Post Doctoral Fellow

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, North Dakota (US)
$45,000+/year plus benefits
July 12 2019
Job ID 5841
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Post Doctoral Fellow, Position #00018370

Dr. 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 (6 years or less) 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.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. 

Preferred Requirements:  

  • 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.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Position is open until filled.  For more information or to apply visit  Look for JobID 5841 and click on the red button to apply.

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