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Postdoctoral Associate/Research Associate

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The Laboratory of Neuroscience and Chronobiology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus is looking for a talented and motivated postdoctoral researcher/research associate. The laboratory is interested in circadian rhythms and circadian dysfunction in neurological and psychiatric disorders. The PI webpage can be found here: Recent publications can be found here: Trainees will work with genetically modified mice and solve scientific problems utilizing a combination of molecular, cellular, and behavioral approaches. The previous lab trainees were highly successful in publishing high-impact papers.

Required Qualifications:
- A Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology, or related fields in biomedical sciences. 

- At least two first-author research papers in neuroscience, biochemistry, or molecular biology.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Experience in behavioral neuroscience, e.g. mouse behavior tests, stereotaxic mouse brain surgery, etc.
- Experience in molecular and cellular neuroscience, e.g. neuronal or brain slice culture, protein or RNA work, cellular signal transduction, confocal microscopy, electrophysiological recording (intracellular or whole-cell patch-clamp), or viral-mediated gene silencing, etc.
- Self-motivated, and hardworking
- Excellent scientific writing and communication skills in English

Salaries and benefits can be negotiated. The University of Minnesota Medical School was ranked 28th in National Institute of Health (NIH) Sponsored Research FY2020 and Neuroscience Department was ranked 11th by Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. The neuroscience community at the University of Minnesota includes nearly 100 active neuroscientists with diverse expertise. The State of Minnesota is one of the best states for family life. The city of Duluth is an inexpensive, seaport city located on Lake Superior's shore with a variety of urban amenities. To apply, please send a letter of intent, a CV with a list of publications, names, and emails of three referees to Dr. Ruifeng Cao at


The University of Minnesota Medical School was founded in 1888 to serve the health care needs of Minnesota. Our school spans two campuses—the main Twin Cities campus and Duluth. As one of the largest medical schools in the country, the University of Minnesota Medical School: Trains more than 70 percent of Minnesota's physicians Receives more than $188 million in research grants each year Provides care to nearly 1 million patients across the state. Our students have the opportunity to excel through innovative research and state-of-the-art training, and the opportunity to provide care through affiliated hospitals and clinics across the state. We are committed to diversity and training physicians to meet the needs of diverse communities. We are focused on helping deliver better outcomes to patients more efficiently, and improving lives across our state and around the world. As the largest member of the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center, we help develop coordinated, interprofessional care models working alongside the School of Dentistry, School of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, School of Public Health, and College of Veterinary Medicine.

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