Career Opportunities for Neuroethologists


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Open Postdoc Position

This position is affiliated with the Bernal Lab at the EEB research area in the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University. The Bernal Lab is a research group interested in understanding the ecology and evolution of anurans and their eavesdropping enemies, mosquitoes and bats. We integrate different levels of analysis to obtain a comprehensive perspective on the sensory ecology of those organisms. The Purdue’s EEB group consists of faculty, staff, and students with particular expertise in animal behavior, infectious disease, population genetics, biological invasions, and climate change. 

Position Summary: A postdoctoral position with a focus on insect acoustics and neurophysiology is available in the laboratory of Dr. Ximena Bernal. This position is part of a National Science Foundation supported research effort that investigates the behavior and underlying mechanisms of eavesdropping behavior of frog-biting mosquitoes. The successful postdoctoral candidate will perform acoustical, neurophysiological, and behavioral experiments with small insects. The objective of the ongoing research is to understand sound localization by small organisms using antennal ears, a puzzling acoustic and biological challenge. This job will entail performing behavioral experiments, using laser Doppler vibrometry and performing electrophysiological recordings at the antennae of frog-biting mosquitoes. There will be regular interactions with collaborators within and outside Purdue University. Mentoring duties including PhD and/or undergraduate students working within this project are expected. Opportunities for improving teaching abilities can be made available and are optional.

Candidates with a background in sensory biology or behavioral neuroscience are particularly encouraged to apply. This position is funded for 3 years with successful annual performance following each year.

Required Job Qualifications:
  • PhD in biology, EEB, entomology, bioengineering or closely related field by the beginning of the appointment
  • Proficiency in coding.
  • A publication record related to some of the components of this project (e.g. insect neurophysiology, mosquito acoustics)
  • Excellent work ethic, attention to detail, and ability to work independently and in a team.
  • The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States by the start date. The department will not sponsor a visa for this position.

    Preferred Job Qualifications:

Preferred Job Qualifications:
Preferred Job Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of bioacoustics
  • Experience in extracellular neurophysiology.
  • Interest in species interactions across trophic levels
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin on August 1st, 2021. Applicants should send an email to Dr. Bernal (xbernal@purdue.edu) including the following items: (1) a cover letter addressing qualifications; (2) curriculum vitae; and (3) contact information of three professional references, one of who is/was an immediate supervisor, who has firsthand knowledge of the applicant’s profession abilities. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Prior experience in neuroethology or neurophysiology, preferentially working with insects.
• Proficiency in coding.
• A publication record related to some of the components of this project (e.g. insect neurophysiology, mosquito acoustics)
• Excellent work ethic, attention to detail, and ability to work independently and in a team.
• The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States by the start date. The department will not sponsor a visa for this position.

Position Summary: A postdoctoral position with a focus on insect acoustics and neurophysiology is available in the laboratory of Dr. Ximena Bernal. This position is part of a National Science Foundation supported research effort that investigates the behavior and underlying mechanisms of eavesdropping behavior of frog-biting mosquitoes. The successful postdoctoral candidate will perform acoustical, neurophysiological, and behavioral experiments with small insects.
The objective of the ongoing research is to understand sound localization by small organisms using antennal ears, a puzzling acoustic and biological challenge. This job will entail performing behavioral experiments, using laser Doppler vibrometry and performing electrophysiological recordings at the antennae of frog-biting mosquitoes. There will be regular interactions with collaborators within and outside Purdue University. Mentoring duties including PhD and/or undergraduate students working within this project are expected. Opportunities for improving teaching abilities can be made available and are optional.
(posted July 5, 2021)

PhD position in Behavioral Neuroscience 
ustralian/German joint PhD project: Avian embryonic perception: what role for good vibrations?

Australian/German joint PhD project: Avian embryonic perception: what role for good vibrations?

With Prof. Kate Buchanan, Dr. Mylene Mariette, Dr. Susanne Hoffmann based at Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany and Deakin University’s Centre for Integrative Ecology, Australia and in collaboration with University of Seville, Spain.

Australian/German joint PhD project: Avian embryonic perception: what role for good vibrations?
Australian/German joint PhD project: Avian embryonic perception: what role for good vibrations?
Australian/German joint PhD project: Avian embryonic perception: what role for good vibrations?
ustralian/German joint PhD project: Avian embryonic perception: what role for good vibrations?
We are seeking an outstanding, highly motivated PhD candidate to work on an international and multidisciplinary research project funded by the Australian Research Council. The aim of the PhD research program is to uncover how parent-embryo vocal communication signals are controlled and processed in the avian brain. After extensive training at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany (year 1), the PhD student will work independently as part of a vibrant and productive research team at Deakin University in Australia (year 2 and 3), performing neural and vocal recordings in captive zebra finches, and in wild birds in the field. 
Stipend: AUD 28.600 p.a. (tax exempt) for 3 years
(for non-Australian students, waivers to overseas tuition fee are potentially available)


Stipend: AUD 28.600 p.a. (tax exempt) for 3 years
(for non-Australian students, waivers to overseas tuition fee are potentially available)
Stipend: AUD 28.600 p.a. (tax exempt) for 3 years (for non-Australian students, waivers to overseas tuition fee are potentially available).

Who should apply? The scholarship would suit a highly motivated and able student with strong interests in neuroscience and animal behaviour. Essential requirements include: Masters (or equivalent) in a relevant field; high proficiency in the use of the English language; excellent written communication skills; high levels of enthusiasm and motivation; and an ability to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. A driver’s licence is essential, as field work will be required. After training, the student needs to be able to perform invasive animal experiments and to take on the collection and analyses of neural tissue. Experience in field work with birds and/or in bioacoustics and/or in neurophysiology are desirable but not essential.

Application deadline: 1st September 2021. Selection will be based on academic merit and prior experience. For further information, view this opportunity online or contact Dr. Susanne Hoffmann (shoffmann@orn.mpg.de) or Prof. Kate Buchanan (kate.buchanan@deakin.edu.au). To apply, please send a letter of application, a detailed CV and contact details for two referees to shoffmann@orn.mpg.de.

(posted June 21, 2021)


Postdoctoral Associate - Duke University in Durham, North Carolina

We are looking for a postdoctoral associate with experience in applying machine learning and other model selection techniques to biological questions, in particular to using satellite telemetry data from primarily oceanic migrants to analyze the underlying cues used in animal navigation (focusing on magnetoreception). The position will involve collating, processing, and analyzing existing telemetry data, giving presentations at scientific meetings, preparing publications/reports, and working together with a three-lab team of biologists, biophysicists, and engineers at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The position itself is paid through Duke at the standard NIH rate, can start as early as October 1st, 2021, and is funded for a maximum of four years.


Ideally, the postdoctoral associate should have published experience in machine learning and demonstrated experience in and aptitude for working within large multidisciplinary teams. Experience with either magnetoreception, satellite telemetry, or animal navigation is useful, but not required. The postdoc will have significant flexibility in research direction within the major bounds of the project, and will receive professional training in scientific publication, grantsmanship, and job application and negotiation processes.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, and the names of 2-3 references to Prof. Sonke Johnsen.

Follow this link to view this opportunity on the Duke University website. Follow this link to learn more about the Biology Department at Duke University.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

(posted June 16, 2021)


PhD student (Research Assistant) position in Insect Neuroscience/Neuroethology
at the Institute for Zoology and Evolutionary Research 
of the Friedrich-Schiller- University Jena, Germany
PhD student (Research Assistant) position in Insect Neuroscience/Neuroethology - Jena, Germany

PhD student (Research Assistant) position in Insect Neuroscience/Neuroethology at the Institute for Zoology and Evolutionary Research of the Friedrich-Schiller- University Jena, Germany.

We are looking for an insect neuroscience (electrophysiology/neuroethology) enthusiast to fill a vacant Research Assistant (PhD student) position for a 3-years research project to study  "Intraspecific communication for mate finding in insects: Neural modifications underlying its evolution in eneopterine crickets and susceptibility to insecticides."

Please spread the word and share the link if you know someone who might want to apply: Research Assistant in Insect Neurobiology Application

Earliest possible starting date: October 2021
Application deadline: August 31, 2021

(posted June 16, 2021)

PhD student (Research Assistant) position in Insect Neuroscience/Neuroethology
at the Institute for Zoology and Evolutionary Research 
of the Friedrich-Schiller- University Jena, Germany
PhD student (Research Assistant) position in Insect Neuroscience/Neuroethology
at the Institute for Zoology and Evolutionary Research

PhD student (Research Assistant) position in Insect Neuroscience/Neuroethology
at the Institute for Zoology and Evolutionary Research 
of the Friedrich-Schiller- University Jena, Germany


NSF Funded Graduate Position on Robotic Models of Bat Sonar

An NSF-funded position for a graduate student is available at the University of Cincinnati. We will consider both talented Msc students and Ph.D. students. Funding covers both a stipend and tuition fees. This position starts in September 2021, or a soon as possible after that for three years.

