Career Opportunities for Neuroethologists

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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.


Postdoctoral Position to study neural circuit dynamics and behaviour in zebrafish larvae – Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France


The lab uses the zebrafish larva as the experimental model in combination with two-photon calcium imaging and light-sheet microscopy (SPIM) to monitor the dynamics of large neuronal networks, behavioural essays, optogenetics to monitor and manipulate the activity of specific neurons or entire circuits, and mathematical methods for the analysis of high-dimensional large datasets.

Using this multidisciplinary approach we mainly focus on the spontaneous dynamics of large neuronal circuits and their relationship to behaviour.

We are currently looking for a postdoc with a solid background in computational neuroscience and good programming skills, eager to perform imaging studies. 

Candidates should send a CV, a letter of motivation, and the names of potential referees in a single PDF file to Germán Sumbre (
sumbre@ens.fr).

For more information about our work,
visit our team webpage.

(posted August 30, 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. Candidates with experience in functional imaging, immunohistochemistry, and/or coding are especially encouraged to apply. The desired start date is January 2021, but the starting date is somewhat flexible. 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 3 references to
ysabel.giraldo@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 August 27, 2020)


Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Neuroethology of Zebrafish Cognition - University of Nebraska at Omaha


The University of Nebraska Omaha invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join Ryan Wong’s laboratory in the Department of Biology. The Wong lab is interested in understanding the neural and molecular mechanisms underlying stress coping styles and related cognitive processes using zebrafish.

The Postdoc will take lead in the design, conduction, and publication of experiments investigating the proximate mechanisms of the interaction between stress coping styles and cognitive capabilities (e.g. learning and memory) using zebrafish. There are opportunities to investigate fundamental questions that span multiple levels of biological organization ranging from behavior to neurobiology to genetics. The NSF-funded projects will utilize a variety of cognition assays, neurohistochemistry, transcriptomics, genome editing (e.g. CRISPR-Cas9), and bioinformatics. The Postdoc will also have opportunities to take lead and contribute to the lab’s student mentorships and outreach activities.

The duration of this NSF-funded position is for 3 years. The candidate should be highly motivated with a fundamental interest in investigating mechanisms underlying animal cognition and personality. Successful candidates will have earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience, biology, or related field prior to June 2021. The preferred start date is March 2021, but a start date prior to July 1, 2021 is negotiable. Candidates should have demonstrated success in conduction and dissemination of scientific research. Specifically, the applicant should have demonstrated experience in developing or conducting at least one of the following: behavioral assays (learning/memory), neurohistochemistry, transcriptomics, bioinformatics, and/or genome editing.

The University of Nebraska and I are dedicated to advancing the careers of trainees through personalized mentorship, providing opportunities for enhancement of both professional and technical skillsets, and offering collaboration opportunities with other scientists.

Your online application should include a (i) cover letter, (ii) curriculum vitae, (iii) research statement describing how the lab’s research interests complements your own interests and experiences, (iv) diversity statement describing the candidate’s philosophy on diversity, including but not limited to addressing the needs of students from underrepresented groups, and (v) graduate transcripts. Please also include the name and contact information for two references, who will be requested to submit reference letters. Submit application materials HERE starting November 1, 2020. Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2021 and continue until position is filled. All interested parties must apply through above website. Materials submitted by other means will not be considered. Prospective candidates are also highly encouraged to directly contact Dr. Wong to express interest and discuss position details well in advance of application submission. Please direct questions about this position to Ryan Wong, Ph.D. at rwong@unomaha.edu.

A vibrant, metropolitan university in the state’s largest city, the University of Nebraska at Omaha has an enrollment of approximately 15,000 students. In recent decades the campus developed as a more traditional residential university supported by several new and beautifully appointed residence halls. UNO is classified as a doctoral-research university in the latest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and the Athletic program competes in NCAA division I. It also has the distinction of being one of the nation’s leaders in engagement and outreach with a 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation. For more information about UNO’s metropolitan missions, please see Growing With and Within Our Community. The campus is located in the heart of Omaha, a cosmopolitan city of more than 600,00 (1.2 million including the large Omaha metro area, which is known for its excellent public school system and strong economic base. The city has a variety if sizeable ethnic populations and a myriad of interesting places to live and shop.

