Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Biological Sciences - Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Commensurate with experience
Oct 22, 2020
Dec 21, 2020
10-556 / 360426
Position Type
Full Time
Mid Level

The Post-Doctoral Research Associate with PhD in biological sciences, neuroscience, physiology or related experience will be for fundamental research on pain in rodents. Prior experience with rodent sciatic nerve chronic constriction and/or transection and repair surgery combined with relevant behavioral studies is highly preferred. The position requires participation in administrative duties related to proposed project: formatting and preparation of quarterly and annual reports, management of laboratory supplies and workflow.  Data analysis and manuscript preparation experience is required.


Works with rodent experimental animals in surgical and behavioral studies to evaluate neuroinflammation and pain.

Participate in the assessment of tissue recovered from experimental animals and analyze by immunohistochemical (IHC) staining combined with conventional and confocal epi-fluorescence microscopy.  Additional studies on the tissue transcriptome will include qPCR and RNAseq approaches. 

Performs computational and statistical analysis of IHC and transcriptome data.

Prepares quarterly scientific reports and contribute to scientific manuscripts and presentations related to the project.

Supports graduate and undergraduate students in their research related to the assigned project.


Ph.D. in neuroscience, pharmacology, biology, physiology or equivalent field. Knowledge in pain/neuroinflammation/behavior a plus.

A Minimum 1-3 years of prior experience with handling/surgery experience is essential with a Ph.D. or DVM.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position are as follows:

  • Displays leadership skills in the lab and serves as a role model for junior colleagues (graduate and undergraduate students).
  • Ability to perform animal surgery, animal behavioral analysis and statistical comparison of data.
  • Ability to perform tissue recovery and preparation for IHC and/or RNA Transcriptome analysis.
    Ability to collect data in analytical studies.
  •  Ability to communicate clearly in writing and verbally.  
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the University Community.
  • Willingness to contribute actively to the University Mission and to respect the Spiritan Catholic identity of Duquesne University.  The Mission is implemented through a commitment to academic excellence, a spirit of service, moral and spiritual values, sensitivity to world concerns, and an ecumenical campus community.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty and staff that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic goals and enriches our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region's HERC (

We invite applicants for this position to learn more about our university and its Spiritan heritage by visiting Those invited to campus for an interview may be asked about ways in which they see their talents contributing to the continued growth of our community and furthering its mission.

Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.

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