Postdoc position looking at sleep and feeding behaviors at UMKC

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Stephane Dissel

May 11, 2023, 9:08:35 AMMay 11
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The laboratory of Dr. Stephane Dissel in the School of Science and Engineering at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is looking to recruit a postdoctoral scientist to join our team. We have recently identified two new sleep-promoting neurons located in the fly equivalent of the spinal cord, the ventral nerve cord (VNC) (

The successful candidate will be involved with further characterization of these VNC-SP (for VNC Sleep-Promoting) neurons on a NIH funded grant. In particular, the successful candidate will employ a variety of techniques, including Drosophila genetics, behavioral assays, confocal microscopy, live-brain imaging and neural circuits mapping and manipulation, to identify the molecular mechanisms used by VNC-SP neurons to regulate sleep as well as their presynaptic inputs and postsynaptic partners.

The successful candidate will be organized and communicate effectively. They will be expected to take a leading role in this research project, regularly present their progress, publish their findings, and participate in conferences.

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate will have completed a PhD or equivalent in biology, neurobiology, neuroscience, or genetics or a related field.

* Finalists will be asked to provide their PhD transcripts which reflect the required degree for determination of position title

Preferred Qualifications

Previous experience with Drosophila genetics and neurobiology, confocal microscopy, and live-brain imaging is desirable, but not essential.

Full Time/Part Time

Full-time [100% FTE], benefit-eligible, unranked academic appointment.


Commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity.

Application Deadline

This position will remain open until filled.

Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted through the UMKC recruitment portal at: - VIEW JOBS. Job ID: 46682

To be considered, you must complete the application which contains two (2) sections: 1. Name and Contact Information 2. Combine all application materials (a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a list of at least three references) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

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For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Stephane Dissel @

Finalists will be asked to provide their transcripts which reflect the required degree for determination of position title. Appointment will be contingent upon verification of your degrees through official transcripts.

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