuroethology - University of Southern Denmark

The Sound Communication and Behaviour group at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) is excited to invite applications for a tenure-track position in neuroethology / behavioural neuroscience at the assistant professor level with teaching in animal physiology. We seek an outstanding experimental biologist who takes molecular, genetic and quantitative approaches to studying communication within behavioural neuroscience.

The Sound Communication and Behaviour group studies vocal communication at the interface of acoustics, behavioural neuroscience, biomechanics, robotics and physiology, in a large range of animals from insects to whales. Our new colleague will furthermore join the interdisciplinary scientists in our Department of Biology with expertise in biodemography, biogeochemistry, climate change research, freshwater and marine ecology, ecotoxicology and environmental and conservation biology.

Our new colleague will be supported with:
• Access to a well-developed research infrastructure, laboratory space, shared equipment, and access to modern core facilities, such as imaging, sequencing, and computational facilities.
• A unique combination of animal holding facilities for vertebrates including amphibians, songbirds, bats and marine mammals.
Our new colleague will be supported with:
• Access to a well-developed research infrastructure, laboratory space, shared equipment, and access to modern core facilities, such as imaging, sequencing, and computational facilities.
• A unique combination of animal holding facilities for vertebrates including amphibians, songbirds, bats and marine mammals.

The initial appointment is for a period of six years with the prospect of a performance-based advancement to a tenured position as associate professor. Promotion to the tenured status will involve a review by an international review committee. If the outcome is positive, the candidate will be offered a tenured position as associate professor at the University of Southern Denmark.

Deadline: 31 March 2021. You can find additional information and how to apply HERE.

The Sound Communication and Behaviour group at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) is excited to invite applications for a tenure-track position in neuroethology / behavioural neuroscience at the assistant professor level with teaching in animal physiology. We seek an outstanding experimental biologist who takes molecular, genetic and quantitative approaches to studying communication within behavioural neuroscience.

The Sound Communication and Behaviour group studies vocal communication at the interface of acoustics, behavioural neuroscience, biomechanics, robotics and physiology, in a large range of animals from insects to whales. Our new colleague will furthermore join the interdisciplinary scientists in our Department of Biology with expertise in biodemography, biogeochemistry, climate change research, freshwater and marine ecology, ecotoxicology and environmental and conservation biology.

Our new colleague will be supported with:
• Access to a well-developed research infrastructure, laboratory space, shared equipment, and access to modern core facilities, such as imaging, sequencing, and computational facilities.
• A unique combination of animal holding facilities for vertebrates including amphibians, songbirds, bats and marine mammals.

The initial appointment is for a period of six years with the prospect of a performance-based advancement to a tenured position as associate professor. Promotion to the tenured status will involve a review by an international review committee. If the outcome is positive, the candidate will be offered a tenured position as associate professor at the University of Southern Denmark.

Deadline: 31 March 2021.
Please forward this message to people who may be interested. For further information please contact:

Coen P. H. Elemans
Head of the Sound Communication and Behaviour group
Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark
Campusvej 55, DK-5230  Odense M, Denmark

(posted February 24 , 2021)


Coen P. H. Elemans
Head of the Sound Communication and Behaviour group
Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark
Campusvej 55, DK-5230  Odense M, Denmark


From The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

HKUST will open its new Guangzhou campus in September 2022. The new campus plans to recruit 400 regular faculty in the next 5 years in all research areas, in addition to over 165 new regular faculty in our current Hong Kong campus. The recruiting plan also covers several special initiatives, such as the Synthetic Biology Initiative. Faculty at all ranks are welcome!

We will be very grateful if you could alert your students, postdocs and colleagues to this very unique career opportunity. Please visit https://gz-faculty-recruitment.hkust.edu.hk/ to learn more about our recruitment. If you know a senior faculty who might be interested, discreet inquiries can be made HERE

Founded in 1991 as the first research university in Hong Kong, HKUST consistently ranks among the top 50 universities in the world and the world’s best young university in Times Higher Education and QS ranking. With a strong focus on innovation, HKUST graduates were ranked 10th worldwide in the Global University Employability Survey 2019 by the New York Times.

Both HKUST and HKUST(GZ) offer very competitive starting salaries (comparable to the US) with generous retirement, medical and other benefits such as sabbatical leave and waterside campus housing. They are also among the most beautiful campuses in the world.

For any inquiry, please reach us via facultyhire@ust.hk. Again for more information, please visit our recruitment website.

(posted February 19 , 2021)


Summer Research Opportunity - University of Cincinnati

Please consider a summer research opportunity for undergraduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati - the National Science Foundation-sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site in Sensory Ecology. Our program is focused on research at the intersection of neurobiology, behavior, ecology and evolution, and is directed at understanding how animals sense and respond to their environment at functional and evolutionary levels. Sophomore and junior Biology major students will be chosen to join active lab groups for the summer and conduct cutting edge research over a broad spectrum of topics in sensory ecology, including:

  • Genomics and development of sensory systems
  • Neural mechanisms of sensory system function
  • Sensory perception and behavioral influences of the physical environment
  • Neuroethology
  • Animal communication
  • Behavioral ecology of animal movement and dispersal

An educational program will develop student research and professional skills and prepare them for graduate school or careers.

  • ~10 weeks in summer (June 1 - Aug 6, 2021)
  • Students will receive a summer stipend plus dorm and meal expenses
  • Students will work in labs, interact w/ faculty mentors, post-docs and grad students
  • Weekly group seminars and meetings for students (e.g., career development, responsible research conduct, science communication training)
  • Social events for students (e.g., trips to Cincinnati Zoo, Reds baseball)
  • Concluding student research “mini-symposium” presentation session

Student applicants will be selected based on multiple criteria. Applications for the REU program will be screened by a committee to select individuals whose interests are well-matched with faculty in the program. Emphasis will be placed on faculty recommendations and student statements, along with academic performance and other indicators of future research success. Note: Implementation of the REU program is contingent on UC COVID 19 plans for in-person programming.

The application review will begin March 12, 2021, and will close March 24. Students can apply online HERE.
Genomics and development of sensory systems 
• Neural mechanisms of sensory system function 
• Sensory perception and behavioral influences of the physical environment  
• Neuroethology 
• Animal communication  
• Behavioral ecology of animal movement and dispersal  

Student applicants will be selected based on multiple criteria. Applications for the REU program will be screened by a committee to select individuals whose interests are well-matched with faculty in the program. Emphasis will be placed on faculty recommendations and student statements, along with academic performance and other indicators of future research success. Note: Implementation of the REU program is contingent on National Science Foundation funding. 
Student applicants will be selected based on multiple criteria. Applications for the REU program will be screened by a committee to select individuals whose interests are well-matched with faculty in the program. Emphasis will be placed on faculty recommendations and student statements, along with academic performance and other indicators of future research success. Note: Implementation of the REU program is contingent on National Science Foundation funding. 
(posted February 15 , 2021)


Computational Biology Tenure Track position at UTRGV

The College of Sciences at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor. This position will be jointly appointed in the Biology and Chemistry Departments with an expected start date of September 1, 2021.  Expertise is preferred in the area of Computational Biology, which may include basic research in systems biology, metabolomics, computational neuroscience, bioinformatics, etc. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Biology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology or a related field, postdoctoral experience, and an excellent track record in research that indicates a strong potential for attracting extramural funding.  The new faculty member will teach a core course for the new Biochemistry and Molecular Biology MS Program, in addition to other courses in the Biology and Chemistry Departments, actively participate in externally funded research and contribute to service activities.

The candidate is expected to demonstrate a strong potential for forming interdisciplinary collaborations, the ability to involve both undergraduate and graduate students in research activities, and a commitment to educate a diverse body of students in a Hispanic Serving Institution.  As a member of the UT system, faculty have access to the Texas Advanced Computing Center.

Please see the full job description and apply at https://careers.utrgv.edu/postings/26744. Application deadline is 15 Feb 2021. 
To review a full job description and to apply, please go here. Application deadline is 15 February, 2021.

(posted February 11 , 2021)
Please see the full job description and apply at https://careers.utrgv.edu/postings/26744. Application deadline is 15 Feb 2021. 
Please see the full job description and apply at https://careers.utrgv.edu/postings/26744. Application deadline is 15 Feb 2021. 
Please see the full job description and apply at https://careers.utrgv.edu/postings/26744. Application deadline is 15 Feb 2021.


Stengl-Wyer Scholars Program at the University of Texas at Austin

Outstanding recent Ph.D.’s are invited to apply for a leading fellowship position to study the diversity of life and/or organisms in their natural environments at The University of Texas at Austin, one of the top campuses in the country for this area of research. 
Funded by the Stengl-Wyer Endowment, the Stengl-Wyer Scholars Program provides up to three years of independent support for talented postdoctoral researchers. Scholars can study any groups of organisms, at levels from genes to populations to communities to ecosystems, and can use any combination of approaches.
Outstanding recent Ph.D.’s are invited to apply for a leading fellowship position to study the diversity of life and/or organisms in their natural environments at The University of Texas at Austin, one of the top campuses in the country for this area of research.

Funded by the Stengl-Wyer Endowment, the Stengl-Wyer Scholars Program provides up to three years of independent support for talented postdoctoral researchers. Scholars can study any groups of organisms, at levels from genes to populations to communities to ecosystems, and can use any combination of approaches.

Scholars will:
  • conduct cutting-edge research over three years;
  • have access to the outstanding core facilities at UT Austin, including field stations, natural history collections, computational, imaging, and biomolecular facilities;
  • primarily focus on research, but in one of the three years, also develop a teaching or outreach effort related to their interests and career goals;
  • participate in semi-monthly luncheons with other Stengl-Wyer Scholars, Fellows or guests;
  • receive career mentorship.

Scholars are expected to be highly independent and propose their own research program. Applicants should identify one or more faculty from the university’s College of Natural Sciences who will guarantee laboratory space and serve as mentor. Successful Scholars will be encouraged to interact broadly and collaborate with other faculty, postdocs, and graduate students at UT.

Eligibilities & Applying

Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent degree by the projected start date, and must have been awarded the degree no more than three years prior to the application deadline. Start date should be on or after June 1, 2021 and before May 31, 2022. The College encourages applications from individuals within populations traditionally underrepresented in our disciplines. Our goal is to provide all Scholars with an inclusive and supportive environment in which they can reach their greatest intellectual potential.

Details regarding the Stengl-Wyer Scholars Program are available HERE. Applications must be submitted through CompetitionSpace, UT Austin’s online submission interface, by 4:59 PM CST on April 14, 2020. Questions can be directed to the Stengl-Wyer Endowment Program Directors: swe@austin.utexas.edu.

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

(posted January 25 , 2021)

PhD position at Newcastle University: Can natural feed supplements improve stress resilience in commercial laying hens?

Deadline; 22 January, 2021

About the Project: Restaurants and food retailers, alongside animal welfare organizations and legislative bodies, are placing ever-increasing demands on food producers regarding farm animal welfare. This is in response to customer demand for ethically produced food and for improvements in quality of life (i.e. how animals feel).

Such quality of life can be improved not only by changes to housing conditions and husbandry practices, but also by increasing the stress resilience of the animals. In this project, you will investigate the effect of a commercial feed supplement on stress resilience in laying hens. The supplement is a natural product derived from botanical secondary metabolites. To investigate stress resilience in hens, you will measure both acute and chronic stress responses. Outcome measures will be both behavioural and physiological, including molecular, neurochemical, and neuroanatomical indices. You will receive training in minor animal surgery and blood sampling, as well as a variety of laboratory techniques and microscopy. You will also learn how to use DNA sequencing and associated bioinformatics to identify microbiological communities in the guts of the chickens and relate this to their stress resilience.

You will work primarily in a university setting to conduct the experiments on small groups of laying hens. However, as part of your project, you will also spend time at the Lakes Free Range Egg Co, the largest producer of free-range eggs in the UK. There you will be able to conduct field trials of the feed supplement in a realistic commercial setting. The Canadian producer of the feed supplement is also an integral part of this collaboration and has offered to host the student at their facilities in North America for a short period of time. This is an ideal project for a student interested in animal welfare and in comparative physiology and neuroscience.

Informal enquiries may be made to tom.smulders@ncl.ac.uk

How to Apply: Applications should be made by emailing bbsrcdtp@liverpool.ac.uk with a CV and a covering letter, including whatever additional information you feel is pertinent to your application; you may wish to indicate, for example, why you are particularly interested in the selected project/s and at the selected University. Applications not meeting these criteria will be rejected. We will also require electronic copies of your degree certificates and transcripts.

In addition to the CV and covering letter, please email a completed copy of the Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham (NLD) BBSRC DTP Studentship Application Details Form (Word document) to bbsrcdtp@liverpool.ac.uk, noting the additional details that are required for your application which are listed in this form. A blank copy of this form can be found at: https://www.nld-dtp.org.uk/how-apply.

Restaurants and food retailers, alongside animal welfare organizations and legislative bodies, are placing ever-increasing demands on food producers regarding farm animal welfare. This is in response to customer demand for ethically produced food and for improvements in quality of life (i.e. how animals feel).
Such quality of life can be improved not only by changes to housing conditions and husbandry practices, but also by increasing the stress resilience of the animals. In this project, you will investigate the effect of a commercial feed supplement on stress resilience in laying hens. The supplement is a natural product derived from botanical secondary metabolites. To investigate stress resilience in hens, you will measure both acute and chronic stress responses. Outcome measures will be both behavioural and physiological, including molecular, neurochemical, and neuroanatomical indices. You will receive training in minor animal surgery and blood sampling, as well as a variety of laboratory techniques and microscopy. You will also learn how to use DNA sequencing and associated bioinformatics to identify microbiological communities in the guts of the chickens and relate this to their stress resilience.
You will work primarily in a university setting to conduct the experiments on small groups of laying hens. However, as part of your project, you will also spend time at the Lakes Free Range Egg Co, the largest producer of free-range eggs in the UK. There you will be able to conduct field trials of the feed supplement in a realistic commercial setting. The Canadian producer of the feed supplement is also an integral part of this collaboration and has offered to host the student at their facilities in North America for a short period of time. This is an ideal project for a student interested in animal welfare and in comparative physiology and neuroscience.
Informal enquiries may be made to tom.smulders@ncl.ac.uk
Funding Notes: Studentships are funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) for 4 years. Funding will cover tuition fees at the UK rate only, a Research Training and Support Grant (RTSG) and stipend. We aim to support the most outstanding applicants from outside the UK and are able to offer a limited number of bursaries that will enable full studentships to be awarded to international applicants. These full studentships will only be awarded to exceptional quality candidates, due to the competitive nature of this scheme.

