Connecting European Neuroscience

Ph.D. Student in Berlin/Seewiesen/Germany

16 September 2020

Ph.D. Student in Berlin/Seewiesen/Germany

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Many species use vocalizations to communicate with each other. These vocalizations range from affective, innate utterances to learned complex vocal sequences. How these diverse levels of complexity are accomplished and how the vocal neural network produces the vocal variety is not well understood. The Scharff & Vallentin Labs aim to answer this question by studying vocal behaviors in zebra finches.
We combine molecular, electrophysiological and histological techniques with behavioral assays.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with an academic university degree (master or equivalent) in the field of neuroscience, computer science, physics, mathematics, biomedical engineering, biology, or related disciplines to join our team. The project involves behavioral experiments, electrophysiological techniques in behaving animals, pharmacological manipulations, molecular approaches and sophisticated data analysis. The candidate should be highly motivated and enthusiastic about fundamental neuroscience research and willing to actively participate in scientific exchange in a multidisciplinary work environment as well as the national and international research community. Moreover, the applicant must be mobile since the work will be conducted in Berlin and Seewiesen. In addition, this position includes teaching obligations at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Applicant’s profile:

• Background in Neuroscience
• Programming skills, preferably in Matlab
• Fluency in English
• Sense of responsibility in animal training
• interest for microelectronics
• enthusiasm for fundamental research
• motivated to publish in peer-reviewed journals; experience in preparing publications is a plus
• expertise in electrophysiology is a plus
• Computer based analysis of behavioral experiments

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Closing date:
Contract length:
3 years
Freie Universität Berlin/Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
Animal Behavior/ Neural circuts for vocal communication

Contact Information

Constance Scharff/Daniela Vallentin
Takustr. 6
14195 Berlin

Eberhard-Gwinner Str.
82319 Seewiesen

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