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Post-doctoral Position: Courtship Behaviour of the Ruffed Grouse

Subject: Post-doctoral Position: Courtship Behaviour of the Ruffed Grouse
From: Dave Mellinger <>
Date: Sat, 05 Jun 2010 10:50:23 -0700
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me.   -Dave Mellinger

A post-doctoral position is available to assist in research on the courtship 
behaviour of the Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus). Male Ruffed Grouse produce a 
unique display known as drumming in which males beat their wings repeatedly. 
Our lab is interested in understanding this unique behaviour. The prospective 
post-doc will have the opportunity to work on several projects related to the 
structure, function and production of the drumming display. For example, there 
are no detailed analyses of the spectrographic structure of the drumming and 
there are numerous reports of how far the drumming sound carries. Similarly, we 
have mixed evidence regarding how Ruffed Grouse respond to drumming playbacks. 
A variety of experiments are needed to better understand the function of 
drumming and how males respond to drumming. These experiments will include 
playback to drumming males, playbacks following male removal, playback in 
conjunction with a stuffed model and modulating the spectrograp
hic features of the drumming (e.g., frequency shifted, altered tempo, altered 
sound pressure level, etc.). The drumming itself is a reflection of 
environmental stimuli and the intrinsic physiology of the males. We are 
therefore also interested in examining the endocrine profile of drumming males 
by collecting fecal samples from drumming males and relating testosterone and 
corticosterone levels with drumming behaviour, as recorded from automated 
digital recorders. Finally, at an anatomical level, we are interested in 
examining the morphology and biochemistry of the pectoral muscles and the 
central nervous system.

Applicants with a record of peer-reviewed publications and a PhD in 
ecophysiology, behavioural endocrinology or bioacoustics will be considered. A 
salary will be provided for two years with a possibility of renewal for a third 
year.  The successful candidate should be independent and self-motivated with 
an enthusiasm for developing new scientific ideas, training students and 
manuscript writing.  Individuals will also be encouraged to develop their own 
ideas and projects complementary to the project.  To apply, send: 1) a c.v.; 2) 
a brief description of how you see yourself fitting into the lab's research 
program; 3) your research interests and goals; and 4) the contact details of at 
least two references to Dr. Andrew Iwaniuk   Review 
of applications will begin immediately with an anticipated start date no later 
than January 2011, but the start date is flexible. Further details on the lab's 
research can be found at:

Equipe Communications Acoustiques, CNPS-CNRS UMR 8195
Université Paris Sud, Bat.446, 91405 Orsay, FRANCE
Tel:(33-1).            Fax:(33-1).

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