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PhD Position

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Behavioural and molecular biologist; magnetic fields and polarized light sensing in the retina of migratory birds
The Animal Navigation group at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg (Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences), offers a
(TVL E13/50%)
We are looking for an experienced behavioural and molecular biologist with experience in immunohistochemistry, PCR, Western Blotting and bird retina neuroanatomy. The position will be filled first for 1 year with the possibility of prolongation for up to 5 years, but it is aimed at achieving a Ph.D. degree after ca. 3 years. The position is an integrated part of an AFOSR funded joint research project on light-dependent magnetic sensing between the University of Oldenburg and the University of Oxford. (see e.g. Nature 509: 353-356; Nature 461: 1274-1277; Curr. Opin. Neurobiol. 22, 343-352).

The candidate must have experience in the molecular techniques mentioned above, and it would be an advantage if the candidate has experience working with cryptochromes and would be familiar with behavioural experiments testing the orientation capabilities of migratory birds, e.g. in Emlen funnels. The candidate should be dedicated to scientific achievement and able to start work in Oldenburg on a relatively short notice.

Our group is located at the University of Oldenburg, Germany and are parts of several collaborative centres of excellence both nationally and internationally including the Research Training Group (RTG) “Molecular Basis of Sensory Biology”. These collaborations will give you access to a very wide range of superb modern equipment, techniques and expertise. You will become part of a larger team working closely together on related questions. For more information about our groups, see

The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg is an equal opportunity employer and seeking to increase the proportion of female academic staff members. According to § 21, 3 NHG female applicants are to be preferentially considered in case of equal qualification. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered in case of equal qualification.

If this sounds interesting to you, and if you will be able to show up for a personal interview in Oldenburg (no Skype interviews!), please send your application in paper form to Prof. Dr. Henrik Mouritsen, IBU, University of Oldenburg, DE-26111 Oldenburg, Germany (questions to All applications must be submitted by October 15th, 2014. Our ideal starting date would be November 1st.


Art des Bewerbungszugangs
Please send your application in paper form.
Kontakt für Bewerbungen
Prof. Dr. Henrik Mouritsen
IBU, University of Oldenburg
DE-26111 Oldenburg, Germany

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Deutschland (Niedersachsen)
26111 Oldenburg (Oldb)
Biologie & Life Sciences