The Systems Neuroscience and Pain Laboratory at Stanford University is currently accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellow for neuroimaging research in chronic pain. Funded by NIH (co-PIs Sean Mackey, Gary Glover), this project's overall goal is to characterize pain mechanisms in humans and to develop objective biomarkers of chronic pain. We will be specifically characterizing central sensitization and descending modulation utilizing novel simultaneous neuroimaging technology for spinal cord, brainstem, and brain.
The successful candidate will have unique opportunity to engage in simultaneous spinal cord/brain fMRI and to advance spinal cord fMRI acquisition/analysis and biomarker development. Research plans include:
1. Study of functional connectivity between spinal cord and brain 2. Characterization of corticospinal pain signature 3. Physiological noise modeling in spinal cord 4. Refinement of multiecho spinal cord acquisition and analysis pipeline.
Applicants should hold a PhD and experience conducting fMRI studies and analysis. Previous experience in spinal cord imaging research is an advantage.
The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for designing experiments, conducting ongoing imaging, analyzing neuroimaging data, planning future studies, searching literature, and writing for publication. The fellow will have opportunity to work within a large group of interdisciplinary Stanford researchers involved with multiple studies ongoing of chronic pain. Additionally, we have a long track record of successfully helping postdoctoral fellows transition to independent grant funding and faculty positions. The Pain Division also has an NIH T32 training program. More information can be found at http://snapl.stanford.edu
To apply, submit your (1) CV, (2) NIH Biosketch, and (3) Letter or Research Intent to Dr. Chrsitine Law at email@example.com
Example and Template of biosketch is available here: biosketch formats. Post-doc applications use non-fellowship template and instructions. Download Letter of Intent template from this link.
Internal Number: r01
About Stanford University Systems Neuroscience and Pain Laboratory
The Stanford Division of Pain Medicine merges the tripartite mission of clinical care, education, and research to advance the frontier of pain management and for those dealing with acute or chronic pain problems. The focus of the Stanford Division of Pain Medicine is the treatment of the entire patient to enable them to liver their fullest life, education of the next generation of pain physicians and healthcare leaders, and pursuing cutting edge research.
Pain is an extremely complex, poorly understood medical problem that can have profound effects on physical and mental wellbeing and the ability to function at work, at home, and in day-to-day social interactions. To offer the most advanced, evidence-based effective treatment options currently available, the Pain Management Center at Stanford Health Care combines the expertise of an interdisciplinary team of specialists trained in the treatment of chronic pain. The team includes anesthesiologists, neurologists, surgeons, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and nurse practitioners, all working together in a supportive, compassionate environment to address pain and to design a treatment plan tailored specifically... to your needs. Although the majority of patients can be treated on an outpatient basis, our interdisciplinary Pain Management Center offers inpatient treatment if necessary. It is the only center on the West Coast to offer this option to patients who require hospitalization during treatment for chronic pain.
To advance and train the next generation of pain healthcare leaders, Stanford offers a comprehensive fellowship in chronic pain management, pain psychology, and opportunities for training in research. To train the the best health care providers as well as leaders, trainees at Stanford engage in interdisciplinary teams to advance scholarship and are given the resources to inquire into the questions that are affecting patients from a clinical, policy and research point.