Career Opportunities for Neuroethologists

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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)



Assistant Professor in Neuroscience - University of Nebraska Omaha

The Neuroscience Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. The preferred start date is August 2020, with a possible start date of January 2021. We seek applicants who are broadly trained and primarily interested in teaching. Undergraduate courses may include (but are not limited to) Introduction to Neuroscience, Neuroscience Methods, Statistics, Behavioral Neuroscience, Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology, and Advanced Neuroscience Laboratory. Coursework in the candidate’s area of expertise will be welcome. A molecular/cellular emphasis with a background in areas such as neuroimmunology, neuropharmacology, developmental, clinical and/or systems neuroscience are particularly welcome. As a faculty member, the successful applicant will teach three courses per semester, and receive a quarter-time research assignment. The successful applicant will be expected to mentor undergraduates in research and will have access to training graduate students at the Master’s and Ph.D. levels. Research expectations include applying for grants and funding. Tenure home will be the Psychology Department.

Candidates must have completed an earned doctorate in Neuroscience or a related field prior to the start date of employment. Area of specialization within Neuroscience is open. The ideal candidate will have a strong background of excellence in teaching with demonstrated commitments to supporting a diverse undergraduate student population.

The successful candidate will become part of a dynamic and growing program in the College of Arts & Sciences that is actively engaged with others on the campus as well as community partners. The university and department 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 a large number of first generation college students and is also actively engaged with the community in myriad ways. For more information about the Neuroscience program at the University of Nebraska Omaha, visit our website about our program:  UNO’s Neuroscience program.

Please visit the UNO careers website to apply. Create your account, and search for the Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Neuroscience 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. We begin the review of applicants on March 17, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Please address questions to Dr. Suzanne Sollars at ssollars@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 February 18, 2020)


Postdoctoral Opportunity at Washington University in St. Louis

A postdoctoral position is currently available in the laboratory of Bruce Carlson in the Department of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis. The successful candidate will work on a project that investigates electric signaling behavior and/or sensory electrophysiology in mormyrid weakly electric fishes. The position is funded through an NSF grant and available starting immediately, though start date is flexible. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to learn and combine various electrophysiological and imaging approaches with behavior, anatomy, and computational modeling. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in biology, neuroscience, or a related discipline. A background in electrophysiology, imaging, and/or computational modeling is preferred. Competitive salary and benefits are available and will be commensurate with experience.

Washington University offers a collaborative, interdisciplinary training and research environment, with an active and highly ranked neuroscience community. There are ample opportunities for collaboration within the department, as well as with faculty in several other departments on the Danforth campus and at the nearby medical school.

Interested candidates should send their CV, a letter of interest outlining research experience and research goals, and the names and contact information of at least three references to: carlson.bruce@wustl.edu.

(posted February 13, 2020)


Postdoc Position in the Neurobiology of Vocal Motor Production in Frogs - University of Utah


Postdoctoral position is currently available in the laboratory of Ayako Yamaguchi in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Utah.  The successful candidate will work on a project that investigates the neural mechanisms underlying rhythmic vocal production in the African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis.  A unique feature of the Xenopus vocal system is that we can study the functional properties of the vocal pathways in vitro using a “singing brain in a dish” preparation that we previously developed.  By applying a variety of experimental tools including electrophysiological, pharmacological, immunohistochemical, molecular, calcium imaging, and optogenetic techniques, we will strive to answer how neurons function together to generate male- and female-specific vocal rhythms in an androgen-dependent manner. 

The position is funded through an NSF grant, and available starting immediately.  A background in cellular neurobiology, systems neuroscience, electrophysiology, or endocrinology is preferred for postdoctoral candidates.  In addition to receiving a strong training in cellular and systems neuroscience, the collaborative nature of the research program together with the diverse faculty in the neuroscience community on campus provides an opportunity to pursue various directions of research including computational neuroscience, optical imaging, and molecular neuroscience.  If interested, please email a.yamaguchi@utah.edu.

(posted January 20, 2020)


Application Deadline Soon!
4-year PhD Studentships in Behaviour Informatics
 and the Multimodal Study of Behaviour  - Newcastle University 

Newcastle University is offering five, 4-year PhD studentships in the field of behaviour informatics. Behaviour informatics brings together the study of behaviour in all its guises, from economics to psychology and from behavioural ecology to animal welfare, with new methods from computational science and engineering to address challenging questions in human and/or animal behaviour. We want to attract students with backgrounds relevant to either behaviour (life, social sciences and economics) or informatics (computing science, engineering and mathematics) who are keen to expand their skills and pursue research at the intersection of these disciplines. 

Students recruited in 2020 will form the third cohort of an integrated programme funded by the Leverhulme Trust to develop training in behavioural informatics at Newcastle. The programme is student-led: in the first year, all students will conduct three taster projects that will give them the opportunity to choose and develop their final PhD project. All students will work with two supervisors, one from each discipline. The four-year program is designed to allow time for the upskill training necessary for successful inter-disciplinary research.

For further information, please visit the website at Newcastle University

Application deadline: January 26 2020

(posted January 13, 2020)

Two Assistant Professor positions - The School of Advanced Sciences, SOKENDAI

The School of Advanced Sciences at SOKENDAI (the Graduate University for Advanced Studies) invites applications for two five-year positions at assistant professor level. The positions are renewable for five more years. Applicants are required to have a PhD or equivalent (or a dissertation completed by the time of appointment). The appointment will start as soon as possible after our decision has been made. The place of appointment is the headquarter campus of SOKENDAI located in the scenic Shonan Village, Hayama, Kanagawa, near the Tokyo Metropolitan area.

The successful candidates are expected to pursue empirical research in the following areas with the viewpoint of adaptive evolution. We seek one candidate in each area.

A:  Ecology, behavior, or social system in vertebrates (including humans). Experience of fieldwork is preferable.

B:  Neural mechanisms underlying behavior of non-model invertebrates. Experience in multiple experimental methods (e.g. neurophysiology, histology, behavioral analysis, etc) is preferable.

These positions will be partially involved in teaching and other departmental activities. Because of the environmental treaty with local governments, we are not allowed to keep experimental mammals (rats, mice, rabbits etc.) and to use radioisotopes on the Hayama campus.

Salary and fringe benefits are determined in accordance with the regulations of SOKENDAI. SOKENDAI is the institution encompassing national research institutes across the country. At each campus, SOKENDAI offers training programs only at the graduate level. For more information, please visit our websites:

SOKENDAI, A Graduate School Which Fosters Doctoral Researchers
SOKENDAI, School of Advanced Science

For application, submit a pdf containing the following 1~6 as the attachment of an email message to
esb-jinji@soken.ac.jp. (Attachment’s size is limited to 5MB. If sending larger files is unavoidable, split and send them as separate emails.) The research area of interest, A or B, should be clearly shown in the subject line of the email. Applications must be received by March 1st 2020 12:00 Noon JST.

1)  Curriculum vitae with list of publications and conference presentations
2)  A summary of research accomplishments and future research plan (up to three A4 pages)
3)  A statement of teaching experience and teaching philosophy (up to two A4 pages)
4)  Contact information of at least two references
5)  Copies of up to three representative publications

Short-listed candidates may be interviewed in Hayama.

For inquiries, contact: 
Professor Akira Sasaki, Dean of the School of Advanced Sciences  
Email: sasaki_akira@soken.ac.jp, o
Professor Kentaro Arikawa, Chair of the Department of Evolutionary Studies of Biosystems 
Email: arikawa@soken.ac.jp

(posted January 8, 2020)


Project Assistant - Lund University in Sweden

We are looking for a highly motivated project assistant to join David O’Carroll’s Lab, Lund University, Sweden. The position is part-time (50%) and limited to 1 year starting January 2020.

The successful candidate will assist in the lab, running toxicological experiments on insects, developing and running behavioural assays to test insect visual acuity after chemical exposure. In addition the candidate will be responsible for rearing insects, ordering and maintaining lab equipment and reagents. Finally, the candidate will learn to perform electrophysiological experiments on living animals exposed to different cholinergic agonists.

Minimum requirements: Master degree in Biology with experience in insect neuroethology.

Desirable: experience in electrophysiological recordings and behavioural assays in insects.

For more info about the position and to apply, follow this link.

(posted December 19, 2019)

PhD Opportunity Involving Primate Welfare and Neuroscience - Newcastle University



Biologists working with vertebrates are ethically and legally obliged to optimise the physical and emotional welfare of the animals they use. The welfare of non-human primates involved in neuroscience experiments is of particular concern. Non-human primates perhaps have the greatest potential to experience human-like suffering due to their taxonomic proximity to humans. Moreover, neuroscience experiments on non-human primates often last for many years, increasing concerns about potential cumulative effects of experimental and husbandry procedures. Methods currently used to assess non-human primates’ welfare are inadequate. The goal of this project is to develop new behavioural indicators of primate welfare that are properly validated and practical for welfare assessment in research and industrial settings. The student will use a unique combination of behavioural, neuroimaging (MRI) and computational approaches to reach this goal.