References
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2. (2016) Mechanism for the acute effects of organophosphate pesticides on the adult 5-HT system. Chem Biol Interact. 245, 82-9. 
3. (2017) The avian hippocampal formation and the stress response. Brain, Behav Evol 90, 81-91 
4. (2017) Food restriction reduces neurogenesis in the avian hippocampal formation. PLoS ONE 12(12): e0189158 
5. (2019) The hippocampus as an integrator of cumulative animal welfare experience. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 101, 113-121. 
6. (2019) Development of the Caecal Microbiota in Three Broiler Breeds. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 6, 20 
7. (2019) Unpredictable chronic mild stress suppresses the incorporation of new neurons at the caudal pole of the chicken hippocampal formation. Scientific Reports 9, 7192 – 
8. (2020 )Topical Application of Adult Caecal Contents to Eggs Transplants Spore-Forming Microbiota but Not Other Members of the Microbiota to Chicks. Applied and environmental microbiology. doi:10.1128/aem.02387-19

1. (2011) Agitated honeybees exhibit pessimistic cognitive biases. Curr Biol. 21, 1070-3.
2. (2016) Mechanism for the acute effects of organophosphate pesticides on the adult 5-HT system. Chem Biol Interact. 245, 82-9.
3. (2017) The avian hippocampal formation and the stress response. Brain, Behav Evol 90, 81-91
4. (2017) Food restriction reduces neurogenesis in the avian hippocampal formation. PLoS ONE 12(12): e0189158
5. (2019) The hippocampus as an integrator of cumulative animal welfare experience. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 101, 113-121.
6. (2019) Development of the Caecal Microbiota in Three Broiler Breeds. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 6, 20
7. (2019) Unpredictable chronic mild stress suppresses the incorporation of new neurons at the caudal pole of the chicken hippocampal formation. Scientific Reports 9, 7192 –
8. (2020 )Topical Application of Adult Caecal Contents to Eggs Transplants Spore-Forming Microbiota but Not Other Members of the Microbiota to Chicks. Applied and environmental microbiology. doi:10.1128/aem.02387-19
(posted December 14 , 2020)


Two-year Postdoc Fellowship - University of Trento, Italy

In vivo functional imaging in the first transgenic honeybee model expressing a calcium sensor.

Research goals and tasks:

The project is a collaboration between the University of Trento, the University of Düsseldorf, and the CNRS, Paris, to optimize and characterize the first transgenic honeybee model expressing a pan-neuronal calcium sensor (GCaMP6). This will allow minimally invasive functional imaging of 3D activity patterns and their dynamics at high  spatial and temporal resolution using in vivo two-photon microscopy. It will grant simultaneous access to the entire brain to study neuronal correlates of a rich behavioural repertoire that includes odour discrimination and learning, navigation, and social communication.

The research fellow’s tasks will be, in collaboration with our partners, to optimize the maintenance of the recently generated first transgenic bee colonies and to contribute to the extension of the genetic toolkit. At the same time, she/he will conduct the first experiments of two-photon functional imaging in these transgenic bees to record and
analyse activity patterns in different brain regions in response to different external stimuli (olfactory, visual, combinatorial). Furthermore, she/he will perform the first continuous long-term imaging experiments to study learning and memory formation.

About us:

The Neurophysics Group is an interdisciplinary research laboratory jointly operated by the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences - CIMeC and the Department of Physics at the
University of Trento. Our University is currently ranked 1st in the Italian National Research Assessment Evaluations (RAE). Also the center has recently been recognized as the leading cognitive neuroscience research department in Italy. CIMeC's goal is to foster cutting-edge research on cognition and its neural underpinnings and to support the dissemination of these findings internationally and within the local community. As an interdisciplinary research and teaching center, it draws on faculty from several departments, including Psychology and Cognitive Science, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, and Information Engineering and Computer Science. CIMeC’s faculty members originate from Argentina, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Israel, New Zealand, UK, USA, and beyond.

Duration of the fellowship: 24 months

Expected starting date: February 2021

Required qualifications:
  • a PhD in biology, neuroscience, engineering, or related disciplines
  • appropriate scientific curriculum, documenting the scientific and professional experience required to carry out the described research
  • advanced experience in microscopy and postprocessing and analysis of imaging data
  • experience in beekeeping is an advantage, the preparedness to learn it is required
  • excellent English language skills

Applications:
  • via email to albrecht.haase@unitn.it until January 13th, 2021
  • attaching a CV and contact details to at least 2 references
(posted December 11 , 2020)


PhD Student to Join Uhl-Lab - University of Greifswald, Germany

A PhD position is available starting in spring 2021 in Gabriele Uhl´s lab at the Zoological Institute and Museum of the University of Greifswald (Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences). 

We investigate diverse topics in the fields of reproductive biology, behavioural ecology, functional morphology and systematics from an evolutionary perspective. In this DFG funded PhD project, we investigate spider chemical communication.

The chemical sense plays a pivotal role in all living beings. It is used to recognize and differentiate between chemicals that emanate from resources, from conspecifics or heterospecifics. In arthropods, sensing of all modalities other than vision is performed with modified cuticular sensilla, and there are specific sensilla for gustation e.g. (tip-pore) and olfaction (e.g. wall-pore). In spiders, there is clear evidence for gustation with tip-pore sensilla, however, wall-pore sensilla seem to be absent. Therefore, how spiders smell has remained a conundrum – despite a large body of behavioural evidence for olfaction. To explore the Wheres and Hows of spiders chemical sensing we focus on the wasp spider Argiope bruennichi, for which we have a sensilla map for all body appendages, know the volatile sex pheromone and can draw on a large body of knowledge on the species’ mating behaviour. The sensilla on walking legs and pedipalps will be explored as to differences in ultrastructure and physiological response to gustatory or olfactory signals. The in-depth studies on function will be complemented by an exploration of the spider chemosensory receptors and visualisation of receptor gene expression.

Our overall aim is a comprehensive contribution to our understanding of the structure, function and evolution of chemosensory organs within spiders and arthropods. The investigations will be performed in close collaboration with the Pheromone Group at the University of Lund (Christer Löfstedt, Hong-Lei Wang, Dan-Dan Zhang) and in tandem with another project that focusses on the ultrastructural aspects of the sensilla.

TASKS: Electrophysiological and Molecular Analysis of Chemosensory Sensilla

  • Behavioural analysis on the how and when sensilla are used in different contexts

  • Analysis of the functional disparity of sensilla (SEM, TEM) depending on location on the body

  • Analysis of receptor genes

  • Exploring chemosensory receptor gene expression (FISH)

  • Comparative-functional sensilla analyses in a cursorial and a web-building species

  • Scientific publication and attendance of congresses


 Job Specification:

We are looking for an enthusiastic scientist with an MSc (or equivalent) in zoology, evolutionary biology or other related biological disciplines. Excellent spoken and written English skills and solid grasp of zoology and animal physiology are expected. Experience in electrophysiological methods are an asset. As the project will be conducted in close collaboration with the Pheromone Group in Lund it includes a longer research visit in Sweden.

The salary for positions is 65% of TVL13. Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to contact Gabriele Uhl prior to applying if they have questions.

The University would like to increase the proportion of women in areas in which they are underrepresented. Applications from women are particularly welcome and will be treated with priority if they have the same qualifications and as long as there are no clear reasons, which make a fellow applicant more suitable. Severely disabled applicants with the same qualifications will be considered with preference.

Applications with all usual documents (cover letter, CV, research experience, reference letters, degree certificates, and a list of publications) are to be sent with via email (one PDF, max 5 MB) with reference to the job advertisement number 20/Wi47 by 04 January 2021 to:

University of Greifswald
Zoological Institute and Museum
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Uhl
General and Systematic Zoology
Loitzer Strasse 26
D- 17489 Greifswald

If you have questions or seek additional information, email gabriele.uhl@uni-greifswald.de


(posted December 7 , 2020)


Postdoctoral Research Position #1 - University of North Carolina

The Dickerson lab at UNC Chapel Hill invites applications for a postdoctoral research position focusing on flight control in the fruit fly, Drosophila. The successful candidate will employ epifluorescent calcium imaging combined with muscle electrophysiology 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. Qualified applicants will have experience with imaging or electrophysiology, programming (preferable Python or Matlab), and strong quantitative skills. An appreciation for integrative approaches to understanding neural circuits and behavior is strongly encouraged. No prior experience with Drosophila is necessary.

Applicants should include a CV, contact information for three references, and a short statement of research interests. Please apply through this posting.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and welcomes all to apply regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We also encourage protected veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply.

(posted December 1 , 2020)

Postdoctoral Research Position #2 - University of North Carolina

The Dickerson lab at UNC Chapel Hill invites applications for a postdoctoral research position focusing on flight control in the fruit fly, Drosophila. The successful candidate will employ state-of-the-art single and multiphoton calcium imaging 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. Qualified applicants will have experience with imaging or electrophysiology, programming (preferable Python or Matlab), and strong quantitative skills. An appreciation for integrative approaches to understanding neural circuits and behavior is strongly encouraged. No prior experience with Drosophila is necessary.

Applicants should include a CV, contact information for three references, and a short statement of research interests. Please apply through this posting.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and welcomes all to apply regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We also encourage protected veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply.

(posted December 1 , 2020)


Professional Track Instructional Faculty, University of Maryland

The Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Undergraduate Program at the University of Maryland is searching for a Professional Track (PTK) faculty member to teach undergraduate courses in this newly developed major, advise/mentor undergraduate students, and contribute to the development of the undergraduate curriculum in neuroscience on campus. The Neuroscience major is a collaboration between the Departments of Psychology and Biology. The current search is for a position within the Department of Psychology. The start date is August 23, 2021.

This is a 1.0 FTE 9-month position with benefits. The position primarily involves teaching undergraduate courses (90%) along with departmental and program related duties/service. The initial contract length is 2 years with possible future renewable multi-year contracts. Professional Track Faculty titles at University of Maryland include Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Principal Lecturer. The title and rank for the initial appointment will be based on experience. Professional track faculty positions do not lead to tenured or tenure-track positions at University of Maryland, but do include a promotion ladder.

Requirements for the position include: a Ph.D. in neuroscience or psychology; experience teaching courses in neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience and/or cognitive neuroscience at the college level; and evidence of excellence in teaching and commitment to undergraduate education. Courses to be taught may include introductory neuroscience, neurobiology laboratories, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, research methods, and/or computational neuroscience/cognitive science. Experience with the latest teaching technologies and innovative course development, including online and blended formats, is desirable. The salary is competitive, with opportunities for supplementary compensation for teaching in winter and summer sessions.

Professional track instructional faculty play a crucial role in the academic life of the Neuroscience Program and in the Department of Psychology, both in the classroom and as leaders in innovative undergraduate teaching and learning. The commitment of the Department to undergraduate education has been recognized through numerous awards to faculty for their teaching accomplishments and recognized by the University with the Departmental Award for Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching.

Application materials should include (a) a cover letter that addresses suitability for the position and summarizes relevant experience; (b) a curriculum vita; (c) a teaching portfolio including a teaching philosophy statement, syllabi, and student evaluations; (d) a diversity statement (uploaded as the required supplemental document 1), and (e) names and contact information for three professional references to be contacted after initial screening.

For best consideration, submit application materials by January 2, 2021 through the University of Maryland eJobs system. The search will remain open until the position is filled. All questions about the position may be addressed to Dr. Nazish Salahuddin, Assistant Chair for Equity and Inclusion and Director of Undergraduate Studies or Dr. Karen O’Brien, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

(posted November 17 , 2020)


Associate Lecturer (visiting assistant professor) – University of St Andrews, UK

We are seeking to appoint an Associate Lecturer (Education Focused) to join our teaching team in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews, UK. This is a 1-year appointment with a start date of 18th January 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will be a scholar committed to the delivery of high-quality teaching in the broad area of neuroscience. They will be a proactive member of the teaching team, playing a role in the design and delivery of high quality teaching across undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, to students from a wide range of backgrounds.

Candidates should hold or be near completion of a PhD in neuroscience or a cognate discipline. A desire to educate and inform students on core neuroscience topics using a variety of teaching and assessment approaches is essential. Further information and informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Gareth Miles, Head of School, (email: psyhos@st-andrews.ac.uk), or Dr Paula Miles, Director of Teaching (email: psydot@st-andrews.ac.uk).

Applications are particularly welcome from women, people from the Black, Asian, Minority or Ethnic (BAME) community and other protected characteristics who are under-represented in Academic posts at the University. The closing date for applications is November 27th.

Please apply HERE.

(posted November 12 , 2020)


Competition Funded PhD Project: How does the brain allow us to move in many different ways? – University of St Andrews, UK

Our brains allow us to move not just in one way, but in all of the many different ways that make up our behaviour. How is this achieved? Brain neurons send the commands to start, stop and change movements, while neurons in the spinal cord carry them out. We still do not understand how these spinal cord neurons are directed to produce the different patterns of muscle contractions that generate each type of movement. An important reason for this is that we have lacked the tools to study the many thousands of cell types in the vertebrate brain. Our lab aims to overcome this problem by combining the unrivalled set of genetic tools of Drosophila with the imaging and manipulation of neural activity of their relatively simple brains and motor systems. We are uncovering the identity of cell types that allow their brains to generate different movements, and investigate the synaptic mechanisms with which they do so. Our work addresses unsolved questions that lie at the heart of our understanding of the nervous system, and its normal and abnormal function.

This 4 year PhD project is part of a competition funded by EASTBIO BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership. This opportunity is open to UK and International students and provides funding to cover stipend and UK level tuition. For international candidates, the University of St Andrews will cover the Home-International fee difference. Please refer to UKRI website and Annex B of the UKRI Training Grant Terms and Conditions for full eligibility criteria.

For more information, please contact the project supervisor, Maarten Zwart: mfz [at] st-andrews.ac.uk.


Please apply HERE.

(posted November 12 , 2020)


PhD Student Opportunity - University of Greifswald, Germany

Two PhD positions are available starting in spring 2021 in Gabriele Uhl´s lab at the Zoological Institute and Museum of the University of Greifswald (Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences), Germany. 

We investigate diverse topics in the fields of reproductive biology, behavioural ecology, functional morphology and systematics from an evolutionary perspective. In these DFG funded PhD projects, we investigate where and how spiders perform chemical communication. The chemical sense plays a pivotal role in all living beings. It is used to recognize and differentiate between chemicals that emanate from resources, from conspecifics or heterospecifics. In arthropods, sensing of all modalities other than vision is performed with modified cuticular sensilla, and there are specific sensilla for gustation e.g. (tip-pore) and olfaction (e.g. wall-pore). In spiders, there is clear evidence for gustation with tip-pore sensilla, however, wall-pore sensilla seem to be absent. Therefore, how spiders smell has remained a conundrum – despite a large body of behavioural evidence for olfaction.The chemical sense plays a pivotal role in all living beings. It is used to recognize and differentiate between chemicals that emanate from resources, from conspecifics or heterospecifics. In arthropods, sensing of all modalities other than vision is performed with modified cuticular sensilla, and there are specific sensilla for gustation e.g. (tip-pore) and olfaction (e.g. wall-pore). In spiders, there is clear evidence for gustation with tip-pore sensilla, however, wall-pore sensilla seem to be absent. Therefore, how spiders smell has remained a conundrum – despite a large body of behavioural evidence for olfaction. 

To explore the Wheres and Hows of spiders chemical sensing we focus on the wasp spider Argiope bruennichi, for which we have a sensilla map for all body appendages, know the volatile sex pheromone and can draw on a large body of knowledge on the species’ mating behaviour. The sensilla on walking legs and pedipalps will be explored as to differences in ultrastructure and physiological response to gustatory or olfactory signals. The in-depth studies on structure (position A) and function (position B) will be complemented by an exploration of the spider chemosensory receptors and visualisation of receptor gene expression.

We will perform a comparative analysis using seven additional species from the spider tree of life to explore the uniformity or diversity of chemosensory sensilla in spiders. Our overall aim is a comprehensive contribution to our understanding of the structure, function and evolution of chemosensory organs within spiders and arthropods. The analyses will be performed in close collaboration with the Pheromone Group at the University of Lund (Christer Löfstedt, Hong-Lei Wang, Dan-Dan Zhang). 

PhD Project A: Ultrastructural Analysis of Chemosensory Sensilla Tasks:
- Behavioural analysis on the how and when sensilla are used in different contexts (jointly with B).
- Analysis of the structural disparity of sensilla (SEM, TEM) depending on location on the body.
- Comparative-morphological sensilla analyses in selected taxa. 
- Application of re-ssTEM (re-sectioning serial TEM) and FIB-SEM. 
- Scientific publication and attendance of congresses. 

PhD Project B: Electrophysiological Analysis of Chemosenory Sensilla Tasks: 
- Behavioural analysis on the how and when sensilla are used in different contexts (jointly with A).
- Analysis of the functional disparity of sensilla (SEM, TEM) depending on location on the body.
- Exploring chemosensory receptor gene expression (FISH).
- Comparative-functional sensilla analyses in a cursorial and a web-building species.
- Scientific publication and attendance of congresses.

Job Specification:

We are looking for two enthusiastic scientists with an MSc (or equivalent) in zoology, evolutionary biology or other related biological disciplines. Excellent spoken and written English skills and solid grasp of zoology (A, B), microscopy (A) or animal physiology (B) are expected. Experience in ultrastructural or electrophysiological methods are an asset.

Project A will be conducted in close collaboration with PD Dr. Carsten Müller (Greifswald). Project B will be conducted in close collaboration with the Pheromone Group in Lund and includes a longer research visit in Sweden. Since both projects are tightly interlinked, a strong sense of team spirit is important.  The salary for positions is 65% of TVL13. Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to contact Gabriele Uhl prior to applying if they have questions. The University would like to increase the proportion of women in areas in which they are underrepresented. Applications from women are particularly welcome and will be treated with priority if they have the same qualifications and as long as there are no clear reasons, which make a fellow applicant more suitable. Severely disabled applicants with the same qualifications will be considered with preference. 

Applications with all usual documents (cover letter, CV, research experience, reference letters, degree certificates, and a list of publications) are to be sent with via email (one PDF, max 5 MB) with reference to the job advertisement number 20/Wi37 by 01 December 2020 to: 

University of Greifswald
Zoological Institute and Museum
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Uhl
General and Systematic Zoology
Loitzer Strasse 26D- 17489 Greifswald
gabriele.uhl@uni-greifswald.de

University of Greifswald
Zoological Institute and Museum
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Uhl
General and Systematic Zoology
Loitzer Strasse 26
D- 17489 Greifswald
gabriele.uhl@uni-greifswald.de
The salary for positions is 65% of TVL13. Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to contact Gabriele Uhl prior to applying if they have questions. The University would like to increase the proportion of women in areas in which they are underrepresented. Applications from women are particularly welcome and will be treated with priority if they have the same qualifications and as long as there are no clear reasons, which make a fellow applicant more suitable. Severely disabled applicants with the same qualifications will be considered with preference.
Applications with all usual documents (cover letter, CV, research experience, reference letters, degree certificates, and a list of publications) are to be sent with via email (one PDF, max 5 MB) with reference to the job advertisement number 20/Wi37 by 01 December 2020 to:

(posted November 9 , 2020)


PhD Project A: Ultrastructural Analysis of Chemosensory Sensilla
Tasks:
The chemical sense plays a pivotal role in all living beings. It is used to recognize and differentiate between chemicals that emanate from resources, from conspecifics or heterospecifics. In arthropods, sensing of all modalities other than vision is performed with
modified cuticular sensilla, and there are specific sensilla for gustation e.g. (tip-pore) and olfaction (e.g. wall-pore).
We investigate diverse topics in the fields of reproductive biology, behavioural ecology, functional morphology and systematics from an evolutionary perspective. In these DFG funded PhD projects, we investigate where and how spiders perform chemical
communication. The chemical sense plays a pivotal role in all living beings. It is used to recognize and differentiate between chemicals that emanate from resources, from conspecifics or heterospecifics. In arthropods, sensing of all modalities other than vision is performed with
modified cuticular sensilla, and there are specific sensilla for gustation e.g. (tip-pore) and olfaction (e.g. wall-pore). In spiders, there is clear evidence for gustation with tip-pore sensilla, however, wall-pore sensilla seem to be absent. Therefore, how spiders smell has
remained a conundrum – despite a large body of behavioural evidence for olfaction. To explore the Wheres and Hows of spiders chemical sensing we focus on the wasp spider Argiope bruennichi, for which we have a sensilla map for all body appendages, know the volatile sex pheromone and can draw on a large body of knowledge on the species’ mating behaviour. The sensilla on walking legs and pedipalps will be explored as to differences in ultrastructure and physiological response to gustatory or olfactory signals. The in-depth studies on structure (position A) and function (position B) will be complemented by an exploration of the spider chemosensory receptors and visualisation of receptor gene expression. We will perform a comparative analysis using seven additional species from the spider tree of life to explore the uniformity or diversity of chemosensory sensilla in spiders. Our overall aim is a comprehensive contribution to our understanding of the structure, function and evolution of chemosensory organs within spiders and arthropods. The
analyses will be performed in close collaboration with the Pheromone Group at the University of Lund (Christer Löfstedt, Hong-Lei Wang, Dan-Dan Zhang).

Two Tenure Stream Appointments in Neuroscience - University of Toronto Scarborough

The Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) invites applications for two full-time tenure stream appointments in Neuroscience. Both appointments are at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter.

Context & Qualifications:


The University of Toronto Scarborough is implementing a new Strategic Plan: Inspiring Inclusive Excellence. Consistent with the values and objectives in that plan, we especially welcome candidates who self-identify as Indigenous or those who have lived experience in Black or other racialized (persons of colour) communities. This position is part of a cohort of similar faculty searches in Historical and Cultural Studies, the Centre for Critical Development Studies, Political Science, and Psychology. New colleagues will have the opportunity to be connected with previous cohorts of faculty from under-represented groups, including those hired last year in four departments spanning the Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities.

Applicants must have a PhD in Biological Sciences, Neuroscience, or a related field, at least one year of postdoctoral research experience, an outstanding research record, and a demonstrated strong commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The successful candidates must employ the latest approaches to understand brain function on multiple levels ranging from the genomic and cellular to circuits and entire organisms. We are particularly interested in candidates who will create synergies with existing neuroscience research at UTSC, in areas such as motor control, learning and motivation, synaptic plasticity, sensory neurobiology, neurodegeneration, neuro-epigenetics, and the neurobiology of stress. The candidate must complement and deepen our existing departmental strengths. Research areas of interest must include one or more of the following:

- translational neuroscience focused on understanding the molecular or systems level mechanisms underlying brain diseases

- neuroimmunology e.g. microglia, immune responses in healthy and diseased brain

- tool development for imaging or manipulating brain function

- neurobiology of memory, sensory or motor systems

- computational neuroscience

- vertebrate and invertebrate models

The successful candidates will be expected to conduct innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research programs. Applicants must have a record of excellence in research, as demonstrated by publications in top ranked and field-relevant academic journals, presentations at significant conference, awards and accolades for work in the field, an innovative research statement and strong endorsements by referees of high international standing.

The successful candidates will also have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level. A commitment to excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through the teaching dossier including a statement of teaching philosophy, teaching accomplishments, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations or other evidence of superior performance in teaching-related activities documented in the submitted teaching materials, as well as strong letters of reference. Other teaching-related activities may include performance as a teaching assistant or course instructor, experience leading successful workshops or seminars, student mentorship, or conference posters or presentations. The successful candidates must also show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment, demonstrated through the application materials.

Salaries will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Further information on the research and teaching activities of the department can be found HERE.


(posted November 9 , 2020)



Tenure Track Assistant Professor position in Neuroscience  - The Department of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Neuroscience. We seek candidates who utilize any combination of molecular, genetic, imaging, electrophysiological or behavioral tools to tackle fundamental questions in neuroscience. Areas of interest could include sensory neuroscience, cellular neuroscience, or developmental neuroscience. All scales of analysis and research will be considered. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded research program. Commitment to teaching excellence in the graduate and undergraduate programs is expected.