The University and School have a strong commitment to diversity in its varied forms and to fostering an inclusive and welcoming learning environment where students, faculty and staff thrive and succeed. The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. UNO is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an E-Verify employer.

(posted August 24, 2020)


Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Neuroscience & Behavior - 

University of Nebraska at Omaha

The Psychology Department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Neuroscience & Behavior program. We welcome applications from any area of neuroscience but are especially interested in individuals who can contribute to our graduate program and build collaborations with existing faculty. Successful candidates will have a PhD in neuroscience or psychology with postdoctoral training and an excellent publication record for their career stage. Candidates should also have a sustained record of research and demonstrated ability, or evidence of the potential, to generate extramural funding commensurate with their career stage. As a faculty member, the successful applicant will teach two classes per semester and receive a half-time research assignment. Applicants should have the ability and interest to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in their field of expertise and to mentor students in our Neuroscience & Behavior Master’s and PhD program. The preferred start date is August 16, 2021.

The Neuroscience and Behavior program consists of graduate faculty from multiple departments (Psychology, Biology, Gerontology, Biomechanics, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center). For more information about UNO’s Graduate program in Neuroscience & Behavior,
please visit our website on graduate studies. UNO also has a strong undergraduate Neuroscience Program.

UNO, the Department of Psychology, and the Neuroscience and Behavior Program have a strong commitment to diversity in its varied forms and to fostering an inclusive and welcoming learning environment where students, faculty and staff thrive and succeed. With a metropolitan mission, UNO serves a diverse student body with many first-generation college students and is also actively engaged with the community in a myriad of ways. For additional information on our vibrant campus community, please see our recent ad in the Chronicle of Higher Education. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of under-represented groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for this position.

Please visit the
UNO careers website to apply. Create your account, and search for the Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Neuroscience & Behavior posting. Your online application should include a cover letter and curriculum vitae. Statements of teaching experience and goals, experience and dedication toward diversity and inclusion, research interests and goals, teaching evaluations, and optional supplemental information such as copies of publications (up to 3) should be attached as a single file in the portfolio area of the application. Include names and contact information of three references. Your references will be requested by the system to submit letters of recommendation electronically. Review of applicants will begin on October 15, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Please address questions to Dr. Rosemary Strasser at rstrasser@unomaha.edu.

The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. UNO is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an E-Verify employer.

(posted August 18, 2020)


Open Postdoctoral Positions in the Riffell Laboratory at the University of Washington, Seattle


Three postdoctoral positions are available to start on September 30, 2020 (start dates are flexible) in the Riffell laboratory at the Department of Biology, University of Washington. Our laboratory is committed to having an inclusive and accepting environment. Mentoring and open communication is an essential aspect of the laboratory.
 

1. There are two postdoctoral positions in the sensory neurobiology of mosquitoes. The project focuses on olfactory coupling between visual and mechanosensory systems in the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Experience in electrophysiology, neurogenetics, and/or computer vision methods for quantifying insect behavior is preferred, although not required. The most important aspect of this position is curiosity-driven science.

2. A postdoctoral position in genome engineering and behavior in Manduca sexta moths is currently available in the Riffell and Daniel laboratories. The project focuses on developing CRISPR/Cas9-mediated knock-in approaches in Manduca sexta moths to tag and modify odorant receptor neurons in vivo and creating stable transgenic lines. Experience in CRISPR/Cas9 transgenesis, binary expression systems, and electrophysiology is preferred.

Applicants should email a single PDF document containing a cover letter and CV and include the names and contact information of 3 references to:

Jeff Riffell
jriffell@uw.edu
Department of Biology
University of Washington
Box 351800
Seattle, WA 98195-1800

Learn more about this opportunity and the Riffle Laboratory at our webpage.

(posted August 12, 2020)


PhD student position on the evolution of neural circuits for insect navigation in Berlin, Germany

A PhD student (65% E13) position is available in the laboratory of Prof. Mathias Wernet at the division of Neurobiology of the Free University of Berlin, Germany, to contribute to our ongoing research on the development and function of neural circuits underlying insect navigation behaviors. This research program will be conducted in collaboration with Katja Nowick (Professor of Human Biology) within the frame of the DFG-funded collaborative research unit SPP 2205 (Schwerpunktprogramm “Evolutionary Optimization of Neural Processing”). The position is available immediately but should ideally be filled by autumn 2020 the latest.

Deadline for application is July 20th, 2020.

Using a combination of molecular genetic tools, Drosophila transgenesis, immuno histochemistry, and transcriptomics we study evolutionary conservation of those neural circuits underlying insect navigation behaviors (see Sancer et al, Current Biology 2019; Sancer et al., Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 2020, or
the Wernet Lab website.

The Free University Berlin is located in the center of the German capital, an international and lively city, and offers an excellent scientific environment for the conducted research. In addition to the SPP 2205 consortium, the project will be performed in close cooperation with other research groups at the Free University of Berlin (AG Hiesinger, AG Sigrist, AG Menzel, etc).

Candidates should hold a Master’s degree (M.Sc.), have a strong interest in molecular and cellular aspects of developmental biology, as well as evolution (‘Evo-Devo’), and Neurobiology. Previous experience with the Drosophila is preferred, but not essential. Proficiency in English is absolutely required.


To apply (deadline: July 20th, 2020), please e-mail your CV and names of two referees to:

Mathias F. Wernet
Mathias.wernet@fu-berlin.de

Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Biologie, Chemie & Pharmazie
Institut für Biologie - Neurobiologie
Königin-Luise Strasse 1-3, 14195 Berlin

(posted June 16, 2020)

 Research Assistant (65%)/PhD student - Neuroanatomy of crustacean olfactory systems


At the University of Greifswald’s Zoological Institute and Museum in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, there is a job vacancy that is expected to be available as soon as possible, subject to budgetary regulations, for a part-time (65%). Follow this link to review the announcement regarding this opportunity!

Research Assistant - The fixed term contract is for a period of three years. Payment shall be made in accordance with pay group 13 TV-L Wissenschaft.

The position is made available as part of the DFG-funded project ‘Evolutionary specialisation of neuronal core circuits in arthropod olfactory systems: structure and function of convergence/divergence in crustaceans versus insects’ as part of the priority programme SPP 2205 ‘Evolutionary Optimisation of Neuronal Processing’. In a team that includes colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena and the University of Cologne, this project will analyse the evolution of neuronal core circuits in the central olfactory pathway of arthropods. The applicant will use techniques such as immunohistochemistry, classical histology and imaging techniques such as confocal laser-scan microscopy as well as connectomic approaches. As part of the multi-disciplinary project, this data will ultimately be integrated into a mathematical model of information processing in the olfactory system.

Job Description:
   - Neuroanatomical studies on the arthropod olfactory system at cellular and synaptic levels.
   - Hypothesis-driven literature and data research on the above-named topic.
   - Publication of articles written in English in internationally renowned journals.
Tasks will be assigned that are also conducive to the preparation of a doctorate.

Job Specification:
We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with above-average qualifications, enthusiasm for and experience in research, and willingness to play an active role in an interdisciplinary project. The candidate requires:

   -  University degree (M.Sc. or equivalent) in biology, zoology, neurobiology or a related experimental bioscience
   - Excellent knowledge of morphology, neurobiology and neuroanatomy, preferably of arthropods
   - Very good knowledge of histological and microscopic techniques, in particular 3D reconstruction, immunohistochemistry, fluorescence microscopy and confocal-laser scan microscopy
   - Experience in electron microscopy
   - Very good knowledge of the data processing with 3D reconstruction software
   - Very good command of both written and spoken English for preparing scientific publications and presenting research results at international congresses
   - Motivation to play an active role in an interdisciplinary research environment

The position is open to all persons, irrespective of gender. The University would like to increase the proportion of women in areas in which they are underrepresented and thus 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. In accordance with § 68(3) PersVG M-V, the Staff Council will only be involved in staff matters of the academic or artistic staff on request.

