Post-doctoral fellow

Tucson, Arizona
NIH guidlines
Oct 15, 2019
Dec 14, 2019
Position Type
Full Time

Two postdoctoral positions are currently available in the Translational Pain Neuroscience laboratory at the University of Arizona in Tucson (PI’s Dr. Frank Porreca and Dr. Edita Navratilova) to undertake cutting-edge research in the field of pain behavior, motivation and cognition. The research is focused on investigating neural circuits underlying affective, emotional and cognitive pain behaviors in a variety of rodent pain models including migraine, post-traumatic headache neuropathic pain and others. The laboratory uses novel viral and fluorescent neuronal tracing methods in combination with genetic mouse models, fast scan cyclic voltammetry, optogenetics/chemogenetics and CRISPR gene editing to investigate the structural connectivity and function of neural networks processing pain. An additional interest of the laboratory is on characterization of genetic and molecular adaptations within the brain circuits occurring in chronic pain conditions that are relevant to long-term changes in affective behavior and impaired learning. This project will use cell sorting, proteomics, genomics and molecular biology (qPCR, RNA sequencing, in situ hybridization) to identify new mechanisms and potential targets for chronic pain co-morbid conditions.

We are seeking outstanding, highly motivated applicants to join our vibrant research team. Our group is well funded by several NIH grants. The PIs value creativity, dedication, and teamwork and are committed to in-depth personal mentoring to help trainees gain the specific skills to advance their professional development and scientific career. The applicants will be engaged in group lab meetings and departmental seminars and will be encouraged to present their work at national and international scientific conferences and publish manuscript in high quality journals. 

Drs. Porreca and Navratilova laboratories are located in beautiful Tucson, at the College of Medicine, the University of Arizona. The College of Medicine has 19 departments, five basic science and 14 clinical science, along with 10 Centers of Excellence, dedicated to specific areas of research, clinical care and teaching. The postdoctoral positions will include outstanding UA benefits such as health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more.


Application Instructions:


Applications for the position should include CV, contact information for three professional references, and a cover letter describing major achievements, technical skills, career goals, and how your research interests fit within the scope of our research program. Please send application materials to Dr. Edita Navratilova:

The applicants should have an experience with rodent handling and behavior and background in one or more of the following: (a) in vivo genetic manipulations (optogenetics/chemogenetics or CRISPR technology), (b) molecular biology, (c) fluorescent microscopy and in situ hybridization, or (d) cell sorting (FACS, MACS). Background in pain research and rodent surgeries is desired but not required. Applicants should have a PhD degree in a relevant discipline and publications in international scientific journals.