vendredi 14 avril 2017

Unique research opportunity: Dolphin calf behavioural development

We have unique LAST-MINUTE research opportunities around the birth of a dolphin calf at the Dolphinarium in Harderwijk, the Netherlands! 

Within the next few weeks we hope to welcome a baby dolphin into our group of experienced adult females and two juveniles, who are living in our natural North Sea lagoon. 

Research projects will focus on the development of social and play behaviour, maternal behaviours and the behaviour of the "aunts" towards the calf. 

We are looking for a candidate who has experience in behavioural observations, is available on short notice and is looking to gain valuable research experience on marine mammals. 

Feel free to contact me if you are interested or if you'd like to know more. 

Kind regards,

Dennis Vink 
Research, Dolfinarium Harderwijk

Développeur logiciel en interface cerveau-­‐machine et neurosciences cliniques

Le laboratoire BrainTech est un nouveau laboratoire de recherche de l’Institut National pour la Santé et la Recherche Médicale (Inserm) et de l’Université Grenoble Alpes. Ses axes de recherche concernent le développement de nouvelles technologies pour l’exploration du cerveau sain et pathologique avec pour applications cliniques le diagnostic, la thérapie ou encore la réhabilitation fonctionnelle dans le cas de handicap. L’équipe Neurotechnologies et Dynamique des Réseaux s’intéresse à l’organisation fonctionnelle des réseaux corticaux responsables de la production de parole avec comme perspective la mise au point de neuroprothèses et interfaces cerveau-­‐machine pour restaurer la parole chez des patients devenus aphasiques suite à des lésions ou maladies du système nerveux central. Ces approches sont basées sur l’implantation intracorticale de matrices de microélectrodes pour recueillir des signaux neuronaux cellulaires et multicellulaires. Dans ce contexte, l’équipe recrute un développeur logiciel pour prendre en main, améliorer et étendre une suite d’outils logiciels dédiés à l’enregistrement et l’analyse en temps réel des activités cérébrales dans des paradigmes en boucle fermée (analyses fréquentielles, cartographie fonctionnelle, extraction de caractéristiques, méthodes de décodage). Nous recherchons un candidat ayant une solide expérience en programmation objet, notamment en langage C++, ainsi qu’une bonne formation de base en mathématiques pour le développement et l’implémentation de méthodes de traitement du signal et de décodage. Une connaissance des librairies Qt et une expérience en programmation de systèmes temps-­‐réel ainsi que des notions sur la parallélisation de calculs (multi-­‐ threading CPU et idéalement calculs GPU) seraient un plus. Par ailleurs, un bon niveau d’anglais est également requis, ainsi que de bonnes facultés d’adaptation et qualités relationnelles. Ce poste en CDD de 5 ans, pouvant faire suite à un stage de fin d’étude est compatible avec un premier emploi. Contact : Blaise Yvert, PhD. BrainTech Laboratory U1205 Inserm and Univ Grenoble Alpes Bâtiment 4023 17 rue des Martyrs 38054 Grenoble cedex 09 – France Tel (direct). +33 4 38 78 91 38 Tel (sec). +33 4 38 78 93 41

jeudi 13 avril 2017

Post doc position

Alexey Glukhov is currently looking for a postdoc to join his lab in Wisconsin:
Actually, we are looking for someone with experience in confocal microscopy and fluorescent imaging from live cells, like to measure calcium transients and action potentials from live cardiomyocytes, or stem cells and intact tissues. Like cardiac electrophysiology and optical mapping/confocal imaging. We have here several systems for different imaging, including IonOptics for simultaneous contraction and calcium transient imaging, confocal microscope for calcium transients/sparks recordings (similar to what Markus was doing at Ken's lab), and the whole-heart optical imaging (like me or Jen did at Imperial). Do you know any one with such expertise?“

This position will be supported from two sources: primarily by the UW2020 initiative (here is a link on it ) and by a couple of other grants between Drs. Timothy Kamp ( and Alexey Glukhov ( We are looking for someone with experience in cardiac electrophysiology, confocal imaging of live cells, and fluorescent optical mapping of cardiac tissues.

PhD Position in Behavioral Neurobiology

PhD Position in Behavioral Neurobiology

The Department of Behavioral Neurobiology of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen (Germany) is seeking to fill a fully funded three-year PhD position.
Successful applicants will investigate neural mechanisms that underlie vocal communication in birds. Using portable telemetric equipment, which has recently been developed at our department, neural recordings will be conducted in groups of birds while they behave freely in their natural environment.

In addition to prior experience with neurobiological research, applicants should have strong quantitative skills and excellent oral and written communications skills in English. An MSc degree or equivalent in neuroscience, zoology/animal sciences, physics, electrical engineering, or another subject relevant for the research project is mandatory. Programming skills in MATLAB or equivalent are considered valuable.

The Max Planck Institute for Ornithology offers an attractive research environment with excellent technical facilities. The multidisciplinary research projects of our department integrate behavioural, endocrinological, neuroanatomical, genetical and electrophysiologal techniques. Successful applicants will receive intensive supervision and laboratory training and will have the opportunity to present their work at national and international scientific meetings. The position will be paid on the German TV-L E13 government scale.

The Max Planck Society aims  to  increase  the  proportion  of  women  researchers  and  specifically  encourages women to apply. Applications from disabled persons will be given priority in the case of equal suitability.
To apply for the position, please submit a CV, a short cover letter and contact information for two referees to Dr. Susanne Hoffmann ( Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Mammal Society Student conference, Uni Newcastle, Fri 16th June, call for abstracts (closes 5 May)

The Mammal Society is holding its 6th Student Conference at the University of Newcastle on Friday 16th June.  The conference, which is run by students for students, is an ideal opportunity for early career researchers to network with their peers, find out about careers in mammal research/conservation, and to present their research findings in a fun, friendly atmosphere.  The conference is followed by a workshop on field-skills (including small mammal trapping, badger surveys and deer tracking) on Saturday 17th June with Northumbria Natural History Society. 
Please do highlight this opportunity to your students, both post-graduate and undergraduate.  There are prizes for the best talk and poster, and the price of attendance is just £25 or £15 for Mammal Society members.  The closing date for abstracts is 5th May, and further details can be found here:

FWF program Cognition and Communication - 11 positions in Austria

Please consider the openings for 11 PhD-positions within the FWF funded Doctoral Program "Cognition and Communication", a cooperation between the University of Vienna and the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, that might be of interest for members and students of your research groups and/or societies. 
Details can be found under the following link: