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University Assistant (post doc) at the Department of Cognitive Biology
The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 178 fields of study, approx. 9.800 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position from 13.09.2019 of a
University Assistant (post doc)
at the Department of Cognitive Biology
Reference number: 9950
A temporary post-doctoral research position is available in the Department of Cognitive Biology at the School of Life Sciences, University of Vienna, in the laboratory of Prof W Tecumseh Fitch from 13.09.2019 for the period of 2 months with the possibility of extension. The main topic(s) of the position are flexible and will depend upon the skills and interests of the chosen applicant. In general, comparative research in bioacoustics will be favored. For example, ongoing research in the Fitch lab concerns the biology and evolution of language and music and the cognitive capacities underlying pattern perception in speech, music and complex visual patterns; we work with both humans and non-human animals including birds (ravens, parrots) and primates (marmosets, humans). A somewhat independent research topic focuses on vertebrate bioacoustics, particularly vocal production in birds and mammals. For both topics, a strong background in speech science, bioacoustics and/or the physics and physiology of vocal production would be central. Experience conducting operant experiments with birds and Python and/or Praat programming are a plus. Qualified applicants could combine research in both sets of topics. You will be joining a very active and well-funded group of scientists in the Department of Cognitive Biology at the University of Vienna (the core professors are Thomas Bugnyar, Tecumseh Fitch and Leonida Fusani). We have strong links with the laboratory of Prof. Ludwig Huber at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. The general focus of our department is comparative analysis, with a wide range of vertebrate species, and all topics relevant to the evolution of the mind. Species currently available for study on site include ravens, pigeons, keas, budgerigars, dogs, and common marmosets; we have new and fully-equipped animal facilities in Vienna, and at our new field station south of Vienna; other species can be studied via collaborations elsewhere (e.g. chimpanzees, wolves). We have a fully-equipped animal care facility, an excised larynx laboratory, and human testing labs including a large anechoic chamber, an EyeLink 1000 eye tracker and Biopack physiological measurement system.
The position is vacant for the period of absence of a member of staff.
Active participation in research, teaching and administration. This involves - Developing and strengthening an independent research profile - Involvement in research projects / research studies - International publications and presentations - Responsibility for project applications and the acquisition of third-party funding - Independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement - Supervision of students - Participation in evaluation measures and quality assurance - Involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching and research administration
Doctoral degree/PhD degree - High ability to express yourself both orally and in writing - Excellent command of written and spoken English - IT user and programming skills - experience with bio-acoustic analysis (or speech science) - Ability to work in a team - Experience conducting operant experiments with birds, Python programming and experience with multiple bird species are highly desired.
In addition, we expect the successful candidate to have - Teaching experience / experience of working with e-learning - Experience of working on research projects - Publications in renowned, subject- relevant media (peer-reviewed, depending on the professional standards) - International presentation experience Desirable qualifications are - Knowledge of university processes and structures - Experience abroad - Experience of supervising students.
Application documents - Letter of motivation - Academic curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, a list of courses and a list of talks given) - Description of research interests and research agenda / of the intended habilitation project (if applicable) - Contact details of people who could provide a letter of reference
Main research field
Special research fields
Biology, Botany, Zoology
Very good knowledge
Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (
http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 05.09.2019, mentioning reference number 9950.
For further information please contact Maier, Philipp +43-1-4277-76106.
The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.