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Postdoc – Optical Imaging of Developing Networks

University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Commensurate with experience, will exceed NIH levels.
Closing date
May 15, 2023

Job Details

The Smith lab at the University of Minnesota is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to continue and expand our work understanding the mechanisms of cortical network formation in the developing brain. We have recently discovered that distributed and modular networks with millimeter-scale correlations exist throughout the developing neocortex. Using in vivo optogenetics and computational modeling, we have shown that these networks are self-organizing and dependent on local intracortical circuitry.

Ongoing and planned projects utilize two-photon imaging and optogenetics to understand how perturbations of early network function impact development.

Preferred candidates will have a Ph.D. or equivalent in neuroscience, biology, or related field, and experience in one or more of the following areas: multiphoton imaging, optogenetics, calcium imaging, and / or in vivo electrophysiology. Applicants without prior experience in these areas but with a strong interest in applying optical approaches to investigate circuit function are also encouraged to apply.

Please apply to Gordon Smith ( by sending a cover letter stating your interest in the project, your CV, and a brief research statement (1-2 pages) as a single pdf. References will be requested after initial review. This is a fully funded multi-year position with excellent benefits. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and will exceed NIH guidance.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The Smith lab will be presenting a talk and poster on our work at Cosyne in Montreal this March.

Additional information

Smith Lab:

The Smith lab is a member of the Optical Imaging Medical Discovery Team (, a $30M initiative at UMN establishing a highly collaborative group of research labs focused on utilizing optical approaches to uncover the function and organization of neural circuits. The post-doctoral fellow will join the intellectually rich neuroscience community at UMN, which brings together behaviorists, electrophysiologists, and computational neuroscientists, and includes the world leading Center for Magnetic Resonance Research. UMN is an excellent training environment for postdocs, with extensive support for trainees and a strong postdoctoral association (

The position includes an excellent comprehensive benefits package, including low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans, as well as paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. For additional details, please see:

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