The Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior at its sites in Konstanz and Radolfzell offers an international, interdisciplinary, and cooperative environment that opens up unique research opportunities. The goal of our basic research is to develop a quantitative and predictive understanding of the decisions and movements of animals in their natural environment.

The Genes and Behavior Research Group at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior would like to fill the following position starting in November 2022. The position is initially for a period of 2 years with the possibility of extension, and the workplace will be in Konstanz.

Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d) on nematode collective behavior
(100 %)

Our group:
The Genes and Behavior Research Group is headed by Dr. Serena Ding. The group’s research is aimed at understanding the mechanism and evolution of individual and collective behavior in nematodes including C. elegans. We design behavioral assays and imaging techniques to capture behavior, develop tracking and data analysis methods to measure behavior, and employ statistical and modeling approaches to represent behavior. We are a friendly and interdisciplinary team embedded within a stimulating international research environment. For more information about the group, please visit

Your profile:
We are looking for a creative and enthusiastic C. elegans scientist with an interest in the mechanism and function of collective behavior. We welcome applicants from diverse research backgrounds. Your motivation to work on interesting problems and your drive to learn and collaborate are important criteria for this role.

Essential requirements:

  • PhD in biology or another relevant field
  • Previous work with C. elegans
  • Enthusiasm for research and attention to detail
  • Willingness and ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Publication track record

Additional skills that would be an asset, but are not necessary:

  • Experience with brightfield and fluorescence microscopy
  • Experience with behavioral imaging and analysis
  • Knowledge of programming languages such as MATLAB or Python
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis techniques

    Our offer:
    Candidates will work in a dynamic and highly international research environment. Our working language is English. The payment for the position is made in accordance with your experience and qualification within the salary group 13 of the collective agreement for the public service (TVöD-Bund). Questions about this position should be addressed to Dr. Serena Ding (

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