Career Opportunities for Neuroethologists

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EEB President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship 


The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior is seeking applications for a postdoctoral position supported by the University of Minnesota President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program. The President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, based on a highly successful program launched at the University of California, aims to attract outstanding scholars from groups historically underrepresented in higher education earlier in their careers. The program offers promising postdoctoral candidates a pathway to a faculty position while providing the community and mentoring needed to support success. The successful candidate will complement the department’s existing strengths in the areas of animal behavior and population biology (especially animal population biology). Preference will be given to candidates whose research integrates ecology, evolution and behavior.

Learn more here: University of Minnesota

Questions? Contact CBS Human Resources at cbshr@umn.edu.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 1, 2018

(posted October 14, 2018)


Senior Faculty Position - Behavioral Neuroscience

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (http://www.umass.edu/pbs) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Associate or Full Professor in Behavioral Neuroscience starting Fall 2019. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience or a related discipline, an excellent record of leadership, a productive externally-funded research program, and a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.

The successful candidate will be part of a highly interactive group of neuroscientists working with rodent, avian, and primate models, as well as other groups within the Department and across campus. Ideal candidates will have a strong program in one or more of the following areas: neuroendocrinology, neurodevelopment, stress, learning and memory, neuroethology, and/or neuroimmunology. Innovative research programs that employ advanced techniques in genetics, molecular/cellular biology, imaging, and/or electrophysiology are particularly desired.

Candidates should expect to become an active member of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience and Behavior (http://gpls.cns.umass.edu/nsb) which includes faculty members from the Departments of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science, and other departments, as well as colleagues in the regional Five-College community, and to contribute to the College of Natural Sciences commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion http://www.cns.umass.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and teaching philosophy, a list of five sample publications, a statement of contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion, and the names and contact information of three references. Please submit materials online to: http://careers.massachusetts.edu/cw/en-us/job/495447?lApplicationSubSourceID=11182

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

The Amherst Campus of the University of Massachusetts is part of the Five-Colleges Consortium in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. The University and town offer rich social and cultural life, and diverse recreational amenities. We are 2 hours from Boston and 3 hours from New York City by car.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

(posted October 12, 2018)

Assistant / Associate Professor - 

Translational Neuroscience: Animal Models of Neurological Disease

The Department of Biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.  The successful candidate will also be a part of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (see IALS), which has the goals of developing translational research programs, fostering interactions with industry, and training a translational life sciences workforce. New faculty members will be able to take full advantage of the substantial investments in campus infrastructure and core facilities made by IALS (see IALS Cores for details).

We are seeking a new faculty member who will establish a research program with high translational potential that utilizes animal models or human-derived cells to develop mechanistic insights and therapeutic approaches into neurological disorders.  Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's Diseases and recovery from acute injuries such as traumatic brain injury or stroke.  We are particularly interested in candidates whose research programs augment our existing strengths in neuroscience (see UMass Initiative on Neurosciences (IONS), and extends this expertise directly into health-related areas (IALS, Models to Medicine Center). The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience in neuroscience or related fields. The candidate must have outstanding potential to build a vibrant translational research program and the ability to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Review of applications will begin on November 5, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Online applications should include a cover letter, CV, research plan, teaching statement, diversity statement and the contact information for three references. 


Apply on line at:
http://careers.umass.edu/amherst/en-us/job/495642/assistantassociate-professor-tenure-track

The University of Massachusetts Amherst (http://www.umass.edu), the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, is a nationally ranked public research university and home to over 22,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students. The 1,430 acre campus is located in the scenic Pioneer valley of western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. UMass Amherst, along with Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges, is a member of the Five College Consortium and the Academic Career network.

The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

(posted October 12, 2018)



Program Coordinator at the University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati has been awarded an NSF ITEST grant ($1.2 mil/3 yrs), and we seek a full-time program coordinator.  The grant creates a model curriculum for increasing interest among HS students, from underrepresented groups, in STEM fields.  It will focus on students from several Cincinnati public schools, and the curriculum will be based around the interface between sensory guidance of animals, and sensory guidance of robots. It would be great for someone with neuroethology-ish background wanting to go into a teaching position or a science education-related career. Please follow the link below for more details and to apply:

For more information on this opportunity, follow this link to the University of Cincinnati website.

(posted October 11, 2018)


Postdoc Positions Available for Multiple Projects

Navigation and Locomotor Control in Augmented Reality 
PI’s: Noah Cowan & James Knierim
Johns Hopkins University

The Cowan and Knierim laboratories have multiple funded projects from NIH and DOD investigating the neural computations that underlie navigation in the physical world. We are using a novel augmented reality apparatus and multi-electrode neural recordings of place cells, grid cells, head direction cells, and other cell types of the hippocampus and related brain regions to reverse engineer the interplay between navigation and locomotor control in freely behaving animals (see https://limbs.lcsr.jhu.edu/ and http://sites.krieger.jhu.edu/knierim-lab/ ). We are seeking dynamic and ambitious postdoctoral candidates who are highly skilled in experimental research in potentially diverse areas (e.g. biomechanics, neuroscience, robotics, control systems, or physics). The ideal candidate will also have a strong computational background (e.g. dynamical systems, information theory, control theory) and/or strong data analysis skills (e.g. statistical methods, data mining, Bayesian filtering, spectral analysis, machine learning).

Qualifications: PhD in Engineering, Neuroscience, Biology, Physics, Computer Science, or related fields. Strong computational and experimental background a must.

How to apply: Interested applicants should send a single PDF including a brief (1 page) cover letter, CV (no more than 4 pages, including a list of 3 references), and up to two papers to ncowan@jhu.edu

(posted October 9, 2018)

TENURE TRACK BIOCHEMIST - ST. OLAF COLLEGE

The Chemistry Department at St. Olaf College seeks to hire a tenure-track biochemist with expertise in neuroscience starting August 15, 2019. In addition to upper-level biochemistry, candidates interested in contributing to the first-year curriculum, including the integrated chemistry/biology introductory course sequence, and to neuroscience at St. Olaf College are especially welcomed. We encourage applicants with experience, and research interests in neuroscience including, but not limited to, medicinal chemistry, neuropharmacology, and neurotoxicology to apply. Candidates will be expected to establish a vibrant research program and must demonstrate a commitment to liberal arts education and explicitly describe how their proposed scholarly activity would involve undergraduates. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field or expect completion of such prior to employment.

Position Description:

All applicants must submit application materials on the St. Olaf College Human Resources website at http://stolaf.hiretouch.com/faculty-postings. A complete application includes:

- a cover letter outlining your qualifications and why you are interested in this particular position, particularly how you will contribute to the department’s commitment to increasing access and opportunities for populations that are currently under-represented in the area of chemistry at the college.

- a current curriculum vitae,

- unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts,

- a detailed description of research interests and plans (approximately 3-5 pages plus references) emphasizing the suitability of the research for undergraduate researchers and potential funding opportunities,

- a statement of teaching which includes your teaching interests and goals, ideas about pedagogical approaches, and reflection on experience you have had (about 2 pages), 

- a discussion of courses the applicant is interested in teaching (either based on courses currently listed at http://catalog.stolaf.edu/academic-programs/chemistry/#coursestext, courses that the applicant could envision teaching but are not currently being taught at St. Olaf or how the applicant would incorporate neuroscience into existing courses),

- the names and email contact information for three professional references, at least one who can speak to your abilities in classroom and laboratory teaching.

When your online application is complete, an email request for a letter of recommendation with a link to upload the letter will be sent to the persons you have indicated. You may wish to contact your letter writers personally to advise them that the request will be arriving shortly and a timely response would be appreciated.

 

We will begin reviewing applications on September 17, 2018.

 

Questions can be directed to:

Greg Muth, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Chair-Search Committee
chemistryTT2019@stolaf.edu

507-786-3106 

 

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. It is located in Northfield, Minnesota, about 45 minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul with their rich and diverse cultural resources. The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes a global perspective.

 

A liberal arts college affiliated with the Lutheran Church (ELCA), St. Olaf College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity in its students, faculty and staff.  We are particularly interested in applicants who will contribute to the department’s commitment to increasing access and opportunities for populations that are currently under-represented in the area of chemistry at the college. Candidates, in their letters of application, should address their potential to contribute to the St. Olaf community that maintains a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values. 

 

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.

 

General information about St. Olaf College and/or the Chemistry Department can be found at http://www.stolaf.edu/  and http://stolaf.edu/depts/chemistry/ respectively.


(posted September 16, 2018)



ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PHYSIOLOGY - ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY

The School of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-track position in PHYSIOLOGY at the level of Assistant Professor. Candidates will demonstrate the potential to develop an active research program that addresses cellular mechanisms related to normal physiological processes or disease states, including, but not limited to, signaling, metabolism, trafficking, or adaptation to stress and environmental conditions.

Successful candidates will be expected to establish a rigorous, nationally recognized, extramurally funded research program. The new faculty member will also contribute to teaching undergraduate courses in physiology or cell biology, and graduate courses in their area of expertise. A PhD in Physiology or related field, and postdoctoral experience are required.

The School of Biological Sciences features state of the art microscopy, flow cytometry and other shared facilities. We provide a highly collaborative environment and envision that our new colleague will interface with our existing strengths in cellular and molecular biology, and systems physiology. The School is home to 26 faculty, approximately 70 graduate students (MS and PhD) and over 750 undergraduate majors. For more information on the School of Biological Sciences and ISU, please visit www.bio.illinoisstate.edu.

Please complete an online application for posting number 0711125 at www.jobs.ilstu.edu. Interested applicants should submit a single pdf (indicated as “other”) that includes cover letter, CV, two-page research statement, and names and e-mail addresses for three references. Review of applications will begin on October 19, 2018 and continue until position is filled. Intended start date is August 16, 2019. If you have questions about the position, please contact Dr. Wolfgang Stein (wstein@ilstu.edu).

Illinois State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer encouraging applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, females, and veterans.

(posted September 12, 2018)


Two Assistant Professor Opportunities at University of Maryland Baltimore County


The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) anticipates hiring two tenure-track Assistant Professors starting Fall 2019. Applications are invited for two positions cell biology or neurobiology in mammalian systems. Successful applicants will set up experimental laboratories focusing on basic biological processes with relevance to human disease and will interact with faculty whose interests span the range from genomics and molecular genetics to evolution and behavior. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field, postdoctoral experience in a relevant area of research and have published in recognized peer-reviewed journals. Candidates will be expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded research program, supervise doctoral-level graduate students, and teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from individuals who are members of groups that historically have been underrepresented in the professoriate.

Successful candidates for each position will be provided with a laboratory in the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB), a state-of-the-art research building currently under construction and slated to be completed for the Fall semester of 2019. The 130,000 gross square foot building provides flexible and adaptable research and educational spaces to support on-going and future interdisciplinary research and teaching in the life sciences. The facility includes a large vivarium, extensive facilities for tissue culture, and equipment to support an array of modern biochemical, cellular and molecular technologies. The successful applicants will join other biologists from the department who study mammalian systems to occupy new space in the ILSB with the aim of forming a cohesive research team with a variety of distinct but related research foci.

UMBC is a national model for diversity and inclusive excellence in STEM through its Meyerhoff Scholar http://meyerhoff.umbc.edu/and Graduate Fellows programs (http://meyerhoffgrad.umbc.edu/), two of the most innovative and successful programs in promoting diversity and preparing students from underrepresented groups for careers in STEM. With many of the Meyerhoff scholars pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies in Biological Sciences, our faculty play a leading role in mentoring and developing the next generation of diverse professional workforce in STEM. The Department of Biological Sciences is a premier research-intensive department with thriving graduate and undergraduate programs (http://biology.umbc.edu). Our faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research, which attracts major federal, state, and private funding.

Candidates will be selected on the basis of scholarly promise and the potential to add to the diversity of the UMBC community. Applicants must have completed their doctoral degree when the term of appointment commences (August 17, 2019).

Application Instructions: to apply for position, please visit:apply.interfolio.com/54481

Deadline: Full consideration will be given to those applicants who submit all materials by November 1, 2018. Application materials will be accepted until the positions are filled.  A complete submission will consist of:

1.     Cover Letter Curriculum Vitae Three Letters of Reference Statement of Proposed Research Plan (2-3 pages)

2.     A Personal Statement of your demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence in higher education and why you should be selected for the position (1-3 Pages)

3.     Statement of teaching interests and philosophy (1-2 pages)


Questions regarding the program may be addressed to: Dr. Michelle Starz-Gaiano, starz@umbc.edu, however all application materials MUST be submitted through Interfolio.

The University of Maryland Baltimore County is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action. UMBC is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic careers.


Please review this website for more information on this opportunity.

(posted September 11, 2018)


Collaborative Research Project Post-Doctoral Opportunity at Columbia University

A post-doctoral position will be available in the Kelley lab, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University on, or about, 1/2/19.  Applicants for the position should send an initial inquiry to dbk3@columbia.edu.  Columbia University is an equal opportunity employer.


The successful applicant will join a collaborative research project between the Kelley and Bendesky labs at Columbia University.

Project: Our current research aims to identify genomic loci associated with species specific vocal pattern production and perception using a genome-wide association approach and inter-fertile hybrids between relatively recently diverged 
Xenopus species: laevis, petersii, victorianus and poweri.

Lab web sites: 
https://biology.columbia.edu/people/kelley

https://bendeskylab.com/

(posted September 6, 2018)


MS position to study magnetic field transduction, Illinois State University


Description:
a MS position to study the molecular and neuronal basis of magnetic field detection and orientation is available at the Vidal-Gadea lab at Illinois State University. The project will explore the role of iron handling genes and stretch receptors, in the transduction of magnetic force by the nervous system of the nematode, C. elegans. You will join a vibrant team of researchers and will use in-depth behavioral analysis, confocal microscopy, molecular techniques (e.g. cloning), RNAi, qPCR, and optogenetics. Our lab is presently funded by the NIH and the NSF, and has state of the art equipment to facilitate your training and progress. This position will be funded by a combination of TA and RA funds.

Qualifications: The successful candidate should be highly motivated, and will ideally have previous research experience (real-world work experience works too), BSc in biology, and be excited to work in a diverse environment.  

More information: Please email Andrés Vidal-Gadea (avidal@ilstu.edu) with questions. The position starts January 2019 (or ASAP). Check our lab out HERE

(posted September 5, 2018)


Postdoc position available in the songbird lab at the University of Tokyo, Japan
Yazaki-Sugiyama lab at OIST Graduate University is interested in how neuronal circuits are shaped with sensory experiences in the early developmental stage and then guide development of higher cognitive function using bird song learning. As our lab is expanded to have complemental lab at the International Research Center for Neurointelligence (WPI-IRCN) at the University of Tokyo. 

We are seeking productive and motivated Post-Doctoral researchers who are interested in neuronal mechanism for controlling auditory experience guided song learning. We are mainly using electrophysiological method as well as newly developed viral vectors, also are always interested and motivated for incorporating new techniques. 

Please review details on this opportunity at the University of Tokyo website for details and contact Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama if you are interested (also help me for spreading the words to your friends!).
[updated 25 June 2018]

Assistant Professor of Biology – Animal Behavior

Kenyon College, a highly selective, nationally ranked liberal arts college in central Ohio, invites applications for a tenure¬ track position in Biology at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning in July 2019. We seek a biologist with broad training in Animal Behavior that complements current faculty strengths in ecology, physiology, biomechanics, evolution, neuroscience, and molecular biology. We also seek to recruit a diverse and inclusive department, based on the principle of inclusive excellence.

The successful candidate will participate in the introductory biology sequence, teach upper level courses in animal behavior and/or other advanced topics, and contribute to the college’s Environmental Studies program. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to excellent teaching, including the use inclusive pedagogies along with strong mentoring and academic support of diverse student populations. We expect a vigorous research program that involves undergraduate students, leads to publications, and has the potential to attract extramural funding. Applicants should hold a Ph.D degree; postdoctoral experience is preferred. To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at http://careers.kenyon.edu. A complete application will be composed of 1) a cover letter; 2) a statement describing the applicant's research and scholarship; 3) a statement of the applicant's teaching philosophy; 4) a Curriculum Vitae; and 5) three (3) letters of recommendation. All application materials must be submitted electronically through Kenyon's employment website. Applications completed by October 3, 2018 will be guaranteed full consideration. Kenyon College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law.

Please direct questions regarding the position or the application process to Chris Bickford, Search Committee Chair (bickfordc@kenyon.edu). Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.
Kenyon College, a highly selective, nationally ranked liberal arts college in central Ohio, invites applications for a tenure¬ track position in Biology at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning in July 2019. We seek a biologist with broad training in Animal Behavior that complements current faculty strengths in ecology, physiology, biomechanics, evolution, neuroscience, and molecular biology. We also seek to recruit a diverse and inclusive department, based on the principle of inclusive excellence. The successful candidate will participate in the introductory biology sequence, teach upper ¬level courses in animal behavior and/or other advanced topics, and contribute to the college’s Environmental Studies program. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to excellent teaching, including the use inclusive pedagogies along with strong mentoring and academic support of diverse student populations. We expect a vigorous research program that involves undergraduate students, leads to publications, and has the potential to attract extramural funding. Applicants should hold a Ph.D degree; postdoctoral experience is preferred. To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at http://careers.kenyon.edu. A complete application will be composed of 1) a cover letter; 2) a statement describing the applicant's research and scholarship; 3) a statement of the applicant's teaching philosophy; 4) a Curriculum Vitae; and 5) three (3) letters of recommendation. All application materials must be submitted electronically through Kenyon's employment website. Applications completed by October 3, 2018 will be guaranteed full consideration. Kenyon College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Please direct questions regarding the position or the application process to Chris Bickford, Search Committee Chair (bickfordc@kenyon.edu)
Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.

