Research Associate in Sensory Neuroscience: honeybee diseases

(full-time, Salary Scale 13 TV-L)

Reference No.: 2023/226. This 2-year position is available as of January 1st, 2024, or earlier by agreement. In principle, this position can be divided into two half-time positions.

The position is financed by a Human Frontiers Science Program grant, aiming at understanding how honeybees use olfaction to keep their hives free from diseases.

The University of Konstanz is one of eleven Universities of Excellence in Germany. Since 2007 it has been successful in the German Excellence Initiative and its follow-up programme, the Excellence Strategy.

The position is available within the Galizia Lab (http// We are an interdisciplinary team at the Neurobiology Department ( and the Centre for Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour and study the neural basis of olfactory coding in insects, notably in honeybees and in fruit flies. We use calcium imaging, electrophysiology, behavioural experiments, and computational simulations.

Your Responsibilities

    • Develop your own research agenda within the framework of the questions laid out in the grant
    • The research consists of behavioral experiments to study odor-preference in honeybees, and finding new substances involved in hygienic behavior
    • Brain imaging and calcium imaging are used to study how these odorants are encoded in the honeybee’s brain
    • Contribution to teaching in Neuroscience (Bachelor and Master level), and supervision of undergraduate students is welcome

Your Competencies

    • You should hold a Ph.D. and have a background in neurobiology and behavior of insects
    • Proficiency in a programming language, and in quantitative Biology
    • Strong written and oral communication skills in English
    • Applicants working on one or more of the following subject areas are particularly welcome: Insect olfaction and olfactory coding, optical imaging and microscopy, computational neuroscience

We Offer

    • An interdisciplinary, exciting and international research environment for studying the neurobiology of insects
    • Access to the equipment in the Neuroscience group (electrophysiology, optical imaging, multiphoton microscopy, behavioral setups, gas chromatography, animal care facility)
    • Access to central facilities of the department of Biology (bioimaging center, proteomics center, electron microscopy)
    • Support to build your own academic identity and visibility

For more information, please contact

We look forward to receiving your application with the usual documents (a motivation letter, CV, list of publications, teaching experience, copies of degree certificates, names of two referees) until October 15th, 2023 via our Online Application Portal. The call remains open until the position is filled.

The University of Konstanz is committed to ensuring an environment that provides equal opportunities and promotes diversity as well as a goodbalance between university and family life. As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to increase the number of women working in research and teaching. We also support working couples through our dual career programme. Persons with disabilities are explicitly encouraged to apply. Theywill be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact, + 49 7531 88-4016).



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