Two Fully Funded PhD Positions in Behavioural Ecology at University of Bern, Switzerland

PhD Fellowship IN Switzerland

Two Fully Funded PhD Positions: Join the Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IEE), Division of Behavioural Ecology at the University of Bern for an exciting opportunity to conduct research on “Facilitators and constraints of behavioural flexibility” in poison frogs. This project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, explores the physiological mechanisms underlying behavioural decisions in animals.

Two Fully Funded PhD Positions in Behavioural Ecology at University of Bern, Switzerland

Designation: PhD Positions (2)

Research Area: Behavioural Ecology

Location: University of Bern, Switzerland


  • Master’s degree in ecology, behaviour, cognition, endocrinology, neurobiology, or related fields.
  • Strong background in evolutionary biology preferred.
  • Experience or strong interest in working with (poison) frogs, tropical environments, and/or physiological mechanisms.
  • Excellent written and spoken English skills.
  • Motivation to contribute to the understanding of behavioural flexibility.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness in scientific research.

Job Description: The PhD students will conduct experiments with Allobates femoralis frogs in both field and lab settings. Responsibilities include data collection, analysis, publication of results, and regular participation in lab meetings and scientific conferences. Candidates should be prepared to spend up to 2 months annually at a tropical research station.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit the following documents as a single PDF named “application_firstname.lastname” by 30th July 2024 to

  • Letter of motivation (clearly stating interest in behavioural flexibility in poison frogs)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Master’s certificate or transcripts (if available)
  • Names of two contact persons (recommendation letters not required at this stage)
  • Example of scientific writing (MSc thesis, seminar article, journal article)

We Offer:

  • A dynamic, international, and interdisciplinary research environment.
  • Opportunity to shape your PhD project based on your interests and skills.
  • Access to extensive training and collaboration opportunities through the Swiss CUSO doctoral programme in Ecology and Evolution.
  • Competitive starting salary and social security contributions.

Last Date for Apply: 30th July 2024

Don’t miss this chance to join a supportive research team at the University of Bern and contribute to cutting-edge research in Behavioural Ecology. For more information about our research, visit Division of Behavioural Ecology. Apply now to explore the fascinating world of behavioural flexibility in poison frogs!



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