Career Opportunities for Neuroethologists

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PhD student position on the evolution of neural circuits for insect navigation in Berlin, Germany

A PhD student (65% E13) position is available in the laboratory of Prof. Mathias Wernet at the division of Neurobiology of the Free University of Berlin, Germany, to contribute to our ongoing research on the development and function of neural circuits underlying insect navigation behaviors. This research program will be conducted in collaboration with Katja Nowick (Professor of Human Biology) within the frame of the DFG-funded collaborative research unit SPP 2205 (Schwerpunktprogramm “Evolutionary Optimization of Neural Processing”). The position is available immediately but should ideally be filled by autumn 2020 the latest.

Deadline for application is July 20th, 2020.

Using a combination of molecular genetic tools, Drosophila transgenesis, immuno histochemistry, and transcriptomics we study evolutionary conservation of those neural circuits underlying insect navigation behaviors (see Sancer et al, Current Biology 2019; Sancer et al., Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 2020, or
the Wernet Lab website.

The Free University Berlin is located in the center of the German capital, an international and lively city, and offers an excellent scientific environment for the conducted research. In addition to the SPP 2205 consortium, the project will be performed in close cooperation with other research groups at the Free University of Berlin (AG Hiesinger, AG Sigrist, AG Menzel, etc).

Candidates should hold a Master’s degree (M.Sc.), have a strong interest in molecular and cellular aspects of developmental biology, as well as evolution (‘Evo-Devo’), and Neurobiology. Previous experience with the Drosophila is preferred, but not essential. Proficiency in English is absolutely required.


To apply (deadline: July 20th, 2020), please e-mail your CV and names of two referees to:

Mathias F. Wernet
Mathias.wernet@fu-berlin.de

Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Biologie, Chemie & Pharmazie
Institut für Biologie - Neurobiologie
Königin-Luise Strasse 1-3, 14195 Berlin

(posted June 16, 2020)

 Research Assistant (65%)/PhD student - Neuroanatomy of crustacean olfactory systems


At the University of Greifswald’s Zoological Institute and Museum in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, there is a job vacancy that is expected to be available as soon as possible, subject to budgetary regulations, for a part-time (65%). Follow this link to review the announcement regarding this opportunity!

Research Assistant - The fixed term contract is for a period of three years. Payment shall be made in accordance with pay group 13 TV-L Wissenschaft.

The position is made available as part of the DFG-funded project ‘Evolutionary specialisation of neuronal core circuits in arthropod olfactory systems: structure and function of convergence/divergence in crustaceans versus insects’ as part of the priority programme SPP 2205 ‘Evolutionary Optimisation of Neuronal Processing’. In a team that includes colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena and the University of Cologne, this project will analyse the evolution of neuronal core circuits in the central olfactory pathway of arthropods. The applicant will use techniques such as immunohistochemistry, classical histology and imaging techniques such as confocal laser-scan microscopy as well as connectomic approaches. As part of the multi-disciplinary project, this data will ultimately be integrated into a mathematical model of information processing in the olfactory system.

Job Description:
   - Neuroanatomical studies on the arthropod olfactory system at cellular and synaptic levels.
   - Hypothesis-driven literature and data research on the above-named topic.
   - Publication of articles written in English in internationally renowned journals.
Tasks will be assigned that are also conducive to the preparation of a doctorate.

Job Specification:
We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with above-average qualifications, enthusiasm for and experience in research, and willingness to play an active role in an interdisciplinary project. The candidate requires:

   -  University degree (M.Sc. or equivalent) in biology, zoology, neurobiology or a related experimental bioscience
   - Excellent knowledge of morphology, neurobiology and neuroanatomy, preferably of arthropods
   - Very good knowledge of histological and microscopic techniques, in particular 3D reconstruction, immunohistochemistry, fluorescence microscopy and confocal-laser scan microscopy
   - Experience in electron microscopy
   - Very good knowledge of the data processing with 3D reconstruction software
   - Very good command of both written and spoken English for preparing scientific publications and presenting research results at international congresses
   - Motivation to play an active role in an interdisciplinary research environment

The position is open to all persons, irrespective of gender. The University would like to increase the proportion of women in areas in which they are underrepresented and thus 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. In accordance with § 68(3) PersVG M-V, the Staff Council will only be involved in staff matters of the academic or artistic staff on request.

