Postdoctoral research associate in the neurobiology of eating disorders

Champaign, Illinois
NIH postdoctoral scale
Aug 30, 2021
Sep 29, 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Mid Level

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Behavioral Neuroscience

Prof. Patrick Sweeney Laboratory

Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Sweeney lab ( at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on projects studying the neural circuitry regulating feeding and emotion in mice. The studies will involve a variety of approaches and tools including fiber photometry, optogenetics, chemogenetics, mouse behavioral assays of feeding, motivation, and emotion, mouse molecular genetics, RNA in situ hybridization, and single nucleus RNA sequencing.

Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Physiology, Neurobiology, Biological Sciences, or a related discipline. Candidates close to defending their Ph.D. dissertation will be considered. Experience in one or more of the techniques listed above is highly desired. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work both individually and as part of a team are required. Competitive candidates will have at least one first-author publication.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

The closing date for this position is November 1st, 2021. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications and in accordance for current NIH funding levels. The position is on a yearly basis, with funding available for at least 2 years.

Start date: On or after January 1st, 2022


Applicants should email: 1) a cover letter describing your research interests, relevant background, and career goals; (2) current CV; and (3) names of 3 references with email and phone contact information to: Prof. Patrick Sweeney, Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign,


The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment.

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