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Post-Doc in Circuit Neuroscience and Behaviour (Haubensak Lab)

The Haubensak Laboratory – recently relocated from the IMP to the Medical University of Vienna - is seeking highly motivated postdocs interested in pioneering novel multidisciplinary approaches towards understanding the brain. [1]

Emotions are a central part of our mental self, shaping perception, memories, and behaviours. We use circuit neuroscience and behavioural genetics to understand how neuronal circuits process affective information. For our activities, please visit our lab page and

The project

In your project, you will explore how limbic networks assign affective value to environmental stimuli [2] and how genes modulate this process to program behavioral traits [3]. You will acquire fundamental knowledge in state-of-the art neuroscientific workflows, linking behavioural genetics to systems neuroscience [4].

Ideally, you should have an academic education in natural-, computer science or medicine and hold a MD or PhD with specialisation in neuroscience or bioinformatics; in addition, an interest and experience in circuit imaging and/or behavioural genetics would be beneficial. It would be great to welcome you as independent and communicative member of our team, with enthusiasm to become an active member in shaping our interactive environment and workflows in interdisciplinary neuroscience.


Expected starting date: April 2022, for up to six years.
The gross salary is 4,061 Euro brutto (14x year), flexible pending professional experience.
The Medical University of Vienna aims to increase the proportion of women, especially in management positions and among scientific staff, and expressly encourages qualified women to apply.


Please send your application including the classification number 1040/22, a letter of motivation, CV, and potential references until 9 March to: or via mail to: Medizinische Universität Wien Abteilung Personal und Personalentwicklung 1090 Wien, Spitalgasse 23
We would like to point out that for admission as an employee of the Medical University of Vienna, proof of vaccination against Covid-19 is a prerequisite.

[1] D. Pfaff, I. Tabansky, and W. Haubensak, “Tinbergen’s challenge for the neuroscience of behavior,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., vol. 0, p. 201903589, 2019, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1903589116.
[2] D. Kargl et al., “The amygdala instructs insular feedback for affective learning,” eLife 2020;9:e60336, vol. 9, pp. 1–36, 2020, doi: 10.7554/eLife.60336.
[3] L. Piszczek et al., “Dissociation of impulsive traits by subthalamic metabotropic glutamate receptor 4,” Elife, vol. 11, pp. 1–37, 2022, doi: 10.7554/elife.62123.
[4] F. Ganglberger, J. Kaczanowska, J. M. Penninger, A. Hess, K. Bühler, and W. Haubensak, “Predicting functional neuroanatomical maps from fusing brain networks with genetic information,” Neuroimage, vol. 170, pp. 113–120, 2018, doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.08.070.

Start of the position: 01.04.2022 Limited till: 31.03.2028
Department: Department of Neuronal Cell Biology
Contact: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wulf Haubensak