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Post-Doctoral Associate - Neuroscience
University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Date Posted May 15, 2019

Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled


Required Qualifications:

  • PhD (or MD/PhD) (or expected PhD, to be completed before beginning position) MD/PhD in Neuroscience, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, or related field. Demonstrated record of research accomplishments.

  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in multiphoton imaging is strongly preferred, but not required.

  • Experience with in vivo recordings.

  • Experience and familiarity with scientific and statistical software (e.g. MATLAB, Python).

About the Job

The Smith Lab at the University of Minnesota seeks a talented, creative and highly motivated scientist to join the lab as a postdoctoral researcher.

The Smith Lab uses a combination of multiphoton and wide-field imaging, together with optogenetic manipulations of network activity, to investigate the structure and function of the large-scale cortical networks underlying sensory processing. Ongoing projects involve the measurement and manipulation of identified cell types through patterned optogenetic stimulation in intact networks in vivo, as well as the longitudinal imaging of network dynamics across early development. Additional information on the lab is available at

The Smith Lab is part of the newly-formed Optical Imaging and Brain Sciences Medical Discovery Team (MDT), a major initiative established by the University of Minnesota to promote the development and application of cutting-edge imaging technologies. The MDT is currently home to three laboratories, with additional expansion underway, and provides an outstanding environment for collaboration.

The Smith Lab is a member of the nationally-ranked Department of Neuroscience, which is home to multiple world-class laboratories and is also undergoing significant expansion. The University of Minnesota has extensive expertise across many departments, including Physics, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science and is a world-leader in functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

The University is located in the heart of Minneapolis, recently ranked as one of the 10 Best Cities to Live in America. Minneapolis features a vibrant arts and music scene, exceptional restaurants, and multiple professional sports teams, together with an extensive collection of parks and lakes which provide opportunities for year-round outdoor activities.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have 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 Activities" page and uploading documents there. Interested applicants should send a CV, a brief statement of research accomplishments and future interests, and the names of 3 references.

This position will remain open until filled.

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


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

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.


The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave

  • Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans

  • Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts

  • Excellent retirement plans with employer match

  • Disability and employer paid life insurance

  • Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums

  • Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition

  • Student loan forgiveness opportunity

  • Opportunities for growth and promotion

  • Employee Assistance Program

For more information regarding benefits:

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