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Postdoctoral Grant - Comparative Cognition

Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

Seewiesen, Germany

Your tasks

We are interested in the evolution and mechanisms of complex cognition in birds (parrots and corvids) using a comparative approach. Access to the greatest parrot collection in the world comprising over 350 (sub)species of parrots and a laboratory with over 40 trained parrots (touch screen, exchange paradigm etc.) of 4 species (and further corvid species in Germany) allows comparative cognitive studies at a new scale and on a new large-brained model system.

The work will focus on socio-cognitive abilities of parrots in relation to ecology/life history both in the laboratory and in the breeding station of the LPF. Other topics might be covered additionally as the postdoc will be responsible for coordinating and mentoring a team of (post)graduate students working on different projects. The position includes opportunities to teach at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich.

Your profile

Applicants should hold a PhD in animal cognition or experimental/developmental psychology, and have a minimum of two years of Postdoc research experience in animal cognition and/or developmental psychology of human children. Good statistical skills in relevant subjects are desirable. High self-motivation and ability to work independent and in a team are an absolute must. Additionally, the position requires team-leading skills, good organization and time management skills and writing proficiency. Basic knowledge of Spanish is helpful.

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