The lab will move to the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, in February 2022, (Department for Neuro- and Movement Science),where we will continue to work on Drosophila Circuit Neuroscience and Behavioral Genetics. We are interested in motor control and the neurobiology of reproduction, with a focus on chemical and acoustic communication during sexual interactions. We are employing behavioral assays, audio recordings, genetic manipulation and optogenetics, bioimaging and neuronal reconstructions to understand how circuit motifs shape behavior.
Beginning: February 2022, or later
Duration: 3-4 years
Location: University of Fribourg
Working time: 100%
area and tasks
You will enroll at Fribourg Graduate School of Life Sciences (FGLS) for
doctoral education. Possible scientific projects address: 1) the role of
seminal fluid in male and female reproductive behavior, 2) neuronal mechanisms
of state- dependent action control during reproduction or 3) development and
function of sexual dimorphisms in motor patterning circuits.
The ideal candidate has a Master Degree in Natural Sciences, interest in
animal behavior and neuroscience, proficiency in English and the ability to
work independently, creatively and efficiently. Good computer literacy,
programming experience and knowledge of methods in neuroscience, microscopy,
genetics and molecular biology is of advantage.
area and tasks
You are expected either to join a current project of the laboratory
(addressing the communication of nervous system and reproductive organs and
copulatory behavior) or to propose and develop your own project ideas (within
the general interest and expertise of the lab). Involvement in academic
teaching is possible, but no requirement. You are capable of training and
fostering the scientific development of Bachelor and Master students. The
position is fully funded, but efforts to acquire your own funding and work
toward independence will be strongly supported.
The ideal candidate has a PhD in Natural Sciences and a good academic track-record
of original research, project management and problem-solving. Previous
experience in any of the following areas is of advantage: neuroscience, Drosophila biology, connectomics or
genetics, advanced microscopy or electrophysiology, mass spectrometry,
behavioral experiments and their analysis and scientific programming.
How to apply/Contact
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cover letter, CV, key records, references or reference contacts) in a single
PDF file to Anne von Philipsborn (email@example.com).