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Postdoctoral researcher in neuroscience (brain injury or peripheral nerve injury)

University of Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland, Mid-Atlantic
Start with NIH NRSA stipend + benefits
Closing date
Mar 31, 2023

Postdoctoral positions are available in the Department of Neurosurgery at The University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, in the Translational Neuroengineering and Neuroscience Laboratory under Prof. Xiaofeng Jia. We are looking for a highly motivated and career-oriented research individual with an excellent publication record, a Ph.D. in neuroscience, cell biology, or a related field, and with hands-on experience in translational animal models.  A proven research ability in two or more of these areas are desirable: a) neuroscience research in ischemic brain injury, stroke, or peripheral nerve injury, b) stem cell or exosome therapy, 3) therapeutic hypothermia, d) in vivo electrophysiology, signal processing or brain imaging. Other lab experience is helpful but not required: patch-clamp, brain slice cultures, optogenetics, and bioluminescence.

We offer multifaceted scientific projects, a place in a committed team, and strong scientific collaborations. We have an outstanding record in helping trainees to build an excellent publication record.

Lab interests: 1) brain monitoring after cardiac arrest with therapeutic hypothermia and underlying mechanisms; 2) glycol-engineered neural stem cells to improve brain outcome after cardiac arrest. 3) Stem cell surface modification to promote nerve regeneration after peripheral nerve injuries (PNIs). The brain projects use in vitro and in vivo models to investigate electrophysiological and cellular mechanisms of brain injury after cardiac arrest with therapeutic interventions such as stem cell therapy and target temperature management.  In the PNI project, we will enhance adipose stem cell adhesion and differentiation in vitro, and improve nerve regeneration with stem cells or exosomes after nerve repair to explore related therapeutic mechanisms. Our primary goals are to develop new strategies for brain injury, improve nerve regeneration, and elucidate the underlying therapeutic cellular and molecular mechanisms.

Recent publications:  Transl Stroke Res. 2022 Aug 3. PMID: 35921049; Biomaterials Advances 2022, PMID: 35599100; Progress in Neurobiology. 2021; 204:102089. Journal of Stroke. 2020;22(3):286-305. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 1). 2021 Jan 14:271678X20970059; 2). 2019 Jun;39(6):1161-1171. Biomaterials. 1). 2018 Oct;181:347-359; 2). 2018 Jun;168:24-37. Theranostics 2018; 8(16):4429-4446

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. The position is available with NIH funding for immediate occupancy for a 1-3 years 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, the names of three references, and a short description of their doctoral training and future research goals to Prof. Xiaofeng Jia, MD, Ph.D., FCCM, Department of Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics, Anatomy Neurobiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, email:;

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