Postdoctoral research fellow (synaptic development and plasticity)

College Park, Maryland
Starting salary $58,000 (U.S.)/ year + benefits.
October 14 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Speer laboratory at the University of Maryland, College Park has an opening for a postdoctoral research fellow to help advance our research in developing visual circuits. We are investigating activity-dependent and molecular mechanisms that regulate the refinement of parallel retinal pathways to distinct visual centers in the brain. We are currently developing new research lines using transcriptomic, proteomic, and high-resolution molecular imaging analyses to examine local protein translation contributing to the development of synaptic connections in the mouse visual system. Postdocs will have access to excellent scientific resources and opportunities for future career development (e.g. presentations at conferences, opportunities for grant applications, advanced training courses, etc.).  

Successful candidates should have a strong background (Ph.D. required) in molecular, developmental, or systems neuroscience with significant expertise in two or more of the following areas: molecular biological techniques for RNA/protein analysis, immunoprecipitation assays, RNA/protein bioinformatics, microscopy and associated instrumentation (2-P, confocal, epifluorescence, electron microscopy, or preferably super-resolution imaging), assay development related to tissue histology/sample preparation/immunohistochemical labeling, electron microscopy sample preparation (ultramicrotomy), viral vector transgenesis and/or electroporation, whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiological recording, and programming in Python and Matlab. Experience working with and maintaining transgenic mice is essential.

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF file to Colenso Speer (  Please include 1) a short cover letter outlining your research interests as they pertain to the position, 2) your curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for three references.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. UMD is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status, genetic information, personal appearance, or any other legally protected status in all aspects of employment. UMD is actively engaged in recruiting, hiring, and promoting underrepresented communities; minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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