(posted August 1, 2018)

Caesar and the Max Planck Society invite applications for a Max Planck Research Group Leader (W2) in Neuroethology


The Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (Caesar) in Bonn, Germany, is a neuroethology institute that focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying animal behavior. Caesar is closely associated with the Max Planck Society and shares its scientific principles.

Caesar seeks to appoint a new Max Planck Research Group Leader with a focus on neuroethology. The successful candidate is a creative investigator with an innovative research program aimed at understanding how the brain controls animal behavior while also developing and employing technologies that break new ground in the interrogation of neural circuits. He/She is expected to establish an internationally recognized independent research program and is encouraged to collaborate with other groups and departments at Caesar, the neighboring University of Bonn and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE).

Applicants should hold an advanced degree and have significant post-doctoral experience. The position is a Max Planck Research Group Leader (MPRGL), equivalent to an Assistant Professor (W2). The initial appointment of the group leader is for 5 years with the possibility of extension (2 x 2 years) after international review. For more general information please see also: https://www.mpg.de/mprg/faqs. The start date is negotiable and the position provides a generous startup package, yearly personnel and running costs, well-equipped laboratory space, as well as access to core facilities.

The Max Planck Society and Caesar are committed to employing disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply. Additionally, Caesar and the Max Planck Society seek to increase the number of women in science and therefore explicitly encourage qualified women to apply.

Applications need to include:

  • A cover letter explaining why you would like to join our institute
  • Your Curriculum Vitae, including your publication list
  • A statement of scientific achievements and a list of 3 potential referees
  • A two page summary of your future research plans
  • Up to three of your most important papers

Applications should be sent electronically as one single pdf-file by August 27th, 2018 to the Managing Director of Caesar (E-mail: managing.director@caesar.de). 

Short-listed candidates should be prepared to join a one-day selection symposium, during which they will have the opportunity to present their research, on Oct. 23rd, 2018, in Berlin, Germany.

Research Center Caesar

Ludwig-Erhard-Allee 2  

53175 Bonn, Germany

www.caesar.de



Assistant Professor in Integrative Organismal Biology 

The Department of Zoology at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, invites applications for two faculty positions in Integrative Organismal Biology. We seek outstanding individuals with innovative and integrative research programs that would extend and complement existing faculty strengths in our Comparative Animal Physiology and Biomechanics group. The positions are tenure track and expected to be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree, postdoctoral experience, an excellent research record along with evidence of potential for attaining excellence in teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels. The appointment will begin no earlier than July 1, 2019.

We welcome candidates working on any group of animals. In particular, we encourage those who take a mechanistic approach to organismal biology, will expand our research and teaching approaches, and will interact with the large and diverse group of biologists in the Department of Zoology. The Department includes more than 38 principal investigators and promotes integrative research in biology. Its faculty and students pursue cutting edge questions in Comparative Animal Physiology and Biomechanics, Evolution, Ecology, and Cell and Developmental Biology. The successful applicants will be appointed in the Department of Zoology in the Faculty of Science. Further information on the Department is available at http://www.zoology.ubc.ca


Responsibilities of each position includes: establishing and conducting an internationally competitive and externally funded research program, developing teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervising graduate and undergraduate students, and participating on service committees for the Department, University, and academic/scientific community.

Applicants should send, as a single pdf, a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research (maximum of 3 pages), statement of teaching accomplishments and/or interests (maximum of 2 pages), up to four publications, and the names and contact information for three referees to Dr. Douglas Altshuler at iojob2018@zoology.ubc.ca.

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2018.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from 
members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.



Postdoc position available in the songbird lab at the University of Tokyo, Japan

Yazaki-Sugiyama lab at OIST Graduate University is interested in how neuronal circuits are shaped with sensory experiences in the early developmental stage and then guide development of higher cognitive function using bird song learning. As our lab is expanded to have complemental lab at the International Research Center for Neurointelligence (WPI-IRCN) at the University of Tokyo.

We are seeking productive and motivated Post-Doctoral researchers who are interested in neuronal mechanism for controlling auditory experience guided song learning. We are mainly using electrophysiological method as well as newly developed viral vectors, also are always interested and motivated for incorporating new techniques.

Please review details on this opportunity at the University of Tokyo website for details and contact Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama if you are interested (also help me for spreading the words to your friends!).

[updated 25 June 2018]


Postdoc positions on Acoustic Communication, Central China Normal University

Two postdoc positions are available at the laboratory of Neurobiology of Acoustic Communication, led by Dr. Jinhong Luo. Both projects are a combination of behavioral tests and neural recording on trained animals. Jinhong will offer necessary technical supports from animal training to setup programming to neural recording to data analysis.

