The department invites pre- and postdoctoral trainees to become part of its vibrant and collaborative atmosphere. We offer training in diverse areas of neuroscience and developmental biology. As part of a larger neuroscience community, trainees have access to state-of-the-art technologies and facilities as well as leaders in diverse fields that are located across campus. The department also has a wide range of research opportunities for undergraduates and medical students.
The Department of Neurobiology provides doctoral students with broad training in diverse areas of neuroscience and developmental biology. As part of a larger, vibrant neuroscience community, trainees have access to state-of-the-art technologies and facilities, as well as leaders in diverse fields that are located across campus. The department also has a wide range of research opportunities for undergraduates and medical students.
Students interested in pursuing doctoral study in the Department of Neurobiology should apply to the Bioscience PhD Programs or the Interdepartmental Program in Neuroscience. Department faculty participate extensively in the courses and training activities offered by these programs. Students may also join the department through the University of Utah School of Medicine's MD/PhD program, or in exceptional cases by direct admission. After completing the first year of graduate work or first two years of medical school, students select a thesis laboratory. Bioscience Programs students who join the department, follow the program described below and receive a PhD in Neurobiology. Neuroscience students who join the department follow the Neuroscience program requirements and receive a PhD in Neuroscience.
For more information see Doctoral Training in Neurobiology and Anatomy.
The department fosters a strong training environment for postdoctoral scientists, as they learn and hone skills needed to transition to a career. By working closely with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, the department promotes strong trainee-mentor relationships and is supportive of trainees considering any number of career pathways.
Postdoctoral fellows are fully integrated into the department and afforded opportunities to participate in mentored research talks, lunches with invited speakers, journal clubs, and social activities within the department.Interested postdocs should directly contact their laboratory of interest. Stipend and health insurance is subject to negotiation with the advisor. Postdocs may also obtain financial support through competitive training grants.