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Research Associate (postdoc)

 Bengaluru, Karnataka

Project

Investigation of collective escape response in schooling fish

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Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position (Research Associate) based at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. This is a collaborative project between Vishwesha Guttal at IISc (https://teelabiisc.wordpress.com/) and Guy Theraulaz at CNRS, Toulouse France (https://crca.cbi-toulouse.fr/en/guytheraulaz/)

Role: Lead the experimental investigation part of the project, using schooling fish. Interface with both Indian and French teams. There is plenty of opportunity for travel and collaborations.

Project Description: Many biological systems, from mobile animal groups to cancer cell clusters show collective behaviours which are emergent properties that manifest only at the level of a group. A major function of collective behaviour is anti-predatory benefits like efficient predator avoidance. Few studies have examined the inter-individual interactions involved in information transfer during such collective predator avoidance, and even fewer studies have attempted to integrate empirical and theoretical results in this context. We will use a novel, integrated approach of modelling and controlled experiments to fill in this major gap in our understanding of collective threat evasion. We will use data-derived models to predict collective response patterns of fish schools to predation/threats. We will test those predictions through laboratory experiments in schools of a fish species (Etroplus suratensis or other suitable species) using a novel method of aversive conditioning that mimic a natural threat detection event.

Duration

Initial appointment will be for one year, extendable for two more years.

Money

Rs 47,000 + HRA (as per DST norms).

Qualification

PhD in any suitable area.

Experience

We are looking for candidates with a background in quantitative biology /ecology /evolution /behavioural ecology and with experience in animal behaviour experiments.

To Apply

How to apply: Prepare the following documents

  • A cover letter expressing your interest and suitability to the position.
  • A research summary of your PhD thesis
  • A CV -- including contacts of three referees.

Short-listed candidates will be interviewed online before final selection.

Applications will be considered beyond the deadline until we find a suitable candidate. Please check the website for more details/updates: https://teelabiisc.wordpress.com/join-us/

Please email your application materials to: guttal@iisc.ac.in and guy.theraulaz@univ-tlse3.fr with the subject line "Application for Indo-French postdoc position"

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