Please only submit copies of your application documents as they cannot be returned.
Unfortunately, the application costs (e.g. travel expenses for interviews) will not be reimbursed by the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Applications with all usual documents must be sent with reference to the job advertisement number 20/Wi20 by 30/06/2020, preferably via email (one PDF file), to:

Universität Greifswald
Zoologisches Institut und Museum
Herrn Prof. Dr. Steffen Harzsch
Professur für Cytologie und Evolutionsbiologie
Soldmannstrasse 23
17489 Greifswald
Steffen.Harzsch@uni-greifswald.de

(posted June 15, 2020)


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

Yazaki-Sugiyama labs in the International Research Center for Neurointelligence (WPI-IRCN) at the University of Tokyo, Japan are interested in how neuronal circuits are shaped with sensory experiences in the early developmental stage and then guide development of higher cognitive function using bird song learning. We are seeking productive and motivated Post-Doctoral researchers who will join one of the following projects (new idea is also welcome)

* Tracking early auditory memory for song learning and the neuronal mechanisms underlying critical periods of auditory memory formation.

* Tracking the social effects and social intelligence in song learning.

We are mainly using electrophysiological method as well as newly developed viral vectors, also are always interested and motivated for incorporating new techniques. Please look up the website for details and contact me (Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama) if you are interested.

(posted June 9, 2020)


PhD-Position – Electro-communicating Fish Robots - University of Bonn

The laboratory of Prof. Dr. Gerhard von der Emde at the Institute for Zoology of the University of Bonn invites applications for a 3-year Ph.D. position (TV-L13, 65%) in the DFG-funded project “Robots communicating with fish: Investigating the role of electric signals and locomotor displays following episodes of mutual attention in weakly electric fish.” This project is carried out in close cooperation with the Biorobotics Lab of Prof. Dr. Tim Landgraf at the Free University Berlin.

In this project, we investigate the rules governing social interactions in group living weakly electric fish. By designing a fully interactive, biomimetic fish-robot, which operates in closed-loop both electrically and locomotory, we aim at deciphering how group members coordinate their movements and come to joint decisions. The PhD candidate will participate in the development of the communicating robot in cooperation with the Landgraf group and then use the robotic fish to investigate electro-communication behaviour in fish groups, in particular to disentangle the role of interactive electric and locomotor behaviours for group coordination.

You have:
  • a Master degree in Neurobiology, Behavioral Sciences, robotics, or related fields
  • an excellent academic track record
  • experience in behavioural, neuro- or sensory biology, robotics, programming, or related areas
  • the ability to work both independently and in a team
  • good organizational and computer skills
  • strong communication and writing skills in English
We offer:
  • salary according to TV-L13, 65%, for 3 years
  • a multi-faceted and challenging position in two cooperating research-active working groups (Gerhard Emde/Tim Landgraf)
  • further education and training opportunities at the University of Bonn, e.g. participation in BIGS-BIO (Bonn International Graduate School for Biology)
Complete applications (consisting of a CV, list of publications, letter of motivation, names of two references) should be submitted as a single PDF until 31th of July 2020 via email to vonderemde@uni-bonn.de.

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Gerhard von der Emde, phone: +49 (0)228/735555. 

The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university. It aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers in particular. It therefore urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable individuals with a certified serious disability and those of equal status are particularly welcome.

(posted May 26, 2020)
The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university. It aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers in particular. It therefore urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable individuals with a certified serious disability and those of equal status are particularly welcome.

