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Post-Doctoral Associate - Neuroscience

University of Minnesota
Duluth, Minnesota
Closing date
Aug 27, 2024

Job Details

Post-Doctoral Associate

A postdoctoral position at NIH-level salary is available in the laboratory of Dr. Detlef Heck, Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus.

We study brain-wide neuronal circuits supporting motor, cognitive and affective brain functions with a special focus on the role of the cerebellum. Experimental techniques include multi-site, high-density electrophysiological recordings in freely moving mice during behavior, neural circuit tracing, pathway and cell-type specific optogenetic and chemogenetic manipulations, detailed behavioral analysis and, in collaboration with other groups, calcium and voltage imaging of neuronal activity.

Candidates should have a PhD degree (or equivalent) in neuroscience or related fields. Prior experience with in vivo electrophysiological recordings, viral vector techniques and proficiency in MATLAB or Python are desired. Current postdoc salary is at $61,000/year with a competitive benefits package. The Department of Biomedical Sciences offers a nurturing environment and promotes interdisciplinary collaborations. In addition to trainings in the lab setting, the University of Minnesota Postdoctoral Programs ( offer supplementary trainings in grants writing, teaching, career development, etc.

Interested individuals please contact Dr. Detlef Heck at with any questions. Applications must be submitted online.

Job Duties:
● Conduct research using multi-site, high-density recordings of neuronal activity in freely moving mice using shank electrodes and tetrodes.
• Analyze and interpret neurophysiological and behavioral data
• Collaborate with a diverse team of researchers, including the PI, graduate students, and other postdoctoral fellows.
• Publish research findings in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and present at scientific conferences.
• Gain experience writing and submitting grants for institutions such as the National Institutes as Health.
• Have the freedom to pursue your own research interests within the broader theme of neuronal control of behavior, with the PI's guidance and support.
● Teaching

This position is based on campus. Per UMN policy, work may be done remotely when appropriate and approved by your manager.  All UMN employees are expected to follow applicable public health and safety procedures.



Required Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Neuroscience or related field

Preferred Qualifications:
Prior experience with in vivo electrophysiological recordings, viral vector techniques and proficiency in MATLAB or Python are desired.


The mission of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus is to be a national leader in improving healthcare access and outcomes in rural Minnesota and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. We do this by: - Educating medical students dedicated to serving rural Minnesota and American Indian/Alaska Native communities - Fostering excellence in research - Emphasizing the training of physicians in Family Medicine - Creating strong partnerships locally, regionally, nationally and internationally - Working in innovative, interdisciplinary and inter-professional teams

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