Postdoctoral Researcher in Bioanalytical Chemistry and Neuroscience

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!



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.

  • A Ph.D. in chemistry, neuroscience, biology, or a related field.
  • Potential for and/or evidence of scientific productivity as evidenced by application materials.

  • NOTE:

    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

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

  • Contact Information to Applicants

    Professor Michael Johnson
    ( )

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    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.

    Advertised Salary Range

    Minimum $48,500

    Application Review Begins


    Anticipated Start Date


    Limited Term End Date


    Work Location

    University of Kansas - Lawrence

    FLSA Status

    Professional (Salaried)

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding, Limited Term


    The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access,, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY 9for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

    View or Apply