The topic of these two projects are:

  1. Cognitive influence on vocal production control in echolocating bats
  2. Contribution of motor action to auditory processing in echolocating bats


Key benefits include:

  1. A start annual salary of 166,000 RMB (~25,000 USD).
  2. Free housing on campus and full health insurance coverage.


For more details, please visit our lab website at www.echolocatingbat.com.

Evaluation of the applications will start immediately until the positions are filled.

To apply, please send your CV and a one-page Cover Letter to Dr. Jinhong Luo.

[updated 25 June 2018]



Doctoral position in neuroethology of weakly electric fish, Humboldt-University in Berlin

A position for a PhD student is available immediately in the newly established Behavioural Physiology Lab at the NeuroCure Cluster of Excellence and the Institute of Biology of Humboldt-University in Berlin, Germany. The overall focus of the research group is on understanding neural mechanisms of sensory information processing and their evolution, using the electrosensory system of weakly electric fish.

The project: The project explores the influence of environmental hypoxia on brain cell proliferation in weakly electric fish. Aquatic hypoxia is an environmental stressor that occurs naturally in certain habitats, but that has been on the increase globally as a consequence of human activities. Brain cell proliferation in adult fish can be affected by environmental stressors (e.g., Dunlap et al. 2016. Proc Roy Soc B 283: 20152113. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2015.2113). Here, acute and chronic exposure of electric fish to different concentrations of dissolved oxygen will be used to assess their effect on brain cell proliferation and neurogenesis, and on potential associated consequences for sensory performance and communication behaviour. The project is part of a collaboration between Prof. Kent Dunlap and Prof. Rüdiger Krahe.

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 neuroanatomy, histology and microscopy techniques would be considered an asset, as would be experience with fieldwork and behavioural experiments. As some of the experiments will take place at remote field sites in Africa and/or Latin America, willingness to travel and work in remote areas is required.

The job: The appointment is for 4 years. The salary corresponds to E 13 TV-L (60%). 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 and the Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure. 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) and outside of the Humboldt-University.

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 AN/108/18. Informal inquiries to the same email address are welcome.

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

[updated 18 June 2018]


PhD Student Position in Neuroethology of Weakly Electric Fish at Humboldt-University in Berlin (4 years)

A position for a PhD student is available immediately in the newly established Behavioural Physiology Lab at the NeuroCure Cluster of Excellence and the Institute of Biology of Humboldt-University in Berlin, Germany. The overall focus of the research group is on understanding neural mechanisms of sensory information processing and their evolution, using the electrosensory system of weakly electric fish.

The project:

The project explores the influence of environmental hypoxia on brain cell proliferation in weakly electric fish. Aquatic hypoxia is an environmental stressor that occurs naturally in certain habitats, but that has been on the increase globally as a consequence of human activities. Brain cell proliferation in adult fish can be affected by environmental stressors (e.g., Dunlap et al. (2016) Proc R Soc B 283: 20152113. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2015.2113). Here, acute and chronic exposure of electric fish to different concentrations of dissolved oxygen will be used to assess their effect on brain cell proliferation and neurogenesis, and on potential associated consequences for sensory performance and communication behaviour. The project is part of a collaboration between Prof. Kent Dunlap (https://commons.trincoll.edu/kdunlap/) and Prof. Rüdiger Krahe.

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 neuroanatomy, histology and microscopy techniques would be considered an asset, as would be experience with field work and behavioural experiments. As some of the experiments will take place at remote field sites in Africa and/or Latin America, willingness to travel and work in remote areas is required.

The job:

The appointment is for 4 years. The salary corresponds to E 13 TV-L (60%). 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) and the Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure (http://www.neurocure.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 the Humboldt-University.

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 AN/108/18. Informal inquiries to the same email address are welcome. The deadline for applications is 16 July, 2018.


[updated 18 June 2018]

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Drosophila Neurobiology

A Post Doctoral Research Associate position is available in the lab of Dr. Andrew Dacks in the Department of Biology at West Virginia University. We are looking for creative and motivated individuals to study the role of specific serotonin receptors in olfactory processing and odor guided behavior in Drosophila. We use a variety of approaches including molecular genetics, neuroanatomy,  neurophysiology and behavior. The successful candidate will join an interactive department with labs spanning a wide array of model systems and disciplines.

The ideal candidate will be a recent PhD graduate of a Biology, Neuroscience or related program with extensive and demonstrable experience performing neurophysiology (including whole cell patch or Ca2+ imaging) and working with Drosophila melanogaster.

