3-year PhD position to study
of olfactory circuits in the brain of Drosophila
The project is funded by the new Research Unit FOR 5424 ‘Modulation of Olfaction’ of the DFG (German Research Foundation) and will be co-supervised by Silke Sachse and Markus Knaden.
During its life an animal is constantly exposed to a plethora of olfactory inputs, many of them being essential for the animal’s survival and reproduction. While certain odours induce an innate and stereotyped behavioral output, odor-based behavioral decisions are largely modulated by physiological state, specific context and previous experience.
However, the neuronal mechanisms underlying this modulation remain largely elusive.
The goal of this PhD project is to study experience-dependent modulation along the olfactory circuitry. We will employ classical learning paradigms, but also establish novel learning assays that include an ecological relevant context, such as oviposition and mating. Moreover, using 2-photon functional imaging, we aim to elucidate modulation in specific neuronal populations of the olfactory pathway as well as study the underlying neuronal mechanisms using neuro- end optogenetic tools.
We are looking for a highly motivated and creative candidate with training in neurophysiology or neurogenetics. Experiences with Drosophila research and/or insect behavior is preferred. A master’s degree in Neuroscience, Biology or related discipline is required for this PhD position.
The Max Planck Society is one of Europe's leading research organizations and conducts basic research in the natural sciences, life sciences, and humanities. The Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena carries out fundamental research on how organisms communicate with each other via chemical signals. We analyze ecological interactions with molecular, chemical and neurobiological techniques. In the Institute, organic chemists, biochemists, ecologists, entomologists, behavioral scientists, insect geneticists and physiologists work in collaboration to unravel the complexity of chemical communication that occurs in nature.
The Max Planck Society and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology are very committed to equal opportunities, diversity as well as gender equality. We actively support a healthy work-life balance compatibility and the compatibility of work and family and have set ourselves the goal of employing more severely disabled people as well as groups that are underrepresented in science and especially in the given field of activity. Therefore, we explicitly encourage them to apply and welcome applications from all backgrounds.
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