Postdoctoral positions in motor system development and repair after spinal cord injury

City University of NY School of Medicine
New York, New York
Depending on experience
Oct 07, 2019
Jan 05, 2020
Position Type
Full Time

Two postdoctoral positions are available to study corticospinal system development, organization, and repair in mice and rats. A major overall focus of the lab’s research program is on devising genetic and activity-based approaches for strengthening corticospinal tract connections spared after an incomplete spinal injury. The laboratory website provides additional information (

The present positions, which are funded through grants from the NIH (2R01NS064004) and the Craig H Nielsen Foundation, are for postdoctoral scientists with experience working with rodents. We use electrophysiological (spinal cord recording, motor cortex motor mapping) and anatomical (including tract tracing, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, and confocal microscopy) methods to study development and repair in animals. We use behavioral (reaching, locomotion, reflex testing) techniques for evaluating functional outcomes. The successful candidate should have experience in one or more of the experimental techniques listed above and will be trained in the other methods. It is particularly important to have experience conducting animal surgeries, perform in vivo procedures, and especially for the mouse work, an understanding of genetic approaches.

Recent animal models and related research questions are detailed in the following publications of the lab: Science 357: 400404 (2017); J Neuroscience 34:5211–5221 (2014); J Neuroscience 38 :8329–8344 (2018).


Email CV and the names and contact information of three references to John H. Martin, Ph.D. (

PHD, MD, or equivalent

Experience with animal surgery

Experience with one or more of the following: optogenetic activation; DREADD-based activation and inactivation; anatomical techniques (tract tracing, viral tracing, immunohistochemistry, microscopy; behavioral testing; electrophysiology (systems, cellular); aseptic surgery and working with chronic animal preparations; genetic manipulations to dissect anatomical, physiological, and behavioral outcomes.

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