The Max-Planck-Institute for Neurobiology of Behaviour – caesar (MPINB) is a neuroethology institute located in Bonn that studies how the collective activity of the vast numbers of interconnected neurons in the brain gives rise to the plethora of animal behaviors. Our research spans a large range of scales from the nano-scale imaging of brain circuitry, to large-scale functional imaging of brain circuitry during behavior, to the quantification of natural animal behaviors.

The Max-Planck-Research Group “Neurobiology of Flight Control” headed by Dr Bettina Schnell is looking for a

Postdoctoral Scientist (m/f/div)
- Neural circuits and behavior

We are looking for a highly motivated scientist interested in studying the neural circuits underlying the control of rapid flight turns (saccades) in Drosophila using 2-photon Calcium imaging in behaving flies.

Our group is interested in the neurons and computations that underlie the control of steering maneuvers during flight in the fruit fly Drosophila. We employ whole-cell patch-clamp recordings from behaving animals, behavioral assays as well as genetic and anatomical techniques. More information about the group can be found at

    What we expect from you

    • A team-oriented, flexible personality driven by curiosity and ambition
    • A PhD in neuroscience, biophysics, physics, engineering or related
    • Strong interest in neural circuits and behavior
    • Interest in setting up equipment
    • Experience with Calcium imaging is highly beneficial
    • Proficiency in programming languages for data analysis (Matlab, Python)
    • Good command of the English language

    What we offer

    • An ERC -funded position initially limited to 3 years with the possibility of extension
    • You will work in international and collaborative environment in a stimulating scientific institute
    • Cutting-edge equipped, newly installed laboratories
    • Salary in line with the German public tariff (TVöD)

    The MPINB is part of a cluster for neuroscience in the Bonn-Cologne region, comprising the German Center for Neu-rodegenerative Diseases and two Max-Planck-Institutes. The Institute hosts the International Max Planck Research School for Brain & Behavior and is involved in the Bonn International Graduate School of Neuroscience. MPNB is committed to diversity and inclusion and is aiming to increase the percentage of women in areas where they are under-represented. We therefore explicitly encourage women to apply. Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status.

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