University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMTC)

Staff Scientist - Senior Researcher Translational NeuroEngineering Laboratory

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN, United States

Required Qualifications:

  • A doctoral degree in a relevant field(almost any quantitative discipline should quality). A terminal masters’ degree with highly related prior work experience may substitute.
  • At least 2 years of post-doctoral research experience, with more preferred. That research must have led to scientific publications in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.
  • Specific experience with multiple techniques in use or soon expected to be in use in the laboratory (see above).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with specific documentation of those skills through published work and oral scientific presentations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, to supervise others, and to independently overcome complex technical and/or interpersonal challenges.
  • Interpersonal skills appropriate for collaboration in a very multidisciplinary and highly diverse environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience with psychiatric patient populations, the biological mechanisms of mental illness, or medical device development.
  • Strong programming and/or data analysis skills. MATLAB or Python is essential. C/C++ (and derivatives), LabVIEW, and scripting languages could be useful. Prior experience with data acquisition hardware, prototyping systems (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, additive manufacturing, etc.) and/or creating real-time systems would be helpful.

About the Job

The Translational NeuroEngineering Laboratory (TNEL) in the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry is seeking a staff scientist, with appointment expected to be at or above the Researcher 5/Research Manager 1 level. Our laboratory develops technologies to reverse the circuit impairments that cause mental illness, including depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, and addictions. Our work is regularly published in high-impact clinical, engineering, and scientific journals. More information is available at .

This is a position with substantial independent/supervisory responsibility, suited for a candidate with substantial prior research experience in a variety of contexts. You will be expected to assist the PI with a wide range of laboratory operations, including design/setup/conduct/analysis of neuroscience experiments, management of laboratory protocols and budgets, preparation of a wide range of technical/financial/reporting documents, training/onboarding of new laboratory members, and dissemination of laboratory scientific results. The day-to-day duties will be variable, but are also expected to be scientifically and technically interesting. Continued attendance at high-quality scientific workshops, co-authorship of publications, and active engagement in a research community are expected and will be supported. This is designed to be a long-term stable role for a candidate focused on a career in bench research. In that regard, the Minneapolis-St. Paul area is regularly ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States, particularly for families. Affordability is high, with ready access to a range of cultural and recreational activities year-round, and with all the amenities of a much larger city.

Our laboratory uses a wide variety of techniques, primarily focused around electrical brain recording and stimulation in humans and animals. Real-time signal processing, optics, genetic manipulations, histologic studies, human clinical research, and mathematical simulations are all part of our broader toolkit. Over time, you will be expected to become familiar with these methods (and more) at both a conceptual and technical level. The University of Minnesota is a vibrant and thriving academic community, with domain experts and multiple seminar series in all of these areas.

Job requirements will include:

• Transportation of bulky or heavy objects on carts

• Standing or sitting for extended periods

• Performance of fine motor tasks under visual guidance

• Training and teaching of adult learners from a variety of technical and personal backgrounds

• Independent analysis and interpretation of complex, multi-dimensional data

• Complex technical communication in the English language

• Professional interactions with a diverse body of colleagues and research participants

• Acquisition and maintenance of all necessary requirements (e.g., background checks, immunizations, institutional trainings) for work with human and animal subjects.

How To Apply

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