The project is well suited to candidates who are interested in applying a multi-disciplinary approach to assess animal welfare, ranging from behavioural observation to computation modelling of brain connections. It requires the willingness to work with rhesus macaques in the lab, and in the field, and to engage with statistics, computational approaches and programming. The student will be trained by a team comprising animal welfare scientists, primatologists, neuroscientists, physicists and computational scientists.

If you are interested in this PhD, you are encouraged to contact Dr Colline Poirier () to learn more about the project and the research and training opportunities provided.

Supervision team:
Dr Colline Poirier, Bioscience Institute, Newcastle University
Prof. Joanna Setchell, Dpt of Anthropology, Durham University
Dr Yujiang Wang, School of Computing, Newcastle University
Prof. Melissa Bateson, Bioscience Institute, Newcastle University


How to Apply: Applications should be made by emailing  with a CV (including contact details of at least two academic (or other relevant) referees), and a covering letter – clearly stating your first choice project, and optionally 2nd and 3rd ranked projects, as well as 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.

In addition to the CV and covering letter, please email a completed copy of the Additional Details Form (Word document) to . A blank copy of this form can be found at: How To Apply/Application Details

Funding Notes: This is a 4 year BBSRC studentship under the Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham DTP. The successful applicant will receive research costs, tuition fees and stipend (£15,009 for 2019-20). The PhD will start in October 2020. Applicants should have, or be expecting to receive, a 2.1 Hons degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. EU candidates must have been resident in the UK for 3 years in order to receive full support. Please note, there are 2 stages to the application process.

(posted December 18, 2019)


Lecturer in Discipline/Columbia Science Fellow

Frontiers of Science is a one-semester course that integrates modern science into the Core Curriculum of Columbia College in order to introduce exciting scientific ideas and inculcate scientific habits of mind. The program will appoint a number of post-doctoral fellows in the natural sciences for the academic year 2020-2021. We invite applications from qualified candidates who have received or expect to receive the Ph.D. before June 30, 2020 and have demonstrated teaching experience. Columbia Science Fellows hold the rank of Lecturer in Discipline in an appropriate natural science department. The fellowship is renewable for a second and third year based on satisfactory performance.

Fellows teach two 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. 

For more information on the program, please view the position description on the Columbia University website and/or contact Natasha Bascoe at fos@columbia.edu or 212-853-1511.

(posted December 6, 2019)
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)


PhD Position Available – University of Konstanz

A fully funded position is available to study the social regulation of stinging behaviour of honeybees. Honeybees defend their nest against large predators thanks to a collective effort to harass and sting the intruder. The stinger apparatus has evolved to detach upon stinging elastic skin (such as ours) to maximize venom delivery, but the drawback is that the mutilated bee then dies within a few hours. Thus, the colony under threat must achieve a delicate balance: enough bees need to respond that the intruder is successfully deterred, but without unnecessarily depleting the colony of its workforce. The aim of this project is to understand how this balance is reached. In particular, it focuses on how each individual bee takes the decision to attack or not, depending on the social information that it receives. We aim for an integrative approach, ranging from behavioural experiments and modelling to neuroanatomy and pharmacology.

For more information, please visit our Social Neuroethology Group website or contact Morgane Nouvian (morgane.nouvian@uni-konstanz.de).

Application deadline: 15th January 2020.

(posted December 3, 2019)

Postdoctoral Position for Work on Vision in Sea Urchins

We seek a postdoctoral fellow for a two-year position at Lund University to work on the neurobiology of visually guided locomotion in sea urchins. As part of a Human Frontiers project in collaboration with labs in Naples, Berlin and New York, we will investigate the sensory and neural mechanisms that allow sea urchins to orient towards dark objects. We seek a person with experience in electrophysiology (extracellular and/or intracellular) of invertebrate visual systems. The position will start May-August 2020 and last for two years. Deadline for application is March 1st, 2020.

