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Position: Research Associate - Sensory Biophysics
Institution: University of Bristol
Department: Biological Sciences
Location: Bristol, United Kingdom
Duties: To support, develop and execute research in sensory biophysics, as part of the research team. The research planned is aimed at elucidating the biophysical mechanisms of electroreception in honeybees and bumblebees. As research progresses, electroreception in other arthropod species will also be investigated. The successful candidate will have a track record in the field of sensory biophysics and/or insect electrophysiology. A key asset will be the capacity to identify and solve problems in the field of sensory biology, and specifically in electroreception
Requirements: Experience in electrophysiology. Experience in sensory ecological research. Flexible, rigorous, innovative and conscientious approach to work, attention to details in data acquisition and analysis. PhD in Life Sciences. Record of oral and poster presentations at international conference. Publications in peer reviewed journals. Evidence of capability to work in multidisciplinary team
Text: Research Associate Sensory Biophysics Contract Type: Open ended contract staff Expiration date: 12-Feb-2018 Sensory Biophysics Research Position A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the group of Professor Daniel Robert at the School of Biological Sciences. The post is funded for three years and is part of a multidisciplinary team supported by an ERC Advanced Investigator Award. The project is entitled “mechanisms of electroreception in bees and other terrestrial animals”, and seeks to elucidate the sensory mechanisms subtending electroreception in air. Applications are invited from potential candidates with a background in sensory biology or neuroscience with an interest in sensory ecology. Candidates should have the ability to develop own ideas on innovative investigations and experience in neuroethology, behavioural neuroscience. Previous experience in neuroimaging and X-ray tomography will be of advantage. You will be expected to work in collaboration with the other associated PDRAs and other members of the sensory biophysics and bionanoscience research group to identify and solve problems in the field of aerial electroreception. The successful candidate will hold a PhD in biology, or have completed their PhD and submitted their thesis. This position will be attractive to a highly motivated individual with a keen interest in science at the biology-physics interface. References to literature: Clarke D, Whitney H, Sutton G, Robert D (2013) Detection and learning of floral electric fields by bumblebees. Science 340:66-69 Sutton G, Clarke D, Morley E, Robert D (2016) Mechanosensory hairs in bumble bees ( Bombus terrestris ) detect weak electric fields. PNAS 113:7261-7265 More information about the group can be found at: For further details or informal enquiry, please contact Prof D. Robert at: . The University is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive culture. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities.
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