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Postdoctoral Associate

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Washington D.C.
commensurate to experience
Closing date
Jun 17, 2024

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Life Sciences, Neuroscience
Position Type
Full Time
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Founded in 1824, the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) is the 11th oldest medical school in the country and the first in the nation’s capital. Since its establishment, the school has been at the forefront of medical education and has grown to include highly ranked programs in the health and biomedical sciences. With dozens of top tier residency programs, SMHS is a competitive and esteemed destination for medical school graduates across the country. Find out more here: 

The laboratory of Prof. Bethea is in search of 2 highly motivated Postdoctoral Associates. The Bethea laboratory works on neuroimmune mechanisms of CNS injury and repair with the ultimate goal of developing new therapies for chronic pain and other neurodegenerative disorders. These individuals will work with our team in both spinal cord injury and peripheral nerve injury models of chronic pain. They will be responsible for leading independent studies analyzing sex specific mechanisms of chronic pain and investigating therapeutic targets. These individuals are responsible for planning, conducting and supervising research at a high level, by designing and conducting experiments in a controlled laboratory setting. Using extensive experience and judgment, this role will plan independent research, analyze and interpret data, publish results, represent the university at conferences and meetings, develop new theories and methodologies, and will lead and direct the work of lower-level research staff, while transferring technical expertise.

Responsibilities/expectations include but are not limited to:

-Working with SCI and peripheral nerve injury models.

-Training graduate students

· Maintaining transgenic mouse lines critical to experiments.

-Assisting other lab members if time/expertise allows

-Performing behavioral/molecular/biochemical assays independently (including and not limited to von Frey, Hargreaves, acetone testing, RNAseq, immunohistochemistry) -

Writing manuscripts and independent research grants. Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Desired Qualifications:

- A minimum of 1 years of postdoctoral experience is desired 

- Proficiency with CNS and/or PNS injury models, desired.

- Proficiency with behavioral, molecular, and biochemical techniques desired

-Publication record in the field of pain neuroscience, immunology, and or neuroimmunology preferred

-Ability to communicate information and ideas effectively

Minimum Qualifications:
This position requires Ph.D. in public health or a related field (e.g., epidemiology, biostatistics, data science, etc.). A strong background in quantitative/qualitative methodology, writing, and engagement in self-directed and guided research are required. Ability to meet deadlines and efficiently multitask is also required.

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin,

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