Please only submit copies of your application documents as they cannot be returned.
Unfortunately, the application costs (e.g. travel expenses for interviews) will not be reimbursed by the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Applications with all usual documents must be sent with reference to the job advertisement number 20/Wi20 by 30/06/2020, preferably via email (one PDF file), to:

Universität Greifswald
Zoologisches Institut und Museum
Herrn Prof. Dr. Steffen Harzsch
Professur für Cytologie und Evolutionsbiologie
Soldmannstrasse 23
17489 Greifswald
Steffen.Harzsch@uni-greifswald.de

(posted June 15, 2020)


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

Yazaki-Sugiyama labs in the International Research Center for Neurointelligence (WPI-IRCN) at the University of Tokyo, Japan are 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. We are seeking productive and motivated Post-Doctoral researchers who will join one of the following projects (new idea is also welcome)

* Tracking early auditory memory for song learning and the neuronal mechanisms underlying critical periods of auditory memory formation.

* Tracking the social effects and social intelligence in 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 look up the website for details and contact me (Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama) if you are interested.

(posted June 9, 2020)


PhD-Position – Electro-communicating Fish Robots - University of Bonn

The laboratory of Prof. Dr. Gerhard von der Emde at the Institute for Zoology of the University of Bonn invites applications for a 3-year Ph.D. position (TV-L13, 65%) in the DFG-funded project “Robots communicating with fish: Investigating the role of electric signals and locomotor displays following episodes of mutual attention in weakly electric fish.” This project is carried out in close cooperation with the Biorobotics Lab of Prof. Dr. Tim Landgraf at the Free University Berlin.

In this project, we investigate the rules governing social interactions in group living weakly electric fish. By designing a fully interactive, biomimetic fish-robot, which operates in closed-loop both electrically and locomotory, we aim at deciphering how group members coordinate their movements and come to joint decisions. The PhD candidate will participate in the development of the communicating robot in cooperation with the Landgraf group and then use the robotic fish to investigate electro-communication behaviour in fish groups, in particular to disentangle the role of interactive electric and locomotor behaviours for group coordination.

You have:
  • a Master degree in Neurobiology, Behavioral Sciences, robotics, or related fields
  • an excellent academic track record
  • experience in behavioural, neuro- or sensory biology, robotics, programming, or related areas
  • the ability to work both independently and in a team
  • good organizational and computer skills
  • strong communication and writing skills in English
We offer:
  • salary according to TV-L13, 65%, for 3 years
  • a multi-faceted and challenging position in two cooperating research-active working groups (Gerhard Emde/Tim Landgraf)
  • further education and training opportunities at the University of Bonn, e.g. participation in BIGS-BIO (Bonn International Graduate School for Biology)
Complete applications (consisting of a CV, list of publications, letter of motivation, names of two references) should be submitted as a single PDF until 31th of July 2020 via email to vonderemde@uni-bonn.de.

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Gerhard von der Emde, phone: +49 (0)228/735555. 

The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university. It aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers in particular. It therefore urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable individuals with a certified serious disability and those of equal status are particularly welcome.

(posted May 26, 2020)
The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university. It aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers in particular. It therefore urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable individuals with a certified serious disability and those of equal status are particularly welcome.

The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university. It aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers in particular. It therefore urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable individuals with a certified serious disability and those of equal status are particularly welco
The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university. It aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers in particular. It therefore urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable individuals with a certified serious disability and those of equal status are particularly welcome.
The laboratory of Prof. Dr. Gerhard von der Emde at the Institute for Zoology of the University of Bonn invites applications for a 3-year Ph.D. position (TV-L13, 65%) in the DFG-funded project “Robots communicating with fish: Investigating the role of electric signals and locomotor displays following episodes of mutual attention in weakly electric fish.” This project is carried out in close cooperation with the Biorobotics Lab of Prof. Dr. Tim Landgraf at the Free University Berlin.
In this project, we investigate the rules governing social interactions in group living weakly electric fish. By designing a fully interactive, biomimetic fish-robot, which operates in closed-loop both electrically and locomotory, we aim at deciphering how group members coordinate their movements and come to joint decisions. The PhD candidate will participate in the development of the communicating robot in cooperation with the Landgraf group and then use the robotic fish to investigate electro-communication behaviour in fish groups, in particular to disentangle the role of interactive electric and locomotor behaviours for group coordination. 
PhD position – Neuroethology
of bumblebee navigation

Postdoctoral Position in Systems Neuroscience - University of British Columbia

A postdoctoral position in systems neuroscience is available at the University of British Columbia. The specific research will focus on midbrain-cerebellar circuitry related to the encoding of optic flow signals, and their transformation into motor programs for flight control in hummingbirds, zebra finches, and pigeons. Techniques will involve some combination of electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, optogenetics, and free flight tracking in virtual reality environments. Experience in these specific topics is not as important as an interest in mechanisms of animal behavior and expertise in data analysis and manuscript composition. The research will be supervised by Doug Altshuler (UBC) and Doug Wylie (University of Alberta). For more information on this opportunity, visit HERE.

Applicants should send a single PDF document containing a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references. Email addresses: doug@zoology.ubc.ca and dwylie@ualberta.ca.

(posted May 6, 2020)

PhD position at the University of Durham, UK: Visual processing in mosquito larvae



This project will study anatomy of the visual system and behavioural responses to visual stimuli in larvae of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes. The larvae, uniquely, possess both the larval and the developing adult eyes that are likely both functional, and respond to different wavelengths of light. This project will explore how the signals from the two systems are integrated and lead to behavioural responses. The project will also investigate possible modulation of visual responses by concurrently presented olfactory stimuli. Techniques, employed in this project, include behavioural assays, regulation of gene expression by RNAi, in vivo imaging on a light-sheet microscope, immunohistochemistry and confocal imaging, with corresponding image analysis.

We look for a highly-motivated candidate preferably with a background in Neuroscience and interest in Animal behaviour, Molecular biology, Genetics and Bioimaging. Strong quantitative analysis skills are essential for this project. Programming experience is desirable but training will be provided for designing visual stimuli in Matlab and data analysis in DeepLabCut.

For more information about the project, supervisors, and how to apply, please visit our website or email Olena Riabinina for informal enquiries. Please note that the closing date for applications is Monday 18th May at 12noon.

(posted April 21, 2020)


PhD position – Neuroethology of bumblebee navigation

We are looking for a PhD candidate in the Departement of Neurobiology at the
University of Bielefeld. The PhD candidate will work in two research groups:
We are looking for a PhD candidate in the Departement of Neurobiology at the University of Bielefeld. The PhD candidate will work in two research groups:

• the Neuriobiology lab (Martin Egelhaaf) and,
• the Behavioural and cognitive ecology lab (Mathieu Lihoreau).

We are looking for a PhD candidate in the Departement of Neurobiology at the
University of Bielefeld. The PhD candidate will work in two research groups:
• the Neuriobiology lab (Martin Egelhaaf) and,
• the Behavioural and cognitive ecology lab (Mathieu Lihoreau).
The suggested starting date is October 2020 (negotiable). We value an
international work environment and we welcome international applicants.
The suggested starting date is October 2020 (negotiable). We value an international work environment and we welcome international applicants.

