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PhD-position - electro-communicating fish robots
The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn is an international research university that offers a wide range of degree programs. With 200 years of history, about 38,000 students, over 6.000 employees, and an excellent domestic and international reputation, Bonn University is among Germany’s leading universities and has just been awarded the title of Excellence Universitiy.
The laboratory of
Prof. Dr. Gerhard von der Emde at the
Institute for Zoology, Dept. Sensory Ecology/Neuroethology, invites applications for a 3-year
PhD-position – electro-communicating fish robots (65% TVL-13)
The position is part of 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 groups of weakly electric fish, in particular to disentangle the role of interactive electric and locomotor behaviours for group coordination.
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
further education and training opportunities at the University of Bonn, e.g. participation in BIGS-BIO (Bonn International Graduate School for Biology)
A salary based on the 13 TV-L scale (65%)
The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university and aims to increase the proportion of women employed in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers. To that end, it urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the
Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable candidates with a certified disability or equivalent status are particularly welcome.
If you are interested in filling this position, please send your
complete application documents (consisting of a CV, list of publications, letter of motivation, names of two references) by 10.07.2020 to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Before sending your application, please combine and convert all of your documents into one PDF file. For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Gerhard von der Emde, phone: +49 (0)228/735555.