Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Assistant Professor in Neuroscience and Pain Research

University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
$48,484 minimum starting salary
November 26 2018
Postdocs and Res Assoc Prof in Neuroscience / Pain
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

We are seeking to fill multiple PhD or MD/PhD positions in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh with: 1. PhD Trained Electrophysiologist interested in using optogenetics to understand how spinal cord circuits adapt to the cellular mechanisms of long-lasting neuronal sensitization; 2. PhD Trained Neurophysiologist interested in using in vivo calcium imaging to understand the neurobiology of latent pain sensitization in behaving animals; and 3. PhD Trained Neuropharmacologist interested in developing mouse models including self-administration to study supraspinal mechanisms that link pain with endogenous opioid dependence.

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 (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 above positions, please see our laboratory web pages

Our group recently moved to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, which currently ranks 5th amongst 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.

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

Postdoctoral applicants must have a PhD in neuroscience, physiology, pharmacology or equivalent and multiple first-authored research articles in well-known international journals. Current graduate students with planned defense dates in the near future are particularly encouraged to apply.

Advanced PhD Research Scientist will have published several first or senior author papers in strong international journals in the areas of chronic pain research or opioid misuse. Strong grant writing skills are required, demonstrated by a proven track record of high quality, independent grant applications. Candidates for these positions must have US citizenship or permanent residence (green card).

Please send a Cover Letter that briefly details career goals and prior research experience, CV, and three references to Dr. Bradley Taylor via email

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