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Postdoctoral positon in songbird perception and motor activation, University of Wyoming

A postdoctoral fellowship is available in the laboratory of Dr. Jonathan Prather in the neuroscience program and the Department of Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming. This position is funded through an NSF CAREER Award to study the neural mechanisms through which female songbirds evaluate the quality of male song and use that information to choose their mate. We are seeking a talented and strongly self-motivated Ph.D. to join us in using optogenetic, behavioral, immunohistological, neuroendocrine and electrophysiological techniques to address our research questions. Training can be provided in each of these approaches, but candidates with a background and expertise in electrophysiological characterization of neural circuits are strongly preferred. Ease in working together with graduate and undergraduate students is also desired.

The focus of this fellowship will be electrophysiological characterization and optogenetic manipulation of neurons implicated in song perception and behavioral indicators of mate choice, and this position offers the opportunity to develop and pursue independent research projects. The position is scheduled to begin in January 2018, but that start date can be earlier or later for outstanding candidates. 2.5 years of competitive salary, benefits and full experimental support are available, with the opportunity for additional support for very productive individuals.

To apply for this position, please submit a PDF containing: 1) a cover letter describing your research interests, goals and relevant experience, 2) your CV, and 3) contact information for three or more references. Please submit that information to Dr. Jonathan Prather ( Informal inquiries to the same email address are welcome. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The University of Wyoming is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law and University policy. Please see We conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of the background check.

Laramie is a vibrant college town with a thriving arts community and easy access to pristine mountain environments providing endless opportunities for hiking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, fly fishing and more. Laramie is also two hours from Denver, one hour from Fort Collins and just six hours from Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park.

[Posted 22 May 2017]

Postdoctoral positions in vocal motor production, University of Utah

A postdoctoral position is currently available in the laboratory of Ayako Yamaguchi ( in the Department of Biology at the University of Utah. The successful candidate will work on a project investigating the cellular and synaptic mechanisms underlying rhythmic vocal production in the African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis. A unique feature of the Xenopus vocal system is that we can study the functional properties of the vocal pathways in vitro using a “singing brain in a dish” preparation that we previously developed. By applying a variety of experimental tools including electrophysiological, pharmacological, immunohistochemical, and optogenetic techniques that we are more recently developing, we will strive to answer how neurons function together to generate male- and female-specific vocal rhythms in an androgen-dependent manner. The position is funded through an NSF grant, and available starting immediately. A background in cellular neurobiology, systems neuroscience, or electrophysiology is preferred for postdoctoral candidates. In addition to receiving a strong training in cellular and systems neuroscience, the collaborative nature of the research program together with the diverse faculty in the neuroscience community on campus provides an opportunity to pursue various directions of research including computational neuroscience, optical imaging, and molecular neuroscience. Please e-mail a CV and a list of references to Dr. Ayako Yamaguchi.

[Posted 11 May 2017]

Postdoctoral position in songbird neurophysiology, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

We seek two postdocs who will work in the neuronal mechanism for critical period unit (principal investigator: Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama) at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), Japan. Our research unit works on the brain mechanism for bird song learning. Appointees are expected to work on one of the following projects. 1) Identifying brain mechanism of auditory information processing for song learning in zebra finch (see Araki et al. 2016. Science 354: 1282-1287. 2) Revealing neuronal mechanism for regulation of song memory formation by social interaction. (see Yanagihara & Yazaki-Sugiyama. 2016. Nature Communications 7: 11946. However, other projects might be possible with discussions. The positions are fixed term appointment for two years. Contract initially with three month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed.

Qualifications: Ph.D. degree and communication skills in English or Japanese are required. Experience in neurobiology or neuroscience filed is required. Experiences in electrophysiology is advanced.

Benefits: Relocation, housing and commuting allowances; annual paid leave and summer holidays; Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid,, welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin), worker's accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken).

Candidates must submit the following materials to

  • Curriculum vita in English (and Japanese if available)
  • Cover letter in English (and Japanese if available)
  • Names and contact information of 3~5 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.

