Career Opportunities for Neuroethologists


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

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

Position Description:

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

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

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

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

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence:

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.

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

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

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

How to Apply:

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

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

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

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

(posted October 30 , 2020)


Postdoctoral Fellow - University of Maryland

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

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

(posted October 28 , 2020)


Career-Track Lecturer Position - University of Arizona

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

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

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more! The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocations services HERE. As a cost-saving measure related to the impact of COVID-19, Furlough and Furlough-Based Salary Programs have been approved by the Arizona Board of Regents. All new hires subject to the programs will be notified in accordance with adopted Furlough and Furlough-Based Salary Programs guidelines and will be required to comply with all measures. To learn more about the programs and whether this position is affected, please visit HERE.

Duties & Responsibilities

• Teach 5-7 course hours per semester in the undergraduate Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences program per academic year.
• Help to develop new course offerings.
• Coach and mentor students.
• Maintain regularly scheduled office hours.
• Meet and contribute regularly as part of an interdisciplinary faculty team.
• Facilitate our efforts to recruit and retain under-represented students.
• Ph.D. in Neuroscience or related Life Science. 
• Experience teaching advanced undergraduate students.

Rank Lecturer
Tenure Information Career-Track (CT)
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job FTE 1.0
Work Calendar Academic
Job Category Faculty
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Rate of Pay $50,000
Compensation Type salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Number of Vacancies 1
Target Hire Date 1/3/2021
Expected End Date
Contact Information for Candidates Dr. Ulises Ricoy
ricoy@arizona.edu
Open Date 10/23/2020
Open Until Filled Yes
Documents Needed to Apply Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Two Additional Documents
Preferred Qualifications

Rank: Lecturer
Tenure Information: Career-Track
Work Calendar: Academic
Job Category: Faculty
Benefit Eligible: Yes, Full Benefits
Rate of Pay: $50,000
Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Target Hire Date: 1/3/2021
Contact for Information: Dr. Ulises Ricoy (ricoy@arizona.edu
Open Date: 10/23/2020

Special Instructions to Applicant


Please upload the following additional documents:

• CV
• Cover Letter
• In the Additional document slot: Academic record(unofficial transcripts).
Official transcript will be needed at time of hire.
• In the Additional document slot: Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Experience.
Reference letters will be solicited after the application is submitted.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

(posted October 27 , 2020)


Postdoctoral Position 

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

(posted October 26 , 2020)

Research Coordinator  

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

(posted October 26 , 2020)

Research Technician 

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

(posted October 26 , 2020)


Postdoctoral position – Neuroscience: behavior, connectomics, neurogenetics

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

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

Successful applicants will have

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

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

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

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

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

Tenure Track Positions in Biology - Emery University



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(posted October 22 , 2020)

Graduate Study Opportunity in Insect Neuroethology

The Invertebrate Neuroethology Laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba is seeking one or two talented MSc or PhD students starting in the Fall term of 2021. Our laboratory is interested in how brains select appropriate behavioural responses to varying conditions, how different brains produce different behaviours, and how brains change with age and experience. Using primarily honey bees and cockroaches, we employ immunohistochemistry, microscopy, electrophysiology, and a wide variety of behavioural assays.

Application deadline for Canadian and US applicants: June 1, 2021.
Application deadline for international applicants: March 1, 2021.
Application deadline for Canadian and US applicants: June 1, 2021. Application deadline for international applicants: March 1, 2021.

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


(posted October 1 , 2020)

The Invertebrate Neuroethology Laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba is seeking one or two talented MSc or PhD students starting in the Fall term of 2021. Our laboratory is interested in how brains select appropriate behavioural responses to varying conditions, how different brains produce different behaviours, and how brains change with age and experience. Using primarily honey bees and cockroaches, we employ immunohistochemistry, microscopy, electrophysiology, and a wide variety of behavioural assays. 
 
Application deadline for Canadian and US applicants: June 1, 2021.
Application deadline for international applicants: March 1, 2021.
 
For more information, please contact Dr. Byron N. Van Nest at byron.vannest@umanitoba.ca at least two months prior to these deadlines.
Postdoctoral Research Opportunity at Hofstra University

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

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

Project Description:

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

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

Qualifications of the Applicant:


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

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

Contact for Applications:

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

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

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


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)