Project description
How animals acquire, process and combine information about the world to navigate accurately is a fundamental question in biology. The challenge of navigation may appear even more impressive when considering flying insects. A foraging bee, for instance, must search for flowers over vast territories, learn their locations and establish efficient paths between them, before relocating the nest to unload food. The candidate will combine novel technologies to investigate the importance of flying altitude in solving challenging 3D navigational tasks. The candidate is expected to conduct a range of experiments with bees in the lab and in semi-field environments.

Qualifications of the applicant
We are seeking for a highly motivated candidate with a degree (Master) in Biology, Neuroscience, or related subjects with:

• interest in insect navigation, cognition, and neuroethology,
• interest in insect navigation, cognition, and neuroethology,
• advanced in at least one programming language (Python, preferred),
• excellent academic track-record,
• experienced with animal behaviour,
• fluent in written and spoken English,
◦ optional: knowledge in German and French,
• and mobile (the candidate will spend time in Germany and in France).
• advanced in at least one programming language (Python, preferred),
• excellent academic track-record,
• experienced with animal behaviour,
• fluent in written and spoken English,
◦ optional: knowledge in German and French,
• and mobile (the candidate will spend time in Germany and in France).

Type of employment
Payscale according to TV-L (65%). The positon is fully funded by a ANRDFG-project for three years. The University of Bielefeld aims at increasing the proportion of female employees. Disabled applicants will be preferentially considered in case of equivalent qualification.

Contact for applications
Please send applications as a single pdf file including a cover letter, CV, and the name of two references to Olivier Bertrand: olivier.bertrand@unibielefeld.de Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

The application deadline is April 15th, 2020.

(posted March 17, 2020)



Research Engineer Specialized in Multiphotonic Imaging

We are looking for a Research Engineer specialized in multiphotonic imaging to participate in the ERC Advanced Grant 'Cognibrains', which aims at recording neural activity in vivo in the bee brain, in bees walking stationary on a treadmill, and placed in a virtual reality environment coupled to the multiphoton microscope. The Research Engineer will be fully dedicated to this project and will be responsible for the maintenance and control of the imaging system required for these experiments. He/she will conduct experiments and assist users working in the ERC project and accessing the multiphoton microscope. He/she will design and implement acquisition strategies to obtain reliable and analytic data of brain activity in vivo. The work will be carried out in close contact with a post-doctoral fellow recruited for the same project.

Proven experience in multiphotonic imaging is required. Understanding and use of multiphoton microscopes should be documented. Further expertises required are: knowledge on signal processing and analysis of observed calcium signals, a capacity to implement and develop neuronal marking suitable for observation under the multiphoton microscope, and statistical processing of imaging data. Unity programming would be highly welcome (virtual reality programming).

Job Information
Employment start date:
2020-05-01
Contract length:
Three Years
Institution:
CRCA UMR5169 - Université Paul Sabatier
Department:
Centre de Biologie Intégrative - Toulouse
Job Information:

Employment start date: 2020-05-01
Contract length: Three Years
Institution: CRCA UMR5169 - Université Paul Sabatier
Department: Centre de Biologie Intégrative - Toulouse

Contact Information:

Martin Giurfa,
Research Center on Animal Cognition
Center of Integrative Biology
CNRS - University Paul Sabatier - Toulouse III
118 Route de Narbonne
31062 Toulouse cedex 9, FRANCE

Phone: 00 33 561 55 67 33 Email: martin.giurfa@univ-tlse3.fr

For more information on our research team, please visit our website

For more information on this opportunity, please visit our website

(posted March 12, 2020)

Job Information
Employment start date:
2020-05-01
Contract length:
Three Years
Institution:
CRCA UMR5169 - Université Paul Sabatier
Department:
Centre de Biologie Intégrative - Toulouse
Assistant, Associate and Full Professors within the broad fields of Microbial, Plant and Animal Biology - Universiteit Leiden

The Institute of Biology Leiden (IBL) studies and teaches microbial, plant and animal sciences with a broad research scope from molecular and cellular levels to organismal and population levels. The IBL has a collaborative atmosphere that is fostered by strong expertise focused around four Research Themes: Bioactive Molecules, Host-Microbe Interactions, Development & Disease, and Evolution & Biodiversity. The overall leading principle of our research is harnessing biodiversity for health. The IBL is a growing institute and wishes to recruit three new group leaders who are, or will become, the future leaders in their research field. For these new positions, the focus lies on the Research Themes Bioactive Molecules, Host-Microbe Interactions and Development & Disease.

