Career Opportunities for Neuroethologists


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Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland in Sensory Neurobiology
The Department of Biology, in conjunction with the Brain and Behavior Institute (BBI) at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), seeks applications from neuroscientists working in the area of sensory neurobiology to join us at the rank of assistant professor. The successful applicant will be engaged in studies of auditory, olfactory, or visual neuroscience that complement existing research programs and that capitalize on institutional research cores for high- and super-resolution light imaging, genomic and transcriptomic analyses, and whole-animal functional imaging. Preference will be given to applicants addressing questions relevant to sensory system development and/or aging.

The Department of Biology, in conjunction with the Brain and Behavior Institute (BBI) at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), seeks applications from neuroscientists working in the area of sensory neurobiology to join us at the rank of assistant professor. The successful applicant will be engaged in studies of auditory, olfactory, or visual neuroscience that complement existing research programs and that capitalize on institutional research cores for high- and super-resolution light imaging, genomic and transcriptomic analyses, and whole-animal functional imaging. Preference will be given to applicants addressing questions relevant to sensory system development and/or aging.
The Department of Biology, in conjunction with the Brain and Behavior Institute (BBI) at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), seeks applications from neuroscientists working in the area of sensory neurobiology to join us at the rank of assistant professor. The successful applicant will be engaged in studies of auditory, olfactory, or visual neuroscience that complement existing research programs and that capitalize on institutional research cores for high- and super-resolution light imaging, genomic and transcriptomic analyses, and whole-animal functional imaging. Preference will be given to applicants addressing questions relevant to sensory system development and/or aging. 
Neuroscientists in the Department of Biology teach and mentor undergraduate students in the
Biological Sciences and Neuroscience majors and graduate students in the Biological Sciences,
Biophysics,
Neuroscientists in the Department of Biology teach and mentor undergraduate students in the
Biological Sciences and Neuroscience majors and graduate students in the Biological Sciences,
Biophysics, and Neuroscience and Cognitive Science programs. They enjoy collaborative research
relationships with colleagues in the Departments of Psychology, Chemistry and Biochemistry,
Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Hearing and Speech Sciences, to name a few.


Neuroscientists in the Department of Biology teach and mentor undergraduate students in the Biological Sciences and Neuroscience majors and graduate students in the Biological Schiences, Biophysics, and Neuroscience and Cognitive Science programs. They enjoy collaborative research relationships with colleagues in the Departments of Psychology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Hearing and Speech Sciences, to name a few. The successful candidate will also have a joint appointment in the BBI, an institute with approximately 150 members that was established in 2021 with the goal of fostering broad collaborations between neuroscientists and colleagues in other disciplines, including engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics and chemistry. Neuroscientists also benefit from close collaborative ties with neighboring institutions (e.g. Children’s National Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health). 
Candidates should have a strong publication record in sensory neuroscience and show promise for,
or an established record of, external funding. Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentorship at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and a commitment to
conducting open and reproducible research. Consistent with Departmental and University values,
candidates should be committed to fostering diversity and inclusion through their approaches to
research, teaching, and mentoring. A PhD in Neuroscience or related field is required at the time of appointment.


Candidates should have a strong publication record in sensory neuroscience and show promise for, or an established record of, external funding. Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentorship at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and a commitment to conducting open and reproducible research. Consistent with Departmental and University values, candidates should be committed to fostering diversity and inclusion through their approaches to research, teaching, and mentoring. A PhD in Neuroscience or related field is required at the time of appointment.

Application materials should be submitted through the UMD applicant portal, and must include: a cover letter, a CV, a statement of current and future research interests and research philosophy, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience (including evidence of teaching excellence, if available), and contact information for three references. Applicants should provide sample research manuscripts or journal articles in the Supplemental Document 1 field in eJobs. Because the Department of Biology is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and promoting inclusion across campus, materials should address how the candidate will contribute to fostering a diverse and inclusive community.

For best consideration, complete applications should be received by November 1, 2021. Please address questions to the Department Chair, Professor Joshua Singer (jhsinger@umd.edu).

(posted September 8, 2021)
For best consideration, complete applications should be received by November 1, 2021. Please
address questions to the Department Chair, Professor Joshua Singer (jhsinger@umd.edu).
The Department of Biology, in conjunction with the Brain and Behavior Institute (BBI) at the University
of Maryland, College Park (UMD), seeks applications from neuroscientists working in the area of
sensory neurobiology to join us at the rank of assistant professor. The successful applicant will be
engaged in studies of auditory, olfactory, or visual neuroscience that complement existing research
programs and that capitalize on institutional research cores for high- and super-resolution light
imaging, genomic and transcriptomic analyses, and whole-animal functional imaging. Preference will
be given to applicants addressing questions relevant to sensory system development and / or aging.


Tenure Track Faculty Positions -School of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University

The School of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University in Normal, IL invites applications for two nine-month, tenure-track positions, one each in MICROBIOLOGY  and NEUROETHOLOGY at the level of Assistant Professor. The School of Biological Sciences comprises 26 faculty, approximately 65 graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.), and over 750 undergraduate majors. It offers a collegial environment fostering collaboration among cell and molecular biologists, physiologists, organismal biologists, and neuroscientists as well as opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations within the college or the university. The University and the School of Biological Sciences are committed to increasing the diversity and inclusivity of the campus community, recognizing that a diverse and inclusive faculty, staff, and student body enriches the scholarly experiences for the ISU campus and greater community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and a demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community are encouraged to apply. We are sensitive to the needs and invested in the success of dual career partnerships.

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MICROBIOLOGY
. We seek candidates whose research addresses fundamental questions from the breadth of microbiology, such as microbe-host interactions and coevolution, biology of free-living microorganisms, microbial physiology & genetics, microbial biotechnology, microbial ecology, or microbial evolution & phylogeny. Candidates should be able to contribute to undergraduate courses in microbiology for biology and biomedical students, and to develop a graduate course in their area of expertise. 

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF NEUROETHOLOGY. We seek candidates conducting cutting-edge research in neuroethology that complements our existing research programs in neuroscience, physiology, and behavior using invertebrate and vertebrate systems. Candidates using vertebrate or non-traditional model systems are encouraged to apply. Candidates should be able to contribute to undergraduate courses in neuroscience and animal behavior for biology and biomedical students, and to develop a graduate course in their area of expertise.

Successful candidates are expected to establish a rigorous, nationally recognized, extramurally funded research program, publish scholarly research in quality, peer-reviewed journals, advise and mentor B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. students in their research groups, and provide effective, evidence-based instruction in their discipline. A Ph.D. in the specific field of biology or a closely related field, and a minimum of 2 years of post-doctoral research experience by position start date are required. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement of this position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Please complete an online faculty application for posting number 512130 (Microbiology) or posting number 512133 (Neuroethology)
. Applicants will be instructed to attach: i) a cover letter, ii) curriculum vitae, iii) a two-page research statement, iv) a one-page teaching statement, v) a one-page statement describing your interest in or effort toward furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion, vi) PDFs of three representative publications, and vii) names and e-mail addresses for three references. Review of applications will begin on Oct. 7, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Intended start date is August 16, 2022. Questions about the Microbiology search should be directed to Dr. Steven Juliano (sajulian@ilstu.edu), while questions about the Neuroethology search should be directed to Dr. Joe Casto (jmcasto@ilstu.edu).


ABOUT ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY:  We are a coeducational, residential university, with almost 21,000 students, committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities and promoting the highest academic standards in teaching, scholarship, and community service. We are a learner centered, discovery-driven and globally linked School that values individual attention in both the research and classroom setting.  Illinois State University has repeatedly been named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher EducationThe College of Arts and Sciences unites 18 academic units, with faculty, students, and staff engaged in educational, research, and service activities in the core academic disciplines of the natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and humanities. The College has faculty deeply engaged in scholarly activity and advancing knowledge, strong disciplinary programs at undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels, outstanding secondary education programs, and service activities that fulfill our responsibility to contribute to the greater good.  Information about the diverse and thriving Bloomington-Normal community can be found here:  https://www.visitbn.org/  and here:  https://jobs.illinoisstate.edu/community

(posted September 7, 2021)


Assistant Professors-Biological Sciences at Illinois State University

The School of Biological Sciences seeks applications for a nine-month, tenure-track faculty position in Microbiology. Candidates must have their Ph.D. in microbiology or a closely related field, and post-doctoral research experience by position start date. This position is targeted to begin August 16, 2022. For a complete description please visit posting number 512130 (Microbiology).


The School of Biological Sciences seeks applications for a nine-month, tenure-track faculty position in Neuroethology. Candidates must have their Ph.D. in neuroscience or a related field, and post-doctoral research experience by position start date. This position is targeted to begin August 16, 2022. For a complete description please visit posting number 512133 (Neuroethology).

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

(posted September 7, 2021)

Postdoc Opportunity - University of Nevada, Reno

Member of the AI Institute of Dynamic Systems 
The van Breugel lab seeks a postdoc to work on data driven & bio-inspired control, optimal sensor motion, & nonlinear state estimation. Opportunities for theoretical and/or applied
robotics work.


The van Breugel lab seeks a postdoc to work on data driven & bio-inspired control, optimal
sensor motion, & nonlinear state estimation. Opportunities for theoretical and/or applied
robotics work.
The van Breugel lab seeks a postdoc to work on data driven & bio-inspired control, optimal sensor motion, & nonlinear state estimation. Opportunities for theoretical and/or applied robotics work.

Candidates should have background in some of the following areas:
  • Nonlinear observability
  • Nonlinear control
  • Data driven modeling
  • Robot Operating System
  • Autonomous Robotics
  • Python, C++
  • An interest in animal (insect) sensory processing
Career development opportunities include workshops and mentoring with U. Washington, Columbia, Harvard, U. Hawaii, and more.

Contact fvanbreugel@unr.edu for more information.

The van Breugel lab seeks a postdoc to work
on data driven & bio-inspired control, optimal
sensor motion, & nonlinear state estimation.
Opportunities for theoretical and/or applied
robotics work.
(posted September 1, 2021)


Tenure-Track Position - Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Kenyon College

The Department of Neuroscience at KENYON COLLEGE invites applications for a tenure-track position starting July of 2022. Candidates should have a PhD in Neuroscience or a related field, a strong commitment to teaching excellence, and ongoing scholarly engagement. The teaching requirement is five courses per year. Courses will include regular contributions to the department’s core courses (Introductory Neuroscience, Research Methods in Neuroscience), Sensory Systems,  and additional intermediate and advanced courses.  We welcome and encourage the development of new courses that reflect the candidate’s interest and expertise. We are open to the research area, but are particularly interested in neuroscientists who use rodent, or similar research models, to investigate interactions with the brain and environment (e.g., sensory or hormonal systems).

The Neuroscience Department is interdisciplinary with several members appointed in other departments (Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Philosophy, and Anthropology). The Department and the College support and encourage interdisciplinary work; therefore, an ideal candidate’s work could attract students from outside the discipline, including those in the affiliated departments as well as those in the arts and humanities.

A complete application will be composed of 1) a cover letter; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) a ~2-page statement of the applicant's teaching philosophy that addresses experiences with and plans for teaching diverse student populations with inclusive pedagogy; 4) a ~2-page statement of the applicant’s research and scholarship with plans to include undergraduate researchers; and 5) contact information for three professional references. Unofficial graduate transcripts will be requested of candidates who advance to the interview stage. Candidates are invited to include a statement in their cover letter regarding how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected their career trajectory. All application materials must be submitted electronically through Kenyon's employment website. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Kenyon College is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. An EOE, Kenyon welcomes diversity and encourages applications from all groups historically underrepresented in the sciences. Please direct questions regarding the position or the application process to Hewlet McFarlane, Search Committee Chair.

(posted August 16, 2021)



PhD student position on the “Cellular dissection of the neural circuits for visually-guided navigation” - Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

A PhD student position (salary 65% E13) is available in the laboratory of Prof. Mathias Wernet at the division of Neurobiology of the Free University of Berlin in Germany, to contribute to our ongoing research on the cellular dissection of neural circuits underlying navigation behaviors. The advertised research project will focus on the processing and integration of specific visual cues involved in informing navigational decisions. The position is available immediately but should ideally be filled by October 15th 2021. Deadline for application is August 27th 2021. 

We use a combination of molecular genetic tools, light microscopic & electron-microscopic anatomy, optophysiology (Calcium imaging), and quantitative behavior paradigms, to understand those neural circuits in the brain of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster that guide navigation behaviors. For literature, see Sancer et al, 2019 and 2020: Mathejczyk and Wernet, 2019 and 2020, as well as 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. 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 be excited about experimental Lab work, hold a Master’s degree (M.Sc.), have a strong interest in functional Neuroscience, neural circuitry and behavior. Previous experience with Drosophila is preferred, but not essential. Proficiency in English is absolutely required.
To apply (deadline: August 27th 2021), please
e-mail your CV and names of two references to:


To apply (deadline: August 27th 2021), please
e-mail your CV and names of two references to:
To apply (deadline: August 27th 2021), please e-mail your CV and names of two references to:

Mathias F. Wernet
mathias.wernet@fu-berlin.de
Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich BCP, Institut für Biologie
Königin-Luise Strasse 1-3, 14195 Berlin

We use a combination of molecular genetic tools, light microscopic & electron-microscopic anatomy, optophysiology (Calcium imaging), and quantitative behavior paradigms, to understand those neural circuits in the brain of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster that guide navigation behaviors. For literature, see Sancer et al, 2019 and 2020: Mathejczyk and Wernet, 2019 and 2020, as well as the Wernet Lab website: http://www.flygen.org/wernet
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. 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).