You will be working with Dr. Dieter Vanderelst on an NSF project investigating strategies echolocating bats use to overcome the apparent limitations of their sonar systems. We will use robots to model bat behavior under conditions where the lack of sensory information is the most severe, for example, during the emergence from caves. Depending on your interest and background, you will join either the graduate program in psychology, biology, or engineering at UC.

The ideal candidate is excited by interdisciplinary work, combining a strong interest in sensory biology with technical skills. In particular, they have strong Python programming skills as well as experience with robotics. Experience with 3D design and printing would be beneficial.

Please contact Dr. Vanderelst (vanderdt@ucmail.uc.edu) with questions about this opportunity. To apply, please send your CV, cover letter, and the contact details of three references to Dr. Vanderelst (vanderdt@ucmail.uc.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

(posted June 14, 2021)


Postdoctoral Associate, Institute for Research in Sensing (IRiS)

The Institute for Research in Sensing (IRiS) is a newly established interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Cincinnati focused on novel routes to innovation in sensing research and sensor technology development through purposeful integration of STEM and non-STEM perspectives, including basic and applied research, medicine, engineering, the humanities, social sciences, and the fine and performing arts. We are seeking a postdoctoral associate interested in interdisciplinary research management and innovation in interdisciplinary practices to serve as program manager for a range of IRiS activities in collaboration with the IRiS Leadership Team. These may include contributing to:

  • Coordination of the IRiS Graduate Research Fellows Program, launching in fall 2021. Interdisciplinary teams of fellows (4 per team, 16 fellows total) will spend a year in intensive training and team-taught coursework focused on interdisciplinary problem-solving and innovation to address “Grand Challenges” posed by external partners from the private and public sector. Coordination activities will include organization of training workshops, scheduling and communication with external partners, coordination of fellow access to university resources and expertise, purchase of materials and supplies, assessment of fellow experiences and career outcomes and faculty participant experiences, and coordination of both the Grand Challenge Marketplace and Pitch Day.
  • Coordination of the IRiS Alloy Discussion Series, a recurring series of interdisciplinary discussions on current topics in sensing research and sensor technology development (8 per academic year).
  • Coordination of the IRiS Annual Showcase, a two-day event that brings together members of the academic community, public, and private sector to discuss the future of sensing, from basic research to applied technologies, and from speculative futures to ethical and legal issues.
  • Coordination, alongside the UC Foundation and RiS Leadership Team, of external partner relationship development.
  • Coordination of IRiS website content, social media accounts, and media relations.
  • Efforts to support our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity in all of the institute’s activities.
  • Contributing to proposal writing efforts for programmatic and infrastructural grants at federal agencies and private foundations as well as fundraising efforts through the UC Foundation.
  • Assistance with long-term institute planning, including helping to prepare content for and participate in discussions during meetings with the External and Internal Advisory Boards.
The postdoctoral fellow will also have the opportunity to engage in scholarship and professional development in their discipline and in interdisciplinary research practices and management, with an annual discretionary budget ($5,000) to support related travel and/or research expenses. Time spent on research versus IRiS activities will depend in part on alignment between the postdoc’s research focus and institute programming, but we expect a minimum of 25% of the postdoc’s time will be spent on their own research and scholarship.

The postdoctoral fellow will be mentored by the IRiS Director (Dr. Nathan Morehouse) and a faculty mentor in their discipline, arranged by mutual agreement. Additional mentorship support will be provided by the IRiS Leadership Team, a group of 8 faculty and staff members with diverse disciplinary experience.

The position is a 1-year contract, with a starting salary of $47,500, including benefits, renewable for up to 2 additional years (3 years total) contingent on positive annual performance evaluations.

Applicants will be evaluated based on their accomplishments and experience in interdisciplinary research broadly. Experience in fields associated with sensing (e.g., sensors, sensory biology, perception, cognition, surveillance, bioethics, science and technology studies) is a plus, but not required. In addition, the applicant will be evaluated on their commitment and contributions to diversity, as well as their appreciation for the University of Cincinnati’s culture of inclusion and equity.

Review of applications will begin June 21 and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is negotiable but would preferably be in August or September 2021.

