Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Animal Behaviour
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
The Department of Psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland invites applications
from qualified individuals for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Animal Behaviour (VPA-PSYC-2017-001). The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in psychology (or a closely-
related field); will show evidence of an active research programme; will be expected to obtain external funding; will contribute to teaching courses both within the candidate’s area of specialty
as well as lower level psychology courses; and will be expected to participate in the
interdisciplinary Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology graduate program. Preference will be given
to applicants whose research has a strong field component.
Applicants should submit: (1) a curriculum vitae; (2) a statement of research interests and three
selected reprints; (3) a statement of teaching interests and evidence of effective teaching; and (4)
the names, mailing addresses and email addresses of three referees to:
Dr. Ian Neath, Head, Department of Psychology
Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL, A1B 3X9.
Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged and may be sent via e-mail to
The deadline for receipt of a complete application is October 15, 2017.
The appointment will begin on September 1st, 2018.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents
will be given priority. Memorial University is committed to employment equity and encourages
applications from qualified women and men, visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons
with disabilities. Informal inquiries are welcomed. The position is subject to budgetary approval.
Memorial University is the largest university in Atlantic Canada. As the province's only
university, Memorial plays an integral role in the education and cultural life of Newfoundland
and Labrador. Offering diverse undergraduate and graduate programmes to almost 18,000
students, Memorial provides a distinctive and stimulating environment for learning in St. John's,
a very safe, friendly city with great historic charm, a vibrant cultural life, and easy access to a
wide range of outdoor activities.
The Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology Graduate Program is a unique interdisciplinary program
with supervisors primarily from the Psychology, Biology and Ocean Sciences departments, with
significant collaborations in federal and provincial wildlife agencies.
Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Integrative Organismal Ecology, University of Georgia, USA
The Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia (http://www.ecology.uga.edu/) invites
applications for a tenure-track, academic year (9-month) position at the Assistant Professor level.
We seek candidates whose research is at the organismal scale of organization, and that integrates
ecophysiology, behavioral ecology, evolutionary ecology or functional morphology. The ideal
candidate will use innovative approaches to address fundamental questions in their field, and be
able to collaborate effectively with other members of the school. We are interested in candidates
whose research program has a strong empirical focus, and applicants can focus on any taxonomic
group or study system (terrestrial, marine or freshwater). The successful candidate will be
expected to have demonstrated excellence and productivity in research, to maintain a rigorous,
externally funded research program, and to participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching.
Primary teaching responsibilities will include contributing to a large-enrollment introductory
course in ecology, and upper-level courses in the successful candidate’s area of expertise.
Applicants with an interest in utilizing one or more of our field stations and facilities
(http://www.ecology.uga.edu/facilitiesList.php) are especially encouraged to apply. The ideal
candidate would establish bridges with other units at UGA such as Genetics, Forestry and
Natural Resources, Veterinary Medicine, Plant Biology, Marine Sciences, Microbiology or
Candidates must have a Ph.D. or terminal degree in ecology, biology, or a related field.
Candidates should submit applications electronically at
http://facultyjobs.uga.edu/postings/2765. Applicants should be prepared to upload the following items in PDF format: (a) a cover letter, (b) curriculum vitae, (c) a statement of research
goals (2 pages max.), (d) a statement of teaching philosophy (2 pages max.), (e) 3 representative
peer-reviewed journal articles, and (f) names and contact information (email, address and phone)
for three referees.
Applications should be received by 23 October 2017 to ensure full consideration. The anticipated start date for the position is August 2018.
The University of Georgia is located in Athens, Georgia. Georgia is well known for its quality of
life with both outdoor and urban activities (www.georgia.gov). UGA (www.uga.edu) is a land
grant/sea grant institution located approximately 60 miles northeast of Atlanta. It is within an
hour driving distance from the North Georgia Mountains and four hours from the Atlantic coast.
Athens enjoys a mild climate and yet still sees the benefits of the changing seasons, and is well
known for its vibrant music scene.
The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex,
national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.
Assistant Professor of Animal Behavior,
Cornell University, USA
The Department of Neurobiology and Behavior (NBB) invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Behavior. We seek broad thinkers with a strong understanding of evolutionary biology who can show how their research helps answer major questions in animal behavior and why they are particularly suited to tackle these questions. We encourage candidates whose aim is to discover general principles of animal behavior that link to other areas of biology. The successful candidate is expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded, internationally recognized research program, and to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/9512. Questions can be directed to Prof. Kern Reeve, Search Committee Chair, NBB, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, email@example.com.
