Postdoc - Enhancers and Brains

Postdoc opening: enhancers and brains

Applications are invited from highly motivated researchers for a postdoctoral position (TV-L E13) available immediately in the Department of Animal Physiology, Neurobiology and Behavior, in the group of Andrew Straw, at University of Freiburg, Germany. Initial appointment is one year, with flexible start date and opportunity for renewal.

The project makes use of two genomic-scale enhancer expression datasets from Drosophila to make testable predictions relating enhancers to brain connectivity, functional properties, developmental specification, and evolutionary history. The work will build from a recent lab publication (Panser et al., 2016, “Automatic segmentation of Drosophila neural compartments using GAL4 expression data reveals novel visual pathways” Current Biology and Candidates must have a strong background in computational analysis of biological datasets. Experience with enhancer biology, neural connectivity, and Drosophila genetics is also desirable. Applicants should be committed to applying rigorous computational tools to discover strong correlations between enhancer expression patterns and collaborating with experimental biologists to move from ideas to evidence.

Andrew Straw’s lab is situated within the Institute of Biology I (Zoology) at the University of Freiburg and is affiliated with the Bernstein Center Freiburg. Substantial computational resources are available.

Interested candidates should send a research statement, along with a CV including publications, to Prof. Dr. Andrew Straw ( The names and contact details of two or more references should be provided.