Postdoctoral Fellow

Baltimore, Maryland
Dictated by University and NIH
Aug 21, 2019
Nov 19, 2019
Position Type
Full Time

The laboratories of Drs. Michael J. Caterina and Lintao Qu in the Neurosurgery Pain Research Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine are seeking two postdoctoral fellows to conduct research on physiological mechanisms underlying neuropathic and inflammatory pain.   

 Current areas of emphasis in our labs include:

  1. Defining molecular and cellular mechanisms that mediate nerve injury induced neuropathic pain
  2. Identifying new molecular contributors to pain in rheumatoid arthritis
  3. Defining the mechanisms that underlie pain in hereditary skin disorders in humans and animal models.

 We approach these areas using a wide range of technical approaches, including in vitroand in vivocalcium imaging, in vitroand in vivosensory neuron electrophysiological recording, cell culture and heterologous channel expression, transcriptomics, mouse molecular genetics, CRISPR/Cas9 mediated gene editing, optogenetics, neuroanatomy, and pain behavioral assays. 

The Caterina and Qu labs are part of the Neurosurgery Pain Research Institute, which brings together investigators from Departments across Johns Hopkins to collaboratively tackle basic science, translational, and clinical research problems relevant to pain, and operate within a broader multidisciplinary pain research community that includes weekly pain-focused journal clubs, weekly pain seminars, and funding programs to foster the career development of trainees and junior faculty in the pain field.  We also benefit greatly from a strong scientific, translational, and clinical research environment at Johns Hopkins that spans numerous biomedical disciplines.

Applicants interested in this position should send their curriculum vitae, along with contact information for three references, to or  Be sure to include the subject line: Postdoc Position

Candidates for the Postdoctoral Fellowpositions must have completed the requirements for the PhD degree or equivalent by the time of beginning their fellowship.  Candidates should have a strong record of biomedical research accomplishment in the neuroscience field.  Prior experience with electrophysiological recording from dissociated neurons or from spinal cord or brain slices is also required.


In addition, candidates should display the following characteristics:

1) Ability to work both independently and as part of a team to carry out creative and rigorous biomedical research

2) Excellent command of verbal and written English

3) Ability to rationally design, execute, and interpret experiments

4) Willingness to work with experimental rodents

5) Excellent record-keeping skills

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