This job has expired

Postdoctoral Associate

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Based on experience
Closing date
Nov 17, 2021
You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.

Postdoctoral Associate Positions Available in the  Pittsburgh Institute of Brain Disorders and Recovery, Department of Neurology, University of Pittsburgh

We are seeking multiple postdoctoral fellows for research into neuroimmune mechanisms after brain injuries. The positions are at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

The Neuroimmunology Lab aims to understand how CNS and peripheral immune cells are involved in the injury and recovery processes after stroke, traumatic brain injury and vascular dementia, using cutting-edge techniques such as genetically modified mice, computational flow cytometry, single-cell multi-omics and in vivo animal imaging system. Moreover, we aim to develop pharmacological interventions that modulate immune function to improve functional recovery. The candidate will work with rodent models of stroke, traumatic brain injury and vascular dementia and in vitro cell cultures.

Selected recent publications:

  • Pu H, Shi Y, Zhang L, Lu Z, Ye Q, Leak RK, Xu F, Ma S, Mu H, Wei Z, Xu N, Xia Y, Hu X, Hitchens TK, Bennett MVL, Chen J. Protease-independent action of tissue plasminogen activator in brain plasticity and neurological recovery after ischemic stroke. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 Apr 30;116 (18):9115-9124. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1821979116.
  • Cai W, Dai X, Chen J, Zhao J, Xu M, Zhang L, Yang B, Zhang W, Rocha M, Nakao M, Shi Y, Stetler RA, Hu X#, Chen J. STAT6/Arg1 Promotes Microglia/Macrophage Efferocytosis and Inflammation Resolution in Stroke Mice. JCI Insight. 2019 Oct 17;4(20).
  • Miao W, Jiang L, Xu F, Lyu J, Jiang X, He M, Liu Y, Yang T, Leak RK, Stetler RA, Chen J, Hu X. Adiponectin ameliorates hypoperfusive cognitive deficits by boosting a neuroprotective microglial response. Prog Neurobiol. 2021:102125.
  • Shi L, Sun Z, Su W, Xu F, Xie D, Zhang Q, Dai X, Iyer K, Hitchens TK, Foley LM, Li S, Stolz DB, Chen K, Ding Y, Thomson AW, Leak RK, Chen J, Hu X. Treg cell-derived osteopontin promotes microglia-mediated white matter repair after ischemic stroke. Immunity. 2021 May 12: S1074-7613(21)00184-9.

    Responsibilities include:

  • Independently work in a laboratory research setting related to stroke and brain injury research, design and perform experiments.
  • Perform various tasks related to several research projects, including development and implementation of detailed neurobehavioral testing, immunohistochemistry and histology, maintain the breeding and care of several genetically modified and aged rodent colonies, and primary cell cultures.
  • Maintenance of experimental record, data analysis and presentation, manuscript and grant preparation.

Successful candidates are expected to have:

  • A PhD and experience in relevant disciplines of neuroscience, immunology, or biomedical science.
  • A demonstrated commitment to excellent research. The incumbent will be expected to perform complex experimental studies and analyze data independently. He/she will be supervised by the Principal Investigator and junior faculty members, with work and progress reviewed periodically in individual and group meetings.
  • An understanding of the operational requirements for a successful research project.
  • Previous experience and knowledge of experimental research methods. Experience concerning neurofunctional assays, confocal and two photon imaging, electrophysiology, primary cell culture or small animal surgery is a plus.
  • The incumbent is expected to maintain accurate documentation of all work performed per University guidelines.
  • Commitment to promote teamwork, supervise junior lab personnel and sharing of information among projects in domain of expertise.
  • Good communication skills (oral, written, presentations, etc.). The incumbent will be expected to interact with members of the research community outside of the immediate work area. The purpose of these contacts will include, but not be limited to, the acquisition of techniques and procedures new to the laboratory, the dissemination of expertise on protocols currently used in the laboratory, and presentation of project results at conferences or meetings.

Please send a CV and 3 names of potential letters of reference to

The University of Pittsburgh is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates. Competitive compensation and benefits package based on experience.

You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert