Applications are invited from highly motivated researchers for a PhD or postdoctoral position (TV-L E13) available immediately in the Department of Animal Physiology, Neurobiology and Behavior, in the group of Prof. Dr. 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 recently developed virtual reality technology to study spatial cognition in Drosophila and zebrafish. The primary goal is to develop biologically relevant models of neural processing and behavior during visual tasks involving spatial cognition and awareness. Highly-automated data collection systems will be used to collect large datasets in which animals perform tasks designed to elicit spatial learning and to quantify behavioral contributions from visual reflexes and higher-order processes. The work entails adapting the technology to perform the required experiments, designing and running the experiments, performing data analysis, and writing of scientific papers on the results. The work will quantify the contributions of specific circuits, algorithms, and molecules important for visual and spatial cognition behaviors. Some teaching of data science is required.
Applicants with strong mathematical, engineering or computer science backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Our lab collaborates with the following groups at the University of Freiburg:
- Jun-Prof. Dr. Joschka Boedecker on machine-learning based approaches to vision and spatial cognition making use of techniques such as inverse reinforcement learning and imitation learning.
- Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Driever on neural circuits and behavior in zebrafish.
- Dr. Matthias Wittlinger on spatial cognition in insects.
- Prof. Dr. Dierk Reiff on Drosophila visual circuits
- Prof. Dr. Thomas Brox on computer vision, video analysis and deep learning.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). The names and contact details of two or more references should be provided.