We are looking for outstanding applicants who are interested in exploring the cognitive ageing of dogs at the Senior Family Dog Project, supported by the European Research Council (680040), led by Enikő Kubinyi. The group is hosted by the Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest, a world-leading centre of ethological and brain imaging research in dogs. Our aim is to explore the cognitive ageing of family dogs in a complex way, using an interdisciplinary approach with behavioural, neuroscientific and genetic testing methods. The results are expected to provide guidelines for a healthy lifestyle toward successful ageing, and to aid our understanding of the biological background of human cognitive ageing.
Work environment: Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) is the largest university in Hungary. Our modern, green campus is located next to the river Danube, close to the centre of Budapest, with state-of-the-art facilities. The research will be conducted within the Family Dog Project, led by Prof. Ádám Miklósi, head of the Department of Ethology. The internationally renowned group was founded in 1994 to study the behavioural and cognitive aspects of the dog-human relationship. Currently it is the largest dog research group in the world, with over 150 published papers in peer-reviewed journals. It hosts more than 40 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, offering a stimulating and multidisciplinary research environment. You will have the opportunity to regularly present your work at international conferences and meetings. We will encourage and support you in applying for competitive career development fellowships towards the end of the project.
Required characteristics of the candidate: You are expected to have an MSc/PhD degree in veterinary science, help with the Canine Brain and Tissue Bank, performing dissections and tissue samplings on donated cadavers, provide help in international collaborations, and write peer-reviewed publications.
Desirable characteristics: The ideal candidate is also ready to participate in MRI analysis (utilising image post-processing in the development of canine brain imaging atlases), has a strong publication record, advanced English skills, will be enthusiastic, dedicated to strive for scientific excellence, and able to work independently, but also in a multidisciplinary team.
The full-time position is initially for 1 year, with possible prolongation for up to 3 years. Starting date: negotiable. Salary: 300,000-500,000 HUF, depending on experience and qualification. The call is open until fulfilled.
Please send your CV and a motivation letter to Enikő Kubinyi (email@example.com).