vendredi 22 décembre 2017

Social niche conformance during adolescence and beyond - 2 PhD positions in Behavioural Biology

The Department of Behavioural Biology at the University of Münster invites applications for  two  PhD positions from February 1st 2018 or soon thereafter. The positions are available for three years and are funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) within the recently approved collaborative research centre (SFB/TRR 212) entitled:  A Novel Synthesis of Individualisation across Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution: Niche Choice, Niche Conformance, Niche Construction (NC3).
Thematic background & profile
Mechanisms of adaptive shaping of behavioural phenotypes have evolved during early phases of life in numerous species. In this project we  address  the  questions:  How can  behavioural phenotypes  be  shaped by  social  experiences  during  adolescence  and  beyond?  Are  these  phenotypes  adjusted  to  the environmental  conditions?  Do  males  and  females  differ?  What  are  the  underlying  hormonal mechanisms? We aim to study these questions using a highly social rodent, the guinea pig.
We seek bright and highly motivated students who have a proven record in behavioural biology. A very good Master degree or equivalent in a relevant topic  is expected.  Very good knowledge of spoken and written English is  mandatory. Finally, good organizational, writing and presentation skills as well as the ability to work well both independently and in a team environment are advantageous.
Research environment
The  successful  candidates  will  be  based  at  the  Department  of  Behavioural Biology  at the University of Münster.  The department offers a mind-stimulating and  interdisciplinary  research  environment.  Current  research  projects  deal with  (1)  stress,  stress  avoidance  and  animal  welfare,  (2)  evolution  and development  of  social  behaviour,  and  (3)  the  role  of  gene/environment interactions in the control of emotional, cognitive, and social behaviour.
To apply, please provide: (i) a letter of  motivation including a  statement of your research experience;
(ii)  a  CV  including  publication  list;  (iii)  names  and  contact  details  of  two  referees  willing  to  write confidential  letters  of  recommendation.  All  materials  should  be  emailed  as  a  single  PDF  file  to:
The application deadline is  January 7th 2018  and interviews  will take place shortly thereafter. The preferred start date is February 1st 2018  but is flexible. For further information  on the project and the Department  of Behavioural Biology in Münster, please see  or contact  Sylvia Kaiser (  or  Norbert  Sachser  (  with  any  informal inquiries.
The University of Münster  is an equal opportunity employer. We particularly welcome applications from women and handicapped people. Given equal suitability, qualifications and professional achievement,  women or handicapped people will be given preference, unless particular circumstances apply.