WE ARE LOOKING FOR A MOTIVATED POSTDOC TO JOIN OUR LAB TO CONDUCT
AN ELECTROPHYSIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF THE AVIAN HIPPOCAMPUS.
FOUR YEARS FULL SALARY
Our group in Bochum (Germany) is at the forefront of investigating brain and cognition in
birds by combining a wide range of techniques that reach from detailed analyses of behavior,
via tract-tracing, optogenetics, and single cell recordings up to fMRI at 7T-magnetic field
strength in awake and actively participating pigeons. In the current project, we aim to
investigate the cellular fundaments of spatial orientation in the pigeon hippocampus.
In mammals, groundbreaking research on spatial coding has been carried out in the
hippocampal formation. In birds, however, we just start to gain insights on the neural
fundaments of avian navigation. This lack of knowledge is astounding, given that the most
accomplished long-distance navigators are birds. We plan to investigate the neural
correlates of spatial cognition and navigation in pigeons both on the ground and in flight,
combining wireless in-vivo electrophysiology with behavioral observation methods based on
machine learning. The experiments will first take place in indoor arenas that allow a variety
of experimental manipulations, such as flexible reward locations, changes in the surrounding
contextual cues and the shape of the experimental environment.
Deadline of application: September 1, 2021; Institution: Biopsychology Lab, Institute of
Cognitive Neuroscience, Faculty of Psychology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
Candidates should have solid experience in single cell recording and data analysis in
non-human animals. We offer a four year fully paid position that is part of the SFB 1372
(Magnetoreception and Navigation in Vertebrates) and is associated with the research of
Nachum Ulanovsky (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel) and Henrik Mouritsen (Univ.
Oldenburg, Germany). The Güntürkün laboratory offers an enormously stimulating and
highly interdisciplinary as well as international research culture that particularly encourages
and supports the next generation of scientists (www.bio.psy.rub.de)
Interested candidates should submit their application with a detailed CV, a cover letter
detailing skills and motivation, and contact information for up to 3 references to Onur
At RUB, we are committed to promote the careers of women and people of color in the areas in which they are underrepresented. We therefore encourage and welcome relevant applications as well as those from non-binary or gender-queer applicants. Applications from persons with disabilities or equal status are very welcome. Ruhr-Universität Bochum is an equal opportunities employer.
Recent publications from the Güntürkün lab:
• Packheiser et al., Progress in Neurobiology, 2021, 197: 101901.
• Stacho et al., Science, 2020, 369: eabc5534.
• Yuste et al., Nature Neuroscience, 2020, 23: 1456-1468.
• Behroozi et al., Nature Communications, 2020, 11: 4715.
• Güntürkün et al., Physiological Reviews, 2020, 100: 1019-1063.
• Anselme, P. and Güntürkün, O., Behavioral Brain Sciences, 2019, 42: 1–59.
• Xiao, Q. and Güntürkün, O., Cell Reports, 2018, 25, 1171–1180.
• Ocklenburg et al., Science Advances, 2018, 4: eaar6830.
• Genç et al., Nature Communications, 2018, 9: 1905