Master Project: Olfaction in the tobacco hornworm Manduca sexta

Several connected research projects are available in the Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology. The projects are based on olfaction in the tobacco hornworm Manduca sexta; all topics are part of a larger research effort aimed at elucidating the function of specific odorant receptors in ovipositor and larval antennae. The goal is on one hand to understand the meaning of odorants bound by these receptors for behavior and ecology of the organism, and the underlying detection mechanisms on the other hand. We have planned experiments from a broad spectrum of methods ranging from behavioral biology to electrophysiology and molecular biology. Within the context of the projects each master thesis can be adapted to the background and ideas of the individual candidate.

Start: now (1.09.2014) – position is open until filled

Who: Highly motivated and interested students, preferentially with a background in molecular biology, behavior, zoophysiology and/or ecology

Dr. Ewald Große-Wilde    
Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Phone: 03641 57-1408
E-mail: grosse-wilde [at]