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Position for Doctoral Student in Ecophysiology of Weakly Electric Fish at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (3 years)


A position for a doctoral student is available as of October 2024 in the Behavioural Physiology Lab at the Institute of Biology of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. The overall focus of the research group is on understanding neural mechanisms of sensory information processing and effects of environmental factors on behavior and physiology, using the electrosensory system of weakly electric fish.


The research:

The research is part of a third-party funded project that explores the influence of environmental temperature and oxygen availability on behavior, cognition, physiology, and gene expression in a weakly electric fish. Climate change and environmental pollution are causing increasingly warmer temperatures and lower oxygen concentrations in aquatic ecosystems. These two stressors reinforce each other, as the oxygen demand of ectothermic animals increases at warmer temperatures. For many species, we know little or nothing about how they cope with temperature fluctuations, where their tolerance limits lie, whether their cognitive abilities are affected, and how their metabolism - which relies mostly on oxygen as an energy source - is affected by temperature fluctuations. The project aims to answer these questions using behavioral tests in a shuttle-box, critical thermal maximum measurements (CTmax), respirometry, behavioral object detection tests, and gene expression analysis with an African weakly electric fish as a study organism.


Your profile:

Applicants must hold an academic university degree (M.Sc.) or equivalent in a relevant discipline (e.g., Biology, Neuroscience). A solid background in animal physiology and neuroethology would be considered an asset, as would be experience with behavioural experiments, animal experimentation, and data analysis (e.g., R, Python).


The job:

The appointment is for 3 years. The salary corresponds to E 13 TV-L (65%). The Behavioural Physiology Lab is well equipped and additionally offers access to a large number of state-of-the-art resources through the Institute of Biology (https://www.biologie.hu-berlin.de). Berlin is not only a highly livable city, it also has a vast and vibrant research landscape with outstanding opportunities to develop collaborations within (e.g., Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience: https://www.bccn-berlin.de) and outside of Humboldt-Universität.


How to apply:

Please send a single pdf file including (1) a cover letter, (2) your CV, (3) a statement of research interests, and (4) contact information for 2 academic referees to ruediger.krahe@hu-berlin.de. Please mention the job identification number DR/082/24. Informal inquiries to the same email address are welcome. The deadline for applications is 4 July, 2024.


Contact: Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Krahe, Institute of Biology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Philippstr. 13, Haus 18, 10115 Berlin;   Mailing address: Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany.


Please visit the website www.hu-berlin.de/stellenangebote, which gives you access to the legally binding German version of this job ad.


(posted June 6, 2024)



Faculty Position – University of St Andrews

We are seeking to appoint a new academic member of staff in Neuroscience in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience at either Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, or Reader level. 

Candidates at both levels should hold a PhD in a cognate discipline and would be expected to establish an internationally recognised research group with links to other researchers across our School’s four major research themes (see: here) and with other Schools at the University. Excellent teaching skills and an interest in promoting knowledge exchange are essential as the successful candidate would contribute to the development and delivery of teaching at all levels and fulfil administrative roles within and beyond the School of Psychology & Neuroscience.

This is a standard (permanent) appointment, with a start date of 3 January 2025, or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Closing Date: 12 July 2024

Further information: https://www.vacancies.st-andrews.ac.uk/Vacancies/W/982/0/430845/889/lecturer-senior-lecturer-reader-in-neuroscience-ac2477nb

(posted June 3, 2024)


Postdoctoral Fellowship- neurogenetics of natural variation in sociability
The Choe and Dukas labs, McMaster University - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

The Choe and Dukas labs at the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University are looking for a postdoc for a collaborative ongoing project deciphering the genetic basis of natural variation in sociability.

The Dukas and Dworkin labs have artificially selected low and high sociability fruit fly lineages (https://academic.oup.com/evolut/article/76/3/541/6728481) and identified promising candidate sociability genes. We have begun the process of quantifying the effects of these genes on sociability in fruit flies and wish to expand our work to examining the role of the verified genes in mammalian sociability using mice as a model system.

The Choe Lab (http://choelab.ca) investigates neurobiological mechanisms underlying social behaviour using a multi-scale approach with a wide array of techniques including in vitro electrophysiology, molecular biology, confocal and lightsheet imaging, optogenetic and chemogenetics, in vivo fiber photometry recordings, mouse fMRI and behaviour assays.

The prospective postdoc would combine functional genetic analysis (using RNAi interference, CRISPR, or Cre-conditional knockout strategies among other genetic approaches) to examine variation in sociability and its neurobiological basis using fruit flies and mice as model systems. Qualified candidates will possess a PhD in biology, neuroscience or another relevant field.

Please send a cover letter, current CV, and a list of 3 references to Drs Katrina Choe or Reuven Dukas at choek@mcmaster.ca or dukas@mcmaster.ca. We will notify applicants before contacting any references.

(posted March 26, 2024)


Application for Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Dickerson lab at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute is looking for several highly motivated postdoctoral or more senior research associates. Research in the Dickerson lab is at the interface of neurobiology, biomechanics, and behavior and seeks to understand how mechanosensory input structures locomotor output. The lab studies the flight behavior of the fruit fly, Drosophila, combining the powerful genetic tools available for labeling and manipulating neural circuits with cutting-edge imaging in awake, behaving animals (current site: https://dickersonlab.princeton.edu).

The term of appointment is based on rank. Positions at the postdoctoral rank are for one year with the possibility of renewal pending satisfactory performance and continued funding; those hired at more senior ranks may have multi-year appointments.

The successful candidates will employ state-of-the-art single and multiphoton calcium imaging, electrophysiology, and behavioral approaches to understand how behaviorally relevant mechanosensory feedback is functionally organized. The project will make use of the latest imaging tools in intact, behaving animals as well as the powerful genetic techniques available in Drosophila. We are seeking exceptionally talented candidates that are organized, self-directed learners with superior communication and analytical skills. Applicants should possess an appreciation for integrative approaches.

Essential qualifications: Ph.D. in biology, neuroscience, mechanical engineering, or other related fields

Preferred qualifications: experience with imaging, electrophysiology, or quantitative behavior, programming (preferably Python or Matlab), and strong quantitative skills.

Interested applicants must apply at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/33741 and include a cover letter stating background and professional interests, a CV including all publications, Research Statement, and contact information for two or more referees. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

The work location for this position is in-person on campus at Princeton University.

This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. These positions are subject to the University's background check policy.

(posted February 23, 2024)

Postdoc positions:

Neurobiology of Behavior and Behavioral Evolution

The Fischer Lab is seeking postdocs to work on two funded projects investigating (1) neural mechanisms of parental care plasticity in poison frogs, (2) juvenile aggression in poison frogs. Both projects are at the intersection of neurobiology, behavior, and evolution. The lab will be moving to the University of California Davis in summer 2024.  

Qualifications include a PhD and expertise in animal behavior, neuroscience, molecular biology, and/or evolution. Experience with genomics and bioinformatics is preferred. Experience working with non-traditional model systems is useful, but not necessary. In addition to research, our lab is committed to wholistic mentoring and community engagement. We are dedicated to building an equitable and inclusive environment that provides opportunities for the growth and success of everyone. Learn more at ekfischerlab.com.

Positions will be funded for 2-3 years, renewed annually, with possibility of extension. Preferred start date is between August 2024 – January 2025 (negotiable). Salaries are commensurate with NIH/NSF postdoc scale, plus benefits, and will be increased annually based on experience.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, and a research statement describing your research interests, background and your goals for your career and postdoc. Please also include the names and contact information for 2-3 references. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. For questions and to submit your application, please contact Eva Fischer (ekfischer@ucdavis.edu).

(posted February 14, 2024)


Open-Rank Faculty Opportunity - Virginia Tech University

The School of Neuroscience at Virginia Tech seeks applicants for an Open-Rank Collegiate Faculty position on its main campus in Blacksburg, VA. Applicants for this position must have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Cellular and Molecular Biology, or a related field and experience teaching in higher education, preferably at the undergraduate level. The search committee will consider applicants across career stages, and the rank of the successful candidate will be commiserate with experience. Apply HERE.

(Posted 29 January 2024)


Postdoc position in Paris to study neural circuit dynamics and behaviour in cavefish

The Mexican tetra, Astyanax mexicanus is a leading model for studying genetic mechanisms underlying trait evolution. A. mexicanus consists of a surface (river) and several cave populations that independently evolved in largely isolated caves, allowing for comparative approaches to identify genetic and neural variants associated with behavioral evolution. Cave populations of A. mexicanus exhibit prominent changes in sensory systems including loss of vision and expansion of smell, taste, mechanosensation and lateral line. Despite the robust changes in behavior and morphology, the shifts in processing sensory information within the brain have been unexplored.

The Sumbre lab at the Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France is looking for a postdoc to study the evolution of brain processes and computations. For this purpose, we are using transgenic fish expressing GCaMP in combination with light-sheet microscopy to monitor the activity of the whole brain, with single-neuron resolution in an intact, behaving larvae.

We are studying the differences in sensory processing (audition/vocalization, taste, lateral line, somatosensory and olfaction) between the surface and cavefish, to shed light on principles underlying the evolution of sensory systems.

The lab is located at the Ecole normale supérieure, paris, France. www.ibens.ens.fr

*For the postdoc position, it is necessary to have good programming skills, and some background in neuroscience.

For more information you can contact Germán Sumbre sumbre@ens.fr

www.zebrain.biologie.ens.fr

(Posted 18 January 2024)


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.