Minimum Qualifications: 
Doctoral degree in a field relevant to sensing research and/or interdisciplinary studies, including, but not limited to:
  • Biology 
  • Biomedical Engineering 
  • Chemistry 
  • Computer Science 
  • Education or Education Research
  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Interdisciplinary Studies 
  • Mathematics 
  • Materials Science 
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Philosophy 
  • Physics 
  • Psychology 
  • Science and Technology Studies 
  • Sociology
Effective oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within an organization, team, and/or campus environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with leadership and/or management, particularly in an interdisciplinary setting. 
  • Experience with interdisciplinary education. 
  • Experience working with public and/or private sector partners. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, especially in team settings. 
  • Experience with proposal and/or technical writing.
Application Documents:

Cover Letter 
• Curriculum Vitae 
• Statement of Research/Scholarly Background and Interests (2 pages max) 
• Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (1 page max) 
• Letters of Reference (3) 
• Application 
  • Cover letter, 
  • Curriculum vitae, 
  • Statement of Research/Scholarly Background and Interests (2 pages max), 
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (1 page max), 
  • Letters of Reference (3), 
  • Application
For questions or additional information, please feel free to contact Nathan Morehouse (IRiS Director and Search Committee Chair, nathan.morehouse@uc.edu). More information about IRiS can be found at our website. To apply, follow this link.

Biology Biomedical Engineering Chemistry Computer Science Education or Education Research 
Electrical Engineering Interdisciplinary Studies Mathematics Materials Science Mechanical Engineering Philosophy Physics Psychology Science and Technology Studies Sociology 
(posted June 10, 2021)

Biology 
Biomedical Engineering 
Chemistry 
Computer Science 
Education or Education Research 
Electrical Engineering 
Interdisciplinary Studies 
Mathematics 
Materials Science 
Mechanical Engineering 
Philosophy 
Physics 
Psychology 
Science and Technology Studies 
Sociology
Teaching - Research Postdoc - Animal Physiology - Illinois State University

This is a one-year postdoctoral scholar position in the School of Biological Sciences. Under the mentorship of a BSC faculty member, this position conducts research, teaches majors in Animal Physiology and associated laboratory sections, and mentors undergraduate and graduate students in physiology and neuroscience research projects. For additional details and to apply please visit the Illinois State University website. 

(posted May 27, 2021)


Teaching Assistant Professor - Quantitative Biology - West Virginia University Department of Biology

The Department of Biology at West Virginia University invites applications for Teaching Assistant Professor of Quantitative Biology beginning August 2021. This is a 9-month, full-time, non-tenure track position with full benefits and the opportunity for promotion, though promotion is not required for continued career stability. Teaching Assistant Professor appointments have renewable terms of up to three years, with no limit on the number of terms. Teaching faculty are expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching, and ongoing engagement in assessment-based advancement of curriculum and instruction. This is a non-research position.

The teaching assignment is four courses each semester, or equivalent. Common equivalents consist of significant commitments in support of student development (e.g., advising and recruitment) or in support of instruction. The successful candidate will teach foundational as well as advanced undergraduate biology courses such as Principles of Biology, Introduction to Physiology, and Biometry. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to a new focus of our curriculum in quantitative biology by developing and teaching courses that complement those currently being taught within our major (e.g., Bioinformatics, Genomics, Predicting and Tracking Pandemics, Ecology in the Era of Big Data, Computational Neuroscience). The content of such courses will include the basic statistical and computational tools required for data collection, processing and analysis in the biological sciences. The successful candidate will also contribute to advising and recruitment; advising during the summer may be expected, with additional compensation.

WVU is the academic home to 30,000 students and is one of 10 U.S. land-grant institutions with an academic medical center. Morgantown, West Virginia, located in close proximity to Pittsburgh and Washington D.C., has been consistently ranked among the most livable small cities in the U.S. 

Qualifications:

A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in Biology or a closely related field is required at time of employment. In addition, we seek evidence of, or potential for, excellence in teaching undergraduate students, including in courses emphasizing quantitative skills; in developing new courses; in developing, implementing and assessing innovative recruitment and advising initiatives; as well as excellent written and oral communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills.

Follow this link to review this career opportunity and application instructions. To apply, upload a single PDF file with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of advising philosophy, and a description of your potential to further our progress in building a diverse and inclusive academic community. Also, please arrange to have three reference letters sent directly to WVUBiology@mail.wvu.edu. The screening process will begin May 14, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. For more information, please visit our website or contact the chair of the search committee (Gary.Marsat@mail.wvu.edu).

WVU is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and was the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

(posted April 19, 2021)


Lecturer in Discipline - Columbia Science Fellow

Frontiers of Science is a one-semester course that integrates modern science into the Core Curriculum of Columbia. The program will appoint a number of post-doctoral fellows in the natural sciences for the academic year 2021-2022. We invite applications from qualified candidates who have received or expect to receive the Ph.D. before June 30, 2021, and have demonstrated teaching experience.

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.

Review of applications will begin on May 3, 2021. Follow this link for more information and to apply for this oppotunity. For more information, please email fos@columbia.edu.


(posted April 14, 2021)

Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroscience

The Program in Neuroscience at Smith College invites applications for a one-year, benefits eligible position at the rank of Postdoctoral Fellow to begin July 1, 2021 and renewable for a second year pending satisfactory performance. The successful candidate will conduct independent research and supervise undergraduates in collaboration with the Mangiamele lab (http://www.science.smith.edu/mangiamele/). The Mangiamele lab focuses on neuroendocrine mechanisms of behavioral evolution in foot-flagging frogs and is funded by NSF. Teaching responsibilities for this position will regularly include one laboratory-based course per semester in our neuroscience curriculum. Candidates should have a strong background in neuroethology and/or behavioral endocrinology.  Ph.D. is expected by the time of appointment. Candidates with experience in teaching or an interest in a career at a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI) or liberal arts college are encouraged to apply. Candidates from groups underrepresented in neuroscience are especially encouraged to apply.

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is the largest women’s college in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts.  A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. Smith College offers opportunities to foster faculty success at every career stage, such as those listed here. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges. Details about the Program in Neuroscience may be found HERE.

Diversity and a culture of equity and inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, historically underrepresented minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Submit application HERE. Please include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a personal statement that describes your research goals and teaching philosophy, a statement of how you plan to address diversity and inclusion in your research and teaching, and the contact information for three confidential references. Finalists will be asked for additional materials. Review of applications will begin on April 15, 2021.

(posted March 25, 2021)

PhD position on Evolution and Behaviour of Weakly Electric fish at Potsdam University

A 3-year PhD position (TVEL 13/2) is available at the Unit of Evolutionary Biology/Systematic Zoology at the University of Potsdam, starting June 1st 2021. 

The Unit of Evolutionary Biology/Systematic Zoology has a strong focus on population genetic and speciation research, involving various taxonomic groups and a suite of molecular, morphological, and behavioural approaches.

The successful applicant will work on the speciation and adaptive radiation of electric fish, combining electrophysiological and behavioural studies. The project may involve field work in the tropics.

Recent publications on the topic include:

  • Amen R, Nagel R, Hedt M, Kirschbaum F, Tiedemann R (2020) Morphological differentiation in African weakly electric fish (genus Campylomormyrus) relates to substrate preferences. Evolutionary Ecology 34, 427-437.
  • Nagel R, Kirschbaum F, Hofmann V, Engelmann J, Tiedemann R (2018) Electric pulse characteristics can enable species recognition in African weakly electric fish species. Scientific Reports 8, 10799.
  • Nagel R, Kirschbaum F, Engelmann J, Hofmann V, Pawelzik F, Tiedemann R (2018) Male-mediated species recognition among African weakly electric fishes. Royal Society Open Science 5, 170443.

The position includes a teaching duty of 2 hours/week in zoology/evolutionary biology for undergraduates. Applicants must hold a university degree (Master of Science in biology or a related discipline). Familiarity with electrophysiology and/or behavioral methods (including multivariate statistics) is preferable.

The University of Potsdam is an equal opportunity employer. If equally qualified, disabled applicants will be preferably considered. The University of Potsdam aims at increasing the number of female researchers and encourages qualified females to apply. Potsdam is a beautiful city in close vicinity to the German capital of Berlin. Potsdam University takes an effort to assist its members in family-related issues and has repeatedly been awarded the total e-quality award.

Please send your application by email (in a single pdf) before 10th of April 2021 to: Prof. Dr. Ralph Tiedemann, University of Potsdam, Institute of Biochemistry and Biology, Evolutionary Biology/Systematic Zoology, Email: tiedeman@uni-potsdam.de.


(posted March 25, 2021)


Postdoctoral Research Associate Position – Northeastern University, Boston

The Zupanc lab in the Department of Biology at Northeastern University in Boston invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate position. The project, funded by the National Science Foundation, aims at examining the role of astrocytes in the regulation of sexually dimorphic neural oscillations of a brainstem nucleus in the weakly electric fish Apteronotus leptorhynchus (for a recent review, see Zupanc, G.K.H.: Development of a sexual dimorphism in a central pattern generator driving a rhythmic behavior: the role of glia-mediated potassium buffering in the pacemaker nucleus of the weakly electric fish Apteronotus leptorhynchus. Developmental Neurobiology 80, 6-15, 2020.

The successful candidate will have a genuine interest in neuroethological systems, with a strong background in quantitative morphological analysis involving immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, confocal laser scanning microscopy, image analysis, 3D reconstruction, as well as management and analysis of large data sets. Besides the histological work, the researcher will contribute to experiments involving pharmacological manipulation of glial function and analyzing this effect on the electric organ discharge of the fish. The researcher will also take pride in becoming the primary manager of the fish facility of the Laboratory of Neurobiology. In addition to the direct involvement in research and animal care, the postdoctoral research associate will have the opportunity to participate in the writing of manuscripts, preparation of grant proposals, supervision of students, and participation in outreach activities. A team-oriented attitude is essential.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. prior to starting the position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. A comprehensive benefits package is offered.

Applicants should include a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled. Please apply HERE.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Follow this link to learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion.

(posted March 24, 2021)


Full-Time Academic Professional - Georgia State University


The Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University invites applications for the position of a full-time Academic Professional to begin August 2021. GSU is an innovative university located in the heart of downtown Atlanta that enjoys wide diversity in student population. The Neuroscience Institute anticipates recruiting a broadly trained faculty member whose primary responsibilities will be to (1) manage and teach a required laboratory course for Junior and Senior-level majors in Neuroscience; (2) provide service, such as managing facilities and laboratory equipment, applying for internal and external funding for further development of STEM research experiences for undergraduate students, and maintaining social media representation of the Neuroscience Institute. This twelve-month salaried position with full state benefits is non-tenure track and is eligible for promotion.

A Ph.D. in neuroscience or a related field at the time of hire and experience with teaching undergraduate neuroscience-related coursework are required. Our department is committed to developing a culturally diverse faculty that reflects our student body, so members of minority groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants with demonstrated effectiveness in teaching diverse groups of students are also of particular interest. Applicants should submit 1) a letter of application (maximum 3 pages) that describes their professional accomplishments, future goals, and philosophy of teaching a diverse student body, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) their plan for a laboratory course that outlines a broad experience in contemporary neuroscience techniques, 4) evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., evaluations of the instructor, learning outcomes data, pedagogical publications, and publications co-authored by students), and 5) the names and contact information for three references. Applications can be submitted electronically in PDF format to niselectioncommittee@gsu.edu. The review of applications will begin on April 6, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class.

(posted March 23, 2021)

Postdoctoral position in insect navigation at University of California, Riverside


The Giraldo lab in the Department of Entomology at the University of California, Riverside seeks a postdoctoral researcher to study the behavioral neurobiology of insect navigation using Drosophila melanogaster. The postdoc will draw on the lab’s integrative approach to examine the neural circuitry, neurophysiology, and behavior of navigation. The PI will provide training in a range of approaches, including multi-photon functional imaging, neurogenetics, automated tracking of behavior, and fly husbandry. The postdoc will have additional opportunities to conduct projects comparing navigation during flight across Drosophila species. Opportunities for professional development include mentorship of graduate and undergraduate students and participation in outreach activities through the Department of Entomology and UC Riverside.

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

Applicants must hold a PhD prior to starting the position. Experience with insects is not required. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits packages are offered to all University of California postdocs.

To apply, email a cover letter, CV and contact information for 3 references to ysabel.giraldo@ucr.edu. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled.

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

(posted March 12, 2021)

Open Postdoctoral Positions in the Riffell Laboratory 
at the University of Washington, Seattle
Open Postdoctoral Positions in the Riffell Laboratory at the University of Washington, Seattle

Three postdoctoral positions are available (start dates are flexible) in the Riffell laboratory at the Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle WA. Our laboratory is committed to having an inclusive and accepting environment. Mentoring and open communication is an essential aspect of the laboratory.

1.  A postdoctoral position on visual and olfactory integration in mosquitoes. The project focuses on olfactory coupling between visual and mechanosensory systems in the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The project is for four years. Applicants with experience in neurophysiological and behavioral approaches are preferred, although not required.

2.  A postdoctoral position on the processing of complex odors in mosquitoes. This five-year project examines how complex floral odors and their ratios are processed in the mosquito olfactory system to mediate behavior. The project spans using electrophysiological and neurogenetic approaches, quantitative behavioral assays, and fieldwork. Experience in electrophysiology and behavior is preferred, although not required. The most important aspect of this position is curiosity-driven science.

3.  A postdoctoral position in genome engineering and behavior in Manduca sexta moths is currently available in the Riffell and Daniel laboratories. The project focuses on using CRISPR/Cas9-mediated knock-in approaches in Manduca sexta moths to target specific odorant receptors. Experience in molecular biology and binary expression systems is preferred.

Interested applicants should reach out and email a single PDF document containing a cover letter and CV and include the names and contact information of 3 references to:

Jeff Riffell
jriffell@uw.edu
Department of Biology
University of Washington
Box 351800
Seattle, WA 98195-1800
Webpage

(posted March 4, 2021)


Position for Neurobiologist / Computational Neuroscientist interested in Biologically-inspired applications,
specializing in Insect Visual Neurophysiology
Position for Neurobiologist/Computational Neuroscientist interested in Biologically-inspired applications, specializing in Insect Visual Neurophysiology

The Natural Systems Sensing Laboratory (NSSL) at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, FL is seeking a postdoc with experience in visual neurophysiology in insects. Multidisciplinary experience is desired in vision, vision-related behavior, and neurobiology. Additionally, experience is desired in approaches that include electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, neurogenetics methods, and neural visualization techniques including neural tract tracing, staining, and ultrastructural analysis.

The successful postdoc applicant will be given opportunity to independently develop a project in this general topic area. Current work in the lab is focused on flying insects -- how they sense and process information, and use the information for guidance, navigation, and control. The successful applicant should have interest in understanding an insect’s sensory suite and how it relates to an insect’s environment and behavior, and how information from disparate sensors is integrated to make decisions about control, navigation, and terminal guidance. The ultimate aim is to apply the basic principles of visual neurobiology to improve upon advanced autonomous air vehicles. 

We have several laboratory facilities to support this work with a primary focus on further developing an optics lab to investigate questions regarding vision. The optics lab is currently configured with an electroretinography (ERG) setup to investigate compound eye or ocellar spectral and polarization responsivities across the UV and visible spectrum; StarGate, a unique instrument built in-house to investigate spectral and dynamic response properties of compound eye systems when illuminated by dynamic multispectral (UV, blue, green) wide angle source distributions; digital cameras configured in-house to measure spectral and polarization signatures of insects, flowers, backgrounds; and high-speed high-resolution cameras for
trajectory reconstruction for behavior experiments.
We have several laboratory facilities to support this work with a primary focus on further developing an optics lab to investigate questions regarding vision. The optics lab is currently configured with an electroretinography (ERG) setup to investigate compound eye or ocellar spectral and polarization responsivities across the UV and visible spectrum; StarGate, a unique instrument built in-house to investigate spectral and dynamic response properties of compound eye systems when illuminated by dynamic multispectral (UV, blue, green) wide angle source distributions; digital cameras configured in-house to measure spectral and polarization signatures of insects, flowers, backgrounds; and high-speed high-resolution cameras for trajectory reconstruction for behavior experiments. We also have access to electron microscopy and microCT facilities, and the successful applicant would work with others in the lab to improve upon and expand upon our existing equipment to investigate neural structure and function.

We relate to other US academic investigators through our Center of Excellence with University of Washington, Case Western, University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, University of Colorado/Boulder, and Carnegie-Mellon University; we relate to investigators in the UK through a Project Agreement between US AFRL and UK Dstl, primarily at Imperial College, Oxford University, University of Bristol, and the Royal Veterinary College; and we relate to other investigators around the world through direct funding and through meetings and organizations such as the International Conference on Invertebrate Vision, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Congress of Neuroethology, etc.

The postdoc in this position will be employed by the University of Florida. The University of Florida has a satellite facility nearby in Shalimar Florida, the University of Florida Research Engineering and Education Facility, where the postdoc will be given an office. Laboratory work takes place 15 minutes away, in our Natural Systems Sensing Lab, which is part of Eglin Air Force Base, located near Ft Walton Beach and Destin, between Pensacola and Panama City, on the Gulf of Mexico. We enjoy a fairly warm climate conducive to a wide variety of insects available from roughly Mar – Oct, and we have an insectary for raising insects during the cooler winter months.

