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Location
Konstanz
Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Date Posted
19 Dec 2017

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Type
PhD Project
International Max Planck Research School for Organismal Biology

PhD position on Computational Approaches to the Experimental Study of Animal Collectives

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Konstanz
Baden-Württemberg, Germany
19 Dec 2017

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Position Description


The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Organismal Biology offers several fully-funded PhD positions. The IMPRS is based in southern Germany and is jointly organized by the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen and Radolfzell and the University of Konstanz. Outstanding students of all nationalities with a deep commitment to basic research in Organismal Biology are invited to apply.
All students accepted to the program will be supported by stipends or contracts. The program offers a dedicated teaching program, high quality research experience, and outstanding research facilities in an inspiring research and living environment. The working language is English. Each PhD student receives individual supervision and mentoring and is guided in her/his research work by a PhD advisory committee.

Project abstract: Understanding collective action in biological processes is a central challenge, essential for achieving progress in a variety of fields ranging from the organization and evolution of neural decision-making circuits, to the coordinated communication among cells, or animals, to the dynamics of information exchange among sophisticated organisms, and the emergence of complex societies. Consequently the study of collective behavior naturally spans scales, from how neural circuits control individual behavior, to the analogous issue of determining the structure and function of the communication network among organisms that gives rise to emergent group, and population-level, behavior. Insights and paradigms from the study of collective behavior help reveal unifying principles, as well as important differences, across scales of biological organization.
We seek PhD candidates with an interest in developing and employing computational approaches (e.g. 2D/3D computer vision, inverse methodologies, closed-loop virtual reality environments) to study of collective animal behavior in the lab or field. Expertise in programming is essential, and it is anticipated that candidates may have backgrounds in computer science, physics, applied mathematics, quantitative biology or engineering science.
Main advisor Iain Couzin, MPIO, Konstanz

Applicants should hold a MSc or equivalent degree in biology or a related discipline at the point of enrollment.


How to Apply

To apply for this position, it is strongly recommended to do this via the webpage of the International Max Planck Research School for Organismal Biology (http://www.orn.mpg.de/2383/Application). Deadline of application is January 15th, 2015. Interviews with the applicants are scheduled for Mid-March.


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