The candidates are expected to develop a strong independent research line that is attractive for BSc, MSc and PhD students, and have the ambition to compete at the highest national and international levels. The research line should connect well with IBL’s Research Themes and be complementary to and thus strengthen the existing research at the IBL. The candidates will actively contribute to the BSc and MSc teaching programs of the IBL.

About the Institute of Biology Leiden:

The Institute of Biology Leiden (IBL) is an internationally oriented institute for biology research and education that is part of the Faculty of Science at Leiden University. Embedded within the institute are the Netherlands Center for Electron Nanoscopy (NeCEN) and the department Science Communication and Society. The IBL has strong links with the sister institutes in the Faculty of Sciences, with the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) and the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre (NBC). Our aim is to perform top quality innovative fundamental and strategic research that contributes to solutions for global societal challenges such as the threat to biodiversity, antimicrobial resistance and preventing disease development in humans, animals and plants. We have a strong track record in collaboration with industry.

We Are Looking For:

#1 A scientist within the broad field of animal biology, where we especially encourage applications from candidates with strong expertise in either (i) molecular neurobiology, neuroimmunity or the gut-brain axis; (ii) host-microbe interactions; (iii) application of cellular or organismal model systems for studying bioactive molecules. More about this vacancy click here.

#2 A microbiologist within the broad field of chemical ecology and/or microbial interactions with the environment, with a proven interest in bioactive natural products and microbial development.

#3 A plant scientist within the broad field of experimental plant sciences. We especially welcome applications from candidates with expertise in protein biochemistry, small molecule-protein interactions and/or bioinformatics.

(posted March 11, 2020)



Assistant Professor in Neuroscience - University of Nebraska Omaha

The Neuroscience Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. The preferred start date is August 2020, with a possible start date of January 2021. We seek applicants who are broadly trained and primarily interested in teaching. Undergraduate courses may include (but are not limited to) Introduction to Neuroscience, Neuroscience Methods, Statistics, Behavioral Neuroscience, Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology, and Advanced Neuroscience Laboratory. Coursework in the candidate’s area of expertise will be welcome. A molecular/cellular emphasis with a background in areas such as neuroimmunology, neuropharmacology, developmental, clinical and/or systems neuroscience are particularly welcome. As a faculty member, the successful applicant will teach three courses per semester, and receive a quarter-time research assignment. The successful applicant will be expected to mentor undergraduates in research and will have access to training graduate students at the Master’s and Ph.D. levels. Research expectations include applying for grants and funding. Tenure home will be the Psychology Department.

Candidates must have completed an earned doctorate in Neuroscience or a related field prior to the start date of employment. Area of specialization within Neuroscience is open. The ideal candidate will have a strong background of excellence in teaching with demonstrated commitments to supporting a diverse undergraduate student population.

The successful candidate will become part of a dynamic and growing program in the College of Arts & Sciences that is actively engaged with others on the campus as well as community partners. The university and department 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 a large number of first generation college students and is also actively engaged with the community in myriad ways. For more information about the Neuroscience program at the University of Nebraska Omaha, visit our website about our program:  UNO’s Neuroscience program.

Please visit the UNO careers website to apply. Create your account, and search for the Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Neuroscience 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. We begin the review of applicants on March 17, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Please address questions to Dr. Suzanne Sollars at ssollars@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 February 18, 2020)


Postdoctoral Opportunity at Washington University in St. Louis

A postdoctoral position is currently available in the laboratory of Bruce Carlson in the Department of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis. The successful candidate will work on a project that investigates electric signaling behavior and/or sensory electrophysiology in mormyrid weakly electric fishes. The position is funded through an NSF grant and available starting immediately, though start date is flexible. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to learn and combine various electrophysiological and imaging approaches with behavior, anatomy, and computational modeling. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in biology, neuroscience, or a related discipline. A background in electrophysiology, imaging, and/or computational modeling is preferred. Competitive salary and benefits are available and will be commensurate with experience.

Washington University offers a collaborative, interdisciplinary training and research environment, with an active and highly ranked neuroscience community. There are ample opportunities for collaboration within the department, as well as with faculty in several other departments on the Danforth campus and at the nearby medical school.

Interested candidates should send their CV, a letter of interest outlining research experience and research goals, and the names and contact information of at least three references to: carlson.bruce@wustl.edu.

(posted February 13, 2020)


Postdoc Position in the Neurobiology of Vocal Motor Production in Frogs - University of Utah


Postdoctoral position is currently available in the laboratory of Ayako Yamaguchi in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Utah.  The successful candidate will work on a project that investigates the neural 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, molecular, calcium imaging, and optogenetic techniques, 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, electrophysiology, or endocrinology 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.  If interested, please email a.yamaguchi@utah.edu.

(posted January 20, 2020)


Application Deadline Soon!
4-year PhD Studentships in Behaviour Informatics
 and the Multimodal Study of Behaviour  - Newcastle University 

Newcastle University is offering five, 4-year PhD studentships in the field of behaviour informatics. Behaviour informatics brings together the study of behaviour in all its guises, from economics to psychology and from behavioural ecology to animal welfare, with new methods from computational science and engineering to address challenging questions in human and/or animal behaviour. We want to attract students with backgrounds relevant to either behaviour (life, social sciences and economics) or informatics (computing science, engineering and mathematics) who are keen to expand their skills and pursue research at the intersection of these disciplines. 

Students recruited in 2020 will form the third cohort of an integrated programme funded by the Leverhulme Trust to develop training in behavioural informatics at Newcastle. The programme is student-led: in the first year, all students will conduct three taster projects that will give them the opportunity to choose and develop their final PhD project. All students will work with two supervisors, one from each discipline. The four-year program is designed to allow time for the upskill training necessary for successful inter-disciplinary research.

For further information, please visit the website at Newcastle University

Application deadline: January 26 2020

(posted January 13, 2020)

Two Assistant Professor positions - The School of Advanced Sciences, SOKENDAI

The School of Advanced Sciences at SOKENDAI (the Graduate University for Advanced Studies) invites applications for two five-year positions at assistant professor level. The positions are renewable for five more years. Applicants are required to have a PhD or equivalent (or a dissertation completed by the time of appointment). The appointment will start as soon as possible after our decision has been made. The place of appointment is the headquarter campus of SOKENDAI located in the scenic Shonan Village, Hayama, Kanagawa, near the Tokyo Metropolitan area.

The successful candidates are expected to pursue empirical research in the following areas with the viewpoint of adaptive evolution. We seek one candidate in each area.

A:  Ecology, behavior, or social system in vertebrates (including humans). Experience of fieldwork is preferable.

B:  Neural mechanisms underlying behavior of non-model invertebrates. Experience in multiple experimental methods (e.g. neurophysiology, histology, behavioral analysis, etc) is preferable.

These positions will be partially involved in teaching and other departmental activities. Because of the environmental treaty with local governments, we are not allowed to keep experimental mammals (rats, mice, rabbits etc.) and to use radioisotopes on the Hayama campus.

Salary and fringe benefits are determined in accordance with the regulations of SOKENDAI. SOKENDAI is the institution encompassing national research institutes across the country. At each campus, SOKENDAI offers training programs only at the graduate level. For more information, please visit our websites:

SOKENDAI, A Graduate School Which Fosters Doctoral Researchers
SOKENDAI, School of Advanced Science

For application, submit a pdf containing the following 1~6 as the attachment of an email message to
esb-jinji@soken.ac.jp. (Attachment’s size is limited to 5MB. If sending larger files is unavoidable, split and send them as separate emails.) The research area of interest, A or B, should be clearly shown in the subject line of the email. Applications must be received by March 1st 2020 12:00 Noon JST.

1)  Curriculum vitae with list of publications and conference presentations
2)  A summary of research accomplishments and future research plan (up to three A4 pages)
3)  A statement of teaching experience and teaching philosophy (up to two A4 pages)
4)  Contact information of at least two references
5)  Copies of up to three representative publications

Short-listed candidates may be interviewed in Hayama.

For inquiries, contact: 
Professor Akira Sasaki, Dean of the School of Advanced Sciences  
Email: sasaki_akira@soken.ac.jp, o
Professor Kentaro Arikawa, Chair of the Department of Evolutionary Studies of Biosystems 
Email: arikawa@soken.ac.jp

(posted January 8, 2020)


Project Assistant - Lund University in Sweden

We are looking for a highly motivated project assistant to join David O’Carroll’s Lab, Lund University, Sweden. The position is part-time (50%) and limited to 1 year starting January 2020.

The successful candidate will assist in the lab, running toxicological experiments on insects, developing and running behavioural assays to test insect visual acuity after chemical exposure. In addition the candidate will be responsible for rearing insects, ordering and maintaining lab equipment and reagents. Finally, the candidate will learn to perform electrophysiological experiments on living animals exposed to different cholinergic agonists.

Minimum requirements: Master degree in Biology with experience in insect neuroethology.

Desirable: experience in electrophysiological recordings and behavioural assays in insects.

For more info about the position and to apply, follow this link.

(posted December 19, 2019)

PhD Opportunity Involving Primate Welfare and Neuroscience - Newcastle University



Biologists working with vertebrates are ethically and legally obliged to optimise the physical and emotional welfare of the animals they use. The welfare of non-human primates involved in neuroscience experiments is of particular concern. Non-human primates perhaps have the greatest potential to experience human-like suffering due to their taxonomic proximity to humans. Moreover, neuroscience experiments on non-human primates often last for many years, increasing concerns about potential cumulative effects of experimental and husbandry procedures. Methods currently used to assess non-human primates’ welfare are inadequate. The goal of this project is to develop new behavioural indicators of primate welfare that are properly validated and practical for welfare assessment in research and industrial settings. The student will use a unique combination of behavioural, neuroimaging (MRI) and computational approaches to reach this goal.

The project is well suited to candidates who are interested in applying a multi-disciplinary approach to assess animal welfare, ranging from behavioural observation to computation modelling of brain connections. It requires the willingness to work with rhesus macaques in the lab, and in the field, and to engage with statistics, computational approaches and programming. The student will be trained by a team comprising animal welfare scientists, primatologists, neuroscientists, physicists and computational scientists.

If you are interested in this PhD, you are encouraged to contact Dr Colline Poirier () to learn more about the project and the research and training opportunities provided.

Supervision team:
Dr Colline Poirier, Bioscience Institute, Newcastle University
Prof. Joanna Setchell, Dpt of Anthropology, Durham University
Dr Yujiang Wang, School of Computing, Newcastle University
Prof. Melissa Bateson, Bioscience Institute, Newcastle University


How to Apply: Applications should be made by emailing  with a CV (including contact details of at least two academic (or other relevant) referees), and a covering letter – clearly stating your first choice project, and optionally 2nd and 3rd ranked projects, as well as including whatever additional information you feel is pertinent to your application; you may wish to indicate, for example, why you are particularly interested in the selected project(s) and at the selected University. Applications not meeting these criteria will be rejected.

