Postdoctoral Positions

Neuroscience colleagues in various departments and colleges across the U-M are looking for postdocs - see listings and lab contacts below.

The University of Michigan extends benefits to all postdocs that reflect the institution's commitment to fostering a family-friendly environment. These benefits may include paid or unpaid periods of excused absence, adherence to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), access to on-site child care, child care tuition grants, childcare information resources, and access to dependent coverage for health insurance. Click here for more information on postdoc benefits. Access to travel funds to attend conferences and career development through the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is also available.


In 2011, the University of Michigan joined in a collaborative partnership with the University of California to offer postdoctoral fellowship opportunities at the University of Michigan. In this program, the University of Michigan now offers postdoctoral research fellowships in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), economics, and political science, coupled with faculty mentoring, professional development, and academic networking opportunities. The online application period runs from September 1 - November 1, 2023.

Werneburg Lab

We seek a commitment from a highly-motivated individual who desires to spearhead research projects and use multi-disciplinary approaches to identify mechanisms involved in the de- and regeneration of neural circuits in Multiple Sclerosis and related neurodegenerative disorders. In addition, the candidate should show enthusiasm to collaborate with other research groups, work well in a team, and have a strong ability to multitask.

Applicants with a background in state-of-the-art neuroscience approaches (e.g., omics-techniques, mouse genetics, super-resolution confocal microscopy, bioinformatics, gene therapeutic applications), neuroimmunology, glial biology, and synaptic or immune signaling pathways are strongly encouraged to apply, although all candidates with a strong background in molecular and cellular neuroscience will be considered.

Flagel Lab

Area of focus: Investigating the neural circuitry underlying maladaptive behaviors of relevance to psychiatric illness. Exploit natural variation in animal models to study individual differences in motivated behaviors and the underlying neural mechanisms.  

Send an email: Dr. Shelly Flagel

Aton Lab

# of Positions: 2

  1. Area of Focus: Sleep and Memory
  2. Area of Focus:  Neurobiology of Creativity

Send an email: Dr. Sara Aton

Brang Lab

Area of Focus: Computational Neuroscience

Send an emailDr. David Brang

Liu Lab

U-M Jobs Posting: 235958

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position under the guidance of Professor Zhongming Liu. This position offers an exciting opportunity to join a multi-disciplinary and collaborative team on using multimodal technologies to study brain-body interactions in both animal and human subjects.

The primary goals of our research are to map and characterize the functional neural circuits that underlie dynamic and bi-directional communications between the brain and visceral organs, such as the gut, heart, and lung, and to investigate further how brain-body interactions influence cognition and emotion. To achieve these goals, we employ a wide range of experimental and computational techniques, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), neurophysiology, neural tracing, chemogenetics, immunohistochemistry, gastric electrical stimulation, vagus nerve stimulation, and behavioral training and assessment, as well as advanced methods in signal processing, image processing, machine learning, and biophysical modeling.

Learn more on the Liu Lab website at 

Paulson Lab

Area of Focus: Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration

Send an email: Dr. Hank Paulson

Wang Lab

Area of Focus: Epilepsy, Brain Tumor, and Autism

Send an email: Dr. Yu Wang

Pal Lab

Area of Focus: Sleep, Anesthesia, and Consciousness

Send an email: Dr. Dinesh Pal

Cai Lab

# of Positions: 3

  1. Area of Focus: Neurotechnology (microfluidics/spatial transcriptomics)
  2. Area of Focus: Neurotechnology (whole brain circuit mapping)
  3. Area of Focus: Autism (molecular and circuitry)

Send an emailDr. Dawen Cai

Ferrario Lab

# of Positions: 2

Area of Focus: Striatal plasticity, obesity and motivation

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Those interested in the position should send an email to Dr. Carrie Ferrario.

Myers Lab

Area of Focus: CNS control of food intake and metabolism

Send an emailDr. Martin Myers

Murphy Lab

Area of Focus: Ex-vivo neurophysiology

Send an email: Dr. Geoff Murphy

Kwan Lab

U-M Jobs Posting: 223460

The Kwan lab at the University of Michigan is recruiting post-doctoral scholars for two NIH-funded positions to study neural circuit development, chromatin regulation, and neurodevelopmental disorders using genetic, genomic, genome-editing, and imaging techniques. Post-doctoral scholars in the Kwan lab will have the freedom to choose from several creative projects with exciting preliminary data and access to significant resources within the Michigan Neuroscience Institute (MNI) and the Department of Human Genetics. 

Moon Lab

We are seeking an enthusiastic, team-oriented, and conscientious individual with a growth mindset who will lead a project on the molecular mechanisms of aging and genetic neurodegenerative diseases. The postdoctoral fellow will learn how to create human cell culture systems to detect and analyze RNA behavior using state-of-the-art fluorescence microscopy and RNA biology approaches. The postdoctoral fellow will be immersed within an international group of scientists in the CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network where they will have access to specialized career development and scientific training opportunities. This appointment is fully funded for one year with the potential to renew. The Moon Lab has been built to remove resource bottlenecks and facilitate scientific discovery for all team members. Read more and apply at: