Postdoc (m/f/d) | Neural information flow

Scientist Bonn
Developmental and Evolutionary Biology & Genetics Neurosciences
Job Offer from November 29, 2022

The Max-Planck-Institute for Neurobiology of Behaviour – caesar (MPINB) is a neuroethology institute located in Bonn that studies how the collective activity of the vast numbers of interconnected neurons in the brain gives rise to the plethora of animal behaviors. Our research spans a large range of scales from the nano-scale imaging of brain circuitry, to large-scale functional imaging of brain circuitry during behavior, to the quantification of natural animal behaviors.

The Research Group „Neural Information Flow“ investigates signal compression, attention and context-dependency in neural systems. To do this we concentrate on the foraging behavior of the roundworm C. elegans. To support our research we are looking for a postdoc (m/f/d) - neural information flow.

The position is initially limited until 31.12.2024.

The projects

Depending on your interests, multiple projects relating to information flow in a compact and evolutionary ancient neu-ral networks are available. Broadly, projects focus on attention during multi-sensory stimulation, behavioral coordina-tion during foraging and computational models of the feeding system of C. elegans. We use a combination of be-havioral imaging, whole-brain imaging techniques and optogenetics to investigate these topics.

Some of your tasks

  • Using custom microscopes to investigate the foraging behavior of C. elegans
  • generating novel transgenic animals and animal maintenance as required for behavioral assays
  • acquisition of whole-brain imaging data using light-sheet microscopes
  • data analysis of whole-brain imaging datasets using state-of-the-art analysis, including machine-learning

Your qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Physics, Biophysics, Engineering or a related subject
  • Experience with microscopy and optics and an interest in animal behavior
  • Proficiency in at least one programming language (Python, MatLab, C++)
  • Knowledge of the German language is not a requirement.

What we offer

  • cutting-egde research environment with state-of-the-art imaging and behavior tools
  • Pleasant working atmosphere and a multidisciplinary, international team
  • Salary in line with the German public tariff (TVöD)
  • Employee benefits, a family-friendly culture, and flexible working hours

The MPNB is committed to diversity and inclusion and is aiming to increase the percentage of women in areas where they are under-represented. We therefore explicitly encourage women to apply. Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status.

How to apply

Please submit your application with a cover letter specifying your interests at our job portal or send an email to for informal inquiries.

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