Located in the heart of one of the world’s great cities, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is the city’s only Carnegie Research 1 public university. UIC is federally recognized as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) through its status as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HIS). The Department of Biological Sciences, which resides in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has research strengths in Ecology and Evolution; Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology; and Neurobiology. The department currently has 28 tenure-line faculty and 9 non-tenure track faculty, 1800 undergraduate majors and nearly 100 graduate students. See http://bios.uic.edu/ for more information.

Neurobiology is a strength of the Department of Biological Sciences, bolstered by collaborations across the college, the UIC campus, and beyond.  The Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience (LIN) is an organization based in the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences that brings together Neuroscientists from Biological Sciences, Psychology, Philosophy, and Chemistry. The LIN plays a key role in overseeing a unique major in Neuroscience and in strengthening graduate studies in Neuroscience both in our college and in collaboration with faculty in Psychiatry, Neurology, Anatomy, etc., in the college of medicine. We share a vibrant Neuroscience community with our sister Universities in Chicago, with extramural collaborations promoted by the Chicago Biomedical Consortium.

Candidate must have a PhD degree, with postdoctoral experience and a demonstrated record of research accomplishments.

For full consideration, please complete an on-line application, including the names and email addresses of 3 references, a letter of application indicating applicant qualifications, a vita, a teaching statement, and a summary of future research plans at our online application portal by January 4, 2021.Review of applications will begin on January 5, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.  Final authorization of the position is subject to availability of funding.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, For more information, review our policy regarding sexual misconduct in prior employment

(posted November 5 , 2020)


Postdoctoral Research Associate- Bridge to Faculty- Department of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago

The Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) invites applications for a Bridges to the Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate in any area of biology, beginning August 16, 2021.

Bridge to the Faculty is a UIC postdoctoral program designed to recruit underrepresented scholars with the goal of transitioning them to tenure-track faculty members after two years. This recruitment initiative aims to attract and retain promising scholars to UIC, as well as diversify our faculty to better serve the cultural wealth of our students, our community, and the nation. UIC is a comprehensive, urban, public, Research 1 university with state-of-the-art research facilities and a national leader among public higher education institutions in providing access to underrepresented students. We are among the nation’s top five most diverse campuses and are designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). See https://oae.uic.edu/resources/diversity-resources/ for more about Diversity at UIC.

The successful candidate will spend two years working in a lab in the Department of Biological Sciences that is closely aligned to their research interests, following a detailed mentoring plan. They are expected to develop a successful independent research program that is competitive for federal grants, and that will allow them to transition to a tenure track faculty position in the Department after two-years. The faculty position will include a competitive start-up package. Although there are no formal teaching duties, the fellow is expected to be involved in mentoring undergraduate research, as well as provide occasional guest lectures to an existing course.

Candidates must have received a Ph.D. in Biology or a closely related field no earlier than August 16, 2017 and no later than August 16, 2021. Although prior postdoctoral experience is preferred, all eligible candidates will be evaluated.

Applicants should submit an online application and additional materials to the online application process  by January 8, 2021. Applications must include a cover letter and 1) a research plan, 2) statement about their past, present, and future contributions to promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their professional career, 3) a curriculum vitae, and 4) the names and contact information of at least three references. The research plan does not require a defined faculty sponsor but should include short- and long-term research interests so that a potential mentor can be identified. Questions about this position can be sent to Alexander Shingleton (ashingle@uic.edu) or Miquel Gonzalez-Meler (mmeler@uic.edu).

Final authorization of the position is subject to availability of funding.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, review our policy regarding sexual misconduct in prior employment.


(posted November 5 , 2020)

Postdoctoral position in insect navigation at University of California, Riverside

The Giraldo lab in the Department of Entomology at the University of California, Riverside seeks a postdoctoral researcher to study the neural circuitry of insect navigation using Drosophila melanogaster. The postdoc will examine the physiological responses of identified central complex neurons during flight using 2-photon functional imaging. Coupled with behavioral experiments, this project will further the development of the insect navigation circuit. Opportunities for professional development include mentorship of graduate and undergraduate students and participation in outreach activities through the Department of Entomology and UC Riverside.

The Giraldo lab uses fruit flies to study insect navigation from the level of neural circuits to ecology. We are looking to recruit a diverse group of scientists who enjoy examining behavior and neuroscience from multiple perspectives and are excited to leverage a comparative approach to understand insect neuroethology.

Applicants must hold a PhD prior to starting the position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits packages are offered to all University of California postdocs.

To apply, email a cover letter, CV and contact information for three references to ysabel.giraldo(at)ucr.edu. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled.

UC Riverside is one of ten campuses in the prestigious University of California system. The Department of Entomology at UCR is ranked #2 worldwide in the Center for World University Rankings. Located in the mid-sized city of Riverside, CA, UCR is about 40 miles east of Los Angeles and 75 miles north of San Diego. Riverside provides easy access to numerous types of outdoor recreation, about a one hour drive from the San Bernardino Mountains, the Pacific Ocean and deserts, including Joshua Tree National Park.

(posted November 4 , 2020)


PhD position in Durham, UK - How does stress affect floral smell preferences of bumblebees?

A funded PhD position is available for UK/EU citizens in the lab of Lena Riabinina (Durham, UK), in collaboration with Matt Tinsley (Stirling), Wayne Dawson (Durham) and Thomas Schmitt (Wuerzburg).

The Project: How does stress affect floral smell preferences of bumblebees?

Will explore how bumblebees of different species use olfactory cues, and how this behaviour is affected by stress. The project will involve field collections of bumblebees and plants, behavioural assays and GC/MS analysis, in the UK and in Germany.

More details about the project are available hereInformation about IAPETUS2 is here.

Applications are accepted until the 8th of January 2021, but early applications and enquiries (to olena.riabinina@durham.ac.uk) are advised.

(posted November 1 , 2020)


Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Computational Approaches to Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour - Mc Master University

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.

Position Description:

The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Computational Approaches to Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 1, 2021.

The successful candidate will use computational models to investigate fundamental questions related to psychology, neuroscience, and/or behaviour. Applications from any area that applies computational modelling to understand neural function or behaviour are welcome. Applications from early-career candidates are especially encouraged. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, big data analytics and machine learning applied to neural or behavioural data, computational models of reward and motivation, computational models of learning and memory, computational models of social interactions, and computational models of spatial navigation. The candidate could apply models to any level of analysis, from neurons to circuits to systems to populations.

The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour has long-standing strengths in cognitive and computational neuroscience, sensory systems and behavioural neuroscience, perception, cognition, development, evolutionary psychology, and animal behaviour. We value and encourage collaboration among researchers and educators, and have close ties with the Departments of Biology, Kinesiology, Music, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Psychiatry & Behavioural Neuroscience. Many of our faculty are affiliated with McMaster’s interdisciplinary graduate programs in Neuroscience and Computational Science & Engineering. For more information on the Department, please visit our website.

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.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence:

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. 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 University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities (“visible minorities”), persons with disabilities, women, persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+
The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Computational Approaches to Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 1, 2021.
The successful candidate will use computational models to investigate fundamental questions related to psychology, neuroscience, and/or behaviour. Applications from any area that applies computational modelling to understand neural function or behaviour are welcome. Applications from early-career candidates are especially encouraged. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, big data analytics and machine learning applied to neural or behavioural data, computational models of reward and motivation, computational models of learning and memory, computational models of social interactions, and computational models of spatial navigation. The candidate could apply models to any level of analysis, from neurons to circuits to systems to populations.
The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour has long-standing strengths in cognitive and computational neuroscience, sensory systems and behavioural neuroscience, perception, cognition, development, evolutionary psychology, and animal behaviour. We value and encourage collaboration among researchers and educators, and have close ties with the Departments of Biology, Kinesiology, Music, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Psychiatry & Behavioural Neuroscience. Many of our faculty are affiliated with McMaster’s interdisciplinary graduate programs in Neuroscience and Computational Science & Engineering. For more information on the Department, please visit

We invite all applicants to complete a brief Diversity Survey, which takes approximately two minutes to complete, through McMaster’s application submission portal. All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer. All information collected is confidential and will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the applicant pool and to promote a fair, equitable and inclusive talent acquisition process.