[Posted 13 April 2017]

Position in neurobiology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

The Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine in New Orleans is seeking a full-time academic faculty member at the rank of Assistant to Associate Professor– Research in neurobiology on the non-tenure track. Departmental research strengths include, but are not limited to, synaptic physiology, electrophysiology, and computational neuroscience. The Centers of Excellence in Neuroscience, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Cancer, and Cardiovascular Biology provide additional collaborative opportunities. The successful candidate is expected to work independently, as well as collaboratively, using existing shared departmental resources for routine molecular biology, cell microscopy, RNAscope, and a Linux cluster. Candidates must have a clear vision on how to maintain (or establish) a funded research program, as well as the skills and publication record to support this vision utilizing the resources available in the department.

Qualifications: Ph.D, M.D. or M.D./Ph.D; postdoctoral experience and a publication record commensurate with experience level.

Additional information about the department and faculty is available on the LSUHSC website:

Candidates must submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, summary of research plans and contact information for 3-4 professional references in a single file attachment.

Please apply online:

[Posted 17 March 2017]

Postdoctoral position in insect behaviour, University of Würzburg

The Department of Behavioral Physiology and Sociobiology (Zoology II) at the Biocenter, Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg, Germany invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate position (payscale according to TV-L or Besoldungsgruppe A 13). The position is in the laboratory of Keram Pfeiffer and will initially be for three years, with the possibility of extension. The ideal starting date is 1 June 2017, but a later date is negotiable. The position offers the opportunity to develop and pursue independent research projects. Habilitation is possible, if desired. The position includes teaching responsibilities (in English or German). Our group aims to create an international work environment and therefore encourages international applicants to apply.

Our group is interested in the neuronal basis of insect behavior, with a specific focus on spatial orientation and visual signal processing. Research methods include electrophysiology, two-photon calcium imaging, behavioral experiments, neuroanatomy, and modelling.

We are looking for a highly motivated scientist holding a PhD in neuroscience, physics, engineering or another related discipline. The ideal candidate has a strong interest in insect vision and/or orientation, is highly skilled in electrophysiological methods or calcium imaging, and should be able to work both independently and as part of a team. Good verbal and written English communication skills are expected.

Programming skills in Matlab, Spike2, Python or other programming languages will be highly beneficial. Technical knowledge (especially electronics) is helpful.

At the University of Würzburg, we are committed to offering our students and doctoral researchers intensive mentoring and support, and we expect the members of our teaching staff to share this commitment.

The university aims at increasing the proportion of female employees. Disabled applicants will be preferentially considered in case of equivalent qualification. The position is suitable for part-time employment.

The application deadline is 31 March 2017. Please send applications as a single pdf file including a cover letter, CV, a list of publications, and the name of two references to Susanne Linke. Email: Phone: +49 931 31-84307 (office).

[Posted 13 March 2017]

Postdoctoral position in C. elegans neurobiology, University of California San Francisco

The Foundations of Cognition Laboratory at UCSF (, headed by principal investigator Saul Kato, seeks motivated scientists for a minimum two year funded postdoctoral position.

Our lab studies simple model organisms such as the worm C. elegans in the search for fundamental principles of cognitive brain function and dysfunction. We seek to formulate and test theories of neural dynamics, computation, and decision making, and goal-driven behavior. We use and develop a variety of cutting-edge experimental and computational approaches.

We are interested in researchers who have worked with C. elegans or other microorgansims, and who have expertise in any of the following wet lab experimental skills: organismal biology, molecular and cell biology, genomic engineering including CRISPR, live microscopy methods including calcium imaging and optogenetics, microfluidics, cell culture, and behavioral assays. We have a number of very exciting projects underway in the lab and we also encourage new projects proposed by new members of the lab.

The selected candidate must possess or be in anticipation of receiving a PhD degree in neuroscience, biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, electrical engineering, genetics, physics or a related field.

Please send your CV, cover letter, and 3 references to

Deadline: 1 July 2017

[Posted 10 March 2017]