Job Information

University of Utah Post Doc Res Assoc in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 01/19/2021

Requisition Number PRN25105B

Job Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Working Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00219 - Neurobiology & Anatomy Labs

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 45000 to 72000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Brigidi Lab in the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Utah seeks a Postdoctoral Researcher to advance the lab’s research program in neuronal gene regulation. The Brigidi Lab is interested in the genomic underpinnings of experience and activity-driven plasticity of neural circuits and synapses. Using murine models, we use whole-cell electrophysiology with pharmacology and optogenetics, combined with biochemistry, CRISPR /Cas9 technologies, and genome-wide sequencing to uncover the programs of gene regulation that form the neural basis of learning and behavioral adaptations. As a postdoctoral researcher, you will use your training background and knowledge in neuroscience, cell biology, genomics, or bioinformatics to perform genomics experiments and analyze and interpret the resulting data (e.g. RNA -seq, ChIP-seq, ATAC -seq, and Hi-C), and perform advanced whole cell electrophysiology experiments in ex vivo brain tissue preparations. Experience with genomics and/or neurophysiology is advantageous for this position. Dr. Brigidi has formal training and a strong publication record in experimental neurobiology, and aims to mentor a postdoctoral researcher who is interested in developing or expanding their expertise in cellular and circuit-level neuroscience, genomics, and/or bioinformatics.

The lab will provides an energetic, interactive and supportive environment for scientists to hone their skills. You will be encouraged to expand your knowledge of neuroscience, cell biology, and genomics by attending seminars, webinars, short-courses, and conferences. The University of Utah offers excellent benefits and is nestled in the foothills of the mountains surrounding Salt Lake City; providing unmatched opportunities for world-class outdoor adventure and affordable convenient living.

Dr. Brigidi is seeking to build a collaborative, supportive, and inclusive lab environment comprised of members with diverse backgrounds and life experiences. We believe that maximizing diversity fuels the success of our group, scientifically and personally. In your cover letter or during your interview, Dr. Brigidi invites you to share how your background, beliefs, and experience prepare you to work in an environment that values diversity and is committed to equity and inclusion. Learn more about the Department of Neurobiology’s commitments at

This position is considered Category I: Mandatory and required on campus or health care facilities to support on-site operations. Employees hired into this category will be required to be physically located at HCI if they are healthy and without COVID -19 symptoms.


1. Assist in the design of genomics and neurobiology experiments with proper controls and statistical power.

2. Perform Quality Control analyses of next-generation sequencing data, and electrophysiology data.

3. Create and modify scripts to parse data generated by high throughput sequencing (e.g. ChIP-seq, RNA -seq) and electrophysiology experiments (e.g. dual whole-cell recordings).

4. Create and maintain databases for data management.

5. Create graphs and data visualization strategies that enable interpretation of results.

6. Manage the sharing of results and data with collaborators.

7. Communicate results and discoveries by presenting in lab meetings, presenting at conferences, and publishing papers.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties or responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications



1. A doctoral degree (PhD) in Neuroscience, Biology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Computer Science, or related field.

2. General programming skills, including experience with Unix and a scripting language such as Python.

3. Knowledge or experience with the R software package.

4. Knowledge or experience with patch-clamp electrophysiology and/or molecular biology.

5. Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret genomics data.

6. Demonstrated ability to independently gain new skills and solve problems.

7. Fluency in written and spoken English.

Experience with genomic data analysis, and/or neurophysiology are key for this position.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

Please attach: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, and Contact information for 3 References.

University of Utah requires proof of PhD

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.