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PhD-position: 'Neural Substrates Involved in the Processing of Cognitive Information in Fish' (f/m/d)
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Institute of Zoology
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 University.
The laboratory of
PD Dr. Vera Schluessel at the
Institute of Zoology, Department of Comparative Neurophysiology, invites applications for a 3-year
PhD-position: ‘Neural Substrates Involved in the Processing of Cognitive Information in Fish’
in Bonn, Germany
The project is part of a larger DFG-funded study assessing detailed structure-function relationships of specific brain regions involved in the processing of cognitive information in Malawi cichlids. Brains of some teleost families, such as the cichlids, feature several areas or nuclei not found in more basal teleost fish. The development of such structures found in the telencephalon or diencephalon may quite likely be linked to more complex social hierarchies and complex habitats and thereby to more elaborate cognitive abilities. To investigate this, brain areas of interest will be selectively lesioned and cognitive performance assessed in spontaneous behavioral tasks as well as in specifically designed training assays (looking at spatial orientation, visual discrimination, time-pace learning, etc.). Performance of selectively lesioned animals will be compared to other training and various control groups. In a concurrent PhD project, the effect of learning on particular brain regions will be assessed using immediate early gene analyses. Combined, the two studies are expected to advance our understanding of the cichlid brain in regards to centers for learning and memory functions.
a Master degree in Neurobiology, Biology, Zoology or a related field
both experience and a keen interest in statistical analyses
the ability to work both independently and in a team
good organizational and computer skills
strong communication/writing skills in English
salary according to TV-L13, 50%, for 3 years (possibly TV-L13, 65%)
a position in a vibrant and research-active laboratory (https://www.zoologie.uni-bonn.de/abteilungen/bleckmann/arbeitsgruppen/dr.schluessel)
further education and training opportunities at the University of Bonn, e.g. participation in BIGS-BIO (Bonn International Graduate School for Biology)
Please send your
complete application documents (consisting of a CV, list of publications, letter of motivation, names of two references) to
firstname.lastname@example.org by 30.06.2020. Before sending your application, please combine and convert all of your documents into
a single PDF file. For further information please contact Dr. Vera Schluessel (+49 (0)228 735476) or Frau Rabus (Secretary of the Institute of Zoology, +49 (0)228 735454).
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.