Research Symposium exploring "Biological Intelligence"

Call for applications to participate as a speaker

The Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology near Munich, Germany, are looking jointly for new Director colleagues with a theoretical, computational or experimental research program addressing original questions in animal behavior, especially its mechanisms, evolution, development and/or functional underpinnings. Max Planck Directors enjoy the freedom to pursue basic research with substantial, permanent funding. Through this symposium, we hope to identify new research opportunities in the broader field of biological intelligence.

Our goal is to establish biological intelligence as a new area of inquiry, distinct from, but complementary to, the field of artificial intelligence. To fully understand the genetic, developmental and neural underpinnings of behavior, we need to identify the forces of natural selection that have shaped their function. Reciprocally, technological revolutions in neuroscience promise to also revolutionize mechanistic approaches to behavioral ecology.

Our institutes’ current research focuses on the function, structure and development of neural circuits and on the behavior, genetics and ecology of fish, flies, mice and birds. While we plan to continue research in these organisms, we are also interested in expanding our research portfolio to include other species and novel approaches that bridge different scales of biological organization.

The symposium will be held in Martinsried, Germany, in November or December 2021.

Your application should include a single PDF containing

  1. a cover letter,
  2. a CV with a list of publications,
  3. a statement of your research program (no more than 2 pages), and
  4. contact details of up to three references. We may contact your references in case you are shortlisted as a potential speaker.

We are committed to equal opportunities for all applicants. Women are especially encouraged to apply. Disabled applicants with equal qualifications will be preferentially hired.

Applications should be addressed to Alexander Borst or Bart Kempenaers, Managing Directors at the MPI of Neurobiology and for Ornithology, respectively, through Jayne Lambert (). Please send any inquiries to Jayne Lambert.

Deadline for complete applications is September 15, 2021.

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