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Interested applicants should email: (a) CV, (b) a cover letter with a description of research experience, career goals, and potential future research interests, and (c) contact information for three references to

Job Summary

A research position is available for a highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Giancarlo Vanini’s laboratory in the Department of Anesthesiology and the Center for Consciousness Science at the University of Michigan.  The candidate will work on NIH-funded studies to better understand the mechanisms underlying the sleep-anesthesia connection.  Specifically, the studies will explore how sleep- and wake-related neurons in the hypothalamus regulate the entry into and exit from the anesthetized state, sleep and wakefulness, and homeostatic sleep-anesthesia interactions.  In addition, studies will assess how these subcortical neurons influence corticocortical communication.  To this end, the laboratory uses behavioral assays, chemogenetics, viral tracing, immunohistochemistry, quantitative EEG and functional connectivity analyses.  


Required Qualifications*

Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in neuroscience or related field.  Strong expertise in rodent stereotaxic survival surgery, animal behavior and experimentation, and scientific writing including a publication track record is required.  Candidate experience in neuroanatomy, immunohistochemistry, chemogenetics, and sleep and/or anesthesia research is highly desired.

Additional Information

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Background Screening

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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.