Post-Doctoral Associate in the Richard Lab at the University of Minnesota


WebsiteRichardLab_University of Minnesota


Required Qualifications:
• PhD in neuroscience, psychology or a related field, or the anticipated completion of a PhD in these fields prior to start date
• Research experience in a clinical or basic setting.
• Must be willing to handle/work with rodents.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Evidence of scientific accomplishment and expertise in at least one of the following areas: 1) rodent behavior models of learning, motivation, affect, or addiction 2) in vivo electrophysiology, 3) virally mediated circuit dissection approaches 4) computational neuroscience, and/or 5) cellular and molecular neuroscience.
• A strong desire to develop additional skills in at least one of the above listed areas
• Strong written and oral communication skills

About the Job

This position is in a laboratory the studies the neural mechanisms of affective and motivational processes underlying reward-seeking, and how these mechanisms are recruited or disrupted in models of alcohol addiction ( We work with a variety of methods (optogenetics, chemogenetics, in vivo electrophysiology, fiber photometry, etc.) to measure and manipulate brain activity in rats engaged in a variety of reward-related behavioral tasks. We currently have funded postdoctoral positions to examine the neural mechanisms of aversion-resistant alcohol seeking and consumption, and cue-elicited alcohol seeking. We also have ongoing projects examining how brains represent the motivational value of cues, and the expected value of future outcomes.

Job duties:
85% Independent research: The postdoctoral associate will design, conduct, and analyze research studies related to the neural and behavioral processes underlying motivated behavior and write up the results for publication, in consultation with the principal investigator. Within the first year, the postdoctoral associate will submit an application for a postdoctoral research fellowship and will submit an abstract to present their research findings at national or international conference.
15% General laboratory support: help maintain inventory of common supplies for the laboratory, maintain equipment in working order, sterilize supplies as needed, and keep records of protocols and standard operating procedures. Work with staff to ensure compliance with university and federal safety regulations. Assist in the supervision and training of undergraduate and graduate students, and research technicians.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

Be a part of the University of Minnesota. Together, we’ll change the world.

As one of the top research universities in the U.S., the University of Minnesota changes lives—through research, education, and outreach. Our high employee satisfaction scores are comparable to top-performing corporations. Surveys consistently show that U of M employees are happy with their jobs, the people they work with, and the benefits they receive. The University is dedicated to keeping you and your family healthy—physically, emotionally, financially, socially, and professionally. Here are just some of the many benefits you’ll enjoy at the U:

● Competitive wages, vacation and sick leave
● Full medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
● Retirement, life insurance, and short-and long-term disability insurance
● A wellness program that rewards you for doing healthy activities
● Tuition benefits to further your education while you work
● Opportunity for public employer student loan forgiveness
● Leadership development and training opportunities
● Opportunity to work in a culturally rich environment

For more information regarding benefits:


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.


To apply for this job please visit