2-3 postdoctoral positions are available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Junfang Wu, Department of Anesthesiology & the Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR) Organized Research Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA. Our research focuses on mechanisms of secondary injury processes after experimental spinal cord/brain injury (SCI/TBI) and pharmacological/gene therapeutic interventions for CNS trauma. Projects include: (1) Elucidating molecular mechanisms responsible for SCI-induced brain neuroinflammation. (2) Examining the function and mechanisms of voltage-gated proton channels Hv1 on microglia-mediated neuroinflammation and neuropathic pain after SCI and TBI. (3) Targeting brain inflammation and neurological dysfunction in sepsis.
The program is highly interdisciplinary, utilizing transgenic tools, molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, behavior, microscopic and quantitative histological techniques coupled with a number of unique surgical approaches (CNS traumatic injury). Additionally, he/she will be mentored to facilitate eventual transition to an independent research career through the acquisition of writing and presentation skills and development of local and national collaborations. Salary is compatible with NIH pay schedule.
Job requirements: A Ph.D. and/or MD degree is required with training in Neuroscience, Molecular/Cell Biology, pharmacology, and/or a related field. Additional requirements include:
Training in experimental neurosurgical research (mouse and rat);
Experience in flow cytometry, Ca2+ measurement in vitro and in vivo with two-photon microscopy, as well as qPCR are highly desirable;
Experience in behavioral test (cognition, motor function, depression, pain), immunohistochemistry, and biochemistry/molecular biology;
Cell culture experience including primary neurons and/or glial cells, with MACS® Technology;
Strong scientific background and critical thinking ability;
Ability to work independently;
Excellent communication skills.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.The Department of Anesthesiology and the Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR) Center are national leaders in neurotrauma research and offer a stimulating and collaborative environment for scientific growth and career development.
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Department of Anesthesiology & the Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR) Organized Research Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA