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Post Doctoral Fellow - Lei Lab

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND

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Position Information: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Post Doctoral Fellow, Position #00100646Dr. Saobo Lei lab ( in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of North Dakota, is seeking a post-doctoral research fellow in behavioral sciences, optogenetics and/or electrophysiology areas. The broad interest of Lei lab is to understand the roles of neuromodulators and neuropeptides in modulating neural network activities and neurological diseases using interdisciplinary approaches.

Compensation and Appointment:Position:  Postdoctoral Fellow

Remuneration / Salary: $45,000+/year

Benefits: Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, and tuition waiver.  Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans. 

Twelve (12) month, non-tenure track, special appointment with UND SMHS, Department of Biomedical Sciences.

Job Summary and Responsibilities: Postdoctoral fellow position is available to study the roles of neuropeptides and neuromodulators in synaptic functions and neurological diseases with interdisciplinary approaches. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in neuroscience, physiology, behavioral sciences, molecular biology, signal transduction and/or ion channel physiology. Applicants should have strong expertise in behavioral sciences, molecular biology, immunocytochemistry or electrophysiology. Preference will be given to individuals with experiences in in vivo optogenetics and behavioral sciences. The individual is expected to stay for 2 years to generate data for publications in high profile journals. Salary will be dependent on experiences and comparable to NIH standard.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Minimum Requirements:    
    Possess a recent Ph.D. in neuroscience, behavioral sciences, physiology, pharmacology, biology, biochemistry, or biomedical related discipline. Research experience in graduate/PhD work in at least one of the following areas: behavioral science, in vivo physiology, optogenetics, electrophysiology, signal transduction, ion channel physiology, immunocytochemistry, molecular biology.At least one first-author publication.Submit a CV and the contact information for three references.Successful completion of a Criminal History Records Check
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the U.S. and to compelte the required employment eligibility verficiation form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications
    Proficiency in animal surgery, behavioral tests, optogenetics, electrophysiology, pharmacological experiments, immunocytochemistry, molecular biology.Ability to perform animal surgery and behavioral tests including elevated-plus maze test, open field test, light-dark box test, fear test, or immunocytochemistry, genotyping, or electrophysiology.Demonstrated proficiency in scientific writing.
To Apply

Applicant must submit a current CV and the contact information of three references.

Review of applications will begin 01/05/2022.  Position is open until filled.

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three or more finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

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