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21-Jul-2021 19:48

Job openings

PhD and postdoc position in Drosophila Behavioral Circuit Neuroscience

The positions are open in the Philipsborn group:

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%

PhD: Working 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.

PhD: Your profile

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.

Postdoc: Working 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.

Postdoc: Your profile

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

Please direct further questions and/or send your application (including a cover letter, CV, key records, references or reference contacts) in a single PDF file to Anne von Philipsborn (​


October 10, 2021