Job: Scientist (postdoc) in neuroethology of insect navigation (f/m/d)

The Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Faculty of Biology, is seeking a Scientist (postdoc) in neuroethology of insect navigation (f/m/d)


The research group of Prof. Dr. Andrew Straw (Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Institute for Biology I, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg) is looking for a person with a completed PhD in neuroscience or a related field such as biology, animal behavior, physics, computer science, or electrical engineering, and demonstrated interest in insect neuroethology to start on or after 1 May 2023.

The position is initially limited to 2 years with further funding possible. Remuneration is according to TV-L E13.

The position allows substantial freedom and support to develop one’s own career profile. The person will integrate into one of the following ongoing research focus areas within the field of insect neuroethology:

  • Physiological recordings of Drosophila during navigation behavior using genetically encoded calcium indicators and two photon microscopy for in vivo imaging in restrained animals or a custom tracking epifluorescent microscope for recording calcium activity in freely walking flies.
  • Investigation of the molecular, cellular and circuit mechanisms by which neonicotinoid insecticides affect insect behavior using Drosophila as a model and with interest on the applicability to pollinators and other insect species.
  • Investigation of the behavioral algorithms bees use for navigation using state of the art bee tracking systems.

Multiple options to develop a career profile are possible and will be supported. These include: conducting one’s own research, helping to shape collaborative proposals, designing outreach activities, participation in scientific and management training courses, assistance in planning and guiding student projects.

There is a teaching obligation of 4 SWS. As the teaching may be done in the German language, priority will be given to applicants able to teach in German.

We offer inspiring and family-friendly working conditions in an international and thriving scientific environment. Profound knowledge of written and spoken English is a mandatory requirement.


To apply, send supporting documents consisting of a CV and statement of interest containing the names at least two references by 15.03.2023. We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women and members of underrepresented groups. Cite the reference number 00002820. For further information or to apply, please contact Prof. Dr. Andrew Straw at You may also apply online at

Full-time · Teaching and Research

  • Application deadline: 15.03.2023
  • Publication date: 09.02.2023
  • Start-date: 01.05.2023
  • Id no.: 00002820