IMPRS PhD Position on Computational Approaches to Experimental Study of Animal Collectives, Germany

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Organismal Biology offers PhD position for international researchers to work on a project “Computational Approaches to the Experimental Study of Animal Collectives”. This position is fully funded for at least 3 years. To be eligible, applicants should hold a MSc or equivalent degree in biology or a related discipline at the point of enrollment. Applicants accepted to the program will be supported by stipends or contracts. The application deadline is January 15, 2015.. Understanding collective action in biological processes is a central challenge, essential for achieving progress in a variety of fields ranging from the organization and evolution of neural decision-making circuits, to the coordinated communication among cells, or animals, to the dynamics of information exchange among sophisticated organisms, and the emergence of complex societies. Consequently the study of collective behavior naturally spans scales, from how neural circuits control individual behavior, to the analogous issue of determining the structure and function of the communication network among organisms that gives rise to emergent group, and population-level, behavior. Insights and paradigms from the study of collective behavior help reveal unifying principles, as well as important differences, across scales of biological organization. They seek PhD candidates with an interest in developing and employing computational approaches (e.g. 2D/3D computer vision, inverse methodologies, closed-loop virtual reality environments) to study of collective animal behavior in the lab or field. Expertise in programming is essential, and it is anticipated that candidates may have backgrounds in computer science, physics, applied mathematics, quantitative biology or engineering science..  Position is open for pursuing PhD research programme at the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Organismal Biology.
The research areas of this scholarship are: PhD position is available for a project on Computational Approaches to the Experimental Study of Animal Collectives.
Who can apply to this scholarship?  Applications are invited from all countries. Applicants must have graduated from a min. 4
· year study program with a comprehensive scientific thesis work in Biology or a related field (this might be a Master’s degree or an equivalent degree). It is not necessary to hold the degree at the time of application. However, you must have been awarded your degree prior to the start of the program. The quality of the degrees (i.e. eligibility) will be checked by University of Konstanz on a case
· by
· case basis. Candidates need to be fluent in written and spoken English and – unless native speakers – have to document their proficiency in English (e.g. TOEFL). German is not required, but students from abroad will be offered opportunities to take German courses.
Benefits of the scholarship: These are fully-funded PhD positions.
More information about the fellowship:
Duration:  All projects are fully funded for at least 3 years.
Number of scholarships: There are several fully-funded PhD positions.

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