| Position Summary: Postdoctoral or more senior research associate position on collective cognition in animal groups at Princeton University and the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Konstanz, Germany. Professors Daniel I. Rubenstein in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University and Iain D. Couzin, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, University of Konstanz, seek applicants for a postdoctoral research associate, or more senior research position, to explore experimentally how perception, learning and strategic decision-making enhance the capabilities of group-living animals. Due to their diversity of cognitive capabilities and social organization, and their suitability for both laboratory and field studies, this study will focus on fish, which offer a powerful opportunity to explore the relationship between individual-level cognition and effective collective response in a wide range of ecologically-meaningful contexts. The successful candidate will have access to brand new state-of-the-art experimental facilities (both freshwater and marine), including our sophisticated computational tracking, body posture and visual field reconstruction system. Embedded in a multidisciplinary research team, the candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with experts in computer vision and machine learning, as well as in biology, to explore sensory integration and decision-making in animal groups. The successful candidate will work both at Princeton University (where experiments will be conducted) and will be a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Collective Behavior at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Konstanz, Germany, allowing them to work closely with Prof. Couzin on experimental design, imaging and data analysis. The appointment is for one year initially, with the possibility of renewal up to three years, based on satisfactory performance and funding. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, and benefits are included. This position is available immediately and will be open until filled. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.Applicants should apply online at https://jobs.princeton.edu and include a curriculum vitae, a one page statement of research interests and experience, and a cover letter with names and contact information of three referees. Informal inquiries are welcome and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org including a CV.We encourage applications from members of groups underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.|
Essential Qualifications: Education required: Doctorate DegreeCandidates are required to have a Ph.D. in biology, psychology, biophysics or a related field.
Preferred Qualifications: We particularly seek candidates who have experience with experimental research and quantitative investigation of animal behavior, and computational skills, while not essential, would be favorable. However applications from candidates with a strong quantitative background and keen interest to move into behavioral research will also be considered.
Education Required: Doctorate Degree