Postdoc Position at the University of Minnesota

The Lab

The Smith Lab at the University of Minnesota is pleased to announce post-doctoral fellow position(s) to study the formation and plasticity of large-scale neural networks in the cortex. This research will employ cutting-edge optical and computational methods to measure and manipulate cortical networks in vivo during development. Our research seeks to understand how network formation during development shapes perception later in life in both health and disease. Our work is funded by NIH, The Whitehall Foundation, and The Hartwell Foundation. Additional details are available here:

The Smith lab is a member of the Optical Imaging Medical Discovery Team (, a $30M initiative at UMN establishing a highly collaborative group of research labs focused on utilizing optical approaches to uncover the function and organization of neural circuits. The post-doctoral fellow(s) will join the intellectually rich neuroscience community at UMN, which brings together behaviorists, electrophysiologists, and computational neuroscientists, and includes the world leading Center for Magnetic Resonance Research. UMN is an excellent training environment for postdocs, with extensive support for trainees and a strong postdoctoral association (

The Candidate

This is an excellent opportunity for individuals with training in one or more of the following areas: multiphoton imaging, optogenetics, calcium imaging, in vivo electrophysiology, vision, or animal behavior. Applicants without prior experience in in vivo imaging but with a strong interest in developing cortical circuits are also encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please apply to Gordon Smith ([email protected]) with “Cortical Networks Postdoc” in the subject line by sending a cover letter stating your interest in the project, your CV, and a research statement. References will be requested after initial review. This is a fully funded multi-year position(s), and the filling of these position(s) is open in their timing, although we hope to appoint one position by this fall.  

Salary will be commensurate with experience, and competitive for postdoctoral researchers. The position includes an excellent comprehensive benefits package, including low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans, as well as paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. For additional details, please see:

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COVID-19 Notice

The University of Minnesota has suspended hiring for most positions. However, we will continue hiring for positions critical to the University's mission and operations at this time, including this position. Applications are being accepted for this position and you are encouraged to apply.

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