jeudi 18 décembre 2014

Postdoctoral position: "Investigating the Social Behaviour of Fish Using Immersive Closed-Loop Virtual Reality"

We seek an outstanding scientist for a postdoctoral position to develop, and employ, immersive 3D closed-loop virtual reality (VR) environments to investigate visually-mediated social behaviours in fish. Like other group-living vertebrates fish must respond rapidly to changing visual cues in order to effectively employ social information when making movement decisions. Consequently they are an excellent system for investigating the process by which complex, high-dimensional visual information is translated into low-level movement decisions. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in computer science, robotics, biophysics, neuroscience, physics, or a related field. Expertise in developing closed-loop VR environments is not essential, but applicants must be skilled in C++ and/or Python and have experience with computer vision / 3D computer graphics.
This project is a close collaboration between Iain D. Couzin (MPIO and U. Konstanz, Konstanz), where the postdoctoral fellow will be based, and Andrew Straw (IMP Vienna) an expert on closed-loop VR. The position is available initially for 2 years from Feb 2015, with the possibility of extension based on performance.
The new Department of Collective Behavior is located on the campus of the University of Konstanz in the historic city of Konstanz, by Lake Constance in southern Germany. It is approximately 50 minutes (by train or car) from Zurich International Airport and closely affiliated with the nearby Max Planck Department of Migration and Immuno-Ecology in Radolfzell.
The Max Planck Institutes and the University of Konstanz focus on excellence in research and the successful applicant will benefit from excellent infrastructure, opportunities for training and a highly collaborative and international research environment. The working language is English and consequently applicants must be fluent in this language; knowledge of German is not necessary.
Applications, including a CV, and in addition a 2-page description of past research activities should be sent, in PDF format, to with subject line “MPI Fish VR”. In addition, applicants should arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent separately to Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
The Max Planck Society and the University of Konstanz are committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in their workforce and therefore we encourage applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, we seek to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. We offer extensive support to help researchers balance professional and home life, including assistance with childcare and support of the elderly, and flexibility in how employees arrange working hours. For details see

For further information regarding this position please contact Iain D. Couzin, Director and Chair. (