Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Translational NeuroEngineering Laboratory (TNEL) in the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry is seeking a staff scientist, in the area of rodent electrophysiology and behavior, with appointment expected to be at or above the Researcher 5/Research Manager 1 level. This is a long-term, Federally funded position. Our laboratory develops technologies to reverse the circuit impairments that cause mental illness, including depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, and addictions. More information is available at http://www.tnelab.org/.
The specific responsibilities of this position include electrophysiologic and optogenetic experiments in awake, behaving, untethered rodents. We have recently received funding to use a new high-density electrode technology (https://www.neuropixels.org) to study hippocampus-amgydala-striatum networks involved in learning, memory, and changes in decision-making styles. The project will combine behavioral tasks and some newly invented methods for modifying brain oscillations to study the role of those oscillations in cognitive function. You will work with some of the newest tools in neuroscience, while being supported by a deep bench of colleagues from neuroscience, engineering, and mathematics.
The Researcher 5 role is a long-term staff position with substantial independent/supervisory responsibility. Continued attendance at high-quality scientific workshops, co-authorship of publications, and active engagement in a research community are expected and will be supported. This is designed to be a stable role for a candidate focused on a career in bench research. In that regard, the Minneapolis-St. Paul area is regularly ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States, particularly for families. Our affordability is high, there is an amazing array of cultural and recreational opportunities year-round, and the colleagues are excellent.
Job requirements will include:
Transportation of bulky objects on carts
Standing or sitting for extended periods
Performance of fine motor tasks under visual guidance
Training and teaching of adult learners from a variety of technical and personal backgrounds
Independent analysis and interpretation of scientific data
Complex technical communication in the English language
Professional interactions with a diverse body of colleagues and research participants
Acquisition and maintenance of all necessary requirements (e.g., background checks, immunizations, institutional trainings) for work with human and animal subjects.
This position is open to researchers of any nationality. We will happily sponsor a visa, but please tell us up front about your needs and current status.
A doctoral degree in a relevant field. We define “relevant” very broadly, and almost any quantitative discipline should qualify. A terminal masters’ degree with significant prior work experience can substitute.
Some prior experience with electrophysiology, in any species or preparation, OR, deep familiarity with behavioral experiments and a clear interest in learning advanced methods.
Strong programming and/or data analysis skills. MATLAB or Python is essential. Other languages will be useful if you know them. Prior experience with data acquisition hardware, prototyping systems (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, additive manufacturing, etc.) and/or creating real-time systems would be nice but is definitely not required.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with specific documentation of those skills through published work and oral scientific presentations.
Interpersonal skills appropriate for collaboration in a very multidisciplinary and highly diverse environment.
It will be helpful if you have previous experience with psychiatric patient populations, the biological mechanisms of mental illness, or medical device development. If you do not, you should want to learn about at least one of those.
Internal Number: 333596
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