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Lead PIs: Jens Krause, Max Wolf

Description of the postdoctoral project:

This project addresses one of the most fundamental questions associated with exploration behavior and the development of intelligent behavior in biological systems. When facing the task of developing intelligent (i.e. adaptable, general, cost effective and goal-directed)  behavior in an unknown environment, for example from birth, what are the exact sequences of exploration behaviors and associated experiences that real-world organisms go through? In order to address this question, the postdoctoral researcher will map the behavioral-experiential trajectories of genetically identical newborn individual fish (Poecilia formosa) with a high-resolution tracking system under a range of ecological conditions. Throughout, the postdoctoral researcher is expected to closely collaborate with a second postdoc, who focusses on the development of algorithmic models aimed at explaining and predicting the experimentally observed behavioral patterns.


Applicants must hold a PhD in Biology or related fields and should have a strong background in several of the following topics:

  • Animal behavior
  • Lab-based experiments with fish
  • Animal tracking including the analysis of high-resolution tracking-data
  • Statistical data analysis

Excellent English skills both written and spoken are required.

Application deadline: 29 November 2019 23:59 CET

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