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.

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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.


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Graduate Students

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 j.lesku@latrobe.edu.au and timothy.roth@fandm.edu 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
Assistant Professor
Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, USA

John Lesku, PhD
Senior Lecturer
La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia


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