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Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Neuroscience
University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas
Date Posted 09/10/2020
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Full Job Description
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Type of Position:

Job Type:
Fixed Duration of Project/Grant (Fixed Term)

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Institution Name:
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary documentation and questions, you should review before applying for the opening.

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Summary of Job Duties:
An NIH-funded postdoctoral researcher position is available in the Shew Lab starting in January 2021 (or perhaps later depending on public health conditions) for at least two years duration. The lab ( takes pride in combining experiments, data analytics, and computational modeling to advance understanding of systems neuroscience, usually focused on large networks of cortical neurons. The experiments typically combine chronic high-density electrode arrays with precision measurements of behavior in awake rats and mice. The data analysis and computational modeling is primarily at the high-dimensional network level. A successful candidate is expected to be highly motivated in the lab and to be involved with paper writing and mentoring students.

In the Shew Lab, we value diversity of opinions, backgrounds, ethnicity, and gender. We strongly encourage applicants who share these values and, better yet, come from an under-represented background in neuroscience research.

Outside the lab, there is a diverse and rapidly growing systems neuroscience community at U Arkansas (

The position is renewable based on the need for the position, availability of funding, and continued satisfactory level of performance in the role.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in neuroscience or a related field conferred by the time of appointment
Demonstrated experience with computer programming
Preferred Qualifications :

Demonstrated experience with in vivo rodent systems neuroscience research
Demonstrated proficiency with analyzing high-dimensional data using Matlab or Python
Demonstrated proficiency with network-level computational modeling of neural systems

Additional Information:
Department Home Page Link:

Salary: Commensurate with education and/or experience

Documents Needed To Apply:

To be considered, applicants will need to submit:

Curriculum vitae
A list of three professional references (name, title, email address and contact number)
Research Statement
Optional Document(s) :

Cover letter/letter of application
Proof of Veterans (if applicable)
Special Instructions:

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Recruitment Contact Information:

Woodrow L. Shew

Associate Professor

All application materials must be uploaded to the U of A’s employment system at . Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:
Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry
The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture and climate that embeds inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Inclusion and Diversity

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:

Frequent Physical Activity:
Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Repetitive Motion

Occasional Physical Activity:
Feeling, Hearing, Sitting, Talking

Benefits Eligible:

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