Animal sensory systems offer an ideal stage to explore the crossroad between Biology and Physics. Insects are ideal test models because they bear multiple, diverse and accessible sensors on their tegument.
Understanding insect sensory biology contributes to develop environmentally friendly control methods, such as pheromone and chromatic traps.
Our laboratory studies olfactory electrophysiology and behavior in several insect species. In order to gain a better understanding of insect sensory ecology, we would like to explore other sensory modalities, such as vision and sound, and also the lesser-known sensory modalities of thermo-sensation, hygro-sensation and CO2 detection.
The energy, composition and temporal parameters of test signals need to be finely controlled in order to characterize the response of sensory neurons.
The main focus of the work is to correlate the physiological response of sensory neurons and candidate profile
Ideally, the candidate should have a Master in Physics, Engineering or related disciplines, and an interest in applying this knowledge to the Life sciences.
Candidates with a Master in the Life sciences and with some background in electronics are also encouraged to apply. Knowledge of microcontrollers, sensors, programming and signal processing is preferred.
Three-year contract with annual gross salary of 16200 € / year the first two years and 17400 € / year the third one