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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


Postdoctoral position in consciousness and anesthesia.

Candidate will work on NIH-supported projects conducted to understand the neurobiological basis of consciousness via the application of anesthetic manipulation.  The work involves high-density microelectrode array recordings and optogenetic manipulation of neuronal activity in the brain of chronically instrumented rats during different states of consciousness altered by various anesthetic agents.  Neuronal interactions in local circuits and large-scale networks are analyzed by multivariate methods and mathematically modeled.  Behavioral assessment and an investigation of learning and memory are conducted in parallel with electrophysiological recordings. The research fellow will join a large and vibrant neuroscience community, including an established neuroscience research program in the Department of Anesthesiology that supports multiple ongoing projects in sleep, anesthesia, pain, and neurocognitive research.  The facilities in the lab includes a fully equipped electrophysiological laboratory with multiple data acquisition systems for multi-electrode recording, stimulation, and computational analysis.  The lab has a long track record of NIH funding.

Required Qualifications*

Candidates should hold a PhD in Psychology, Public Health, or a related field by the time of appointment and should have an interest in chronic pain research.  The ideal candidate would have experience with theory based behavioral intervention development. Additional qualifications include advanced quantitative skills including experience with multiple regression, analysis of variance and survival analysis; comprehensive training in research methodology; strong oral and written communication skills; high degree of self-motivation and maturity; and evidence of research productivity.

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Mission Statement

The University of Michigan Health System improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.