PhD Projects 2019

This is the list of our 2019 PhD projects. All projects are fully funded for at least 3 years. Application deadline was Jan 15! New projects will be announced again Mid-November.

<h4>Open PhD positions for own proposal elaboration within Organismal Biology</h4>
Keywords Organismal Biology, behaviour, ecology, evolution, physiology, neurobiology
Advisor IMPRS faculty member, to be contacted with an own research proposal
<p>Collective sensory experience drives olfactory coding</p>

Keywords olfactory coding, honeybees, calcium imaging, large data analysis, animal behaviour

Main advisor Giovanni Galizia, University of Konstanz more
<p>About the molecular fundations of olfaction: Is coding combinatorial or multidimensional?</p>

Keywords olfactory coding, honeybees, calcium imaging, large data analysis, animal behaviour

Main advisor Giovanni Galizia, University of Konstanz

<h1>The role of testosterone for socio-sexual behaviours of domestic chicken</h1>

Keywords Sexual development, chicken brain, transgenic, social behaviour, telemetric

Main advisor Manfred Gahr, MPIO more
What, if anything, is a species in cichlid fish? Species Delimitation in East African Cichlid Fish Adaptive Radiations

Keywords delimiting species, coalescence analyses, incomplete lineage sorting, hybridization, gene trees, species trees

Main advisor Axel Meyer, University of Konstanz

<h1>A bioenergetics perspective of glucocorticoid-mediated performance</h1>

Keywords Corticosterone, mitochondrial metabolism, telomeres, oxidative stress, longevity, reproductive investment, pace of life, gene expression, individual differences, field work, birds, evolution

Main advisors Michaela Hau and Stefania Casagrande, MPI for Ornithology, Seewiesen

<h1>Social Complexity and Communication Systems in Birds</h1>

Keywords social complexity, cultural evolution, vocal learning, social systems, parrots, birds

Advisors  Mary Brooke McElreath1,2 and Lucy Aplin1

 1Max Planck Institute for Ornithology & 2Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

<p>The interaction between social behaviour and physical structures in coral reef fishes</p>

Keywords coral reef fish, social behaviour, ecological engineering, physical structure, SCUBA, machine-learning, animal tracking, social network analysis

Main supervisor Alex Jordan, MPI for Ornithology

<h1>Quantitative comparison of behavioural evolution in social fishes</h1>

Keywords cichlid fishes, social behaviour, socio-cognitive skills, SCUBA, machine-learning, animal tracking, social network analysis, Lake Tanganyika

Main supervisor Alex Jordan, MPI for Ornithology

Communication and collective movement in coati groups

Keywords. Collective behaviour, vocal communication, movement coordination, GPS, computational analysis, group coordination

Supervisors. Prof. Meg Crofoot and Dr. Ariana Strandburg-Peshkin, University of Konstanz

<p>Collective sensing of the resource landscape in migratory fruit bats</p>

Keywords: migration, animal tracking, GPS, foraging, energetic expenditure, sensory networks

Advisors: Teague O'Mara, Dina Dechmann and Martin Wikelski, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell

<h1>Collective migration in a long-distance social migrant</h1>

Keywords white storks, collective migration, animal tracking, group coordination, flight energetics

Main supervisor Andrea Flack, MPI for Ornithology

<h1>Computational Approaches to the Experimental Study of Animal Collectives</h1>

Keywords self-organization, swarm, school, behavior, information, automated tracking, machine learning, virtual reality, inverse methodologies.

Main adviser Iain Couzin, MPI for Ornithology + University of Konstanz

<h1>Collective Animal Behaviour</h1>

Keywords self-organization, swarm, schooling, behavior, information, fish, locusts, birds, tracking, computer vision, virtual reality, self-organization, decision-making, individual differences, evolution

Main adviser Iain Couzin, MPI for Ornithology + University of Konstanz

<h1>3 positions - the neurobiological and behavioural basis of swarming in locusts</h1>
Keywords: Locust swarm, virtual reality, collective behaviour, sensory coding, active sensing, olfaction, decision making
Main advisors:
Giovanni Galizia, University of Konstanz
Einat Couzin-Fuchs, University of Konstanz
Iain Couzin, University of Konstanz + MPI for Ornithology more
<h1>Social contagion of stress responses and consequences for collective action in birds</h1>
Keywords: animal social networks, collective behaviour, group-living, indirect effects, social evolution, social resilience, stress physiology
Main advisors: Damien Farine (University of Konstanz and MPI) and Neeltje Boogert (University of Exeter) more
Social learning and cultural inheritance in birds, <em>Parus major</em>

Keywords: collective behaviour, social learning, animal culture, birds, cognitive ecology
Main advisor: Lucy Aplin, MPI for Ornithology


Interested in one of these PhD projects? Apply here!

The Max Planck Society and the University of Konstanz are equal opportunity employers and are committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in their workforce and therefore we encourage applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, we seek to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

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