Post-doctoral Positions in the Neurobiology of Pain
University of Iowa
February 14, 2018
Iowa City, Iowa
48000.00 - 57000.00
Full Time - Entry Level
Academic / Research
Two positions are available in a highly collaborative laboratory. Research foci in the laboratory are two-fold. One research program investigates the mechanistic basis for the feed-forward relationship between chronic nicotine delivered by inhalation and chronic pain following injury. The project uses behavioral and neurochemical methods in concert. The second research program investigates the mechanism(s) by which a vitamin B3 precursor and nutritional supplement, nicotinamide riboside, can ameliorate chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain. This project uses neurochemical, immunohistochemical, behavioral, and genetic gain and loss of function approaches in concert. The laboratory is one of many within the University of Iowa Pain Research Program, a consortium of NIH-funded laboratories with a common interest in the neurobiology of pain, and research programs ranging from genetics of neuronal excitability in Drosophila to clinical trials of non-pharmacological approaches to treatment of osteoarthritis.
Experience with one or more of the following is required: (1) assessment of spontaneous and evoked pain behaviors using reflexive or operant measures in conscious rodents, (2) generation of loss or gain of function phenotypes using conditional expression, CRISPR or RNAi in laboratory rodents, or (3) measurement of enzyme activity or levels of neurotransmitters and other proteins by HPLC-EC/UV or GC-MS methods of analysis.
Prior research experience or familiarity with the neurobiology of pain or addiction is helpful.
A PhD in neurobiology, pharmacology, physiology, molecular biology or related disciplines is required, preferably within the past four years
Additional Salary Information: Benefits include health insurance, vacation, and sick days.
Internal Number: 2939
About University of Iowa
The University of Iowa is located in the rolling hills of southeast Iowa, and is within easy driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Chicago, Minneapolis and St. Louis. It is Iowa's largest employer and a university with a world-renowned reputation. From the health sciences to the arts, it strives to provide a diverse and technologically advanced community where all can work and learn together to achieve excellence. While located in a small university town, it has a big city "feel." The University and Iowa City area offer a nearly endless choice of activities. Any day of the week one can enjoy athletic events and facilities, art exhibits, community and professional theater, live musical entertainment, and cultural and community events. Iowa City schools are tops in the state and No. 4 nationally in a "best public schools" ranking by Expansion Management magazine where they were also awarded a fourth straight Gold Medal Award. The University of Iowa offers an exceptional benefits package and many other support resources to help employees balance their professional and personal lives.