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

Center for Brain Research of the Medical University of Vienna, Austria

The Haubensak Laboratory – currently at the IMP and due to relocate to the Medical University of Vienna by the end of the year - 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

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.

Ideally, you should have an academic education in natural-, computer science or medicine and hold a MD or PhD with specialisations in neuroscience or bioinformatics; as well as an interest and experience in exploring architecture and dynamics of neuronal circuits and/or behavioural genetics.

Expected starting date: January 2021, for up to six years. The gross salary is 3,945 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. As one of Europe’s leading academic centres, we offer specific career programs for academic research and teaching.

Please send your application including a letter of motivation, CV, and potential references to wulf.haubensak[at]

  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, J. Kaczanowska, S. Ulonska, and F. Groessl, “The amygdala instructs insular feedback for affective learning,” eLife 2020;9:e60336, pp. 1–36, 2020.
  3. 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.