Postdoctoral Research Associate (1-2 yrs) Position

Funded by ARC Discovery Grant to Prof Bernd Meyer (Monash U, CI), Dr Chris R Reid (Macquarie U, CI), Prof Tim Landgraf (Freie Universität, Berlin) and Prof Iain Couzin (Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Konstanz) – ‘Self-organised communication as a foundation of large, complex societies’

The project will empirically analyse the communication network structures in ant colonies. It will measure the interaction networks of individuals in colonies using AI-based visual tracking and it will analyse the topological and temporal properties of these networks. The candidate will work with a world-leading team of experimental biologists and mathematical computational modellers.

The position will be held at Macquarie University, in Sydney, Australia. The position requires a highly motivated candidate with PhD qualifications and field or laboratory experience in animal behaviour, ideally but not necessarily dealing with ants or other social insects. Experience with computer vision is preferred, but not necessary. Candidates in this project will be able to profit from the modelling work being conducted by other specialised team members but will have the opportunity to learn cutting-edge computational modelling techniques, should they wish.

If you are interested in working at the intersection of ecology, behaviour, and complex systems science, in a project that meshes experimental biology and computational science we encourage you to contact us for further discussion.

Dr Chris Reid: chris.reid@mq.edu.au

3D-imaging of weaver ant silk nests (short-term part-time casual)

Funded by the Macquarie University Research Acceleration Scheme.

The project aims to generate preliminary data on 3D-imaging and reconstruction of weaver ant silk nests.

The position is held at at Macquarie University, in Sydney, Australia. The candidate does not need to hold a PhD, but experience with biological experiments, imaging and 3D reconstruction are highly desirable. The position is extremely flexible with regards to work hours and arrangements.

Dr Chris Reid: chris.reid@mq.edu.au