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Postdoctoral Associate
A funded postdoctoral associate position is available in the lab of Dr. Xuan (Anna) Li in the Department of Psychology at University of Maryland College Park. The Li Lab focuses on studying neural mechanisms of drug relapse and craving using rat models. We use a multidisciplinary approach and ask questions at the epigenetic, synaptic, circuit and behavioral levels. We are looking for motivated candidates to join our research program. Successful candidate will carry out research that bridges molecular and systems neuroscience. Please visit for more information about current research projects. 

PhD in Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Psychology or a related field
Experience in molecular neuroscience and rat behaviors is highly preferable. 

How to apply
Please submit the following information to [email protected]
1. A cover letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Contact information for three references

Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. The start date is flexible. Informal inquiry is encouraged.


Graduate Student

​We are taking graduate students from both Department of Psychology and Program in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science

Apply to PhD in Department of Psychology (Cognitive and Neural System)

Apply to PhD in Program in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science

Informal inquiries are encouraged and should be directed to Anna Li ([email protected]). 


Undergraduate students
If you are interested in an undergraduate research position in our lab, please contact Anna Li via email ([email protected]) and provide the following information:

1. CV (including major, overall GPA, relevant courses and grades)
2. A cover letter which states why you want to work in our lab, the research that interests you and what you want to learn from this research experience
3. The time you are planning to invest in our lab (e.g., hours/week, number of sememsters)

Note: All undergraduate research assistant positions are currently filled, please check with Anna Li later in 2020!


The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. UMD is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status, genetic information, personal appearance, or any other legally protected status in all aspects of employment. UMD is actively engaged in recruiting, hiring, and promoting underrepresented communities; minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


Quick links

Department of Psychology
University of Maryland, College Park
2123D, Biology/Psychology Building
4094 Campus Dr., College Park, MD 20742

​Office Tel: 301-405-4892

Department of Psychology
NACS Graduate Program
Brain and Behavioral Initiative
Li faculty page
Society of Neuroscience
National Institute on Drug Abuse

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