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The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), one of the six research schools of the Faculty of Humanities, currently has a vacant postdoctoral position …
We offer a 4 year PhD Position (1.0 FTE) to undertake research on communication and breeding decisions in wild zebra finches within the Behavioural Ecology chair group at Wageningen University, the Netherlands in cooperation ...
We offer a 4 year PhD Position (1.0 FTE) to undertake research on communication and breeding decisions in wild zebra finches within the Behavioural Ecology chair group at Wageningen University, the Netherlands in cooperation with Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. This position is financed by an Open Competition ALW grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
The aim of this project is to determine how animals respond behaviourally and physiologically in their breeding decisions to climatic variability, using wild zebra finches in the Australian arid zone as model. Zebra finches are the best-studied avian model organism under laboratory conditions, yet decisions and signals used to time and optimize reproduction in nature are poorly understood. Here we will use a long-term monitored Australian field population to identify how birds signal to achieve physiological and behavioural synchrony for optimizing reproduction. While the project consider all vocal signals including calls, it will specifically test hypotheses on the function of male song. This unique field project will provide key advances in our understanding of signalling and behavioural decisions of animals breeding under ecologically challenging and unpredictable climatic conditions. It also will open new doors for understanding social functions of elaborate signals and for laboratory studies on behavioural mechanisms using ecologically refined conditions. The project is supervised by Prof. Marc Naguib at Wageningen University in collaboration with Prof. Simon Griffith at Macquarie University in Sydney. The field research will be conducted at a well established zebra finch population at Fowlers Gap Research Station in New South Wales, Australia.
The successful candidate will join the stimulating and international research environment of Wageningen University & Research. Wageningen University is worldwide renowned for its research and education in the field of life sciences. Through these activities it aims to make essential contributions to the quality of life. This approach has led to Wageningen University being ranked as the best agricultural university and #1 in environment & ecology in the world according to the National Taiwan University Ranking 2017.
This project will be carried out in the Behavioural Ecology Group within the Department of Animal Sciences with fieldwork being carried out at Fowlers Gap Research Station in NSW, Australia.