Post Doctoral Fellow (E) (21579B)

Salt Lake City, Utah
Aug 20, 2019
Nov 18, 2019
Position Type
Full Time

Postdoctoral Research Scientist position is available at the University of Utah School of Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology. We are inviting applications from potential candidates with a background in somatosensory or pain physiology to study the types of muscle sensory neurons that signal fatigue and pain. We are broadly interested in gaining a more detailed understanding of functional diversity across the full spectrum of small diameter muscle sensory neurons and how they behave during the performance of actual muscle work leading to fatigue. These studies are being carried out via real-time population imaging in a variety of mouse reporter lines, and in addition to determining the spectrum of functional diversity, we are examining the functional segregation of terminals across different muscle compartments, the molecular receptors responsible for conveying distinctive functional identities, and the contribution of novel muscle metabolites in sculpting the behavior of muscle afferent subpopulations. This position provides an excellent opportunity to forge a unique field an area of paramount clinical importance.

University of Utah Job ID# PRN21579B          00220 - Anesthesiology - Operations


WORK SCHEDULE:  Monday- Friday with occasional weekends as required for various projects



The candidate will be responsible for planning, designing, and carrying out in vivo imaging experiments that are related to the project, as well as analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data. During the first year in the laboratory the candidate may write individual postdoctoral fellowship applications to appropriate funding agencies.

Minimum Qualifications:
The interested applicant must have a PhD in neuroscience or related field with experience in somatosensory physiology, pain biology, and/or live-cell imaging. In addition, candidates must have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English both in writing as well as verbally, evidence of publishing in English scientific journals, and good interpersonal skills.


Experience and proficiency with mouse surgeries, pain research, in vivo imaging or electrophysiological recordings is preferred.