Post Doctoral Fellow – Sleep and Behavior

Posted 2 years ago

Job Description

Two postdoctoral fellowship positions in sleep and behavior is immediately available in the Department of Child Health at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Applicants should have a Ph.D degree in physiology, neurobehavior, neurociences or a related field. Experience in sleep physiology and/or behavioral assessments in rodents such as novel object recognition, elevated maze, water maze etc. is preferred. The successful candidates will study different aspects of the excessive daytime sleepiness that occurs as a consequence of sleep apnea in murine models and perform comparative analyses of novel wake promoting agents.

Our research program involves understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of end-organ injury in the context of sleep disorders. The University of Missouri is one of only five universities in the United States that has the School of Medicine, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the College of Agriculture on the same campus. This provides a core of expertise in both human and animal disease models. Ample training opportunities exist in our laboratory as well as at the University level.


Ph.D. in neurosciences, biobehavioral psychology, physiology or a related field.

Application Materials

Cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names/phone numbers of three references.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

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Leila Kheirandish-Gozal, MD, MSc.
Professor and Director of Child Health Research Institute
Department of Child Health
University of Missouri School of Medicine
400 N Keene St
Columbia, MO 65201

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