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Post-Doctoral Associate

University of Minnesota

Job Description

Post-Doctoral Associate

Full Job Description

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD or equivalent degree in biological, physical, or computational science with expertise relevant to the research areas
  • Experience working with rodent models


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated proficiency with one or more of the following: electrophysiological methods, OMICs technologies, rat or mouse behavioral methods and analysis, intracranial manipulations in rodents, molecular biology, microscopy imaging, protein biochemistry, or programming/coding
  • Strong skills in: communication (oral and written), organization, time management, and attention to detail,
  • Motivated and independent individuals with a demonstrated track record in neuroscience, pharmacology, or cell biology are preferred

This is a post-doctoral associate research position in the Spencer laboratory at the University of Minnesota. The lab is looking for a postdoctoral fellow to lead studies examining the neurobiology of cocaine and cannabinoid addiction using rodent intravenous self-administration with the potential to spearhead the initiation of a vapor self-administration model. The primary responsibilities of this position are related to the implementation and design of research and data acquisition, analysis, and management. The successful applicant would also be expected to train others in relevant methods, provide mentorship for students, and contribute to the general function of the lab (chores, organization, and maintenance). The applicant will also be encouraged to take advantage of career and professional development opportunities offered by UMN.

This hire is necessary to fulfill the research obligations of the lab to generate data for a funded extramural NIDA R21 and an internal pilot grant awarded as part of a larger NIDA P30 Center designed to generate preliminary data for another extramural application. There is an urgent need to accelerate data acquisition in the immediate term given the time constraints of these awards.


Job Duties

90% Leadership on one or more projects centered on the elucidation of the cellular, molecular, or circuit mechanisms underlying the development of substance use disorder and or contributing to relapse. This involves experimentation including adhering to existing SOPs and developing new SOPs as needed; adherence to administrative protocols (IACUC and IBC); data collection, data analysis and management; presenting and disseminating data in presentations, manuscripts, and proposals.

10% Assistance with general lab functions (chores, organization, maintenance), active participation in group meetings, training and mentorship of students

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


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The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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