Postdoctoral Project: Mapping behavioral-experiential trajectories in genetically identical newborn individual fish

Principal Investigators

Description of the research project

This project addresses one of the most fundamental questions associated with exploration behavior and the development of intelligent behavior in biological systems. When facing the task of developing intelligent (i.e. adaptable, general, cost effective and goal-directed)  behavior in an unknown environment, for example from birth, what are the exact sequences of exploration behaviors and associated experiences that real-world organisms go through? In order to address this question, the postdoctoral researcher will map the behavioral-experiential trajectories of genetically identical newborn individual fish (Poecilia formosa) with a high-resolution tracking system under a range of ecological conditions. Throughout, the postdoctoral researcher is expected to closely collaborate with a second postdoc, who focusses on the development of algorithmic models aimed at explaining and predicting the experimentally observed behavioral patterns.

Application procedure

Applications should include: motivation letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts of records (for both BSc and MSc + doctoral degree if applicaple), copies of degree certificates (BSc, MSc), abstracts of Bachelor-, Master-thesis, e.g. doctoral thesis, list of publications and one selected manuscript (if applicable), two names of qualified persons who are willing to provide references, and any documents candidates feel may help us assess their competence.

To ensure equal opportunities between women and men, applications by women with the required qualifications are explicitly desired. Qualified individuals with disabilities will be favored. Applications are also expressly welcomed from suitably qualified persons seeking to be entered as “gender diverse” in the public register. The HU Berlin values the diversity of its members and is committed to the goals of equal opportunities.


Applicants must hold (at the time of the project start) a PhD in Biology or related fields and should have a strong background in several of the following topics:

  • Animal behavior
  • Lab-based experiments with fish
  • Animal tracking including the analysis of high-resolution tracking-data
  • Statistical data analysis

Excellent English skills both written and spoken are required.

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