Research Fellow in Neuroscience

University of Michigan

United States

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


Job Summary

The Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute and the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology is currently recruiting for a Postdoctoral Fellow to work in a systems neuroscience laboratory.  Research in the lab will focus on the role for sleep circuitry in learning and memory. The postdoctoral candidate should have a good background in neuroscience and interest in applying systems neuroscience approaches to study complex circuits. With access to state-of-the-art circuit mapping and calcium imaging techniques, the fellow will identify hypothalamic sleep and motivational circuits and link them with learning and memory in higher-order brain regions. The emphasis for this postdoctoral project will be to generate high-quality publications. Recent graduates with a strong background in neuroanatomy, circuit mapping (optogenetics, pharmacogenetics), calcium imaging (two-photon imaging, photometry), coding (MATLAB, Python) and/or experience in handling mice are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience in the fields of sleep, feeding, or cortical plasticity. Preference will be given to US citizens or applicants with existing funding, all applicant will be considered. Evidence of productivity with publications in significant journals is required.


Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.


Required Qualifications*

Requires a PhD degree in neuroscience or a related field.  Must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and able to work as part of a team. Must be comfortable working with mice. Evidence of productivity with publications in significant journals is required.


Desired Qualifications*

Experience with systems and behavioral neuroscience research, including with specific techniques: optogenetics, calcium imaging, and MATLAB/Python coding.


Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.


Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.


U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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