In addition to the CV and covering letter, please email a completed copy of the Additional Details Form (Word document) to . A blank copy of this form can be found at: How To Apply/Application Details

Funding Notes: This is a 4 year BBSRC studentship under the Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham DTP. The successful applicant will receive research costs, tuition fees and stipend (£15,009 for 2019-20). The PhD will start in October 2020. Applicants should have, or be expecting to receive, a 2.1 Hons degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. EU candidates must have been resident in the UK for 3 years in order to receive full support. Please note, there are 2 stages to the application process.

(posted December 18, 2019)


Lecturer in Discipline/Columbia Science Fellow

Frontiers of Science is a one-semester course that integrates modern science into the Core Curriculum of Columbia College in order to introduce exciting scientific ideas and inculcate scientific habits of mind. The program will appoint a number of post-doctoral fellows in the natural sciences for the academic year 2020-2021. We invite applications from qualified candidates who have received or expect to receive the Ph.D. before June 30, 2020 and have demonstrated teaching experience. Columbia Science Fellows hold the rank of Lecturer in Discipline in an appropriate natural science department. The fellowship is renewable for a second and third year based on satisfactory performance.

Fellows teach two seminar sections each semester, attend the weekly course lecture, faculty meeting and pedagogical seminar, participate in curriculum development for the course which includes course-wide assessments, and carry out research in their field of interest. 

In addition to teaching and research, Fellows engage in the intellectual life of the department of affiliation. Science Fellows receive a competitive salary, which is supplemented by an annual research allowance. 

For more information on the program, please view the position description on the Columbia University website and/or contact Natasha Bascoe at fos@columbia.edu or 212-853-1511.

(posted December 6, 2019)
Fellows teach two seminar sections each semester, attend the weekly course lecture, faculty meeting and pedagogical seminar, participate in curriculum development for the course which includes course-wide assessments, and carry out research in their field of interest.
In addition to teaching and research, Fellows engage in the intellectual life of the department of affiliation.
Fellows teach two seminar sections each semester, attend the weekly course lecture, faculty meeting and pedagogical seminar, participate in curriculum development for the course which includes course-wide assessments, and carry out research in their field of interest.
In addition to teaching and research, Fellows engage in the intellectual life of the department of affiliation.
Fellows teach two seminar sections each semester, attend the weekly course lecture, faculty meeting and pedagogical seminar, participate in curriculum development for the course which includes course-wide assessments, and carry out research in their field of interest.
In addition to teaching and research, Fellows engage in the intellectual life of the department of affiliation.
Fellows teach two seminar sections each semester, attend the weekly course lecture, faculty meeting and pedagogical seminar, participate in curriculum development for the course which includes course-wide assessments, and carry out research in their field of interest.
In addition to teaching and research, Fellows engage in the intellectual life of the department of affiliation.
Columbia Science Fellows hold the rank of Lecturer in Discipline in an appropriate natural science department. The fellowship is renewable for a second and third year based on satisfactory performance.
Fellows teach two seminar sections each semester, attend the weekly course lecture, faculty meeting and pedagogical seminar, participate in curriculum development for the course which includes course-wide assessments, and carry out research in their field of interest.
In addition to teaching and research, Fellows engage in the intellectual life of the department of affiliation. Science Fellows receive a competitive salary, which is supplemented by an annual research allowance.
Columbia Science Fellows hold the rank of Lecturer in Discipline in an appropriate natural science department. The fellowship is renewable for a second and third year based on satisfactory performance.
Fellows teach two seminar sections each semester, attend the weekly course lecture, faculty meeting and pedagogical seminar, participate in curriculum development for the course which includes course-wide assessments, and carry out research in their field of interest.
In addition to teaching and research, Fellows engage in the intellectual life of the department of affiliation. Science Fellows receive a competitive salary, which is supplemented by an annual research allowance.(posted December 6, 2019)