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Insect vision Animal Behaviour Post-doc

Closing date: 03 Feb 2013

Vacancy Reference No: A1359R (ION)     Salary: 27,578 - 29,249

Address: Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Duration: 5 years

I will be recruiting a postdoc to run visual behaviour experiments in the praying mantis as part of a research programme in mantis 3D vision. This post is available for 5 years, due to start 1st April 2013.

You will be an outstanding scientist, able to work well in a team, but with independence and initiative. You will have a PhD in a relevant area, experience with animal behaviour (ideally visual, ideally insect), and a good publication record. 

Further Information

Description of duties

  • Set up apparatus for eliciting and recording mantis tracking and striking behaviour in response to visual stimuli.


  • Design and implement a “mantis 3D cinema” to display separate images to left and right eyes.

  • Liaise with programmer to achieve automated recording and analysis of mantis behaviour.

  • In partnership with PI and other team members, design experiments, visual stimuli and refine techniques.

  • Liaise with other lab members including Lisa Hindmarsh and with collaborators including Candy Rowe.

  • Analyse data using quantitative tools such as Matlab.

  • Write up work for publication, including preparation of figures.

  • Supervise junior lab members and students from time to time.

  • Acquire new skills as necessary to advance the project.

  • Person specification Essential

    Science degree and doctorate. Experience researching animal behaviour. Good written and oral communication skills. Ability to work as part of a team. Excellent all-round technical skills. Independence and initiative.


    Experience working with insects, ideally mantis. Knowledge of insect vision, optics. Knowledge of praying mantis. Knowledge of visual neuroscience, especially stereo vision. Computer programming, Matlab. Knowledge of optics, electronics, computers all advantageous.

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