Job Information

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

Open Date 09/22/2021

Requisition Number PRN27730B

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 70000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Heys lab in the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Utah is looking to hire a postdoc for a NIH funded project focused on the synaptic and circuit mechanisms underlying temporal memory and interval timing (i.e. how the brain encodes time on the scale of seconds to minutes). This is an exceptional opportunity for a candidate to lead a team through innovative science and build a research program that can launch their independent career.


This position offers the chance to learn and apply cutting-edge in vivo two-photon imaging methods for application in deep brain structures (see Heys et al. 2014 and Heys and Dombeck, 2018). The candidate leading this project will also gain support from a senior research scientist in order to further drive wet-lab experiments and a data scientist to provide additional assistance for computational modeling and data analysis.

We highly value diversity and inclusion within our lab and broader community. In addition to this exciting project in the lab, candidates will also have the opportunity to contribute to departmental programs focused on increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM fields, such as our University of Utah – Dept of Neurobiology – Rising Stars in Neuroscience Symposium and science-communication workshop.

This position will be funded through an NIH New Innovator Grant that was recently awarded to the Heys Lab, and will provide funds for 3-5 years. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and highly competitive for postdoctoral researchers. The position includes excellent comprehensive benefits package and affordable living costs in Salt Lake City.

For more information about our research, the lab and the University of Utah visit

Minimum Qualifications


The ideal candidate should have a PhD in Neuroscience or related discipline. Previous experience with electrophysiology, light-microscopy and/or animal behavior is preferred. Also, candidates with technical backgrounds including electronics engineering, computer science, or physics are encouraged to apply.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Please submit a cover letter (summarize your prior research experience, why you are interested in the position, and your future plans), your CV and 3 contacts for references.

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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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

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.