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Saunders Lab opens in June of 2018. We are looking for enthusiastic, driven scientists to join the team! Please see below for details about positions and send inquiries to Saunders Lab is looking for a research technician to start in June/July 2018. This person will serve in a lab manager role, and be responsible for a number of organizational and research tasks, including: Maintaining an inventory of lab supplies and ordering supplies as necessary Overseeing the lab space to maintain basic order and cleanliness Assisting in the training of new lab members in basic lab rules and procedures Managing rat and mouse colonies, including breeding/husbandry  Performing rat and mouse surgical procedures and conducting daily behavioral experiments Tissue collection and preparation for anatomical and biochemical analyses Potential technician candidates must have a bachelor's degree in neuroscience, psychology, or related life sciences field. Previous research experience is required. Strong communication and organizational skills, work ethic, and the ability to work unsupervised and interact effectively with all lab members are other important characteristics. A keen eye for detail and flexibility is also expected. Experience with rodent behavioral neuroscience research is desirable, but not required. Interested candidates should send a CV, a 1-2 page statement of research experience and how you would contribute to the research program, and the contact information for 3 people who can provide a detailed reference letter.  Beyond the specific tasks listed above, this research technician will be integrally involved in setting up Saunders Lab and establishing the lab dynamics as we set out on this exciting journey! Potential candidates must have (or will have by time of start) a PhD in neuroscience, psychology, biomedical engineering, or related field. Applicants should have a strong record of graduate research, including first-author publications in neuroscience and/or behavioral science journals. A history of graduate-level fellowship funding is desirable. We are especially interested in candidates with research expertise in either rodent behavioral procedures of motivation and addiction-related questions, and neural circuit techniques (opto/chemogenetics, viral-based anatomy, calcium imaging, etc). A computational or programming background is also highly desirable. Post docs in the lab will work within the lab's research domain, but ideally they will lead projects that incorporate their own research backgrounds, and have the opportunity to mentor and oversee others in the lab in the process. We will work together to design projects that allow post docs to acquire and extend the skills necessary for moving on in the career path of their interest. Those interested should contact with a CV, a 1-2 page statement on your research experience and plans for postdoctoral research as you see them fitting in with the lab, and the contact information of 3 people who can provide a detailed reference letter. Saunders Lab will be accepting rotation students from the University of Minnesota Graduate Program in Neuroscience starting late summer/fall 2018. Potential students should contact Dr. Saunders at If you are applying to graduate school right now and are interested in the lab, please get in touch! Undergraduate students interested in the lab should email to inquire about openings. Please send your CV, a brief statement about your research experience and interests, and details on your daily/weekly availability to work in the lab. We will begin accepting students in June/July 2018.  Please send any inquires to or fill out the form below for more information



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