Postdoctoral Research Associate - NIH funded neuroscience / pain research program

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, Lubbock, Texas
~$50,000 per year plus benefits
Oct 23, 2020
Dec 22, 2020
Position Type
Full Time

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) for a highly-motivated scientist to study brain mechanisms of neuroplasticity in pain and related neuropsychiatric disorders.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. (in an area relevant to the project) and/or M.D. degree, and will be expected to contribute actively and effectively to ongoing neuroscience research programs centered on limbic brain functions and dysfunctions with the opportunity to develop their own project. Expertise in electrophysiology and/or optical imaging/recording techniques is highly desired. Willingness to participate in preclinical behavioral studies is expected. First author publications in peer reviewed journals and knowledge of the neuroscience literature are required. Strong writing and communication skills and an ability to work independently are essential.
The selected candidate will join a well-funded research program focused on systems, synaptic and cellular mechanisms of brain plasticity in pain and comorbid disorders. A current focus is on opioid function in the amygdala. The postdoctoral position provides an exciting opportunity for interdisciplinary collaborations multidisciplinary training in areas that include neurodegenerative diseases and a variety of electrophysiological techniques, multiphoton imaging, optogenetics, chemogenetics, gene transfer strategies, immunohistochemistry and behavioral assays. Effective mentoring provides an excellent work environment.
The Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience is based in the School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is an autonomous university adjacent to Texas Tech University (TTU), a college with more than 40,000 students. TTUHSC has an excellent infrastructure that includes core facilities for state-of-the-art imaging and molecular biology ( as well as core facilities in the Department and the Center of Excellence for Translational Neuroscience and Therapeutics. TTUHSC includes the School of Health Professions, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Lubbock is a city of over 300,000 on the South Plains of West Texas, with a family-friendly atmosphere, good schools and a national ranking for a low cost of living and short average commute (
Applications should be submitted online at (Requisition number #21966BR) and include a curriculum vitae, summary of research experience and expertise, brief statement of research interests, and names and contact information of at least three references.
Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Volker Neugebauer, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Pharmacology and Neuroscience, at For questions regarding the online application process please call Human Resources Recruiting, 806-743-2865.
TTUHSC is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action / Protected Veterans / Individuals w/Disability Employer.