Contact person: Dan-E. Nilsson, The Lund Vision Group, Dept. of Biology, Lund University, Sweden

(posted December 2, 2019)


Postdoctoral Researcher, Neuroecology - LaTrobe University

An experienced Postdoctoral Researcher position in Neuroecology is available to join the School of Life Sciences at La Trobe University.
   - Full time position, 3 years fixed term contract
   - Role based at the Melbourne (Bundoora) campus
   - $84,834 - $90,821 per annum plus up to 17% superannuation

About the role:

The Neuroecology Research Laboratory lies at the intersection of two major fields of biology (Neurobiology: the study of the nervous system, and Ecology: the study of the interaction between living organisms and their environment). Neuroecology bridges the gap between our knowledge of the neural bases of animal behaviour and the consequences of that
behaviour in the context of an animal’s habitat and ecology.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher in Neuroecology to join our team within the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology (PAM), School of Life Sciences at La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia.

We use innovative neurobiological techniques such as molecular genetics, bioimaging, electrophysiology, anatomy and behaviour to examine how key elements of the physical environment such as light, sound, odours, and electromagnetic fields are detected and processed by the peripheral and central nervous systems and how this influences their behaviour. The ability to perceive these environmental cues is critical to the survival of each species. Model indicator species are used to assess how ecosystems may be faring in light of climate variability and habitat loss or degradation.
The Neuroecology Research Laboratory lies at the intersection of two major fields of biology (Neurobiology: the study of the nervous system, and Ecology: the study of the interaction between living organisms and their environment). Neuroecology bridges the gap between our knowledge of the neural bases of animal behaviour and the consequences of that behaviour in the context of an animal’s habitat and ecology. 

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher in Neuroecology to join our team within the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology (PAM), School of Life Sciences at La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia. 

We use innovative neurobiological techniques such as molecular genetics, bioimaging, electrophysiology, anatomy and behaviour to examine how key elements of the physical environment such as light, sound, odours, and electromagnetic fields are detected and processed by the peripheral and central nervous systems and how this influences their behaviour. The ability to perceive these environmental cues is critical to the survival of each species. Model indicator species are used to assess how ecosystems may be faring in light of climate variability and habitat loss or degradation.

Skills & Experience:

Completion of a PhD in a relevant discipline. Experience as a postdoctoral researcher would be an advantage;
• Demonstrated research productivity through a strong track record in the writing of grant applications, conference papers and the publication of high-impact scientific articles;
• Ability to work effectively as a team member and independently under limited supervision,
• A strong background in neuroscience, statistics, data processing and programming (Matlab, Python and R) and a keen interest in this research area is highly desirable.
   - Completion of a PhD in a relevant discipline. Experience as a postdoctoral researcher would be an advantage;
   - Demonstrated research productivity through a strong track record in the writing of grant applications, conference papers and the publication of high-impact scientific articles;
   - Ability to work effectively as a team member and independently under limited supervision,
   - A strong background in neuroscience, statistics, data processing and programming (Matlab, Python and R) and a keen interest in this research area is highly desirable.

Follow this link to review a full list of benefits.

How to Apply:

Closing Date: 11 pm Sunday 8th December, 2019
Position Enquiries: Prof Shaun Collin, TEL: +61 (0)3 9479-3671 Email: s.collin@latrobe.edu.au

Please submit an online application ONLY and include the following documents:
   - Cover letter;
   - An up to date resume; and
   - A separate document addressing each essential and desirable bullet point in the Key Selection Criteria which is located in the position description.

La Trobe University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All La Trobe University employees are bound by the Working with Children Act 2005. If you are successful, you will be required to hold a valid Victorian Employee Working with Children Check prior to commencement.

For further enquiries on how to apply for this role, please contact Recruitment Partner Justin Bolton on +61 (0)3 9479 1073
La Trobe University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All La Trobe University employees are bound by the Working with Children Act 2005. If you are successful, you will be required to hold a valid Victorian Employee Working with Children Check prior to commencement. For further enquiries on how to apply for this role, please contact Recruitment Partner Justin Bolton on +61 (0)3 9479 1073. To apply and to view position description please visit http://www.latrobe.edu.au/jobs and search for job number 559000 under current vacancies.

About La Trobe:

La Trobe University’s success is driven by people who are committed to making a difference. They are creative and highly motivated, pursue new ideas and create knowledge. La Trobe is one of Australia’s research leaders, and the largest provider of higher education to regional Victoria. La Trobe University turned 50 in 2017, and over the half century of its existence it has established a reputation as an innovative and accessible university, willing to take risks and take on challenges. Our teaching and research address some of the most significant issues of our time and we’re passionate about driving change through operational excellence to benefit the communities we serve.

