Postdoctoral Fellow to study mechanisms of pain sensation

Postdoctoral Fellow Position available to study Pain Biology at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

The laboratory of Dr. Michael J. Caterina at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to conduct research on mechanisms underlying neuropathic and inflammatory pain.    

Current areas of emphasis in our lab include:

1. Defining molecular and cellular mechanisms that mediate nerve injury induced neuropathic pain

2. Defining the mechanisms that underlie pain in hereditary skin disorders in humans and animal models

3. Developing strategies to alter pathological pain-related signaling

We approach these areas using a wide range of technical approaches, including in vitro and in vivo calcium imaging, in vitro and in vivo sensory neuron electrophysiological recording, cell culture and heterologous expression, transcriptomics, mouse molecular genetics, CRISPR/Cas9 mediated gene editing, optogenetics, neuroanatomy, and pain behavioral assays.  

The Caterina lab is part of the Neurosurgery Pain Research Institute, which brings together investigators from Departments across Johns Hopkins to collaboratively tackle basic science, translational, and clinical research problems relevant to pain, and operate within a broader multidisciplinary pain research community that includes weekly pain-focused journal clubs, weekly pain seminars, and funding programs to foster the career development of trainees and junior faculty in the pain field.  We also benefit greatly from a strong scientific, translational, and clinical research environment at Johns Hopkins that spans numerous biomedical disciplines.

Candidates for the Postdoctoral Fellow position must have completed the requirements for the PhD degree or equivalent by the time of beginning their fellowship.  Candidates should have a strong record of biomedical research accomplishment in neuroscience or a related field.  

The Johns Hopkins University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates from groups underrepresented in science and medicine are strongly encouraged to apply.

Candidates should display the following characteristics:

1) Ability to work both independently and as part of a team to carry out creative and rigorous biomedical research

2) Excellent command of verbal and written English

3) Ability to rationally design, execute, and interpret experiments

4) Willingness to work with experimental rodents

5) Excellent record-keeping skills


Applicants interested in this position should send their curriculum vitae, along with contact information for three references, to  Be sure to include the subject line: Postdoc Position

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