Application deadline, including 3 letters of recommendation:
1 November 2017.
Diversity and Inclusion are parts of Cornell University’s heritage. Cornell is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.
Staff scientist research position in Animal Behavior,
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Republic of Panama
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI; www.stri.si.edu), headquartered in the Republic of Panama, is seeking an outstanding behavioral biologist to establish an independent
world-class research program in animal behavior. The successful candidate will apply a deep
understanding of natural history to resolve basic questions about behavioral mechanisms,
evolutionary processes, and adaptive function. Areas of specialty may include, but are not
limited, to behavioral ecology, evolution of behavior, sensory and neuroethology, chemical
ecology of behavior, behavior developmental physiology and functional morphology, and the
genetic basis of behavior. Candidates working on any animal taxa, marine or terrestrial, will be
considered. Previous experience working in the tropics is not required. The successful candidate will have opportunities to mentor pre- and post-doctoral fellows drawn from an international community, and collaborate with the entire Smithsonian staff.
STRI has state-of- the-art research facilities, as well as terrestrial and marine field stations, and
reserves throughout the country. There are environmental monitoring facilities, a large,
multilingual support staff, and a library with extensive holdings in the natural sciences, as well as electronic access to all the Smithsonian libraries. The Republic of Panama and the adjacent
regions of tropical America are phenomenally rich in terrestrial and marine habitats. The new
staff member will join a vibrant scientific community of 30 staff scientists, and an international
community of over 1500 scientific visitors per year, including fellows and interns supported
through the Smithsonian. Staff scientists maintain diverse research programs covering ecology,
evolution, physiology, development, and behavior of marine and terrestrial organisms and
ecosystems, both ancient and modern, and the role of human interactions in shaping tropical
environments. Staff scientists are not limited to conducting their research in or near Panama.
The position consists of full-time research. Internal funds are provided for laboratory setup, core
ongoing research and travel. Staff scientists may supplement their basic yearly research budget by competing for additional intramural and external research funds. Staff scientists are evaluated on their research accomplishments. There is no official tenure, but rather a system of periodic reviews that allows for long-term research projects. For more information on working at STRI see the FAQ: http://www.stri.si.edu/job-184/jobs_files/STRI_Staff_Scientist_FAQs.pdf
No formal teaching is required, but in addition to mentoring post-doctoral fellows, students, and
interns, STRI scientists are encouraged to teach in graduate training programs with affiliated
universities, and to participate in outreach to local and international audiences.
Early- to mid-career candidates are encouraged. Annual salary is commensurate with experience. Compensation packages are internationally competitive, and include allowances to support educational expenses for dependent children at international schools. The position is based in the Republic of Panama. Relocation expenses are provided.
A Ph.D. and post-doctoral research experience in a relevant field, an outstanding
publication record, demonstrated success in obtaining research grants, a history of successful
collaborative research, and demonstrated skill in communicating science to the public.
Please submit the following as PDF files: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of
research accomplishments and interests in animal behavior and related fields, PDFs of three to
five significant publications, and the names and contact information of three references to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Address inquiries to Dr. Rachel Page, Chair, Animal Behavior Search
Committee, at PageR@si.edu.
Positions are open until filled; review of applications will begin on November 15, 2017 and
interviews will commence shortly thereafter.
STRI is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce.
Appointments are made without regard to nationality. In addition this position in animal
behavior, STRI is currently filling staff scientist positions in terrestrial microbial ecology, forest
biology and marine biology, and is supportive of the needs of dual career couples. For more
information on the positions STRI is offering, please see our webpage:
Two Positions in Animal Physiology
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, USA
The College of Biological Sciences (CBS) at the University of Minnesota (UMN) is hiring one tenure-track faculty in the area of Animal Physiology and one teaching-track faculty in the area of Physiology Education. Positions are 9-monthappointments starting the fall of 2017. Major responsibilities include varying levels of research, teaching, and service to the University, depending on the position.
Tenure-track position, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
We welcome applications from organismal biologists conducting integrative and/or comparative research in any area of animal physiology related to the behavior, evolution, or ecology of either vertebrate or invertebrate animals. We seek outstanding applicants whose research spans two or more of the department’s disciplinary strengths in behavior, evolution, and ecology. We are especially interested in applicants whose research program would also establish natural bridges to other scientists on campus who conduct research in various areas of organismal biology (e.g., neurobiology, sensory biology, developmental biology, and endocrinology, among others). Primary teaching responsibilities will include a large-enrollment course in animal physiology taught in an active-learning classroom and an upper-division course in the applicant’s area of expertise.
