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Subject: postdoc announcement
From: Dave Mellinger <>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 09:43:18 -0700
 Exciting postdoc position available
 Our research group carries out multidisciplinary studies on the behavioural
 and physiological mechanisms of animal navigation. Recently, we have
 identified some areas in the bird brain, which are involved in processing
 navigational information. This is new and has opened a highway of new
 exciting possibilities. The postdoctoral position in our lab, therefore,
 provides ample possibilities for making ground-breaking research. 
 I seek a postdoc, who is a real specialist in neurophysiological techniques
 (single cell recordings), neoroanatomical techniques (in-situ hybridization
 and immunohistochemistry) and neuronal tracers. To be considered, you must
 have published significant work using some of these techniques, and you
 must have previous doctoral and/or postdoctoral experience from a true
 expert lab, so that you can independently take responsibility for your own
 methodological approaches. In return, I can offer a well-paid (BAT IIa)
 postdoc position for one year, extendable to at least three years based on
 the success of your work. 
 If you are interested in the position, please send an application to Dr.
 Henrik Mouritsen, Institute of Biology, Universität Oldenburg, D-26111
 Oldenburg, Germany or by email: [EMAIL PROTECTED] 
 Your application must include reprints of previous publications and at
 least three references to senior scientists knowing you well.
 Background information about our group: 
 On 1 January 2002, a Volkswagen Nachwuchsgruppe (young research group)
 focusing on the behavioral and physiological mechanisms of animal
 navigation was established at Oldenburg University, Germany. Our research
 focuses on understanding the mechanisms underlying the impressive
 navigational abilities of long-distance migrants. The long-distance
 navigational abilities of animals have fascinated humans for centuries and
 challenged scientists for decades. How is a butterfly with a brain weighing
 less than 0.02 grams able to find its way to a very specific wintering site
 thousands of kilometers away, even though it has never been there before?
 And, how does a migratory bird circumnavigate the globe with a precision
 unobtainable by human navigators before the emergence of GPS satellites? To
 answer these questions, multi-disciplinary approaches are needed. A very
 good example of such an approach on shorter distance navigation is the
 classical ongoing studies on foraging trips of Cataglyphis desert ants. My
 Nachwuchsgruppe intends to use mathematical modeling, molecular biology,
 neurobiology, computer simulations and newly developed laboratory equipment
 in combination with behavioral experiments and analyses of field data to
 achieve a better understanding of the behavioral and physiological
 mechanisms of long distance navigation in insects and birds. The group will
 be located at the University of Oldenburg, Germany and will have close
 connections/collaboration with these excellent local research groups: the
 neurobiology group of Prof. Reto Weiler, the newly established
 zoophysiology group of Prof. Georg Klump, and the ornithology group of
 Prof. Franz Bairlein at Institut für Vogelforschung in Wilhelmshaven. In
 addition, we have close collaborations with several expert groups in the
 USA, Canada, and the rest of Europe. These collaborations give our group
 access to a very wide range of superb modern equipment, techniques and
 Best wishes,
 Dr. Henrik Mouritsen, group leader

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