(posted August 10, 2021)

Open Postdoc Position

This position is affiliated with the Bernal Lab at the EEB research area in the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University. The Bernal Lab is a research group interested in understanding the ecology and evolution of anurans and their eavesdropping enemies, mosquitoes and bats. We integrate different levels of analysis to obtain a comprehensive perspective on the sensory ecology of those organisms. The Purdue’s EEB group consists of faculty, staff, and students with particular expertise in animal behavior, infectious disease, population genetics, biological invasions, and climate change. 

Position Summary: A postdoctoral position with a focus on insect acoustics and neurophysiology is available in the laboratory of Dr. Ximena Bernal. This position is part of a National Science Foundation supported research effort that investigates the behavior and underlying mechanisms of eavesdropping behavior of frog-biting mosquitoes. The successful postdoctoral candidate will perform acoustical, neurophysiological, and behavioral experiments with small insects. The objective of the ongoing research is to understand sound localization by small organisms using antennal ears, a puzzling acoustic and biological challenge. This job will entail performing behavioral experiments, using laser Doppler vibrometry and performing electrophysiological recordings at the antennae of frog-biting mosquitoes. There will be regular interactions with collaborators within and outside Purdue University. Mentoring duties including PhD and/or undergraduate students working within this project are expected. Opportunities for improving teaching abilities can be made available and are optional.

Candidates with a background in sensory biology or behavioral neuroscience are particularly encouraged to apply. This position is funded for 3 years with successful annual performance following each year.

Required Job Qualifications:
  • PhD in biology, EEB, entomology, bioengineering or closely related field by the beginning of the appointment
  • Proficiency in coding.
  • A publication record related to some of the components of this project (e.g. insect neurophysiology, mosquito acoustics)
  • Excellent work ethic, attention to detail, and ability to work independently and in a team.
  • The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States by the start date. The department will not sponsor a visa for this position.

    Preferred Job Qualifications:

Preferred Job Qualifications:
Preferred Job Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of bioacoustics
  • Experience in extracellular neurophysiology.
  • Interest in species interactions across trophic levels
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin on August 1st, 2021. Applicants should send an email to Dr. Bernal (xbernal@purdue.edu) including the following items: (1) a cover letter addressing qualifications; (2) curriculum vitae; and (3) contact information of three professional references, one of who is/was an immediate supervisor, who has firsthand knowledge of the applicant’s profession abilities. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Prior experience in neuroethology or neurophysiology, preferentially working with insects.
• Proficiency in coding.
• A publication record related to some of the components of this project (e.g. insect neurophysiology, mosquito acoustics)
• Excellent work ethic, attention to detail, and ability to work independently and in a team.
• The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States by the start date. The department will not sponsor a visa for this position.

Position Summary: A postdoctoral position with a focus on insect acoustics and neurophysiology is available in the laboratory of Dr. Ximena Bernal. This position is part of a National Science Foundation supported research effort that investigates the behavior and underlying mechanisms of eavesdropping behavior of frog-biting mosquitoes. The successful postdoctoral candidate will perform acoustical, neurophysiological, and behavioral experiments with small insects.
The objective of the ongoing research is to understand sound localization by small organisms using antennal ears, a puzzling acoustic and biological challenge. This job will entail performing behavioral experiments, using laser Doppler vibrometry and performing electrophysiological recordings at the antennae of frog-biting mosquitoes. There will be regular interactions with collaborators within and outside Purdue University. Mentoring duties including PhD and/or undergraduate students working within this project are expected. Opportunities for improving teaching abilities can be made available and are optional.
(posted July 5, 2021)

PhD position in Behavioral Neuroscience 
ustralian/German joint PhD project: Avian embryonic perception: what role for good vibrations?

Australian/German joint PhD project: Avian embryonic perception: what role for good vibrations?

With Prof. Kate Buchanan, Dr. Mylene Mariette, Dr. Susanne Hoffmann based at Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany and Deakin University’s Centre for Integrative Ecology, Australia and in collaboration with University of Seville, Spain.

Australian/German joint PhD project: Avian embryonic perception: what role for good vibrations?
Australian/German joint PhD project: Avian embryonic perception: what role for good vibrations?
Australian/German joint PhD project: Avian embryonic perception: what role for good vibrations?
ustralian/German joint PhD project: Avian embryonic perception: what role for good vibrations?
We are seeking an outstanding, highly motivated PhD candidate to work on an international and multidisciplinary research project funded by the Australian Research Council. The aim of the PhD research program is to uncover how parent-embryo vocal communication signals are controlled and processed in the avian brain. After extensive training at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany (year 1), the PhD student will work independently as part of a vibrant and productive research team at Deakin University in Australia (year 2 and 3), performing neural and vocal recordings in captive zebra finches, and in wild birds in the field. 
Stipend: AUD 28.600 p.a. (tax exempt) for 3 years
(for non-Australian students, waivers to overseas tuition fee are potentially available)


Stipend: AUD 28.600 p.a. (tax exempt) for 3 years
(for non-Australian students, waivers to overseas tuition fee are potentially available)
Stipend: AUD 28.600 p.a. (tax exempt) for 3 years (for non-Australian students, waivers to overseas tuition fee are potentially available).

Who should apply? The scholarship would suit a highly motivated and able student with strong interests in neuroscience and animal behaviour. Essential requirements include: Masters (or equivalent) in a relevant field; high proficiency in the use of the English language; excellent written communication skills; high levels of enthusiasm and motivation; and an ability to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. A driver’s licence is essential, as field work will be required. After training, the student needs to be able to perform invasive animal experiments and to take on the collection and analyses of neural tissue. Experience in field work with birds and/or in bioacoustics and/or in neurophysiology are desirable but not essential.

Application deadline: 1st September 2021. Selection will be based on academic merit and prior experience. For further information, view this opportunity online or contact Dr. Susanne Hoffmann (shoffmann@orn.mpg.de) or Prof. Kate Buchanan (kate.buchanan@deakin.edu.au). To apply, please send a letter of application, a detailed CV and contact details for two referees to shoffmann@orn.mpg.de.

(posted June 21, 2021)


Postdoctoral Associate - Duke University in Durham, North Carolina

We are looking for a postdoctoral associate with experience in applying machine learning and other model selection techniques to biological questions, in particular to using satellite telemetry data from primarily oceanic migrants to analyze the underlying cues used in animal navigation (focusing on magnetoreception). The position will involve collating, processing, and analyzing existing telemetry data, giving presentations at scientific meetings, preparing publications/reports, and working together with a three-lab team of biologists, biophysicists, and engineers at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The position itself is paid through Duke at the standard NIH rate, can start as early as October 1st, 2021, and is funded for a maximum of four years.


Ideally, the postdoctoral associate should have published experience in machine learning and demonstrated experience in and aptitude for working within large multidisciplinary teams. Experience with either magnetoreception, satellite telemetry, or animal navigation is useful, but not required. The postdoc will have significant flexibility in research direction within the major bounds of the project, and will receive professional training in scientific publication, grantsmanship, and job application and negotiation processes.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, and the names of 2-3 references to Prof. Sonke Johnsen.

Follow this link to view this opportunity on the Duke University website. Follow this link to learn more about the Biology Department at Duke University.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

(posted June 16, 2021)


PhD student (Research Assistant) position in Insect Neuroscience/Neuroethology
at the Institute for Zoology and Evolutionary Research 
of the Friedrich-Schiller- University Jena, Germany
PhD student (Research Assistant) position in Insect Neuroscience/Neuroethology - Jena, Germany

PhD student (Research Assistant) position in Insect Neuroscience/Neuroethology at the Institute for Zoology and Evolutionary Research of the Friedrich-Schiller- University Jena, Germany.

We are looking for an insect neuroscience (electrophysiology/neuroethology) enthusiast to fill a vacant Research Assistant (PhD student) position for a 3-years research project to study  "Intraspecific communication for mate finding in insects: Neural modifications underlying its evolution in eneopterine crickets and susceptibility to insecticides."

Please spread the word and share the link if you know someone who might want to apply: Research Assistant in Insect Neurobiology Application

Earliest possible starting date: October 2021
Application deadline: August 31, 2021

(posted June 16, 2021)

PhD student (Research Assistant) position in Insect Neuroscience/Neuroethology
at the Institute for Zoology and Evolutionary Research 
of the Friedrich-Schiller- University Jena, Germany
PhD student (Research Assistant) position in Insect Neuroscience/Neuroethology
at the Institute for Zoology and Evolutionary Research

PhD student (Research Assistant) position in Insect Neuroscience/Neuroethology
at the Institute for Zoology and Evolutionary Research 
of the Friedrich-Schiller- University Jena, Germany


NSF Funded Graduate Position on Robotic Models of Bat Sonar

An NSF-funded position for a graduate student is available at the University of Cincinnati. We will consider both talented Msc students and Ph.D. students. Funding covers both a stipend and tuition fees. This position starts in September 2021, or a soon as possible after that for three years.

You will be working with Dr. Dieter Vanderelst on an NSF project investigating strategies echolocating bats use to overcome the apparent limitations of their sonar systems. We will use robots to model bat behavior under conditions where the lack of sensory information is the most severe, for example, during the emergence from caves. Depending on your interest and background, you will join either the graduate program in psychology, biology, or engineering at UC.

The ideal candidate is excited by interdisciplinary work, combining a strong interest in sensory biology with technical skills. In particular, they have strong Python programming skills as well as experience with robotics. Experience with 3D design and printing would be beneficial.

Please contact Dr. Vanderelst (vanderdt@ucmail.uc.edu) with questions about this opportunity. To apply, please send your CV, cover letter, and the contact details of three references to Dr. Vanderelst (vanderdt@ucmail.uc.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

(posted June 14, 2021)


Postdoctoral Associate, Institute for Research in Sensing (IRiS)

The Institute for Research in Sensing (IRiS) is a newly established interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Cincinnati focused on novel routes to innovation in sensing research and sensor technology development through purposeful integration of STEM and non-STEM perspectives, including basic and applied research, medicine, engineering, the humanities, social sciences, and the fine and performing arts. We are seeking a postdoctoral associate interested in interdisciplinary research management and innovation in interdisciplinary practices to serve as program manager for a range of IRiS activities in collaboration with the IRiS Leadership Team. These may include contributing to:

  • Coordination of the IRiS Graduate Research Fellows Program, launching in fall 2021. Interdisciplinary teams of fellows (4 per team, 16 fellows total) will spend a year in intensive training and team-taught coursework focused on interdisciplinary problem-solving and innovation to address “Grand Challenges” posed by external partners from the private and public sector. Coordination activities will include organization of training workshops, scheduling and communication with external partners, coordination of fellow access to university resources and expertise, purchase of materials and supplies, assessment of fellow experiences and career outcomes and faculty participant experiences, and coordination of both the Grand Challenge Marketplace and Pitch Day.
  • Coordination of the IRiS Alloy Discussion Series, a recurring series of interdisciplinary discussions on current topics in sensing research and sensor technology development (8 per academic year).
  • Coordination of the IRiS Annual Showcase, a two-day event that brings together members of the academic community, public, and private sector to discuss the future of sensing, from basic research to applied technologies, and from speculative futures to ethical and legal issues.
  • Coordination, alongside the UC Foundation and RiS Leadership Team, of external partner relationship development.
  • Coordination of IRiS website content, social media accounts, and media relations.
  • Efforts to support our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity in all of the institute’s activities.
  • Contributing to proposal writing efforts for programmatic and infrastructural grants at federal agencies and private foundations as well as fundraising efforts through the UC Foundation.
  • Assistance with long-term institute planning, including helping to prepare content for and participate in discussions during meetings with the External and Internal Advisory Boards.
The postdoctoral fellow will also have the opportunity to engage in scholarship and professional development in their discipline and in interdisciplinary research practices and management, with an annual discretionary budget ($5,000) to support related travel and/or research expenses. Time spent on research versus IRiS activities will depend in part on alignment between the postdoc’s research focus and institute programming, but we expect a minimum of 25% of the postdoc’s time will be spent on their own research and scholarship.

The postdoctoral fellow will be mentored by the IRiS Director (Dr. Nathan Morehouse) and a faculty mentor in their discipline, arranged by mutual agreement. Additional mentorship support will be provided by the IRiS Leadership Team, a group of 8 faculty and staff members with diverse disciplinary experience.

The position is a 1-year contract, with a starting salary of $47,500, including benefits, renewable for up to 2 additional years (3 years total) contingent on positive annual performance evaluations.

Applicants will be evaluated based on their accomplishments and experience in interdisciplinary research broadly. Experience in fields associated with sensing (e.g., sensors, sensory biology, perception, cognition, surveillance, bioethics, science and technology studies) is a plus, but not required. In addition, the applicant will be evaluated on their commitment and contributions to diversity, as well as their appreciation for the University of Cincinnati’s culture of inclusion and equity.

Review of applications will begin June 21 and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is negotiable but would preferably be in August or September 2021.

Minimum Qualifications: 
Doctoral degree in a field relevant to sensing research and/or interdisciplinary studies, including, but not limited to:
  • Biology 
  • Biomedical Engineering 
  • Chemistry 
  • Computer Science 
  • Education or Education Research
  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Interdisciplinary Studies 
  • Mathematics 
  • Materials Science 
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Philosophy 
  • Physics 
  • Psychology 
  • Science and Technology Studies 
  • Sociology
Effective oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within an organization, team, and/or campus environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with leadership and/or management, particularly in an interdisciplinary setting. 
  • Experience with interdisciplinary education. 
  • Experience working with public and/or private sector partners. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, especially in team settings. 
  • Experience with proposal and/or technical writing.
Application Documents:

Cover Letter 
• Curriculum Vitae 
• Statement of Research/Scholarly Background and Interests (2 pages max) 
• Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (1 page max) 
• Letters of Reference (3) 
• Application 
  • Cover letter, 
  • Curriculum vitae, 
  • Statement of Research/Scholarly Background and Interests (2 pages max), 
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (1 page max), 
  • Letters of Reference (3), 
  • Application
For questions or additional information, please feel free to contact Nathan Morehouse (IRiS Director and Search Committee Chair, nathan.morehouse@uc.edu). More information about IRiS can be found at our website. To apply, follow this link.

Biology Biomedical Engineering Chemistry Computer Science Education or Education Research 
Electrical Engineering Interdisciplinary Studies Mathematics Materials Science Mechanical Engineering Philosophy Physics Psychology Science and Technology Studies Sociology 
(posted June 10, 2021)

Biology 
Biomedical Engineering 
Chemistry 
Computer Science 
Education or Education Research 
Electrical Engineering 
Interdisciplinary Studies 
Mathematics 
Materials Science 
Mechanical Engineering 
Philosophy 
Physics 
Psychology 
Science and Technology Studies 
Sociology
Teaching - Research Postdoc - Animal Physiology - Illinois State University

This is a one-year postdoctoral scholar position in the School of Biological Sciences. Under the mentorship of a BSC faculty member, this position conducts research, teaches majors in Animal Physiology and associated laboratory sections, and mentors undergraduate and graduate students in physiology and neuroscience research projects. For additional details and to apply please visit the Illinois State University website. 

(posted May 27, 2021)


Teaching Assistant Professor - Quantitative Biology - West Virginia University Department of Biology

The Department of Biology at West Virginia University invites applications for Teaching Assistant Professor of Quantitative Biology beginning August 2021. This is a 9-month, full-time, non-tenure track position with full benefits and the opportunity for promotion, though promotion is not required for continued career stability. Teaching Assistant Professor appointments have renewable terms of up to three years, with no limit on the number of terms. Teaching faculty are expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching, and ongoing engagement in assessment-based advancement of curriculum and instruction. This is a non-research position.

The teaching assignment is four courses each semester, or equivalent. Common equivalents consist of significant commitments in support of student development (e.g., advising and recruitment) or in support of instruction. The successful candidate will teach foundational as well as advanced undergraduate biology courses such as Principles of Biology, Introduction to Physiology, and Biometry. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to a new focus of our curriculum in quantitative biology by developing and teaching courses that complement those currently being taught within our major (e.g., Bioinformatics, Genomics, Predicting and Tracking Pandemics, Ecology in the Era of Big Data, Computational Neuroscience). The content of such courses will include the basic statistical and computational tools required for data collection, processing and analysis in the biological sciences. The successful candidate will also contribute to advising and recruitment; advising during the summer may be expected, with additional compensation.

WVU is the academic home to 30,000 students and is one of 10 U.S. land-grant institutions with an academic medical center. Morgantown, West Virginia, located in close proximity to Pittsburgh and Washington D.C., has been consistently ranked among the most livable small cities in the U.S. 

Qualifications:

A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in Biology or a closely related field is required at time of employment. In addition, we seek evidence of, or potential for, excellence in teaching undergraduate students, including in courses emphasizing quantitative skills; in developing new courses; in developing, implementing and assessing innovative recruitment and advising initiatives; as well as excellent written and oral communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills.

Follow this link to review this career opportunity and application instructions. To apply, upload a single PDF file with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of advising philosophy, and a description of your potential to further our progress in building a diverse and inclusive academic community. Also, please arrange to have three reference letters sent directly to WVUBiology@mail.wvu.edu. The screening process will begin May 14, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. For more information, please visit our website or contact the chair of the search committee (Gary.Marsat@mail.wvu.edu).

WVU is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and was the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

(posted April 19, 2021)


Lecturer in Discipline - Columbia Science Fellow

Frontiers of Science is a one-semester course that integrates modern science into the Core Curriculum of Columbia. The program will appoint a number of post-doctoral fellows in the natural sciences for the academic year 2021-2022. We invite applications from qualified candidates who have received or expect to receive the Ph.D. before June 30, 2021, and have demonstrated teaching experience.

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.

Review of applications will begin on May 3, 2021. Follow this link for more information and to apply for this oppotunity. For more information, please email fos@columbia.edu.


(posted April 14, 2021)

Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroscience

The Program in Neuroscience at Smith College invites applications for a one-year, benefits eligible position at the rank of Postdoctoral Fellow to begin July 1, 2021 and renewable for a second year pending satisfactory performance. The successful candidate will conduct independent research and supervise undergraduates in collaboration with the Mangiamele lab (http://www.science.smith.edu/mangiamele/). The Mangiamele lab focuses on neuroendocrine mechanisms of behavioral evolution in foot-flagging frogs and is funded by NSF. Teaching responsibilities for this position will regularly include one laboratory-based course per semester in our neuroscience curriculum. Candidates should have a strong background in neuroethology and/or behavioral endocrinology.  Ph.D. is expected by the time of appointment. Candidates with experience in teaching or an interest in a career at a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI) or liberal arts college are encouraged to apply. Candidates from groups underrepresented in neuroscience are especially encouraged to apply.

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is the largest women’s college in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts.  A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. Smith College offers opportunities to foster faculty success at every career stage, such as those listed here. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges. Details about the Program in Neuroscience may be found HERE.

Diversity and a culture of equity and inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, historically underrepresented minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Submit application HERE. Please include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a personal statement that describes your research goals and teaching philosophy, a statement of how you plan to address diversity and inclusion in your research and teaching, and the contact information for three confidential references. Finalists will be asked for additional materials. Review of applications will begin on April 15, 2021.

(posted March 25, 2021)

PhD position on Evolution and Behaviour of Weakly Electric fish at Potsdam University

A 3-year PhD position (TVEL 13/2) is available at the Unit of Evolutionary Biology/Systematic Zoology at the University of Potsdam, starting June 1st 2021. 

The Unit of Evolutionary Biology/Systematic Zoology has a strong focus on population genetic and speciation research, involving various taxonomic groups and a suite of molecular, morphological, and behavioural approaches.

The successful applicant will work on the speciation and adaptive radiation of electric fish, combining electrophysiological and behavioural studies. The project may involve field work in the tropics.

Recent publications on the topic include:

  • Amen R, Nagel R, Hedt M, Kirschbaum F, Tiedemann R (2020) Morphological differentiation in African weakly electric fish (genus Campylomormyrus) relates to substrate preferences. Evolutionary Ecology 34, 427-437.
  • Nagel R, Kirschbaum F, Hofmann V, Engelmann J, Tiedemann R (2018) Electric pulse characteristics can enable species recognition in African weakly electric fish species. Scientific Reports 8, 10799.
  • Nagel R, Kirschbaum F, Engelmann J, Hofmann V, Pawelzik F, Tiedemann R (2018) Male-mediated species recognition among African weakly electric fishes. Royal Society Open Science 5, 170443.

The position includes a teaching duty of 2 hours/week in zoology/evolutionary biology for undergraduates. Applicants must hold a university degree (Master of Science in biology or a related discipline). Familiarity with electrophysiology and/or behavioral methods (including multivariate statistics) is preferable.

The University of Potsdam is an equal opportunity employer. If equally qualified, disabled applicants will be preferably considered. The University of Potsdam aims at increasing the number of female researchers and encourages qualified females to apply. Potsdam is a beautiful city in close vicinity to the German capital of Berlin. Potsdam University takes an effort to assist its members in family-related issues and has repeatedly been awarded the total e-quality award.

Please send your application by email (in a single pdf) before 10th of April 2021 to: Prof. Dr. Ralph Tiedemann, University of Potsdam, Institute of Biochemistry and Biology, Evolutionary Biology/Systematic Zoology, Email: tiedeman@uni-potsdam.de.


(posted March 25, 2021)


Postdoctoral Research Associate Position – Northeastern University, Boston

The Zupanc lab in the Department of Biology at Northeastern University in Boston invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate position. The project, funded by the National Science Foundation, aims at examining the role of astrocytes in the regulation of sexually dimorphic neural oscillations of a brainstem nucleus in the weakly electric fish Apteronotus leptorhynchus (for a recent review, see Zupanc, G.K.H.: Development of a sexual dimorphism in a central pattern generator driving a rhythmic behavior: the role of glia-mediated potassium buffering in the pacemaker nucleus of the weakly electric fish Apteronotus leptorhynchus. Developmental Neurobiology 80, 6-15, 2020.

The successful candidate will have a genuine interest in neuroethological systems, with a strong background in quantitative morphological analysis involving immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, confocal laser scanning microscopy, image analysis, 3D reconstruction, as well as management and analysis of large data sets. Besides the histological work, the researcher will contribute to experiments involving pharmacological manipulation of glial function and analyzing this effect on the electric organ discharge of the fish. The researcher will also take pride in becoming the primary manager of the fish facility of the Laboratory of Neurobiology. In addition to the direct involvement in research and animal care, the postdoctoral research associate will have the opportunity to participate in the writing of manuscripts, preparation of grant proposals, supervision of students, and participation in outreach activities. A team-oriented attitude is essential.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. prior to starting the position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. A comprehensive benefits package is offered.

Applicants should include a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled. Please apply HERE.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Follow this link to learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion.

(posted March 24, 2021)


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


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.