Montana State University

Research Position
Vacancy Announcement
March 12, 2013

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Drosophila Neurobiology
Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Search Number     13-205
Start Date Negotiable, upon completion of the search process
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE), renewable twelve (12) month contract dependent on funding, need and performance

Minimum $39,000 per fiscal year, dependent upon qualificactions, education, and experience

Benefits Eligible

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of eight academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 14,000 students, including approximately 1,900 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The local airport is served by seven national airlines with over twenty flights a day to nine cities.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Powder Magazine identified Bozeman, with "three distinctly different" major ski resorts within an hour's drive, as the number one place to live and ski in its November 2010 Magazine. ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.


The academic programs and scientific research interests in Cell Biology and Neuroscience Department cover a wide range of topics, with special emphasis on cell biology, neurobiology, developmental biology, physiology, anatomy, biophysics and neuroinformatics. Together, faculty and students in our department study biological processes that span the continuum from single cells to the entire human body.

The mission of the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience is to:

  • Provide pre-professional undergraduate students with a foundation of biological knowledge that prepares them for pursuit of careers in medicine and medically-related fields, biotechnology, biological research, biology teaching, and other related professions.
  • Provide MSU undergraduates with an understanding of basic biology sufficient to insure informed participation in society.
  • Train, through our Ph.D. program, a new generation of biological scientists equipped to exploit advanced experimental and computational approaches to develop comprehensive understandings of complex biological systems.
  • Develop, through research, new knowledge in several key areas of cell biology and neuroscience.

    Duties and

    The Drosophila Neurobiology Project involves neural circuit mapping and processing of sensory information in Drosophila. Duties and responsibilities include fly crosses, larval dissections, immunostaining, confocal imaging, optogenetic behavioral assays, molecular biology, and calcium imaging.

    1.   PhD in Neuroscience, Genetics, or closely related fields.
    1.   Experience with Drosophila genetics and behavior.
    The Successful
    Candidate Will

    Possess excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with co-workers.

    1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

    Screening of applications will begin on April 2, 2013 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


    To apply, submit the following:

    • (1) A letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications listed above, and
    • (2) A current resume or curriculum vitae, and
    • (3) The names, addresses, telephone numbers and email address of three current professional references.

      Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred and should have applicant's signature on the letter of application.

      • Submit materials to:

      • Dr. Steve Stowers
      • Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience
      • 513 Leon Johnson Hall
      • P.O. Box 173150
      • Montana State University
      • Bozeman MT 59717-3150

        In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.