Job Opportunities

Postdoctoral or Research Associate

Postdoctoral or research associate positions are available for energetic individuals interested in studying molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying excitability in the brain and heart, with an emphasis on those related to addiction, cognition, mood, and the neural regulation of cardiac function. Our well-funded research program incorporates an array of state-of-the-art techniques and approaches, including brain slice and cultured cell electrophysiology, intracranial pharmacology and chemogenetics, rodent behavioral analysis, and electrocardiogram telemetry. View recent research publications 

A Ph.D. in biomedical sciences or biophysics is required. While prior experience with electrophysiological techniques is preferred, our lab is an excellent training environment for those interested in developing skills in this domain. Interested applicants should send a curriculum vitae and brief statement of research experience and interests to:

Dr. Kevin Wickman
Department of Pharmacology
University of Minnesota Medical School
6-120 Jackson Hall
321 Church St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
Phone: (612) 624-5966

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator/employer.

Research Associate and Postdoctoral Positions 

For molecular and proteomic studies of nuclear receptors and translation regulators for adipocytes and neurons

We focus on regulatory mechanisms in stem cell proliferation, adipocyte differentiation and neuronal protein expression, triggered by nutrients, hormones and neuronal activity. We investigate factors regulating chromatin remodeling, RNA transport and translation. Various molecular, cellular and proteomic approaches are used. For our recent publications, see Nat Stru & Mol Biol 14: 68-75 (2007); Nat Chem Biol 3: 161-5 (2007); PNAS. 104, 13810 (2007), EMBO J 26, 1522-31 (2007); Mol. Cell 19, 643-53 (2005).

A Ph.D. in biological sciences or biophysics is required.

Interested applicants should send curriculum vitae via Email to Dr. Li-Na Wei, Department of Pharmacology, University of Minnesota Medical School, at View research detailsThe University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator/employer. 

Post-doc position at the minneapolis medical research foundation (MMRF), Minneapolis, Minnesota

The MMRF invites applications for a post-doctoral position focusing on development of biologics against various high-priority diseases in the laboratory of Marco Pravetoni, an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School, ( MMRF is the third largest medical research non-profit in Minnesota and ranks in the top seven percent nationally of all institutions receiving research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). MMRF is an excellent environment for training in cutting-edge research in vaccinology supported by a highly collaborative scientific community including the University of Minnesota Center for Immunology and the Masonic Cancer Center.


A post-doc position is available immediately for individuals interested in vaccines and other biologics. Projects will focus on therapeutic vaccines for substance use disorders, and other challenging targets such as emerging infectious diseases, or other priority targets. Projects will leverage a multidisciplinary approach to rational vaccine design, evaluation of the immunological mechanisms underlying effective immunization, novel strategies to program B and T cell responses to vaccines, and in vivo screening in relevant pre-clinical models.

This position will be compensated based on NIH guidelines for post-doctoral roles.


We are seeking an independent and motivated colleague interested in leading multidisciplinary projects. A recently-graduated PhD in biomedical or pharmaceutical sciences is required. The candidate will possess experience in some of the following areas: vaccine development, bioconjugation or equivalent chemistry, flow cytometry analysis of antigen-specific B or T cells, FACS paired to expression analysis or sequencing approaches, monoclonal antibodies, or other relevant research techniques.


Interested applicants should send a curriculum vitae, contact information for 3 references, and a 1-page statement of research experience & interests at:

Questions about this position can be directed to Marco Pravetoni at

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