(posted November 27, 2019)

Full time position, 3 years fixed term contract
• Role based at the Melbourne (Bundoora) campus
• $84,834 - $90,821 per annum plus up to 17% superannuati
An experienced Postdoctoral Researcher position in Neuroecology is available to join the School of Life Sciences at La Trobe University.
• Full time position, 3 years fixed term contract
• Role based at the Melbourne (Bundoora) campus
• $84,834 - $90,821 per annum plus up to 17% superannuation
Our Research Laboratory lies at the intersection of two major fields of biology (Neurobiology: the study of the nervous system, and Ecology: the study of the interaction between living organisms and their environment). Neuroecology bridges the gap between our knowledge of the neural bases of animal behaviour and the consequences of that behaviour in the context of an animal’s habitat and ecology.
We use innovative neurobiological techniques such as molecular genetics, bioimaging, electrophysiology, anatomy and behaviour to examine how key elements of the physical environment such as light, sound, odours, and electromagnetic fields are detected and processed by the peripheral and central nervous systems and how this influences their behaviour. The ability to perceive these environmental cues is critical to the survival of each species. Model indicator species are used to assess how ecosystems may be faring in light of climate variability and habitat loss or degradation.

The La Trobe University Neuroecology Group is seeking two outstanding candidates to join our team within the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology (PAM), School of Life Sciences at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.
Our Research Laboratory lies at the intersection of two major fields of biology (Neurobiology: the study of the nervous system, and Ecology: the study of the interaction between living organisms and their environment). Neuroecology bridges the gap between our knowledge of the neural bases of animal behaviour and the consequences of that behaviour in the context of an animal’s habitat and ecology.
We use innovative neurobiological techniques such as molecular genetics, bioimaging, electrophysiology, anatomy and behaviour to examine how key elements of the physical environment such as light, sound, odours, and electromagnetic fields are detected and processed by the peripheral and central nervous systems and how this influences their behaviour. The ability to perceive these environmental cues is critical to the survival of each species. Model indicator species are used to assess how ecosystems may be faring in light of climate variability and habitat loss or degradation

PhD Scholarships in Neuroecology (Internally Funded)

The La Trobe University Neuroecology Group is seeking two outstanding candidates to join our team within the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology (PAM), School of Life Sciences at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.
Our Research Laboratory lies at the intersection of two major fields of biology (Neurobiology: the study of the nervous system, and Ecology: the study of the interaction between living organisms and their environment). Neuroecology bridges the gap between our knowledge of the neural bases of animal behaviour and the consequences of that behaviour in the context of an animal’s habitat and ecology.
We use innovative neurobiological techniques such as molecular genetics, bioimaging, electrophysiology, anatomy and behaviour to examine how key elements of the physical environment such as light, sound, odours, and electromagnetic fields are detected and processed by the peripheral and central nervous systems and how this influences their behaviour. The ability to perceive these environmental cues is critical to the survival of each species. Model indicator species are used to assess how ecosystems may be faring in light of climate variability and habitat loss or degradation.


The La Trobe University Neuroecology Group is seeking two outstanding candidates to join our team within the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology (PAM), School of Life Sciences at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.
Our Research Laboratory lies at the intersection of two major fields of biology (Neurobiology: the study of the nervous system, and Ecology: the study of the interaction between living organisms and their environment). Neuroecology bridges the gap between our knowledge of the neural bases of animal behaviour and the consequences of that behaviour in the context of an animal’s habitat and ecology.
We use innovative neurobiological techniques such as molecular genetics, bioimaging, electrophysiology, anatomy and behaviour to examine how key elements of the physical environment such as light, sound, odours, and electromagnetic fields are detected and processed by the peripheral and central nervous systems and how this influences their behaviour. The ability to perceive these environmental cues is critical to the survival of each species. Model indicator species are used to assess how ecosystems may be faring in light of climate variability and habitat loss or degradation.
Current Research Programs
Environmental impacts on the neural basis of behaviour
Investigating the relative importance of vision, olfaction, audition, lateral line, electroreception, gustation and magnetoreception by examining both the peripheral sense organs and the brain.
Sensory ecology of deep-sea organisms
Examining the importance of different sensory modalities by quantitatively assessing both the number of nerve axons and the relative size of the sensory brain regions that receive input from the peripheral sense organs.
Sleep and the physiological drivers of activity
Investigating behavioural patterns of circadian inactivity, and the influences of environmental light using physiological indicators of sleep (heart rate, respiration, activity patterns and muscle activity) and the non-invasive recording of brain waves.
The La Trobe University Neuroecology Group is seeking two outstanding candidates to join our team within the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology (PAM), School of Life Sciences at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.
Our Research Laboratory lies at the intersection of two major fields of biology (Neurobiology: the study of the nervous system, and Ecology: the study of the interaction between living organisms and their environment). Neuroecology bridges the gap between our knowledge of the neural bases of animal behaviour and the consequences of that behaviour in the context of an animal’s habitat and ecology.
We use innovative neurobiological techniques such as molecular genetics, bioimaging, electrophysiology, anatomy and behaviour to examine how key elements of the physical environment such as light, sound, odours, and electromagnetic fields are detected and processed by the peripheral and central nervous systems and how this influences their behaviour. The ability to perceive these environmental cues is critical to the survival of each species. Model indicator species are used to assess how ecosystems may be faring in light of climate variability and habitat loss or degradation.The La Trobe University Neuroecology Group is seeking two outstanding candidates to join our team within the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology (PAM), School of Life Sciences at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Our Research Laboratory lies at the intersection of two major fields of biology (Neurobiology: the study of the nervous system, and Ecology: the study of the interaction between living organisms and their environment). Neuroecology bridges the gap between our knowledge of the neural bases of animal behaviour and the consequences of that behaviour in the context of an animal’s habitat and ecology. We use innovative neurobiological techniques such as molecular genetics, bioimaging, electrophysiology, anatomy and behaviour to examine how key elements of the physical environment such as light, sound, odours, and electromagnetic fields are detected and processed by the peripheral and central nervous systems and how this influences their behaviour. The ability to perceive these environmental cues is critical to the survival of each species. Model indicator species are used to assess how ecosystems may be faring in light of climate variability and habitat loss or degradation.
The La Trobe University Neuroecology Group is seeking two outstanding candidates to join our team within the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology (PAM), School of Life Sciences at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. 

Our Research Laboratory lies at the intersection of two major fields of biology (Neurobiology: the study of the nervous system, and Ecology: the study of the interaction between living organisms and their environment). Neuroecology bridges the gap between our knowledge of the neural bases of animal behaviour and the consequences of that behaviour in the context of an animal’s habitat and ecology.

We use innovative neurobiological techniques such as molecular genetics, bioimaging, electrophysiology, anatomy and behaviour to examine how key elements of the physical environment such as light, sound, odours, and electromagnetic fields are detected and processed by the peripheral and central nervous systems and how this influences their behaviour. The ability to perceive these environmental cues is critical to the survival of each species. Model indicator species are used to assess how ecosystems may be faring in light of climate variability and habitat loss or degradation.

Current Research Programs
Environmental impacts on the neural basis of behaviour
Investigating the relative importance of vision, olfaction, audition, lateral line, electroreception, gustation and magnetoreception by examining both the peripheral sense organs and the brain.
 
Environmental impacts on the neural basis of behaviour - Investigating the relative importance of vision, olfaction, audition, lateral line, electroreception, gustation and magnetoreception by examining both the peripheral sense organs and the brain.
Sensory ecology of deep-sea organisms - Examining the importance of different sensory modalities by quantitatively assessing both the number of nerve axons and the relative size of the sensory brain regions that receive input from the peripheral sense organs.
Sleep and the physiological drivers of activity - Investigating behavioural patterns of circadian inactivity, and the influences of environmental light using physiological indicators of sleep (heart rate, respiration, activity patterns and muscle activity) and the non-invasive recording of brain waves.

Your Role - The successful candidates will be expected to conduct research under the guidance of Prof Shaun P. Collin, with the aim of obtaining a PhD in Neuroecology. They will also be expected to contribute to the department’s many activities, including seminars, teaching, outreach and various other research related events.

You should:
• be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level with a keen interest in the research themes of the Neuroecology Group;
• be able to demonstrate strong academic performance in subjects relevant to neuroanatomy, sensory ecology, and/or behavioural neuroscience and have a strong desire to learn new and complex analytical techniques applicable to these subject areas;
• have strong written and communication skills, with the ability to work independently and in a team-oriented context.
What does the scholarship provide?
•  be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level with a keen interest in the research themes of the Neuroecology Group;
•  be able to demonstrate strong academic performance in subjects relevant to neuroanatomy, sensory ecology, and/or behavioural neuroscience and have a strong desire to learn new and complex analytical techniques applicable to these subject areas;
•  have strong written and communication skills, with the ability to work independently and in a team-oriented context.

What does the scholarship provide?
• A La Trobe Research Scholarship for three and a half years, with a value of $28,092 per annum, to support your living costs [2020 rate]
• In addition to receiving the tax-free stipend of $28,092 per annum, the successful candidate will also be provided with an RTP scholarship, which effectively covers their tuition fees
• A fee-relief scholarship (LTUFFRS) for four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University (international applicants only)
• Opportunities to work with outstanding researchers at La Trobe University and have access to our suite of professional development programs.

Eligibility criteria - The successful applicants should have:
• an Australian Masters degree by research degree in a relevant discipline completed within the last ten years assessed at a La Trobe Masters by research standard of 75 or above; or
Environmental impacts on the neural basis of behaviour
Investigating the relative importance of vision, olfaction, audition, lateral line, electroreception, gustation and magnetoreception by examining both the peripheral sense organs and the brain.
• an Australian Honours degree, Masters by coursework or ungraded Masters by research degree completed within the last ten years where you achieved a weighted average mark of 70 or above across any coursework subjects; AND any of the following assessed at a La Trobe Masters by research standard of 75 or above:
-  a research thesis of approximately 15,000-20,000 words; or
-  the degree includes a written research component comprising at least 3/8 of one year; or
- you are the lead author of a peer-reviewed publication or other research published within the last ten years

International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and are required to hold an Overseas Student Healthcare policy for the duration their study in Australia. This cost is not covered by the scholarship.

How to apply - Follow these steps if you wish to apply:

▪ Review details on how to apply for candidature
▪ Contact Prof Shaun P. Collin (s.collin@latrobe.edu.au) to receive an in- principle agreement for supervision.
▪ when you have received in-principle agreement for supervision, complete and submit your application to the La Trobe Graduate Research School (admissions.grs@latrobe.edu.au) by for admission into La Trobe’s PhD program, indicating you wish to be considered for a PhD Scholarship in Neuroecology.

The University will carefully review your application and consider you for a PhD Scholarship in Neuroethology. You will be advised of an outcome shortly after a decision is made.

About La Trobe University
La Trobe University is based in the State of Victoria, Australia, and accommodates 36,000 students, of which more than 1,600 are Higher Degree by Research students. 7,600 of our student population are international students coming from 110 countries. Our University is made up of a number of campuses in Victoria, including Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Mildura, Melbourne and Shepparton. We also have a campus in the city of Sydney.

La Trobe has been ranked in the world’s top 400 universities by all three major independent ranking agencies. That makes us one of the world’s best young universities. We continue to improve our world rankings, currently recording a strong result in the respected Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) - La Trobe University is now ranked at 307 in the world. Our research is ranked 20th in Australia. More than a third of our 55 fields of research is above the world standard (Excellence in Research for Australia). These rankings placed La Trobe in the top 1.2 per cent of universities globally.

We are one of Australia’s most successful universities in combining world-class research with social inclusion. Since our establishment 50 years ago, La Trobe has been providing higher education to students from diverse backgrounds and is the largest provider of higher education in the regional Victoria. Our teaching and research address some of the most significant issues of our time and we are passionate about driving change to benefit the communities we serve.

(posted November 27, 2019)

We use innovative neurobiological techniques such as molecular genetics, bioimaging, electrophysiology, anatomy and behaviour to examine how key elements of the
physical environment such as light, sound, odours, and electromagnetic fields are detected and processed by the peripheral and central nervous systems and how this influences their behaviour. The ability to perceive these environmental cues is critical to the survival of each species. Model indicator species are used to assess how ecosystems may be faring in light of climate variability and habitat loss or degradation.
We use innovative neurobiological techniques such as molecular genetics, bioimaging, electrophysiology, anatomy and behaviour to examine how key elements of the
physical environment such as light, sound, odours, and electromagnetic fields are detected and processed by the peripheral and central nervous systems and how this influences their behaviour. The ability to perceive these environmental cues is critical to the survival of each species. Model indicator species are used to assess how ecosystems may be faring in light of climate variability and habitat loss or degradation.
We use innovative neurobiological techniques such as molecular genetics, bioimaging, electrophysiology, anatomy and behaviour to examine how key elements of the
physical environment such as light, sound, odours, and electromagnetic fields are detected and processed by the peripheral and central nervous systems and how this influences their behaviour. The ability to perceive these environmental cues is critical to the survival of each species. Model indicator species are used to assess how ecosystems may be faring in light of climate variability and habitat loss or degradation.
We use innovative neurobiological techniques such as molecular genetics, bioimaging, electrophysiology, anatomy and behaviour to examine how key elements of the
physical environment such as light, sound, odours, and electromagnetic fields are detected and processed by the peripheral and central nervous systems and how this influences their behaviour. The ability to perceive these environmental cues is critical to the survival of each species. Model indicator species are used to assess how ecosystems may be faring in light of climate variability and habitat loss or degradation.
The research is collaborative involving local, national and international partners.
We use innovative neurobiological techniques such as molecular genetics, bioimaging, electrophysiology, anatomy and behaviour to examine how key elements of the
physical environment such as light, sound, odours, and electromagnetic fields are detected and processed by the peripheral and central nervous systems and how this influences their behaviour. The ability to perceive these environmental cues is critical to the survival of each species. Model indicator species are used to assess how ecosystems may be faring in light of climate variability and habitat loss or degradation.
We use innovative neurobiological techniques such as molecular genetics, bioimaging, electrophysiology, anatomy and behaviour to examine how key elements of the
physical environment such as light, sound, odours, and electromagnetic fields are detected and processed by the peripheral and central nervous systems and how this influences their behaviour. The ability to perceive these environmental cues is critical to the survival of each species. Model indicator species are used to assess how ecosystems may be faring in light of climate variability and habitat loss or degradation.

The research is collaborative involving local, national and international partners.

Duties at this level may include:

Graduate Study Opportunities in Neural Circuits and Behaviour

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 2020. 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, 2020.
Application deadline for international applicants: March 1, 2020.

For more information, please contact Dr. Byron N. Van Nest at byron.vannest@umanitoba.ca at least two months prior to these deadlines.

(posted November 19, 2019)


Postdoc position – Neurobiology of Hippocampus in Birds

Starting: presumably March 2020
Duration: 2 years

A postdoc position will be opened at the Neurobiology of Comparative Cognition Group’ at the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (University of Trento, Italy). The post-doctoral fellow will be part of a wider research project on the structural and functional properties of the hippocampus in domestic chicks and quails.

The ideal candidate has a PhD in neurobiology or related disciplines and experience with
at least one of the following methods: electrophysiology (not necessarily on the avian brain), animal behaviour, histology, immunohistochemistry, in-situ hybridisation, lesioning, tracing, qPCR. Experience with Python or MATLAB is also welcome.

The laboratory is fully equipped and offers an exciting international and interdisciplinary state of the art work environment. For further information do not hesitate to contact:
uwe.mayer@unitn.it

The formal call for applications will be available by the beginning of December
HERE


(posted November 15, 2019)


NSF Funded PhD Positions to Study Insect Vision

The laboratory of Dr. Elke Buschbeck, in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati is currently looking for PhD students for a project that is newly funded by the National Science Foundation and investigates how insects establish and maintain correctly focused eyes.  The project uses molecular, optical, and physiological methods to investigate fundamental mechanisms in the image-forming eyes of diving beetle larvae and compound eyes of Drosophila melanogaster

For more information please visit: http://buschbecklab.com. Note that the graduate program in the Department of Biological Sciences has a strong focus on Sensory Systems and Behavior, with 14 Faculty members who’s work relates to the discipline.  For more information on the graduate program, please visit HERE.

(posted November 12, 2019)

Positions available: postdoctoral fellow, graduate student, research technician, undergraduate student - University of Arizona in Tucson

A new lab is opening at the University of Arizona in the Department of Neuroscience in the spring of 2020 by Dr. Melville Wohlgemuth.  The lab will study how interconnected circuits in the brain interact for natural, adaptive behaviors.  Specifically, we will study the interactions of sensory and motor circuits in the context of spatial attention behaviors, goal-directed action, multi-modal motor signaling, and closed-loop control of complex behavior.  In order to research these brain-behavior relationships, we will employ wireless multi-channel physiology and optogenetics, along with computational ethology in echolocating bats performing their natural behaviors for interacting with the 3D world.

The lab is currently looking for motivated scientists at all levels: undergraduates, research technicians, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.  If interested, please send an email with your C.V. and a brief statement about your research interests to: wohlgemuth@email.arizona.edu.

(posted November 4, 2019)