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Postdoctoral position in birdsong physiology and acoustics, Indiana University
A postdoctoral fellowship is available at Indiana University for a qualified applicant interested in the production of complex, learned vocalizations, using birdsong as a model system. We are studying the mechanisms of avian song production, including physiological and behavioral experiments on the role of auditory and somatosensory feedback in the motor control of the syrinx (vocal organ) and suprasyringeal vocal tract (http://www.indiana.edu/~songbird/). Excellent research facilities are available including cineradiography and expertise in recording respiratory, syringeal and upper vocal tract dynamics from freely behaving, spontaneously singing birds. Indiana University has excellent interdisciplinary programs for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior and for Neuroscience, as well as outstanding faculty in speech, hearing and linguistics. The postdoctoral appointment will remain open until June 1 or until a well-qualified candidate is found. If you are interested, please send your Curriculum Vitae, including a brief statement of your research interests, to Rod Suthers at email@example.com, voice: 812-855-8353; fax: 812-855-4436. Please also include the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three people who are willing to provide letters of recommendation if requested to do so. Indiana University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
PhD opportunity, Animal behaviour through a virtual lens, La Trobe University
La Trobe University’s Research Focus Area, Securing Food, Water and the environment, is offering a PhD Scholarship with top-up for the following research project: Animal behaviour through a virtual lens: A new paradigm to investigate interactions between habitat, weather and sensory system function.
Animals must respond to a changing world – from transient variations caused by environmental conditions to permanently altered habitats. Environmental change, regardless of time-scale, affects the physical properties of the habitats animals occupy and the sensory information available to animals for important tasks. An important source of sensory information for many animals is image motion, yet our understanding of how a complex ‘moving world’ affects animal behaviour is limited. An interdisciplinary approach that thinks outside the box is required. This PhD project will develop such an innovative approach by combining tools from 3D animation and computer vision to determine how habitat characteristics, weather conditions and motion vision influence animal signalling. The multifaceted strategy takes knowledge and data from nature into a virtual lab. More details here.
Contact: Dr Richard Peters, Department of Zoology, La Trobe University, Bundoora VIC 3086, AUSTRALIA. web: http://richard.eriophora.com.au. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Dr Tom Chandler, Caulfield School of IT Monash University, Caulfield VIC 3145. Email: email@example.com
PhD opportunity, Macquarie University
Are you planning to indulge your passion for biology and discovery at the postgraduate level? The Faculty of Science at Macquarie has up to 20 scholarships available for domestic students who meet the 2013 admission criteria for a PhD. The Department of Biology fosters an exciting and diverse research environment, with research leaders and world class facilities in research themes that span from ‘genes to geosciences’. For successful applicants we will provide up to $20,000 towards your research project and an additional $10,000 is available for conference travel.
Applications need to be submitted by 30th of September for 2013 admission. Our list of exciting projects is downloadable as a pdf. Information on how to apply for any of these projects is available on the Departmental Doctorate of Philosophy page.
PhD opportunity - Communication and cognition of behaviorally complex jumping spiders
PhD opportunities – lizard behavioural ecology at Macquarie University
I currently have several openings for PhD students in my research group. My lab has two major research themes: cognition and animal communication/social behaviour. These themes encompass several disciplines and recent projects include sexual selection, mating systems, signalling and cognition in a multitude of lizard species (blue-tongues, water dragons, eastern water skinks, great desert skinks, Jacky dragons, Chinese toad-headed agamas) and amphibians (cane toads, tree frogs).
I am particularly interested in finding a student to work on an ARC grant testing for social intelligence in Egernia skinks in collaboration with Richard Byrne (St. Andrews). Here is some background: Uncovering the evolution of intelligence is one of science’s greatest challenges. Social intelligence theory suggests that sociality selects for increasingly sophisticated cognition, but this theory is heavily biased by studies of birds and mammals. To understand if cognition evolves independently using similar rules, we need studies of animals with different evolutionary histories. Egernia lizards evolved from a non-social ancestor and range in sociality from single individuals to family groups. We will integrate brain morphology, cognitive ability, and the lizards’ social system within a multi-species evolutionary framework to uncover the possible early evolution and complex relationship between cognition and sociality.
Macquarie scholarships (MQRES) include an Australian Postgraduate Award equivalent tax-free stipend of $24,653 pa in (indexed annually) and a small relocation allowance. Students on scholarships are not obliged to contribute to teaching, but may do so to supplement their income if desired. In the Department of Biological Sciences, up to $20,000 is available to cover direct research expenses of each PhD candidate, and schemes from the Faculty of Science and Macquarie University Research Office are available to support travel to visit overseas laboratories and to attend international conferences (up to $5,000 per application). Applicants for the PhD program must have a master’s degree and a good academic record.
Entry into my lab is dependent on receiving a fully funded scholarship. The deadline for international student scholarships is 31 August and 31 October for domestic (Australian and New Zealand) students. If you are interested in joining my lab, please send me an expression of interest. Ultimately, I will need to see your CV, academic transcripts, two letters of recommendation and a brief description of your research interests. I will assist appropriate candidates to apply for scholarships and I need to have all applications by 20 August. I will consider domestic students after this date if there are still spaces available in the lab. For more information about my research group (The Lizard Lab) see www.whitinglab.com
Please send all enquiries to Martin Whiting: firstname.lastname@example.org
PhD opportunity – Group living in coral reef gobies
A PhD position has opened up to investigate the evolution of group living in coral reef gobies. The position will be based in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Wollongong, NSW, under the supervision of Dr. Marian Wong, behavioural ecologist and Lecturer in Marine Biology, and Prof. Mark Dowton, molecular ecologist and Head of School. The University of Wollongong offers excellent scholarship, career development and supervisory support for post-graduate students in a friendly and collegiate setting.
Understanding why some species are social, whereas others remain stubbornly asocial, is a long-standing question that has long puzzled evolutionary biologists. This project will investigate why sociality has evolved using a cryptic yet charismatic group of coral-dwelling gobies. This project is rooted within the field of behavioural ecology and will incorporate genetic, observational and experimental techniques to test key hypotheses for social evolution. Lab work will be conducted at the University of Wollongong, and field work will be conducted at Lizard Island Research Station, QLD.
The applicant will need to obtain an Australian Postgraduate Award or International Postgraduate Award and substantial help will be provided in the application process (for more details see: http://www.uow.edu.au/
PhD opportunity – The function of female ornamentation in lovely fairy-wrens.
A PhD project is available to investigate the function of elaborate female song and plumage in a cooperatively breeding bird, the lovely fairy-wren (Malurus amabilis). The position will be based in the Evolution and Behaviour Group in the Department of Zoology at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Assoc Prof Raoul Mulder, and co-supervised by Dr Michelle Hall.
Studies on elaborate male traits have formed the foundation of the field of sexual selection. However, ornamentation in females is only recently attracting attention, and there is controversy over whether sexual selection or alternative mechanisms drive the evolution of female ornamentation. Lovely fairy-wrens have the most colourful female plumage among the Australian fairy-wrens, but have never been studied before. The student will be able to work independently to establish a new project investigating the function of elaborate female song and plumage in lovely fairy-wrens, and test competing hypotheses for the evolution of female ornamentation in birds.
Interested students should email their CV, contact details of two academic referees, academic transcript, and a letter describing their research interests to Raoul Mulder (r.mulderATunimelb.edu.au) and Michelle Hall (hall.mATunimelb.edu.au).
The candidate will need to obtain an Australian Postgraduate Award or International Research and Fee Remission Scholarships (for details and scholarship application forms see http://services.unimelb.edu.au/scholarships/research). The main application deadlines for these scholarships are 31 August (International) and 31 October (Domestic).
Dr Michelle L Hall, Research Fellow, Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, 3010, Australia.
Volunteer field assistants
We are looking for field assistant(s) to help monitor a colour-banded population of superb fairy-wrens near Melbourne, Australia, for a study on animal personalities. Start: September/October 2013. Duration – 4 to 6 months. Duties include regular censusing of small colour-banded birds, searching for and monitoring nests, mist-netting, behavioural observations, video analysis, and data proofing. Good nest-searching skills are particularly important as nests need to be found before egg-laying commences. Working days are long, with early starts six days a week. Enthusiasm, self-motivation, and a strong work ethic are a must. The study is based at Serendip Sanctuary, a small reserve on the outskirts of Melbourne. Free onsite accommodation is provided in a house with a shared dorm-style room, but assistants cover travel to the site and their own food costs. The project will reimburse up to AUD$500/month towards receipted food and travel expenses. For more information contact: Michelle Hall (hall.mATunimelb.edu.au) and Raoul Mulder (r.mulderATunimelb.edu.au). To apply, please email a letter outlining previous relevant field research experience, and a resume including names and contact information for 3 referees. For more information, contact Dr Michelle L Hall, Research Fellow, Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, 3010, Australia. email: email@example.com; phone: + 61 3 83446232; www: Research Home Page
2014. July 13-18. IUSSI 2014 – International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Cairns, Australia.
2014. July 28-August 2: 11th International Congress of Neuroethology, Sapporo, Japan
2014. July 31-August 5. International Society for Behavioural Ecology Conference, Hunter College, City University of New York.
2015. August 9-14. Behaviour 2015 - 34th International Ethological Conference. Cairns Convention Centre, Queensland, Australia
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