Sunday, June 27, 2021

Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d) | Collective behavior in nematodes


The Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior at its sites in Konstanz and Radolfzell offers an international, interdisciplinary, and collaborative environment that opens up unique research opportunities. The goal of our basic research is to develop a quantitative and predictive understanding of the decisions and movements of animals in their natural environment.

The Genes and Behavior Research Group at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior would like to fill the following position starting in September 2021. The position is for a period of 3 years, and the workplace will be in Konstanz.

Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d) on collective behavior in nematodes (100 %)

Our group:

The Genes and Behavior Research Group is headed by Dr Serena Ding. The group’s research is aimed at understanding the regulation of individual and collective behavior in nematode species in the context of ecology and evolution. As a group, we design behavioral assays and imaging techniques to capture behavior, develop tracking and data analysis methods to measure behavior, and employ statistical and modeling approaches to represent behavior. We are a friendly and interdisciplinary team embedded within a stimulating international research environment, where we interact closely with other departments at both the MPI-AB and the University of Konstanz. For more information about the group, please visit

Your profile:

We are looking for a creative and enthusiastic scientist with an interest in the mechanism and function of behavior. As a new Research Group, we are currently assembling an interdisciplinary team and welcome applicants from diverse research backgrounds. Your motivation to work on interesting problems and your drive to learn and collaborate are the most important criteria for this role.

Essential requirements:

  • Enthusiasm for research and attention to detail
  • Willingness and ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Publication track record
  • PhD in biology, physical science, computer science, or another relevant field

Additional skills that would be an asset, but are not necessary:

  • Experience with imaging processing
  • Knowledge of programming languages such as MATLAB or Python
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis techniques
  • Previous work with C. elegans

Our offer:

Candidates will work in a dynamic and highly international research environment. Our working language is English. The payment for the position is made in accordance with your experience and qualification within the salary group 13 of the collective agreement for the public service (TVöD-Bund). Questions about this position should be addressed to Dr. Serena Ding (

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The application closes on 18 July, 2021. To complete an online application, please visit and upload your CV and list of publications, a copy of your PhD degree, names and contact details of two scientific referees, along with a covering letter stating why you are applying for this role and how you meet the job description and person specification.

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