Job ID: 117628

Ph.D. or M.Sc. Student

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 1 July 2024

Employment Start Date: 1 October 2024

Contract Length: 4 years

City: Beer Sheva

Country: Israel

Institution: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Department: Life Sciences


PhD or MSc positions are available in the Neural Code lab at Ben-Gurion of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel (

  1. Spatial navigation in goldfish
  2. Visual processing in archerfish

Project 1 explores the neural basis of navigation. Navigation is closely related to memory and learning. The question of how animals find their way in space is a scientific gold mine for understanding these brain functions. We utilize the goldfish to reveal how these important brain functions are achieved in the underwater world.

Project 2 explores vision guided behavior in the archerfish and how the visual system processes information to guide behavior. The archerfish is a special animal which hunts insects above the water level by spitting a jet of water at the insect to bring it to the water. This special hunting behavior opens a window on the study of the visual system.

The successful candidate has a B.Sc. or M.Sc. in biology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, physics, computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics or any other related discipline. The candidate should have a strong interest in information processing in the brain.

Full tuition and scholarship are provided.

The lab team is multidisciplinary and has a strong background in electrophysiology. We also use computational modeling and perform behavioral experiments.

To apply, please send an application letter by email describing your background, CV, and two letters of recommendation to:

Prof. Ronen Segev


Department of Life Sciences

Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Beer Sheva 84105