Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Postdoctoral Research Associates


The laboratory of Dr. Dan Mulkey in the Department of Physiology and Neurobiology at the University of Connecticut, Storrs is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to explore the cellular and molecular basis of neuronal excitability in brainstem regions associated with respiratory control.  Our studies use a combination of electrophysiology, fluorescent microscopy, and genetic approaches to identify cellular/molecular mechanisms contributing to control of breathing in health and disease.  Highly motivated individuals holding a Ph.D. and a strong background in cellular neuroscience are encouraged to apply.  

The University of Connecticut, rated first among public universities in New England and in the top 20 nationwide, is located in northeastern Connecticut with easy access to Boston and New York City.  The University has a vigorous molecular and cellular biology research environment with state of the art facilities. The web page of the Department of Physiology and Neurobiology and recent information on the laboratory of Daniel Mulkey can be found at


I. Design and execute research experiments:

  • Perform slice-patch electrophysiological experiments
  • Assess respiratory function in vivo using whole-body plethysmography
  • Conduct molecular bench work

II. Data analysis

  • Analyze and present data as part of lab meeting
  • Present results as posters or oral talks at national meetings 
  • Draft manuscript for publication 

III.  Mentor for Graduate Students

  • Serve as mentor and role model junior members of the lab. This role includes answering questions if the PI is not available, providing constructive feedback to graduate students during lab meeting and exhibiting a friendly disposition in the workplace.


  1. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in the life sciences
  2. Strong interest in understanding the cellular/molecular basis of disease
  3. Strong communication skills  
  4. Ability to work independently 


  1. Experience maintaining mouse colonies
  2. Background in cellular electrophysiology
  3. Training in basic molecular biology techniques


This is a 12-month appointment, end-date position, subject to renewal based on performance and funding.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #495849 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. This job posting will be open until filled.

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