Job ID: 98910

Post-Doc in Circuit Neuroscience and Behaviour at Center for Brain Research

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 21 December 2022

Employment Start Date: 1 January 2023

Contract Length: 6 years

City: Vienna

Country: Austria

Institution: Medizinische Universität Wien

Department: Center for Brain Research/Neuronal Cell Biology


The Haubensak Laboratory is seeking enthusiastic postdocs interested in pioneering novel multidisciplinary approaches towards understanding the brain [1].

Emotions are a central part of our mental self, shaping perception, memories, and behaviors. We use circuit neuroscience and behavioral genetics to understand how neuronal circuits process affective information. For our activities, please visit

In your project, you will explore how limbic networks assign affective value to environmental stimuli [2] and how genes modulate this process to program behavioral traits [3]. You will acquire fundamental knowledge in state-of-the art neuroscientific workflows, linking behavioral genetics to systems neuroscience [4].

Ideally, you should have an academic education in natural-, computer science or medicine and hold a MD or PhD with specialization in neuroscience or bioinformatics. You should share our interest in circuit imaging and/or behavioral genetics. It would be great to welcome you as independent and communicative member of our team, with enthusiasm to become an active member in shaping our interactive environment and workflows in interdisciplinary neuroscience.

Expected starting date:  as of January 2023, for up to six years.
The gross salary is 4,061 Euro brutto (14x year), flexible pending professional experience.

The Medical University of Vienna aims to increase the proportion of women, especially in management positions and among scientific staff, and expressly encourages qualified women to apply.
As one of Europe’s leading academic centres, we offer specific career programs for academic research and teaching.

Please send your application including the classification number 9659/22, a letter of motivation, CV, and potential references until 21rst of December 2022 to:
or via mail to:

Medizinische Universität Wien
Abteilung Personal und Personalentwicklung
1090 Wien, Spitalgasse 23


We would like to point out that for admission as an employee of the Medical University of Vienna, proof of vaccination against Covid-19 is a prerequisite.


[1]          D. Pfaff, I. Tabansky, and W. Haubensak, “Tinbergen’s challenge for the neuroscience of behavior,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., vol. 0, p. 201903589, 2019, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1903589116.

[2]          D. Kargl et al., “The amygdala instructs insular feedback for affective learning,” eLife 2020;9:e60336, vol. 9, pp. 1–36, 2020, doi: 10.7554/eLife.60336.

[3]          L. Piszczek et al., “Dissociation of impulsive traits by subthalamic metabotropic glutamate receptor 4,” Elife, vol. 11, pp. 1–37, 2022, doi: 10.7554/elife.62123.

[4]          F. Ganglberger, J. Kaczanowska, J. M. Penninger, A. Hess, K. Bühler, and W. Haubensak, “Predicting functional neuroanatomical maps from fusing brain networks with genetic information,” Neuroimage, vol. 170, pp. 113–120, 2018, doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.08.070.