The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university. It aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers in particular. It therefore urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable individuals with a certified serious disability and those of equal status are particularly welco
The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university. It aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers in particular. It therefore urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable individuals with a certified serious disability and those of equal status are particularly welcome.
The laboratory of Prof. Dr. Gerhard von der Emde at the Institute for Zoology of the University of Bonn invites applications for a 3-year Ph.D. position (TV-L13, 65%) in the DFG-funded project “Robots communicating with fish: Investigating the role of electric signals and locomotor displays following episodes of mutual attention in weakly electric fish.” This project is carried out in close cooperation with the Biorobotics Lab of Prof. Dr. Tim Landgraf at the Free University Berlin.
In this project, we investigate the rules governing social interactions in group living weakly electric fish. By designing a fully interactive, biomimetic fish-robot, which operates in closed-loop both electrically and locomotory, we aim at deciphering how group members coordinate their movements and come to joint decisions. The PhD candidate will participate in the development of the communicating robot in cooperation with the Landgraf group and then use the robotic fish to investigate electro-communication behaviour in fish groups, in particular to disentangle the role of interactive electric and locomotor behaviours for group coordination. 
PhD position – Neuroethology
of bumblebee navigation

Postdoctoral Position in Systems Neuroscience - University of British Columbia

A postdoctoral position in systems neuroscience is available at the University of British Columbia. The specific research will focus on midbrain-cerebellar circuitry related to the encoding of optic flow signals, and their transformation into motor programs for flight control in hummingbirds, zebra finches, and pigeons. Techniques will involve some combination of electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, optogenetics, and free flight tracking in virtual reality environments. Experience in these specific topics is not as important as an interest in mechanisms of animal behavior and expertise in data analysis and manuscript composition. The research will be supervised by Doug Altshuler (UBC) and Doug Wylie (University of Alberta). For more information on this opportunity, visit HERE.

Applicants should send a single PDF document containing a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references. Email addresses: doug@zoology.ubc.ca and dwylie@ualberta.ca.

(posted May 6, 2020)

PhD position at the University of Durham, UK: Visual processing in mosquito larvae



This project will study anatomy of the visual system and behavioural responses to visual stimuli in larvae of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes. The larvae, uniquely, possess both the larval and the developing adult eyes that are likely both functional, and respond to different wavelengths of light. This project will explore how the signals from the two systems are integrated and lead to behavioural responses. The project will also investigate possible modulation of visual responses by concurrently presented olfactory stimuli. Techniques, employed in this project, include behavioural assays, regulation of gene expression by RNAi, in vivo imaging on a light-sheet microscope, immunohistochemistry and confocal imaging, with corresponding image analysis.

We look for a highly-motivated candidate preferably with a background in Neuroscience and interest in Animal behaviour, Molecular biology, Genetics and Bioimaging. Strong quantitative analysis skills are essential for this project. Programming experience is desirable but training will be provided for designing visual stimuli in Matlab and data analysis in DeepLabCut.

For more information about the project, supervisors, and how to apply, please visit our website or email Olena Riabinina for informal enquiries. Please note that the closing date for applications is Monday 18th May at 12noon.

(posted April 21, 2020)


PhD position – Neuroethology of bumblebee navigation

We are looking for a PhD candidate in the Departement of Neurobiology at the
University of Bielefeld. The PhD candidate will work in two research groups:
We are looking for a PhD candidate in the Departement of Neurobiology at the University of Bielefeld. The PhD candidate will work in two research groups:

• the Neuriobiology lab (Martin Egelhaaf) and,
• the Behavioural and cognitive ecology lab (Mathieu Lihoreau).

We are looking for a PhD candidate in the Departement of Neurobiology at the
University of Bielefeld. The PhD candidate will work in two research groups:
• the Neuriobiology lab (Martin Egelhaaf) and,
• the Behavioural and cognitive ecology lab (Mathieu Lihoreau).
The suggested starting date is October 2020 (negotiable). We value an
international work environment and we welcome international applicants.
The suggested starting date is October 2020 (negotiable). We value an international work environment and we welcome international applicants.

Project description
How animals acquire, process and combine information about the world to navigate accurately is a fundamental question in biology. The challenge of navigation may appear even more impressive when considering flying insects. A foraging bee, for instance, must search for flowers over vast territories, learn their locations and establish efficient paths between them, before relocating the nest to unload food. The candidate will combine novel technologies to investigate the importance of flying altitude in solving challenging 3D navigational tasks. The candidate is expected to conduct a range of experiments with bees in the lab and in semi-field environments.