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Science at baileyd@mcmaster.ca to communicate accommodation needs.

How to Apply:

Complete applications must be made online at https://hr.mcmaster.ca/careers/current-opportunities/ (Faculty Positions, Job 34946) by the deadline to the attention of Dr. Bruce Milliken, Professor & Chair, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1.

A complete application consists of:
  • a cover letter (including a statement regarding whether the applicant has Canadian citizenship/permanent resident status (see below))
  • a current Curriculum Vitae, and three (3) representative publications (reprints or preprints)
  • a statement of research interests (2-page maximum)
A complete application consists of:
• a cover letter (including a statement regarding whether the applicant has Canadian citizenship/permanent resident status (see below))
• a current Curriculum Vitae, and three (3) representative publications (reprints or preprints)
• a statement of research interests (2-page maximum)
• a statement of teaching philosophy and interests (2-page maximum)
• a statement of experience and plans for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in post-secondary education, community-based or other professional settings (2-page maximum)
• the names and full contact information of at least three referees.
o Letters of reference are not required and will not be reviewed at the application stage; the Department will request letters of recommendation from referees at later stages of the search process.
  • a statement of teaching philosophy and interests (2-page maximum
  • a statement of experience and plans for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in post-secondary education, community-based or other professional settings (2-page maximum)
  • the names and full contact information of at least three referees.
Letters of reference are not required and will not be reviewed at the application stage; the Department will request letters of recommendation from referees at later stages of the search process.

Review of complete applications will begin December 10, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. All applicants will receive an on-line, system-generated confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews. Please be advised that any full-time, permanent faculty member of the Department can request confidential access to the application materials, including the reference letters. Progressive policies are in place to assist faculty members achieve a work-life balance. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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 Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications, as stated above, MUST include one of the following statements in their application package: “I am/am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.” Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

(posted October 30 , 2020)


Postdoctoral Fellow - University of Maryland

The Juntti Lab at the University of Maryland is seeking a postdoctoral fellow. We study the genes & neural circuits that drive reproductive behaviors in cichlid fish. What sensory signals do they exchange, and how do hormones regulate their integration? How do these drive sexual selection? We use neuroanatomical, molecular genetic, behavioral, and pharmacological methods to discover the mechanisms that link sensory inputs and internal state with behavioral outputs. We manipulate cichlid genomes using CRISPR and transgenics, enabling gene knockouts, calcium imaging, and reporter lines to access the neural mechanisms underlying cichlids’ fascinating social behaviors.

An applicant with a background in studying behavior via (for example) genetics, neurophysiology, or endocrinology will discover important insights into the brain and behavior. For more information see go.umd.edu/cichlidpostdoc or email sjuntti /at/ umd.edu.

(posted October 28 , 2020)


Career-Track Lecturer Position - University of Arizona

The Department of Neuroscience at the University of Arizona invites applications for a Faculty Career-Track Lecturer position starting as early as January 2021. This career-track appointment is not eligible for tenure. Applicants holding a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and showing significant commitment to excellence in teaching are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will be expected to teach 5 to 7 course hours per semester in the undergraduate Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NSCS) and contribute to efforts to recruit and retain at-risk students. 


This is a 9-month academic-year appointment, August to May. The interdisciplinary NSCS program combines rigorous coursework with individualized research opportunities. Students in NSCS develop competence in the molecular, developmental, structural, functional, evolutionary, computational, systems, and medical aspects of the nervous system as well as the organization of the brain and its relation to physiological and cognitive processes.

For more information and to apply, visit the position announcement at the University of Arizona website. For questions, email Dr. Ulises Ricoy.

(posted October 27 , 2020)


Postdoctoral Position 

The Behavioral Plasticity Research Institute (BPRI) has a Postdoctoral Fellow position available (Dierick and Gabbiani laboratories, Baylor College of Medicine) to study how epigenetic changes related to locust phase polyphenism affect the properties of neurons in the visual system of locusts. The techniques involved encompass electrophysiology, fluorescence imaging, genetic engineering and genomics. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience or Genetics, will be interested in learning new techniques and be able to collaborate with broad range of scientists. Prior experience with molecular genetics, insect transgenesis and/or single cell recordings are advantageous. Interested candidates should email a CV, a statement of research interests and the contact information of 2-3 references to dierick@bcm.edu, gabbiani@bcm.edu.

(posted October 26 , 2020)

Research Coordinator  

The Behavioral Plasticity Research Institute (BPRI) is looking for a Research Coordinator who will carry out and coordinate research on locust phase polyphenism across its member institutions (Baylor College of Medicine, Texas A&M, Washington in St. Louis, Arizona State, and the University of California, Davis). The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience or Genetics, will be interested in the organization and management of research projects and be familiar with a broad range of experimental techniques, such as behavior, genetics, genomics and electrophysiology. Interested candidates should send a Curriculum Vitae, a brief statement of research interests and the contact information of 3 references to Fabrizio Gabbiani (Department of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine, gabbiani@bcm.edu). 

(posted October 26 , 2020)

Research Technician 

The Behavioral Plasticity Research Institute (BPRI) has a Research Technician position available (Gabbiani and Dierick laboratories, Baylor College of Medicine). The BPRI studies locust phase polyphenism. The specific project aims at generating transgenic grasshoppers and characterize neuronal gene expression profiles using molecular biology and electrophysiological techniques. The methods have been debugged but require a broad range of skills. The position is best suited for a recent college graduate that is highly motivated, willing to learn new techniques, and looking for experience before applying for graduate school in a Neuroscience or Genetics program. Interested candidates should email a Curriculum Vitae, a brief statement of interests, and the contact information of 2-3 references to dierick@bcm.edu, gabbiani@bcm.edu.  

(posted October 26 , 2020)


Postdoctoral position – Neuroscience: behavior, connectomics, neurogenetics

Applications are invited for a fully funded postdoctoral position (E13) in the laboratory of professor Björn Brembs at the University of Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany. Our lab prioritizes inclusion and diversity to achieve excellence in research and to foster an intellectual climate that is welcoming and nurturing.

Trial and error is a successful problem-solving strategy not only in humans. How does the brain generate novel, creative trials and how are errors incorporated into already existing experiences in order to improve future trials? We use a variety of transgenic tools, mathematical analyses, connectomics and behavioral physiology to understand the neurobiology of spontaneous behavior, learning and adaptive behavioral choice.

Successful applicants will have

  • A PhD (or near completion) in a relevant field of neuroscience, biology, psychology or physics
  • Coding experience in R, Python, Julia, or equivalent
  • Good written/oral communications skills in English
  • And also, ideally, practical experience working with Drosophila
We Offer:

  • Behavioral experiments with transgenic animals: your free choice of project from mathematical behavior analysis to connectomics of interacting learning systems
  • Open Science
  • International research team with weekly labmeetings and seminars
  • Presentation of research results at international conferences
  • Long-term position with possibility for your own grant applications and establishing your own research group
  • Brand new building with state-of-the art infrastructure

The position comes with full healthcare, unemployment and pension benefits and the salary is commensurate with experience (within legal limits).

Have we caught your attention? Send your application with your CV and a short reference to one of our publications to Björn Brembs (bjoern.brembs@ur.de). Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Applications before November 1, 2020 will receive preferential treatment.

