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Post-Doctoral Associate_College of Pharmacy, Duluth_Klein Lab

Company: University of Minnesota
Location: Duluth
Posted on: January 22, 2023

Job Description:

Apply for JobJob ID351893


Job FamilyAcademic

Full/Part TimeFull-Time


Job Code9546

Employee ClassAcad Prof and Admin

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Summary of Position:
This position is located at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Duluth in Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences Department.
The laboratory of Dr. Amanda Klein in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy (UMN CoP) is seeking a highly motivated Post-Doctoral Associate in the field of pain physiology and molecular biology for an NIH/NIDA funded project studying the role of adenylyl cyclase in modulating potassium channel activity. This project is led by Dr. Klein, a scientist who is interested in expanding the knowledge about chronic opioid use within the context of chronic pain. The focus of this position will be on acquisition and analysis of behavioral, imaging, and immunohistochemistry data, as well as performing ex-vivo electrophysiology recordings. Other methods to be used include primary and immortal cell culture and transfection, in situ hybridization, and fluorescence imaging. Our goal is to further our understanding of involved in sensory processing, and potentially underlying central sensitization features present in chronic pain and opioid exposure.

The employee will work under the guidance of Assistant Professor Dr. Amanda Klein in her research laboratory, based on the Duluth campus. The University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy has been at the forefront of preparing pharmacists to be leaders in health care and society for over 125 years, and is consistently recognized as one of the best pharmacy schools in the nation. The Klein lab is part of a vibrant pain research community at the UMN (http://pain.umn.edu/), with access to several resources including: Viral Vector and Cloning Core, Mouse Genomics Core, Mouse Behavioral Core, University Imaging Centers (UIC), and The Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
40% - Research Experimentation
Within the predetermined research scope and methodology, prepare and conduct research experiments in the field of pain physiology. This includes coordinating experiments with internal/external collaborators.

20% - Collect and Analyze Data
Collect and analyze data, including periodical/literature search and utilizing specialized skills.

15% - Writing
Participate/assist in manuscript writing for publication in scientific journals and/or presentations. May also assist in grant writing.

10% - Lab management
Oversight/supervision of Undergraduate and/or Graduate students, or provide training in various research methods

5% - Data Presentation
Present data to PI and lab members on a regular basis. Present data to collaborators inside and outside the University of Minnesota. Attending Scientific Conferences and Meetings

5% - Lab maintenance
Lab maintenance, including equipment maintenance, and ordering of supplies as needed

5% - Other duties as assigned

Supervision: None

Working Conditions:
The majority of the work will be performed in a general laboratory setting. Work also includes travel for data presentation and may also include nights/weekends to facilitate experimental progress.

* The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.


Degree and/or Credentials:
Ph.D., DDS, DMV, JD or MD or equivalent terminal degree is required.

Degree in related field preferred: Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Cellular Biology or other areas of biological sciences.

Required Qualifications:
PhD in neuroscience, or a related field.
Strong proficiencies with one or more software packages (e.g., GraphPad Prism, SPSS, Image J, Nikon Elements). Familiarity with R, Python, and/or Matlab programming languages is a plus.
Quantitative and statistical skills
Comfortable with interacting with animal subjects
Demonstrated ability to complete projects as evidenced by first-author publication(s)
Proficient writing skills, motivated and driven to publish in peer-reviewed journals.

Preferred Qualifications:
In addition to these requirements, the ideal candidate should have a passion for self-learning, be inquisitive, critical problem-solving skills and initiative to seek out the resources necessary to achieve the project's goals

**See Job Classification Specification Post-Doctoral Associate, 9546 for full summary of detailed restrictions **

Limited to a period of three years up to five, depending on training needs. Limited to fields for which post-degree training is necessary for career entry.

Note: This is not a position to which permanent residency can be granted for international appointees.

About the Department

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy is consistently recognized as one of the best pharmacy schools in the nation (we are currently ranked #3 by U.S. News & World Report). Founded in 1892, our college is the only pharmacy school in Minnesota, with campuses in the Twin Cities and in Duluth. We improve health through innovative education, pioneering research, and interdisciplinary practice development that attends to the diverse needs of the people of Minnesota and the world. The Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences (PPPS) is one of five academic departments within the College of Pharmacy and is located on the Duluth campus. We are dedicated to continuously improving interdisciplinary pharmaceutical care education, research, practice and service focused on the health and well-being of underserved, rural, and indigenous communities. Our multidisciplinary faculty, comprised of basic, clinical, social, and behavioral scientists with expertise in both pharmaceutical sciences and practice, work to support this mission. Faculty and students are actively involved in collaborative research, teaching, learning, and service with medical school and nursing school colleagues.


Working at the UniversityAt the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no costPlease visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

    How To Apply

    Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


    The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

    Employment Requirements

    Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

    Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University's Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit: https://safe-campus.umn.edu/return-campus/get-the-vax

    About the U of M

    University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD)The University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD) consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" issue.Overlooking Lake Superior, UMD provides an alternative to both large research and small liberal arts environments and attracts students looking for a personalized learning experience on a medium-sized campus of a major university. A firm liberal arts foundation anchors a variety of traditional degree programs, as well as professional and graduate students that draw on UMD's many research institutes and labs.

Keywords: University of Minnesota, Duluth , Post-Doctoral Associate_College of Pharmacy, Duluth_Klein Lab, Healthcare , Duluth, Minnesota

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