Postdoctoral Associate - Psychophysics of Itch and Pain
Yale University School of Medicine
October 10, 2018
in accordance with NIH guideli
Full Time - Entry Level
Academic / Research
A full-time position is available for a Postdoctoral Associate in the laboratory of Robert LaMotte in the Department of Anesthesiology at Yale University School of Medicine. The position is supported by an NIH grant in support of research to identify the peripheral neural coding mechanisms for itch and pain. We correlate psychophysical measurements of itch and pain in humans (measured in the LaMotte lab) with electrophysiological recordings from pruriceptive and nociceptive peripheral nerve fibers in the monkey (obtained in the laboratory of Matthias Ringkamp, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine) using the same types of pruritic and nociceptive stimuli. One of our objectives is to measure the enhanced and persistent itch and pain accompanying either of two types of contact dermatitis – irritant dermatitis that activates the innate immune system and allergic contact dermatitis that additionally activates the adaptive immune system. We will determine the effects of reducing or eliminating activity in one set of nociceptive nerve fibers on the remaining sensibilities mediated by other types. This approach will aid the development of anti-pruritic and analgesic therapies that selectively modify itch and pain.
Our laboratory offers independent working opportunities and a collaborative research environment.
Please submit 1) a letter summarizing previous experience and interests pertaining to our research, 2) a Curriculum Vitae, and 3) Three references to Robert.LaMotte@yale.edu
Applicants should have a recent Ph.D. and/or M.D., prior experience in a relevant area of research, and proficiency in written and spoken English
Internal Number: 0001
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