PhD student (or postdoc), Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Leiden

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The proposed project aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of formant mechanisms in birds.

It will address the following questions:

1. To what extent do vocal tract resonances cause formant patterns in natural bird vocalizations, and how do vocal tract articulators modulate such patterns?

2. What are the perceptual sensitivities of birds to formant patterns in natural bird vocalizations?

3. Are formant patterns in natural bird vocalizations affected by vocal production learning?

The project will involve morphological, physiological and bioacoustical analyses and experimental studies on the vocalization systems of zebra finches and budgerigars, together with experiments on the perception of formant variants.

The project is based in the research group Behavioural Biology, but will be carried out in close collaboration with Dr Gabriël Beckers, MPI for Ornithology, Seewiesen.

The Behavioural Biology group is an active, internationally oriented research group with a strong focus on (vocal) communication in animals.

Requirements Required education/skills:

University Graduate

  • Candidates are expected to have an MSc (drs) degree in Biology, Biomedical Science, Cognitive Neuroscience or other relevant discipline;
  • to have a strong interest in experimental and interdisciplinary animal behaviour studies, and to be interested in international collaboration.

    Leiden University has a strong preference for candidates interested in a PhD project, but will consider a postdoc if no suitable PhD-candidate is available.

    Job type: Research / Advising


    - Post-doctorates(Scientific discipline: Natural Sciences)

    Organization Leiden University

    Conditions of employment Employment basis: Temporary for specified period

    Duration of the contract: 3 years and 9 months (2 years 9 months for a postdoc)

    Maximum hours per week: 38

    Application You can apply for this job by sending your application to:

    Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
    Einsteinweg 55
    L. den Hollander
    Postbus 9502
    2300 RA Leiden
    E-mail: l.den.hollander [at]

    When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number 7-091.

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