PhD position -sensory traits contributing to orientation behavior and dispersal in fish - (65% E13 TVL) - Research Training Group University Oldenburg

Excellent qualification in the framework of research topics in molecular biosensing at the University of Oldenburg

The Carl von Ossietzky University is a dynamic, continuously growing university with various research projects of international impact and thus provides a large range of opportunities for curiosity and creativity. The university aims at playing an active role in innovative exchange with industry, organizations and public institutions and supports the founding of research related start-up enterprises.
PhD position - Sensory traits contributing to orientation behavior and dispersal in fish
at the Carl-von-Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, within the framework of the DFG-funded  research training group RTG 1885 Molecular basis of sensory biology

Activities and responsibilities

In our working group, we are interested in fish specific, sensory traits that contribute to orientation behavior and dispersal; for example: what are the neuronal mechanisms of fish visual, magnetic or olfactory orientation? Therefore, the candidate should build up his project in these fields; in addition; the project requires also an interest in ecological processes and fish biology.

Qualification profile

We are looking for a candidate holding a very good academic university degree (Master) in sensory biology, sensory genetics, sensory behavioral ecology or a closely related subject.


You will become part of a large diverse team, get the opportunity to make major new discoveries (see our publication record; and you will have access to a very wide range of superb modern equipment, techniques and expertise. In addition, you will join our graduate school offering soft skill and scientific skill courses and lectures as well a mentoring programme and support with career development. We actively support parents who pursue a scientific/academic career.

The position will be starting 1 of October 2019 for a duration of three years. Salary will be according to TVL E13 (65%).

The Carl-von-Ossietzky University of Oldenburg is dedicated to increasing the percentage of female employees in the field of science and encourages applications from female candidates.
Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered in case of equal qualification.

More information on this position can be obtained from Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gerlach

Send application to

Applications including the usual documents (CV, letter of motivation, certificates), should be sent as a single pdf file no later than 31.07.2019 to Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gerlach (

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About Universität Oldenburg: DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1885 Molecular Basis of Sensory Biology

The DFG-funded Research Training Group Molecular Basis of Sensory Biology at the University of Oldenburg aims at investigating how environmental stimuli are sensed and processed by different organisms. Animals have developed a complex variety of sensory receptor cells for physical and chemical stimuli in response to millions of years of evolutionary pressures. Sensory receptor cells process...
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