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Post-Doc in Circuit Dynamics (Center for Brain Research)

The Haubensak laboratory is seeking highly motivated postdocs interested in pioneering novel multidisciplinary approaches towards understanding the emotional brain [1]. To this end, we use circuit neuroscience and behavioural genetics to understand how neuronal circuits process affective information.

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In your project, you will use imaging approaches to explore how cortico-limbic network dynamics encode affective behavior [2] and how genes modulate circuit activity 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; in addition, experience in neuronal population imaging in rodent models (endoscopic or 2 Photon) would be beneficial. We would like welcome you as independent and communicative researcher in our team, with enthusiasm for shaping our interactive environment and workflows in interdisciplinary neuroscience.

Expected starting date: July 2022, for up to six years.
The gross salary is 4.061,50,- Euro (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. For admission as an employee of the Medical University of Vienna, proof of vaccination against Covid-19 is a prerequisite.

As one of Europe’s leading academic centers, we offer specific career programs for academic research and teaching.

Please send your application including a letter of motivation, CV, and potential references until 01.06.2022 to bewerbungen[at] 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: 01.07.2022 (flexible)
Limited till: 30.06.2028 (6 years)
Department: Department of Neuronal Cell Biology
Contact: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wulf Haubensak