Scientific Staff at the Department of Behavioral and Cognitive Biology
The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 178 fields of study, approx. 9.800 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position from 01.02.2021 of a
at the Department of Behavioral and Cognitive Biology
Reference number: 11305
The Department of Behavioral & Cognitive Biology, research group of Prof. Dr. Thomas Bugnyar, has funding available for a three year PhD position supervised by Dr. Michelle Spierings, in cognitive biology.
The PhD candidate will be part of the Young Independent Researcher Group (YIRG) “Dynamates”, working on dynamic auditory predictions in humans and marmoset monkeys.
The Dynamates project is an interdisciplinary project with computational modelling, cognitive neuroscience and cognitive biology. Together we will study how humans and monkeys use acoustic information from the environment to make decisions about the future location or timing of sounds. For more details about this interdisciplinary project, visit the Dynamates website. This PhD position is part of the cognitive biology segment of the project and will focus on the experiment with marmoset monkeys.
Plan and run experiments in the marmoset lab based on auditory perception and decision making.
Close collaboration with the other members of the interdisciplinary project.
Co-supervision of MSc and BSc students.
Communication of scientific results in scientific publications and at scientific meetings.
Participation in research, teaching and administration: - Participation in research projects / research studies - Participation in publications / academic articles / presentations - We expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 12-18 months. - Participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement - Supervision of students - Involvement in the organisation of meetings, conferences, symposiums - Involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching and research administration
Master’s degree or diploma in Biology, Bioacoustics or a related field.
Clear interest in animal/primate behaviour, acoustic perception and/or animal cognition.
IT user skills - Ability to work in a team - High ability to express yourself both orally and in writing - Good command of written and spoken English.
Experience with handling and training laboratory animals is advantageous.
Statistical skills (e.g. R, SPSS) are advantageous.
Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team, be flexible and be creative.
Teaching experience / experience of working with e-learning - Knowledge of university processes and structures - Experience abroad - Basic experience in research methods and academic writing
- Letter of Motivation - Curriculum vitae - List of publications, evidence of teaching experience (if available) - Degree certificates
Main research field
Special research fields
Biology, Botany, Zoology
Very good knowledge
Type of computer skills
Specified computer skills
Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (
http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 01.11.2020, mentioning reference number 11305.
For further information please contact Maier, Philipp +43-1-4277-76106, Spierings, Michelle .
The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.