Teaching-track position, Department of Biology Teaching and Learning
The primary role of this Teaching Assistant Professor in Physiology Education position is to provide high-quality undergraduate instruction in physiology, and to work as an team member on improving the undergraduate curriculum in physiological biology. The successful applicant will employ innovative, evidence-based teaching that advances the undergraduate teaching mission of the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) and the University of Minnesota. The position is teaching-intensive, with expectation of contributions to scholarship and service, including participating in research related to biology teaching and learning and providing guidance to colleagues in areas of the Teaching Assistant Professor’s expertise. Candidates must have a suitable background in physiology that complements existing strengths in the Department and teach in those areas.
Visit the college’s hiring website for detailed information about these two positions http://z.umn.edu/cbsfacultyhiring. Evaluation of applications will begin November 15, 2016.
Successful candidates require a PhD in Physiology or related field, post-doctoral experience, expertise that complements current faculty, demonstrated commitment to graduate and undergraduate education, evidence of commitment to equity and diversity, and teaching experience.
Tenure-Track Position in Animal Behavior
University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, USA
The Department of Biology at University of Pennsylvania invites applicants for a tenure-track position in Animal Behavior at the level of Assistant Professor. We are especially interested in integrative research that explores animal behavior in a natural context. We will consider all types of behaviors and animal models, but we have a particular interest in behaviors that include a social, interactive component. The anticipated start date for this position is July 2018.
Penn’s Department of Biology has a long-standing tradition of maintaining an integrated research and educational program across all basic biological sciences, including Molecular and Cellular Biology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Animal Behavior, Genomics, Ecology and Evolution, and Plant Sciences. The Department values interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and collegiality, with a vision that emphasizes “Life in its Natural Context”.
Candidates are expected to have demonstrated excellence and productivity in research and to participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching. Interested candidates should submit materials through http://facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/postings/957 and include a curriculum vitae, concise statements of research and teaching interests, a short annotated description of up to five publications, and the name and contact information of at least three referees. Recommenders will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit a letter to the website. Review of applicants will begin November 7, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.
The Department of Biology is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more diverse faculty (for more information see: http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v58/n02/diversityplan.html).
The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employers. Minorities/Women/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.
Graduate Student Positions in Animal Behavior
Ball State University - Indiana, USA
The Ward Lab at Ball State University is seeking bright and talented MSc students for Fall 2018.
Research in our lab seeks to understand the proximate and ultimate factors that control variation
in behavior. We work primarily with stream fish, but projects involving other organisms are
possible. Current projects in the lab focus on two non-mutually exclusive lines of inquiry:
Communication systems, sensory perception, and information processing
How do organisms perceive and respond to one another and the environment?
This line of research focuses on understanding the mechanisms, function and evolution of
sensory and communication systems. Questions asked relate to how animals have evolved to
perceive, process, and respond to stimuli in the contexts of mate choice, aggression, and
predator-prey dynamics, as well as how behavior develops in response to abiotic environmental
Ecological and evolutionary consequences of human-driven behavioral change on animals
What drives the behavioral responses of organisms to a changing world?
Another focus of our research is to clarify how different forms of human activity (endocrine
disrupting chemicals, land-use changes, invasive introductions) modify the behavior of
organisms, and the associated ecological and evolutionary implications of these changes.
Interested prospective students should contact Dr. Jessica Ward at email@example.com. Please
include (i) a letter of motivation including a maximum 1-page statement of your research
interests and relevant technical skills and experience, (ii) a CV, (iii) your GRE scores (if you
have them), and (iv) contact information for 3 references.
Funding is available to students through a variety of sources, including teaching assistantships.
However, the departmental deadline for applications for assistantships is February 1 2018.
Therefore, interested students should contact Dr. Jessica Ward before December 15, 2017.
Interviews will take place shortly thereafter.
The Department of Biology at Ball State is a collaborative and dynamic research environment
with more than 30 faculty members and ~50 MSc and PhD graduate students. Ball State
University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of
Indianapolis. To learn more about admissions requirements and processes, applicants should visit
the university graduate admissions webpage
(http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/gradschool) or the Biology Department
Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and
actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with
disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will
receive equal consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age,
disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Jessica Ward
Department of Biology
Ball State University
Postdoc position in Jena, Germany.
We invite applications for a postdoctoral position to join an exciting new research group studying the evolutionary ecology of chemical defences, based at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany. Funding is for 2.5 years, with a possible extension of 2 years contingent on progress.
Chemically defended organisms communicate their unprofitability to potential predators with conspicuous warning signals – aposematism. A profitability spectrum among chemically defended organisms may be important in shaping ecological communities and interactions among species. For example, variability in chemical defences can switch the evolutionary dynamics of signalling systems from mutualistic to parasitic, from signal monomorphism to signal diversity. But what constitutes unprofitability, and how important is it in shaping interactions among species? We investigate these questions using a combination of laboratory experiments and field studies.
The postdoctoral researcher will be part of a team working in two systems: (i) laboratory experiments on the link between warning colours and chemical defences will investigate how organisms optimise their aposematic defences; the project includes aspects of insect culturing, characterization of aposematic traits, including their costs (using biochemical, metabolic, spectroscopy, machine learning and imaging techniques), and efficacy assays with predators; (ii) lab and field experiments on ecological pharmacodynamics will explore the mechanisms by which the chemical defences of prey have their effect. The project will utilise techniques such as working with specialist and generalist invertebrate or vertebrate predators/consumers, toxicokinetics, identification and cloning of genes, quantitative real-time RT-PCR, heterologous expression techniques, and bioinformatics procedures including comparative analyses.
Applicants should have a PhD in relevant biological subject (e.g., biology, ecology, zoology, biochemistry, or genetics) or related area, and a strong background in evolutionary biology/ecology, chemical ecology, or sensory biology (or any combination of those fields). They should provide clear evidence of research productivity, and of having been responsible for the direction of their research. Proficiency in statistics and the use of R is particularly encouraged.
The starting dates is negotiable, starting from March 2018 (but no later than July 2018). The working language in the group is English (German skills are not essential). Candidates should have proficiency in both written and spoken English. We are an inclusive and diverse institute, and we encourage applications from women, people with disabilities, and all under-represented minority groups.
The lab is based at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology (MPI-CE), in Jena, Germany: https://www.ice.mpg.de/ext/index.php?id=travel#header_logo The MPI-CE is an internationally renowned research institution with more than 200 employees working in five departments and across more than 30 research groups.
Applicants should send a single pdf file comprising of a cover letter with a - statement of their research interests, a C.V. (including publication list), and the names and contact details of at least one referee. Please send this to Dr Hannah Rowland (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications will be accepted
up to and including December 13th 2017, with interviews conducted in January 2018. For more information contact email@example.com https://www.ice.mpg.de/ext/index.php?id=predators_prey&L=0
PhD position: Cognitive evolution, behaviour, and the brain in guppies, at Stockholm University, Sweden
View position details here:
Closing date: 31 Jan 2018
Maîtrise sur le comportement des joueurs de jeux vidéo à L’Université du Québec à Montréal (English follows)
Nous sommes à la recherche d’un étudiant intéressé à réaliser un projet de maîtrise sur
l’écologie comportemental des joueurs dans les jeux vidéo. Le projet sera complété
sous la supervision de Pierre-Olivier Montiglio et Clint Kelly au Département des
Sciences Biologiques à l’UQAM. Le candidat complètera deux stages de quatre mois
dans une compagnie de jeux vidéo et aidera à la conception de jeux, l’analyse de
données sur le comportement des joueurs, et publiera ses résultats sous forme
Ce projet est une opportunité unique de développer une expertise en écologie
comportementale et des compétences pour l’analyse quantitative de grands jeux de
données. Il permettra de faire des analyses pour comprendre comment la structure de
l'habitat affecte les interactions sociales entre joueurs dans le jeu, comment les joueurs
se spécialisent sur différentes stratégies de jeu, et comment la structure des
interactions entre les joueurs détermine leurs habitudes de jeu.
Ce projet de maîtrise prépare le candidat à la poursuite d’un doctorat ou peut
potentiellement mener à un poste d’analyste dans une compagnie privée. Le
financement minimum par année est de 17 500$ pour deux ans.
Le candidat idéal devrait posséder:
- Des compétences dans l’analyse statistique de données (modèles généralisés
mixtes, méthodes d’ordination, analyses spatiales) et la programmation (R et
- La capacité de travailler de manière autonome et en équipes composées de
chercheurs académiques et de membres de l’industrie.
- La capacité de travailler en français et en anglais. L’UQAM offre un
environnement de travail francophone. Le candidat qui ne possède pas un
niveau de français minimum devra démontrer une motivation concrète à
apprendre le français.
- Un intérêt pour l’enseignement. L’étudiant devra occuper au moins une charge
d’auxiliaire d’enseignement par année pour compléter son financement.
Les candidats intéressés par ce projet devraient envoyer un exemple d’écriture
scientifique (travail de session en écologie ou comportement animal, thèse, mémoire,
ou article scientifique publié), leur CV, et une lettre de motivation expliquant a) leur plan
de carrière, b) pourquoi ils sont intéressés par le projet, c) les compétences et expertise
qu’ils souhaitent développer au cours de leur maîtrise par courriel à montiglio.pierre-
Masters project on video game player behavior at University of Quebec at Montreal
We are looking for students interested in pursuing a Masters project on the behavioural
ecology of video game players under the supervision of Pierre-Olivier Montiglio and
Clint Kelly at the Department of Biological Sciences, UQAM. The candidate would
complete two internships with a video game company to assist with game design,
analysis of data on player behaviour, and publish peer-reviewed scientific papers.
The masters project is a unique opportunity to gain good knowledge of behavioural
ecology and to develop strong quantitative skills to analyse big datasets. It offers the
opportunity to analyse how habitat structure (level design) can shape social interactions
among players, how players specialise on different strategies, and how the structure of
interactions among players determines their playing habits.
The project will prepare the candidate for a PhD or will potentially lead to an
analyst/data scientist position outside of academia. Minimum stipend will be $17500 per
year for 2 years.
The ideal candidate should have:
- Strong skills or interests in statistical analyses (Generalised linear mixed models,
ordination methods, spatial analyses) and programming (R and Python).
- The ability to work independently and in teams composed of researchers at the
University and members of the video game company.
- The ability to work in French and English. UQAM is a francophone research
environment. Candidate without any working French skills must show strong
interest in learning French.
- An interest in teaching. Masters students will be expected to take a minimum of
one teaching assistantship per year to complete their stipend.
Interested? Send an example of your scientific writing (report from a past course in
ecology, evolution, or behaviour, honours thesis, scientific paper), your CV, and a letter
detailing a) your career plans, b) why you are interested in the project, and c) what skills
you hope to develop during the masters by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PhD position: Ecologically relevant sleep-dependent cognition in birds, at Latrobe University, Melbourne, Australia
The functions of sleep remain a topic of debate. The dominant venue for sleep research is the laboratory, with a clear focus on the study of various strains of rodent. Moreover, most work on the role of sleep in memory processing and performance is conducted with mazes and motor-vigilance tasks; however, (1) the laboratory is an overly simplified environment that fails to capture the complexity of natural conditions, and (2) the tests used have limited ecological relevance. Nothing is known about how animals use sleep for cognition in the wild.
The successful candidate will study sleep-related trade-offs in real-world, ecologically-relevant situations, using innovative technologies that will realize a more thorough understanding of sleep functions and the fitness outcomes of sleep disturbance. Systems studied may include sleep-dependent bower construction in male great bowerbirds; relationship between brain state and brain temperature (including torpor) in kookaburras and/or trade-offs between sleep-dependent memory and torpor-dependent energy savings in food-caching birds in North America.
This three-year PhD position will be funded by La Trobe University and the Australian Research Council (ARC). As this is a behavioural and neurophysiological study, the successful candidate will become familiar with behavioural observations, remote monitoring and electrophysiology to examine the activity patterns and electroencephalogram (EEG) of free-living birds in the wild or naturalistic enclosures.
We seek a bright and highly motivated student who ideally holds an M.Sc. or equivalent in a relevant topic (e.g. sleep or circadian rhythms, or more broadly in physiological ecology, evolutionary physiology). Applications are welcomed irrespective of country. Australian and New Zealand applicants must have received first class Honours degrees. Please include the mark obtained in your Masters or Honours and the % of time allocated to research in the pursuit of that degree. Experience working independently and in the field is advantageous, and a high standard of spoken and written English is required.
The student will be based at the Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution at La Trobe University in Melbourne. A PhD stipend here provides approximately $1,000 AUD per fortnight. Melbourne is the second-largest city in Australia, and offers a high standard of living, a culturally-rich environment, and easy access to outdoor pursuits. Wild areas abound. The birding is fabulous.
To apply for the position, please provide: (i) a letter of motivation including a maximum 2-page statement of your research interests, relevant skills and experience; (ii) a CV including publication list (up to five pages); and (iii) names and contact details of three referees willing to write confidential letters of recommendation. Materials should be emailed to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org with SLEEP PHD APPLICATION in the subject line. Closing date for applications is July 1st 2017, and interviews will take place shortly afterwards. The preferred start date is flexible and will depend on the timeframe of the most qualified applicant.
Timothy Roth II, PhD
Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, USA
John Lesku, PhD
La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
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