We are currently seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research scholar to join the Neurobiology of Pain Research Laboratory under the direction of Kathleen A. Sluka, PT, PhD, in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. The applicant will lead a research project examining the neuroimmune mechanisms in chronic muscle pain and exercise-induced analgesia. The candidate will join a translational research laboratory that investigates basic mechanisms in musculoskeletal pain, as well as translational studies and clinical trials in people with chronic pain. We are seeking candidates who are highly motivated, mature, and possess excellent interpersonal and writing skills. The postdoctoral scholar will be encouraged to present their research at national and international scientific conferences and to apply for independent funding. The University of Iowa provides a unique collaborative research environment that includes a Pain Research Program, Neuroscience Institute, and a variety of core facilities to enhance research.
A PhD in neuroscience, molecular biology, immunology, or a related field is required.
Strong basic science background in molecular biology and/or immunology
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to work independently and collaboratively
Willingness to take on leadership and supervisory roles
Experience with behavioral analysis of pain behaviors in mice
Experience with cell culture or neuron and immune cells
Background in immunology and neuroimmune interactions
Experience with molecular neurobiology techniques including use of DREADDs, optogenetics, and viral vector gene manipulation
Applicants must apply through the University of Iowa Jobs@UIowa website: