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Ruhr-Universität Bochum | Psychologie / Biopsychologie / SFB 1372

Ord.-Nr.: 640759 - Postdoctoral position 1,5 years 39,83 h/w

  • Online seit 12.04.2021
  • 210412-463403
  • 640759
  • Wissenschaftl. Mitarbeiter(in)


The Ruhr University Bochum is one of the leading research universities. The university draws its strengths from both the diversity and the proximity of scientific and engineering disciplines on a single, coherent campus. This highly dynamic setting enables students and researchers to work across traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties.

We are looking for a postdoctoral scientist for a DFG-funded project studying the neural basis of avian navigation in the SFB 1372 “Magnetoreception and Navigation in Vertebrates” at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. In mammalian species, groundbreaking research has been conducted in the hippocampal and parahippocampal regions that have laid the fundament for comprehending how we navigate through space. Despite their capacities to navigate large distances with remarkable precision, little is known however how avian species navigate the environment. In this project, the postdoc will investigate the neuronal correlates of avian navigation both at ground and in flight using state-of-the-art wireless in-vivo electrophysiology in the pigeon hippocampal complex combined with machine-learning based behavioral monitoring procedures. The experiments will take place in large-scale indoor arenas allowing for a variety of experimental manipulations such as flexible reward locations, changes in the surrounding contextual cues and changes in the experimental environment itself.

The Biopsychology Lab headed by Onur Güntürkün provides a highly stimulating and scientifically rigorous work group that is specifically designed for early career researchers to develop their research agenda through a highly collaborative and supportive environment. Its embeddedness in the SFB headed by Henrik Mouritsen (University of Oldenburg, Germany) further guarantees that this project is associated with a highly cooperative team of research groups.

Recent publications of the Güntürkün lab (www.bio.psy.rub.de):

Packheiser et al., Progr. Neurobiol., 2021, 197: 101901.

Stacho et al., Science, 2020, 369: eabc5534.

Yuste et al., Nature Neurosci., 2020, 23: 1456-1468.

Behroozi et al., Nature Comm., 2020, 11: 4715.

Güntürkün et al., Physiol. Rev., 2020, 100: 1019-1063.



- PhD with a background in biology, psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science or related fields

- Significant expertise in in-vivo electrophysiology (single-unit recordings)

- Experience in experiments investigating place coding is advantageous

- Programming skills (e.g., Matlab or Python)

- Excellent self-organizational skills and high motivation and creativity to approach a novel scientific topic

- Excellent verbal and written skills in English


Please send a cover letter explaining your relevant work experience and interests, a CV, and the contact information of two references to biopsychologie@ruhr-uni-bochum.de until 22 May 2021.

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

The position is third party funded and does not have any formal teaching duties attached.

We are looking for a full-time postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d) for the temporary research projects (39.83h/week, payment according to public service’s wage agreement: TV-L E13).

A further funding period until December 2026 is being sought.

At Ruhr University Bochum, we wish to promote careers of women in areas in which they are underrepresented, and we would therefore like to encourage female candidates to send us their applications. Applications by suitable candidates with severe disabilities and other applicants with equal legal status are likewise most welcome.

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Art der Beschäftigung
Zeitraum der Beschäftigung
01.07.2021 until 31.12.2022
TV-L E13
Samstag, 22. Mai 2021 - 23:59


Hochschule / Einrichtung
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Institut / Einrichtung
Psychologie / Biopsychologie / SFB 1372
Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum, Deutschland
Herr Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Onur Güntürkün




Herr Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Onur Güntürkün




Ruhr-Universität Bochum | Psychologie / Biopsychologie / SFB 1372


Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum