FishTracking (Colin Twomey)


There is currently a funded, and immediately available postdoctoral and/or PhD position to employ a new immersive Virtual Reality system for freely moving animals to investigate the sensory basis of schooling in fish in the Couzin Lab. This project will integrate VR and conventional experimentation to map how properties such as rate, and timing, of turning and/or acceleration/deceleration, as well as the position on the retina prior to, or during, behavioral change impacts movement decisions of focal real fish. Of particular interest will be how individuals integrate information, such as changes in motion of others (e.g. turning, startle behavior), in space (different regions of the visual field) and time (the time between the observed changes). These data will be used to determine the algorithms employed by zebrafish when making movement decisions. We will work with colleagues in the Computer Science department to seek machine learning methodology that allows the unsupervised identification of the visual features that are maximally-informative regarding individual decisions in a collective context.

If you are interested in this project please contact Iain Couzin with subject line “FishVR position”.


We welcome applicants for visiting or resident PhD, postdoctoral or PI positions, as well as sabbatical visitors. There are excellent funding opportunities to conduct research in Germany.

For those interested in postdoctoral positions the following links may be helpful:

Humboldt research fellowships for postdocs. Application: any time. https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/humboldt-fellowship-postdoc.html

Marie Curie fellowships. Application deadline: September 14.https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/calls/h2020-msca-if-2017.html#c,topics=callIdentifier/t/H2020-MSCA-IF-2017/1/1/1/default-group&callStatus/t/Forthcoming/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Open/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Closed/1/1/0/default-group&+identifier/desc

DFG (Candidates can apply as PI). Application: any time: http://www.dfg.de/en/research_funding/faq/faq_temporary_positions/index.html

Emmy Noether Program for Independent Group Leaders (6 year positions): http://www.dfg.de/en/research_funding/programmes/individual/emmy_noether/in_brief/index.html

Human Frontiers postdoc fellowships. Application deadline: August 24.http://www.hfsp.org/funding/postdoctoral-fellowships

Freigeist fellowship VW foundation. Application deadline: October 12.https://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/nc/en/funding/our-funding-portfolio-at-a-glance/freigeist-fellowships.html?tx_itaofundinginitiative_itaofundinginitiativelist%5Bcontroller%5D=FundingInitiative&cHash=29d4f3d9556a5d7f02d3a438b7a91ac7

Branco Weiss fellowship. Application deadline: January 15. http://www.society-in-science.org/who-we-are.html

Zukunftskolleg fellowships: Application: after call. https://www.uni-konstanz.de/zukunftskolleg/

Please contact the relevant host PI (Iain, Damien or Alex) for further information.