Trainees - including undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, clinical fellows, and professional students - are essential to the mission and vision of the MDT on Addiction. As a trainee, you will find varied and exciting ways to learn by engaging with our world-class faculty through research, courses, seminars, symposia, and programs. Access to collaborative mentors with diverse expertise, state-of-the-art research technologies and professional development opportunities will enable you to chart a unique path to your future. Whether the next step is graduate or medical school, a postdoc position, or a professional career in academic research, education, industry, the training you receive from the Medical Discovery Team will strengthen your ability to compete and succeed in that role. 

Trainees at all levels who are engaged in addiction science research are invited to present their research findings in the Medical Discovery Team’s monthly Works in Progress meeting. They are also encouraged to attend a host of other seminars, symposia, and grand rounds, including the Medical Discovery Team on Addiction’s seminar series. See the calendar for the scheduling of these educational events. 

Addiction science educational opportunities for current and prospective students/trainees at the University of Minnesota are as follows:


Many of our Medical Discovery Team on Addiction faculty accept undergraduate students into their laboratories as independent study students, volunteers, and summer interns.  We encourage you to reach out to faculty whose science excites you to explore the possibilities for immersive laboratory experiences that will enrich your education and enhance your future opportunities.


Graduate students working with MDT on Addiction faculty belong to a number of graduate programs, including the Graduate Program in NeuroscienceGraduate Program in PharmacologyPsychology PhD,  Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering, the Masters of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health, and the Masters of Professional Studies in Addictions Counseling. If you are interested in addiction science and are exploring graduate training programs, we hope you will have a serious look at our faculty and the graduate programs they serve.  

Additional resources to support graduate trainees in addiction science include training grants, as well as professional development opportunities offered through the Office of Biomedical Graduate Research Education & Training (BGREAT).

Postdoc Scholars

Postdoctoral scholars are a vital part of our addiction research community. Our faculty mentors strive to provide advanced and highly individualized research training to postdoctoral scholars.  In addition to having access to exceptional research mentoring and state-of-the-art research infrastructure,  career development, and networking opportunities are also available. Preparing our postdocs to have successful careers - whether in academics or other public and private organizations is key to our mission.

If you are looking for exceptional postdoctoral training opportunities in the field of addiction neuroscience, we hope you will consider working with members of our team. 

Please check here for open postdoctoral scholar positions with MDT on Addiction faculty.  

Additional resources to support postdoctoral scholars in addiction include training grants, as well as professional development opportunities offered through the Office of Biomedical Graduate Research Education & Training (BGREAT) and the UMN Postdoctoral Association.

Clinical Fellows

The University has several Clinical Fellowship opportunities for physicians interested in advanced training in addiction and related areas.  We encourage you to reach out to the directors of these programs to learn more.  

Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

Neuromodulation Medicine Fellowship