Applications are invited for two NIH- and DoD-funded postdoctoral positions in the Cao Laboratory in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Center at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. We are looking for highly motivated candidates to lead the projects in understanding the mechanisms underlying migraine and other chronic pain as well as exploring novel molecular and cellular targets for new therapeutics. Ongoing research focus on studying how changes of ion channel activities and neuro-immune interactions contribute to migraine generation and progression. A new direction is to identify common and/or unique molecular targets for chronic trigeminal and body pain. We employ multidisciplinary approaches including electrophysiology, time-lapse imaging, anatomical tracing, single neuron profiling, mouse genetics and behavioral assessment of pain.
The ideal candidates will have a PhD and/or MD degree, with extensive experience in mouse survival surgery, nociceptive behavior assays, brain anatomy and fluorescent microscopy. The successful candidate should be able to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team. Washington University provides a large, dynamic and internationally recognized neuroscience community, with ample opportunities for career development.
The positions are immediately available and have an initial term of at least three years. Applications will be evaluated until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications, laboratory experience, and institutional guidelines.
Applicants interested in the positions should send their curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and career goals, along with contact information for three references to: