Career Opportunities for Neuroethologists


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Professional Track Instructional Faculty, University of Maryland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(posted November 17 , 2020)


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

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

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

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

Please apply HERE.

(posted November 12 , 2020)


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

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

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

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


Please apply HERE.

(posted November 12 , 2020)






PhD Student Opportunity - University of Greifswald, Germany

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job Specification:

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

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

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

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

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

(posted November 9 , 2020)


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

Two Tenure Stream Appointments in Neuroscience - University of Toronto Scarborough

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

Context & Qualifications:


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

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

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

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

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

- tool development for imaging or manipulating brain function

- neurobiology of memory, sensory or motor systems

- computational neuroscience

- vertebrate and invertebrate models

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

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

Salaries will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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


(posted November 9 , 2020)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(posted November 5 , 2020)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(posted November 5 , 2020)

Postdoctoral position in insect navigation at University of California, Riverside

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

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

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

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

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

(posted November 4 , 2020)


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

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

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

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

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

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

(posted November 1 , 2020)


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

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

Position Description:

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

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

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

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

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence:

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

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

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

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

How to Apply:

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

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

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

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

(posted October 30 , 2020)


Postdoctoral Fellow - University of Maryland

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

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

(posted October 28 , 2020)


Career-Track Lecturer Position - University of Arizona

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


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

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

(posted October 27 , 2020)


Postdoctoral Position 

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

(posted October 26 , 2020)

Research Coordinator  

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

(posted October 26 , 2020)

Research Technician 

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

(posted October 26 , 2020)


Postdoctoral position – Neuroscience: behavior, connectomics, neurogenetics

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

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

Successful applicants will have

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

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

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

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

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

Tenure Track Positions in Biology - Emery University



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(posted October 22 , 2020)

Graduate Study Opportunity in Insect Neuroethology

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

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

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


(posted October 1 , 2020)

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

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

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

Project Description:

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

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

Qualifications of the Applicant:


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

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

Contact for Applications:

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

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

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


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 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)