Postdoctoral researcher in brain injury, critical care medicine and neuroscience

Translational Neuroengineering and Neuroscience Laboratory at University of Maryland, Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland, Mid-Atlantic
Start with NIH NRSA stipend + benefits
February 28 2019
CA MGE RO1 postdoc
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Postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Neurosurgery at The University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, in the laboratory of Dr. Xiaofeng Jia. We are looking for a highly motivated, independent, and career-oriented research individual with excellent publication record, with a Ph.D. in neuroscience, cell biology or a related field, or neuroengineering and with hands-on experience in translational animal models. Excellent oral and written communication skills are necessary. 

Strong cellular and molecular biology and translational neuroscience (small animal surgery) training are required. Candidates must have first author publications and a solid publication record and proven research ability in two or more of these areas are desirable: a) basic experimental or translational neuroscience research interests in ischemic brain injury or stroke, b) therapeutic hypothermia, c) stem cell therapy, d) In vivo electrophysiology, signal processing or brain imaging (PET or MRI). Other lab experience is helpful but not required: patch clamp, brain slice cultures, exosomes, electron microscope, optogenetics, and bioluminescence.

A successful candidate will have a strong work ethic, possess interdisciplinary skills and hands-on experience in conducting cellular and animal studies based on a detailed understanding of the neuroscience of brain disease, have excellent organizational and communication skills and critical thinking abilities, and be able to submit individual training grants and supervise junior lab members. The postdoctoral researcher will assist in planning experiments, methods development, and will conduct productive team-oriented and independent research. Strong technical skills and capabilities to do independent research would be most desirable. We offer multifaceted scientific projects, a place in a committed team, and strong scientific collaborations. We have an outstanding record in helping the trainee to build an excellent publication record. 

Lab interests: 1) brain monitoring after cardiac arrest with therapeutic hypothermia; 2) glycol-engineered neural stem cell to improve the brain outcome after cardiac arrest. The research projects of our team focus on these aims to investigate electrophysiological and cellular mechanisms of brain injury after cardiac arrest with therapeutic intervention such as stem cell therapy and target temperature management, including using in vitro and in vivo models for brain monitoring by EEG and somatosensory evoked potentials.  Our primary goals are to develop new therapeutic strategies for brain injury after cardiac arrest and elucidating the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms.

Recent publications: Exp Neurol.2018 Dec;310:22-32. Biomaterials. 2018 Oct;181:347-359. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab.2017 Dec 1

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. NIH funding for the position with a minimum of a 2-year appointment is currently available. The position is available for immediate occupancy for a 1-2 year appointment, contingent on background experience and performance. Individuals who are interested should submit a detailed CV, a brief statement including a research plan, interests and skills, and the names of three references, and a short description of their doctoral training and future research goals to

Prof. Xiaofeng Jia, MD, Ph.D., Department of Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics, Anatomy Neurobiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Email:;

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