Postdoctoral Researcher in Bioanalytical Chemistry and Neuroscience - 13005BR

Postdoctoral Researcher in Bioanalytical Chemistry and Neuroscience

University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

A postdoctoral research position in bioanalytical chemistry and neuroscience is available at the University of Kansas in the Department of Chemistry. We seek a dedicated individual driven to develop tools for measuring neuronal function in zebrafish and other model organisms. This individual should have a strong background in neuroscience and microscopy. In addition, this individual will need to show strength in working with interdisciplinary teams, as this research will interface with a team of faculty and postdoctoral researchers from multiple departments at KU and the Medical School at the University of Utah. The successful candidate will work with the team to develop methods to study the function of individual neurons in complex environments both ex vivo and in vivo. To accomplish these tasks, the candidate will employ advanced microscopy methods, including two-photon microscopy, and modern electrochemical/electrophysiological methods, such as fast-scan cyclic voltammetry.

Length of Appointment: Initial appointment is for two years, with the second year of the appointment contingent on postdoc’s progress and funding.

Job Description

70% Research
  • Collaboratively conduct research in the area of in vivo microscopy and electrochemical/electrophysiology measurements obtained in the brain of zebrafish.
  • Generate manuscripts publishable in top-quality, peer-reviewed journals.
  • Participate in national and international conferences.
  • Participate in proposal writing using data and ideas generated by these efforts.
10% Data management
  • Facilitate data access and documentation of data across faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate/undergraduate students.
  • Travel to other institutions for training or data collection.
10% Mentoring
  • Mentor undergraduate researchers in smaller projects. This will include providing instruction on how to carry out techniques and providing feedback to the students.
  • Providing guidance to other lab members on how to carry out specific laboratory techniques or experimental approaches.
10% Miscellaneous
  • Contribute to research and lab meetings, departmental seminars and general upkeep of lab.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the required qualification and preferred qualification will be made through (1) records of accomplishments entered in CV, (2) description of research and education experience provided in the application materials, (3) references, and (4) publications as appropriate.
  1. A Ph.D. in chemistry, neuroscience, biology, or a related field.
  2. Potential for and/or evidence of scientific productivity as evidenced by application materials.

To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD in hand. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an Acting basis not to exceed 6 months.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience applying two-photon microscopy or light sheet imaging to living biological systems, especially zebrafish or other teleosts.
  2. Experience in electrophysiology or electrochemistry applied to biological systems.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete online application includes a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae (including publications list), Statement of Research Interests and Skills, and three letters of recommendation. Letters should sent to Prof. Michael Johnson by email ( or mailed to Prof. Michael Johnson at the Department of Chemistry, 1567 Irving Hill Road, room 1140, Lawrence, KS 66045.

Initial review of applications begins October 15, 2018 and will continue as long as required to identify a qualified pool.

Contact Information to Applicants

Professor Michael Johnson

Advertised Salary Range

Minimum $48,500

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