We have funding to hire an appropriate postdoc for 2 years beginning this year, FY2021. The contract will be for one year, with an opportunity to renew for a second year. Additionally, postdocs in our lab will have further opportunities to apply for other sources of funding to extend their time as a postdoc at AFRL. We are primarily interested in postdocs with multidisciplinary experience in neurobiology and interests as described above. US citizenship is required.

If interested in this postdoc position, send an email to the PI, Ric Wehling at martin.wehling@us.af.mil. Attach CV, publications, availability. We can arrange a telephone or video call interview to explore mutual interests. Also feel free to contact Laura Bagge at laura.elizabeth.bagge@gmail.com for any questions about her personal experience with this position.
We have several laboratory facilities to support this work with a primary focus on further developing an optics lab to investigate questions regarding vision. The optics lab is currently configured with an electroretinography (ERG) setup to investigate compound eye or ocellar spectral and polarization responsivities across the UV and visible spectrum; StarGate, a unique instrument built in-house to investigate spectral and dynamic response properties of compound eye systems when illuminated by dynamic multispectral (UV, blue, green) wide angle source distributions; digital cameras configured in-house to measure spectral and polarization signatures of insects, flowers, backgrounds; and high-speed high-resolution cameras for
trajectory reconstruction for behavior experiments.

(posted March 3 , 2021)

We have several laboratory facilities to support this work with a primary focus on further developing an optics lab to investigate questions regarding vision. The optics lab is currently configured with an electroretinography (ERG) setup to investigate compound eye or ocellar spectral and polarization responsivities across the UV and visible spectrum; StarGate, a unique instrument built in-house to investigate spectral and dynamic response properties of compound eye systems when illuminated by dynamic multispectral (UV, blue, green) wide angle source distributions; digital cameras configured in-house to measure spectral and polarization signatures of insects, flowers, backgrounds; and high-speed high-resolution cameras for
trajectory reconstruction for behavior experiments.
Position for Neurobiologist / Computational Neuroscientist interested in Biologically-inspired applications,
specializing in Insect Visual Neurophysiology
Postdoctorate Opportunity at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Bell lab is looking for postdocs to work on genomic, molecular and/or neural mechanisms of paternal care in threespine sticklebacks. Candidates with experience in single cell transcriptomics, brain injections, functional manipulations, and/or viral-mediated delivery of transgenic constructs are especially encouraged to apply. A strong background in neurobiology, molecular biology, genomics, behavioral ecology and/or evolution is preferred.

Successful candidates will have a PhD, a strong track record of publications in internationally peer-reviewed scientific journals and a willingness to work in a collaborative environment.

Start date is flexible. Review of applications will begin April 15. Interested applicants should send a CV, 2-3 relevant publications, contact information for three references and a brief, one page research statement of interests related to ongoing work in the Bell lab to alisonmb@illinois.edu with Postdoc search: <<YOUR NAME>> in the subject line. You can learn more about work in the Bell lab HERE.

The Bell lab is committed to broadening participation in STEM and is looking for people who share that vision and who are committed to diversifying science.

(posted February 25 , 2021)


From The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

HKUST will open its new Guangzhou campus in September 2022. The new campus plans to recruit 400 regular faculty in the next 5 years in all research areas, in addition to over 165 new regular faculty in our current Hong Kong campus. The recruiting plan also covers several special initiatives, such as the Synthetic Biology Initiative. Faculty at all ranks are welcome!

We will be very grateful if you could alert your students, postdocs and colleagues to this very unique career opportunity. Please visit https://gz-faculty-recruitment.hkust.edu.hk/ to learn more about our recruitment. If you know a senior faculty who might be interested, discreet inquiries can be made HERE

Founded in 1991 as the first research university in Hong Kong, HKUST consistently ranks among the top 50 universities in the world and the world’s best young university in Times Higher Education and QS ranking. With a strong focus on innovation, HKUST graduates were ranked 10th worldwide in the Global University Employability Survey 2019 by the New York Times.

Both HKUST and HKUST(GZ) offer very competitive starting salaries (comparable to the US) with generous retirement, medical and other benefits such as sabbatical leave and waterside campus housing. They are also among the most beautiful campuses in the world.

For any inquiry, please reach us via facultyhire@ust.hk. Again for more information, please visit our recruitment website.

(posted February 19 , 2021)



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