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Reference : UMR5174-ETIDAN1-001
Workplace : TOULOUSE
Date of publication : Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 22 months
Expected date of employment : 1 February 2022
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : Between 2663 and 3069€ gross monthly depending on experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : Indifferent
Drosophila melanogaster can socially learn sexual preferences from the observation of copulating conspecifics, a social observational learning called mate-copying. We found recently that that species has all the cognitive abilities to transmit mating preferences culturally across generations (Danchin et al., Science, 2018). Our global aims are 1) to reveal the neurobiology of social learning and memory in Drosophila and 2) to reveal the genes evolving under mate-copying selection pressure. For this purpose, we are using the existing neurogenetic tools to manipulate specific brain circuits in Drosophila and want to automatize our protocols. This research is part of a larger ambition project including evolutionary aspect of mate-copying.
The recruited post-doctoral fellow will use a combination of fly genetics and genetically encoded tools, and will perform intensive fly behavior experiments to analyze this social learning and publish results. He/she will integrate his/her discoveries into both the neurobiological and evolutionary questions that he/she will develop. More, he/she will be in charge of the daily supervision of PhD and/or MSc students participating to the project. An important goal would be to automatize the two phases of a mate-copying experiment (namely the demonstration and the mate choice test) in order to standardize them, diminish the number of flies used in the experiments and save time to perform the many replicates necessary for this kind of experiment.
Applicants should be highly motivated, have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience (or in any domain of functional biology) in Drosophila with a track record of publications in leading journals. High experimental skills are crucial. An experience in student supervision and coordination will be welcome. Preference will be given to applicants possessing solid experience of behavior in drosophila and having developed some tools allowing behavioral analyzes. Knowledge of basic molecular biology techniques is also desired, but not mandatory. Interest in automatizing experiments (manipulating photos, and videos) is also desired, but again not mandatory. These two last points will be used only in case of ties between applicants.
This 2 year post-doctoral research position is available between two laboratories, the Research Center on Animal Cognition (https://crca.cbi-toulouse.fr/en/home/) that belongs to the Center for Integrative Biology, (https://cbi-toulouse.fr/eng/presentation), and Evolution & Biological Diversity (http://edb.cnrs.fr/#pll_switcher) that is part of the TULIP LabEx (https://www.labex-tulip.fr/labex-tulip_eng/The-TULIP-LabEx) laboratories in Toulouse, Southwestern France. The position will be in relation with Guillaume Isabel and Etienne Danchin (http://www.edanchin.fr/). This position is part of the project entitled « Multiscale study of social learning and memory in Drosophila melanogaster: from genes to animal Culture » funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR).
The successful applicant must be identified early January 2022, with a start date no later than 1 February 2022, upon agreement. The successful applicant will be hired for a period of 22 months with a salary corresponding to the level of research scientist according to the standards of the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS). Salary will include social security, health and retirement benefits.
Applications should be received before December, 29, 2021 and should include 1) a cover letter briefly describing experience, motivation and skills adapted for the position, as well as research interests; 2) complete CV and publication list, including the names of professional references; and separately, 3) two letters from professional references, providing their recommendation (these letters should not be included into the application and should be sent to us separately).
Applications should be sent to both Dr. Guillaume Isabel (firstname.lastname@example.org) and to Dr. Etienne Danchin (email@example.com ).
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