We discovered new mechanisms by which the body recruits endogenous GPCR signaling in the CNS to prevent the transition from acute injury to chronic pain by (e.g. Corder et al, Science, 2013). We combine in vivo and slice calcium imaging and optogenetics, together with behavioral neuropharmacology, to validate new protein and cellular targets for the treatment of chronic pain and opioid misuse, and to ultimately generate new non-opioid pharmacotherapies and analgesic drugs for neurotrauma, arthritis, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. For more details on our work and the specifics of each of the three open postdoctoral positions, please see our laboratory web pages https://www.taylorlab.anes.pitt.edu/
Our group recently moved to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, which currently ranks 5th among NIH-funded academic medical centers. We are thrilled to launch an Opioid Research Center and to occupy space that is contiguous with 6 of the 7 other core NIH-funded faculty members who make up the Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research http://pcpr.pitt.edu/
Postdoctoral applicants must have a PhD in neuroscience, physiology, pharmacology or equivalent and 2-3 first-authored research articles in well-known international journals. Current graduate students with planned defense dates in the first half of 2019 are particularly encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates may forward their Cover Letter that briefly details career goals and prior research experience, CV, and names of 3 references to Dr. Bradley Taylor via email BKT@pitt.edu
Internal Number: 2018sfnPostDocTaylor
About UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
The Taylor Lab @ Pitt provides a dynamic research environment with exceptional resources for training in basic and translational neuroscience, including scientific mentorship and collaboration within the PCPR, and access to state-of-the-art core facilities within Pitt. Together, we will design experiments that incorporate your existing and emerging strengths in an environment that values hard work, intellectual curiosity, innovative thinking and teamwork. For more details on training opportunities in pain research such as journal clubs, courses, and seminars, please see http://pcpr.pitt.edu/