For more information about our lab please visit www.dacksneuroscience.com

West Virginia University is a research-intensive, land-grant institution with roughly 30,000 students nestled in scenic Morgantown, WV. Morgantown offers a “small town feel” with many outdoor recreation activities, while still being in close proximity to several large cities. Research in the Department of Biology at WVU (https://biology.wvu.edu/) spans the full breadth of biological organization, from molecular biology to ecology. Several groups in the Biology Department study diverse topics in the field neuroscience and are members of the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, which is comprised of a community of over 50 labs (https://neuroscience.wvu.edu/).

Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Andrew Dacks (amdacks@mail.wvu.edu)

Interested individual can apply electronically at https://wvu.taleo.net/careersection/wvu_research/jobdetail.ftl?job=09007&tz=GMT-04%3A00

Please include your CV, a description of research interests and goals, and a list of 3 references who can comment on the candidates research and general capabilities.

Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


[updated 14 June 2018]


Postdoc position available in the songbird lab at the University of Tokyo, Japan

Yazaki-Sugiyama lab at OIST Graduate University is interested in how neuronal circuits are shaped with sensory experiences in the early developmental stage and then guide development of higher cognitive function using bird song learning. As our lab is expanded to have complemental lab at the International Research Center for Neurointelligence (WPI-IRCN) at the University of Tokyo.

We are seeking productive and motivated Post-Doctoral researchers who are interested in neuronal mechanism for controlling auditory experience guided song learning. We are mainly using electrophysiological method as well as newly developed viral vectors, also are always interested and motivated for incorporating new techniques.

Please review details on this opportunity at the University of Tokyo website for details and contact Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama if you are interested (also help me for spreading the words to your friends!).

[updated 25 June 2018]



Postdoctoral position in sensory neuroscience at Washington University in St. Louis.

Looking to recruit talented postdocs interested in sensory systems, with expertise in electrophysiology or modeling. Flexible start dates.

Contact Bruce Carlson at http://pages.wustl.edu/carlson

[Posted 30 May 2018]

Postdoctoral positions in sensory biology, Harvard University

The laboratory of Nicholas Bellono is actively recruiting talented postdoctoral fellows interested in sensory biology, evolution, and/or cellular physiology. We welcome applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds to support a multifaceted approach to our scientific questions. Preferred backgrounds might include: physiology, neuroscience, cell biology, neuroethology, ion channel biophysics, or genetics/transcriptomics. We would also be interested in recruiting candidates with training in evolutionary biology, biochemistry, animal behavior, molecular pharmacology, or other related fields. Candidates will be evaluated based on their ability to successfully and independently lead a project and to contribute to a team.

Our major interest is in how organisms adapt to detect and amplify salient environmental signals based on their ecological or behavioral context. We emphasize a curiosity-based approach in which specialized, unconventional systems are exploited to reveal fundamental concepts of signal transduction and amplification, ion channel biophysics, and sensory adaptation and evolution. We then aim to understand how these molecular mechanisms impact organismal physiology, pathophysiology, and behavior. These interests span a range of biological contexts including, but not limited to: 1) electroreception in sharks, skates, and other fishes, 2) sensory physiology in octopus, 3) visceral sensation, 4) intracellular signaling and ion channels in organelles.

The lab is situated within the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University, providing ample opportunity to interact with other groups interested in cell biology, neuroscience, and physiology. The lab is in close proximity to the Department of Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, enhancing interactions with scientists exploring evolutionary questions. We also share interests with labs from the Department of Neurobiology, particularly those studying ion channel biophysics and neurophysiology. Furthermore, we interact with investigators at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. Thus, there is significant opportunity to work with colleagues within MCB, different departments at Harvard, and other institutions. Finally, we benefit from access to abundant core resources, informatics support, and numerous seminars across a range of scientific disciplines.

Candidates should send an email expressing their interest and qualifications to Nicholas Bellono at nbellono@harvard.edu. Please include an updated CV and contact information for relevant references. Postdocs will be supported for the first year and are expected to obtain funding in the form of internal or external fellowships, both to support their professional development and their time in the lab. The PI will assist in identifying appropriate fellowship opportunities and will help with applications.

The laboratory of Nicholas Bellono is actively recruiting talented postdoctoral fellows interested in sensory biology, evolution, and/or cellular physiology. We welcome applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds to support a multifaceted approach to our scientific questions. Preferred backgrounds might include: physiology, neuroscience, cell biology, neuroethology, ion channel biophysics, orgenetics/transcriptomics. We would also be interested in recruiting candidates with training in evolutionary biology, biochemistry, animal behavior, molecular pharmacology, or other related fields. Candidates will be evaluated based on their ability to successfully and independently lead a project and to contribute to a team. Our major interest is in how organisms adapt to detect and amplify salient environmental signals based on their ecological or behavioral context. We emphasize a curiosity-based approach in which specialized, unconventional systems are exploited to reveal fundamental concepts of signal transduction and amplification, ion channel biophysics, and sensory adaptation and evolution. We then aim to understand how these molecular mechanisms impact organismal physiology, pathophysiology, and behavior. These interests span a range of biological contexts including, but not limited to: 1) electroreception in sharks, skates, and other fishes, 2) sensory physiology in octopus, 3) visceral sensation, 4) intracellular signaling and ion channels in organelles. The lab is situated within the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University, providing ample opportunity to interact with other groups interested in cell biology, neuroscience, and physiology. The lab is in close proximity to the Department of Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, enhancing interactions with scientists exploring evolutionary questions. We also share interests with labs from theDepartment of Neurobiology, particularly those studying ion channel biophysics and neurophysiology. Furthermore, we interact with investigators at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. Thus, there is significant opportunity to work with colleagues within MCB, different departments at Harvard, and other institutions. Finally, we benefit from access to abundant core resources, informatics support, and numerous seminars across a range of scientific disciplines. Candidates should send an email expressing their interest and qualifications to Nicholas Bellono at nbellono@harvard.edu. Please include an updated CV and contact information for relevant references. Postdocs will be supported for the first year and are expected to obtain funding in the form of internal or external fellowships, both to support their professional development and their time in the lab. The PI will assist in identifying appropriate fellowship opportunities and will help with applications.

[updated 31 May 2018]

Postdoctoral position in rodent social biology, Cornell University

Description of postdoctoral position: The laboratory of Dr. Alex Ophir (http://www.ophirlab.com) in the Department of Psychology at Cornell University invites applications for an available postdoctoral position. The successful candidate will be involved in studies of early life social experience and complex social dynamics. In particular, the project will explore the importance of postnatal social environment on the development of adult social behavior, neural phenotype, neural gene expression, and/or physical health. The successful candidate should be highly motivated and will ideally have a strong background in at least some of the following: rodent behavior, neurobiological methods to assess phenotype or gene expression (e.g., immunohistochemistry, qPCR, autoradiography), methods to assess body condition and health status, and/or stereotaxic surgery. The position offers an excellent opportunity to join a dynamic and collaborative team, a vibrant community of researchers working at the interface of brain, behavior and evolution, and outstanding biotechnology and neuroscience resources across campus.

Qualifications: The position requires that the applicant have a PhD in psychology, neuroscience, biology/ zoology or a related field by the time of employment. The candidate should be highly motivated and able to work independently and in a team. Strong verbal and written communication skills are also desired.

How to apply: Applications should include a current CV along with a statement of interests and contact information for three references. Applications should be submitted by email to ophir@cornell.edu, with the subject line: Postdoc.

The position is available as of August 2018 and applications will be considered until the position is filled. The position can be supported for at least two years, with the option for continued funding contingent on performance and available funds. Salary is commensurate with experience, according to NIH guidelines (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-047.html).

[Posted 2 May 2018]

Doctoral positions in fish vision, University of Victoria

My research program examines various aspects of colour and polarization vision in fishes, with particular emphasis on salmonid fishes and the northern anchovy. Partial funding is available for graduate (PhD) work on the assessment of colour and polarization sensitivity of ganglion cells in the northern anchovy retina using intracellular and patch clamp recording techniques. I am looking for highly motivated and talented candidates with expertise in single cell electrophysiological recordings to explore the above subject and related projects (to be discussed) as part of PhD degrees. I am also open to sponsoring candidates for postdoctoral work under prestigious (and lucrative) fellowships offered by the government of Canada. Regardless of this funding, Canadian candidates should check major national funding agencies for graduate and postdoctoral studies such as NSERC (http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca). International candidates interested in graduate or postdoctoral work should check the following web sites:

https://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/awards/entrance-scholarships/gdes.html http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/awards/postdoc-awards/Banting-PostDoc.html

The work would be carried out at the University of Victoria in the Biology department. The department boasts a strong group of vision researchers with interests ranging from unraveling retinal circuitry and development to molecular phylogenetics and behaviour. Victoria is a sought-after destination on the west coast of Canada that offers all the amenities of modern city life with outstanding outdoors possibilities.

Interested candidates should send me (Iñigo Novales Flamarique, email: inigo@sfu.ca) the following: (1) CV, (2) a representative publication, and (3) the names and contact info of three professional references.

[Posted 20 April 2018]