(posted October 25 , 2020)
o A PhD (or near completion) in a relevant field of neuroscience, biology, psychology or physics
o Coding experience in R, Python, Julia, or equivalent
o Good written/oral communications skills in English
o And also, ideally, practical experience working with Drosophila

Tenure Track Positions in Biology - Emery University



The BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF EMORY UNIVERSITY, Atlanta, GA is a broad biological sciences Department within a College of Arts and Sciences. We seek outstanding experimental, theoretical and/or computational biologists for two positions at any rank. Research in the Department currently covers population biology, ecology, and evolution, as well as computational and systems neuroscience, and molecular, cellular and developmental biology. This search is open for any area of biology. Successful applicants will have a Ph.D., post-doctoral experience, a record of productivity, a strategy to enhance inclusive excellence, and a commitment to evidence-based undergraduate/graduate teaching and mentoring. This open-rank, tenure-track faculty position is part of a multi-year Emory initiative to foster equity and to promote the success of our diverse student population. We encourage outstanding candidates who are early in their postdoctoral research training to apply, even if their primary findings are not yet published.

The Department offers access to state-of-the-art facilities and academic interactions with over 500 faculty engaged in biology and biomedical research at Emory University and nearby institutions, researchers in the School of Medicine, Rollins School of Public Health, Yerkes National Primate Research Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The successful applicant will train PhD or MD/PhD students through one or more programs within the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, other relevant STEM departments, or the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program. Emory is located on a beautiful campus in Atlanta, one of the United States’ most vibrant, diverse, and affordable metropolitan areas.

Emory faculty participate in numerous programs that seek to increase inclusive excellence in STEM fields. The Biology Department is committed to the professional development of our faculty, staff and trainees, including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color), disabled, and LGBTQ+ individuals. We invite you to learn more about current policies and practices within our University and Department that support students, postdocs, staff, and faculty.

Applicants should submit: 1) a cover letter highlighting research, teaching, and equity/inclusion accomplishments and/or goals; 2) a CV; 3) a description of prior research and plan for developing an independent, externally funded research program; 4) a statement of teaching experience, interests and philosophy; and 5) a statement describing experience and vision regarding the teaching, mentorship, and support of trainees from diverse backgrounds and/or a statement of personal experiences with, and/or contributions to, issues related to social and racial justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. Items 3-5 should not exceed six pages combined. Applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf. All files or inquiries should be submitted electronically at:

              Interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/80049

Review of applications will begin on November 10 and applications received up to 30 days after review begins will be given full consideration. 

Emory University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disability/Veteran employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

(posted October 22 , 2020)

Graduate Study Opportunity in Insect Neuroethology

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.
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 byron.vannest@umanitoba.ca at least two months prior to these deadlines.


(posted October 1 , 2020)

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 byron.vannest@umanitoba.ca at least two months prior to these deadlines.
Postdoctoral Research Opportunity at Hofstra University

A post-doctoral research position in Neuroethology is available for research projects that will require 30% field work and 70% lab work. The post-doctoral candidate will work in both the Lynch lab at Hofstra University and the Shea lab at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The Lynch lab has expertise in field biology, neuroethology, comparative approaches, and naturalistic behavior, and Hofstra offers a complementary departmental community and strong interactions with undergraduate researchers. The Shea lab has expertise in neural circuit control of behavior, neurotropic viruses. and optical and electrical methods for observing neural activity in behaving animals. CSHL offers a vibrant and highly collaborative neuroscience community, frequent internal and external seminars, and access to many cutting edge tools.

We seek a qualified, productive and highly motivated researcher with a background in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior and preferably experience in any of the following: Molecular Biology, Neuroendocrinology, and/or Bioinformatics. This position requires a strong interest in field work with birds, which will require travel to fairly remote locations in the U.S. that may experience extreme weather conditions. Avian field biology skills will be considered a plus but not required. The candidate should have a strong interest in working with undergraduate collaborators and providing students with authentic research experiences. The position is for two years with the possibility of extension. We celebrate multiple approaches and points of view. We believe diversity drives innovation so we are building a culture where difference is valued and therefore, we encourage applications from all potential applicants.

Project Description:

We are mainly using molecular, endocrine and behavioral methods as well as developing viral vectors to understand the neural, hormonal and molecular basis of brood parasitism in birds with a focus on the role of prolactin. The candidate will work on research projects regarding the relationship between prolactin and avian brood parasitic behavior. We are also interested and motivated to incorporate new techniques.   The candidate will:

Design experiments, perform research experiments, collect and maintain records of all raw data from each experiment, and analyze data using appropriate statistical tools.
Prepare data for submitting reports to intramural and extramural funding agencies.
Write original research articles and critical review articles to submit for publication in peer-reviewed journals
Assist in overseeing general laboratory maintenance 
Qualifications of the applicant
We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with a PhD in Biology, Neuroscience, or related field with:
Interest in research that blends field work with molecular neuroethology
Experience with animal behavior, particularly wild birds
Experience with any of the following: steroid and/or peptide hormone assays, in situ hybridization, brain sectioning, immunocytochemistry, stereotaxic surgery and/or bioinformatics.
Interest in working with undergraduate research assistants; representative publications with undergraduate co-authors is a plus
Ability to conduct field research in remote locations either independently or with     undergraduate interns. 
Valid driver’s license 
Fluent in written and spoken English 
Ability to be mobile as work will be divided between field locations and laboratory locations that are split between Hofstra and Cold Spring Harbor (30min apart).
Interest in bioinformatics and transcriptomics is a plus
Strong quantitative analysis, writing and public speaking skills are essential.
  • Design experiments, perform research experiments, collect and maintain records of all raw data from each experiment, and analyze data using appropriate statistical tools.
  • Prepare data for submitting reports to intramural and extramural funding agencies.
  • Write original research articles and critical review articles to submit for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Assist in overseeing general laboratory maintenance.

Qualifications of the Applicant:


We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with a PhD in Biology, Neuroscience, or related field with:

  • Interest in research that blends field work with molecular neuroethology.
  • Experience with animal behavior, particularly wild birds.
  • Experience with any of the following: steroid and/or peptide hormone assays, in situ hybridization, brain sectioning, immunocytochemistry, stereotaxic surgery and/or bioinformatics.
  • Interest in working with undergraduate research assistants; representative publications with undergraduate co-authors is a plus.
  • Ability to conduct field research in remote locations either independently or with undergraduate interns.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Ability to be mobile as work will be divided between field locations and laboratory locations that are split between Hofstra and Cold Spring Harbor (30min apart).
  • Interest in bioinformatics and transcriptomics is a plus.
  • Strong quantitative analysis, writing and public speaking skills are essential.

Contact for Applications:

Please send applications as a single pdf file including a cover letter, CV, and the names of three references. Send applications and/or additional questions to Kathleen.lynch@hofstra.edu.

A potential start date will be January 2021 but is negotiable.

(posted September 16, 2020)
Design experiments, perform research experiments, collect and maintain records of all raw data from each experiment, and analyze data using appropriate statistical tools.
* Prepare data for submitting reports to intramural and extramural funding agencies.
* Write original research articles and critical review articles to submit for publication in peer-reviewed journals
* Assist in overseeing general laboratory maintenance 
Qualifications of the applicant
We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with a PhD in Biology, Neuroscience, or related field with:
* Interest in research that blends field work with molecular neuroethology
* Experience with animal behavior, particularly wild birds
* Experience with any of the following: steroid and/or peptide hormone assays, in situ hybridization, brain sectioning, immunocytochemistry, stereotaxic surgery and/or bioinformatics.
* Interest in working with undergraduate research assistants; representative publications with undergraduate co-authors is a plus
* Ability to conduct field research in remote locations either independently or with     undergraduate interns. 
* Valid driver’s license 
* Fluent in written and spoken English 
* Ability to be mobile as work will be divided between field locations and laboratory locations that are split between Hofstra and Cold Spring Harbor (30min apart).
* Interest in bioinformatics and transcriptomics is a plus
* Strong quantitative analysis, writing and public speaking skills are essential.