About the Project
I am looking for students with excellent CVs (first class degree and/or distinction at Masters level, plus relevant experience and/or publication success in peer reviewed journals) to apply for a competitive 3 year doctoral scholarship in the school of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University (https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/research/phd-scholarships).
We will make use of an established daffodil cichlid breeding colony at LJMU. Social behaviours can be scored using both live observations and high definition video recordings. We plan to use 3D scanning and computer animation to produce highly realistic artificial stimuli which can vary in phenotype and can be programmed to display a variety of signalling behaviour. We intend to measure the response to these stimuli using detailed behavioural analysis, hormone measurements, and immediate early gene responses to quantify neural activation. This is a highly integrative project which will combine functional analysis of behaviour with measurements of proximate mechanisms while making use of computer generated stimuli.
Preferred candidate characteristics include a keen interest in animal social behaviour; experience studying behaviour in the laboratory; strong writing and analytical skills; knowledge of experimental design and statistical analysis. Previous experience with one or more of the following: behaviour coding, hormone analysis, immunohistochemistry, 3D modeling and commuter animation would be highly valuable. Previous experience working with fish is desirable but not essential. UK/EU nationals only.
Please apply by email to [Email Address Removed] with a CV, a brief statement outlining your interest, and the names and contact information for two references. Please feel free to email me with any questions.
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