Qualifications of the applicant
We are seeking for a highly motivated candidate with a degree (Master) in Biology, Neuroscience, or related subjects with:

• interest in insect navigation, cognition, and neuroethology,
• interest in insect navigation, cognition, and neuroethology,
• advanced in at least one programming language (Python, preferred),
• excellent academic track-record,
• experienced with animal behaviour,
• fluent in written and spoken English,
◦ optional: knowledge in German and French,
• and mobile (the candidate will spend time in Germany and in France).
• advanced in at least one programming language (Python, preferred),
• excellent academic track-record,
• experienced with animal behaviour,
• fluent in written and spoken English,
◦ optional: knowledge in German and French,
• and mobile (the candidate will spend time in Germany and in France).

Type of employment
Payscale according to TV-L (65%). The positon is fully funded by a ANRDFG-project for three years. The University of Bielefeld aims at increasing the proportion of female employees. Disabled applicants will be preferentially considered in case of equivalent qualification.

Contact for applications
Please send applications as a single pdf file including a cover letter, CV, and the name of two references to Olivier Bertrand: olivier.bertrand@unibielefeld.de Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

The application deadline is April 15th, 2020.

(posted March 17, 2020)



Research Engineer Specialized in Multiphotonic Imaging

We are looking for a Research Engineer specialized in multiphotonic imaging to participate in the ERC Advanced Grant 'Cognibrains', which aims at recording neural activity in vivo in the bee brain, in bees walking stationary on a treadmill, and placed in a virtual reality environment coupled to the multiphoton microscope. The Research Engineer will be fully dedicated to this project and will be responsible for the maintenance and control of the imaging system required for these experiments. He/she will conduct experiments and assist users working in the ERC project and accessing the multiphoton microscope. He/she will design and implement acquisition strategies to obtain reliable and analytic data of brain activity in vivo. The work will be carried out in close contact with a post-doctoral fellow recruited for the same project.

Proven experience in multiphotonic imaging is required. Understanding and use of multiphoton microscopes should be documented. Further expertises required are: knowledge on signal processing and analysis of observed calcium signals, a capacity to implement and develop neuronal marking suitable for observation under the multiphoton microscope, and statistical processing of imaging data. Unity programming would be highly welcome (virtual reality programming).

Job Information
Employment start date:
2020-05-01
Contract length:
Three Years
Institution:
CRCA UMR5169 - Université Paul Sabatier
Department:
Centre de Biologie Intégrative - Toulouse
Job Information:

Employment start date: 2020-05-01
Contract length: Three Years
Institution: CRCA UMR5169 - Université Paul Sabatier
Department: Centre de Biologie Intégrative - Toulouse

Contact Information:

Martin Giurfa,
Research Center on Animal Cognition
Center of Integrative Biology
CNRS - University Paul Sabatier - Toulouse III
118 Route de Narbonne
31062 Toulouse cedex 9, FRANCE

Phone: 00 33 561 55 67 33 Email: martin.giurfa@univ-tlse3.fr

For more information on our research team, please visit our website

For more information on this opportunity, please visit our website

(posted March 12, 2020)

Job Information
Employment start date:
2020-05-01
Contract length:
Three Years
Institution:
CRCA UMR5169 - Université Paul Sabatier
Department:
Centre de Biologie Intégrative - Toulouse
Assistant, Associate and Full Professors within the broad fields of Microbial, Plant and Animal Biology - Universiteit Leiden

The Institute of Biology Leiden (IBL) studies and teaches microbial, plant and animal sciences with a broad research scope from molecular and cellular levels to organismal and population levels. The IBL has a collaborative atmosphere that is fostered by strong expertise focused around four Research Themes: Bioactive Molecules, Host-Microbe Interactions, Development & Disease, and Evolution & Biodiversity. The overall leading principle of our research is harnessing biodiversity for health. The IBL is a growing institute and wishes to recruit three new group leaders who are, or will become, the future leaders in their research field. For these new positions, the focus lies on the Research Themes Bioactive Molecules, Host-Microbe Interactions and Development & Disease.

The candidates are expected to develop a strong independent research line that is attractive for BSc, MSc and PhD students, and have the ambition to compete at the highest national and international levels. The research line should connect well with IBL’s Research Themes and be complementary to and thus strengthen the existing research at the IBL. The candidates will actively contribute to the BSc and MSc teaching programs of the IBL.

About the Institute of Biology Leiden:

The Institute of Biology Leiden (IBL) is an internationally oriented institute for biology research and education that is part of the Faculty of Science at Leiden University. Embedded within the institute are the Netherlands Center for Electron Nanoscopy (NeCEN) and the department Science Communication and Society. The IBL has strong links with the sister institutes in the Faculty of Sciences, with the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) and the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre (NBC). Our aim is to perform top quality innovative fundamental and strategic research that contributes to solutions for global societal challenges such as the threat to biodiversity, antimicrobial resistance and preventing disease development in humans, animals and plants. We have a strong track record in collaboration with industry.

We Are Looking For:

#1 A scientist within the broad field of animal biology, where we especially encourage applications from candidates with strong expertise in either (i) molecular neurobiology, neuroimmunity or the gut-brain axis; (ii) host-microbe interactions; (iii) application of cellular or organismal model systems for studying bioactive molecules. More about this vacancy click here.

#2 A microbiologist within the broad field of chemical ecology and/or microbial interactions with the environment, with a proven interest in bioactive natural products and microbial development.

#3 A plant scientist within the broad field of experimental plant sciences. We especially welcome applications from candidates with expertise in protein biochemistry, small molecule-protein interactions and/or bioinformatics.

(posted March 11, 2020)


Fellows teach two seminar sections each semester, attend the weekly course lecture, faculty meeting and pedagogical seminar, participate in curriculum development for the course which includes course-wide assessments, and carry out research in their field of interest.
In addition to teaching and research, Fellows engage in the intellectual life of the department of affiliation.
Fellows teach two seminar sections each semester, attend the weekly course lecture, faculty meeting and pedagogical seminar, participate in curriculum development for the course which includes course-wide assessments, and carry out research in their field of interest.
In addition to teaching and research, Fellows engage in the intellectual life of the department of affiliation.
Fellows teach two seminar sections each semester, attend the weekly course lecture, faculty meeting and pedagogical seminar, participate in curriculum development for the course which includes course-wide assessments, and carry out research in their field of interest.
In addition to teaching and research, Fellows engage in the intellectual life of the department of affiliation.
Fellows teach two seminar sections each semester, attend the weekly course lecture, faculty meeting and pedagogical seminar, participate in curriculum development for the course which includes course-wide assessments, and carry out research in their field of interest.
In addition to teaching and research, Fellows engage in the intellectual life of the department of affiliation.
Columbia Science Fellows hold the rank of Lecturer in Discipline in an appropriate natural science department. The fellowship is renewable for a second and third year based on satisfactory performance.
Fellows teach two seminar sections each semester, attend the weekly course lecture, faculty meeting and pedagogical seminar, participate in curriculum development for the course which includes course-wide assessments, and carry out research in their field of interest.
In addition to teaching and research, Fellows engage in the intellectual life of the department of affiliation. Science Fellows receive a competitive salary, which is supplemented by an annual research allowance.
Columbia Science Fellows hold the rank of Lecturer in Discipline in an appropriate natural science department. The fellowship is renewable for a second and third year based on satisfactory performance.
Fellows teach two seminar sections each semester, attend the weekly course lecture, faculty meeting and pedagogical seminar, participate in curriculum development for the course which includes course-wide assessments, and carry out research in their field of interest.
In addition to teaching and research, Fellows engage in the intellectual life of the department of affiliation. Science Fellows receive a competitive salary, which is supplemented by an annual research allowance.(posted December 6, 2019)