Postdoctoral Positions in Analysis of Brain-Body Networks - Systems Neuroscience

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Based on years of experience
Dec 16, 2019
Feb 14, 2020
Position Type
Full Time

Postdoctoral positions in Analysis of Brain-Body Networks are available in the Strick Lab in the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh.

These positions will support a research effort designed to reveal the neural basis of the Brain-Body  Connection. This circuitry enables motor, cognitive and affective processing to have a major impact on the function of internal organs such as the stomach, heart and spleen.  Inappropriate signals in these networks are thought to contribute to the generation of some prevalent medical illnesses, and to cause "functional" or psychosomatic disorders.

The Brain-Body Connection is based on chains of synaptically-connected neurons. No conventional neuroanatomical tracer is capable of revealing these multi-synaptic circuits.  Therefore, we will use retrograde transneuronal transport of rabies virus to define the complex networks that are responsible for the top-down influence of the central nervous system on the gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and immune systems.

We are seeking individuals with:

  1. A Ph.D. in neuroscience, psychology, biology, or other neuroscience-related disciplines.
  2. Experience in the procedures of experimental neuroanatomy in rodents and/or non-human primates.
  3. One or more first-author publications in an international, peer-reviewed neuroscience journal.
  4. Proficiency in spoken and written English.

The ideal candidate should have strong problem-solving skills and a solid work ethic, as well as  excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work independently.

The postdoctoral positions are for one or more years with renewal depending on continued funding and satisfactory performance. Projects in the Strick Lab are supported by ongoing federal grants and endowments that create a stable research environment.

Applicants should send the following via email to Peter L. Strick (

  1. A cover letter outlining a statement of research interests, research accomplishments and career goals.
  2. A curriculum vitae.
  3. Contact information for three references, including mailing address, phone number and email.

The University of Pittsburgh is strongly committed to a diverse academic environment and places high priority on attracting female and underrepresented minority candidates. We strongly encourage candidates from these groups to apply for the position.

The University affirms and actively promotes the rights of all individuals to equal opportunity in education and employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected class.

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