Postdoc and PhD Positions in Canine Ageing-Behaviour, Genetics, and Neuroscience

Postdoc and PhD Positions in Canine Ageing-Behaviour, Genetics, and Neuroscience

IMG_9388Family Dog Project, Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)
Positions: 3 Postdocs and 3 PhD students

We seek outstanding applicants who are interested in exploring the cognitive ageing of family dogs. We are developing a test battery using an interdisciplinary approach with the most advanced behavioural, genetic and neuroscience testing methods (e.g. eye-tracking, motion path analysis, identification of behaviour using inertial sensors, EEG, fMRI, behaviour genetics) in both longitudinal and cross-sectional studies. The results are expected to aid our understanding of pathologies associated with human cognition during ageing, to create guidelines for a healthy lifestyle toward successful ageing, and to pave the way for the development of therapies and preventive methods to increase welfare.

Work environment
Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) is the largest university of Hungary. Our modern, green campus is located next to the river Danube, close to the centre of Budapest, with state-of-the-art facilities. This research will be conducted within the Cognitive Ageing group led by Enikő Kubinyi. You will work closely with members of 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. It is one of the largest dog research groups in the world, with over 100 published papers in peer-reviewed journals. It hosts more than 30 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.

What we expect from you
Postdoctoral candidates should have a PhD in a field related to cognitive neuroscience OR genetics/genomics OR animal behaviour. Candidates with strong background knowledge of advanced fMRI, EEG analyses; experience with DNA/RNA sequencing technologies and large-scale genomic data, familiarity with bioinformatics tools are preferred. Selection will be based on research interests and goals, expertise in relevant fields, and personal track records in publication.

What we offer
• Postdocs: competitive salary compared to the Hungarian academics’ salary scheme (Costs of living in Hungary: here)
• PhD students: monthly salary sufficient to cover living costs in Budapest. Successful PhD candidates from abroad are in addition eligible to apply for Hungarian state scholarships
• duration of the contract: 2 years fixed term with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding
• positions will be available from March 2016 (or after, if more suitable)

If interested
Send your application to Enikő Kubinyi (PI); e-mail: eniko.kubinyi@ttk.elte.hu. Your application should include:
• your CV including a list of publications and the names and contact details of two scientists who can provide references
• letter of interest including a summary of your research experience and future research plans in canine cognitive ageing