Five postdoctoral positions are available immediately in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of New England. Laboratories are affiliated with the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function, a highly collaborative group of investigators with diverse expertise. The COBRE provides opportunities for mentorship and professional development, internal research support and excellent core facilities. Candidates will benefit from a structured postdoctoral training program based on the core competencies established by the American Postdoctoral Association, with training in rigorous research practices, grantsmanship and professional development. Starting salaries are aligned to the NIH NRSA pay scale, with competitive benefits. Positions are available in the following laboratories:
Ling Cao M.D., Ph.D.
The Cao lab is seeking a highly motivated candidate with a background in neuroscience, immunology or related discipline and demonstrated productivity. The candidate will join an NIH-funded laboratory focused on the neuroimmune mechanisms in the development of neuropathic pain and the processes of nerve regeneration and functional recovery associated with nervy injury and HIV infection. The candidate is expected to devise and implement both in vitro and in vivo studies involving animals (rodents) and infectious agents, as well as analyze data and prepare results for publications. Major techniques used include, but are not limited to, animal behavioral tests, flow cytometry, multiplex assays, confocal microscopy, immunohistochemistry, and qRT-PCR. Experience in flow cytometry, multiplex assays, and/or animal behavioral tests is preferred.
Diana Goode, Ph.D.
The Goode lab is seeking a candidate with a strong interest in immunology and neuroscience. Experience in immunology is highly desired but not required. Our main focus is neuro-immune cell communication in chronic and neuropathic pain syndromes, specifically examining how macrophages and T cells impact neuronal response properties. To investigate these novel interactions, we use mouse pain models and many different biochemical and cellular assays, including multi-color flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, multi-analyte profiling, western blot, mass spectrometry, and next-generation Illumina sequencing.
Ben Harrison, Ph.D.
The Harrison lab is seeking a candidate with a strong background in molecular biology and cell signaling. The project will focus on mechanisms of gene regulation and protein-protein interactions in neurobiological disease. Successful candidates will have opportunities to receive formal training in genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, cell culture and whole-animal models of neuroplasticity. Previous experience in a neurobiology-related field is preferred but not required.
Derek Molliver, Ph.D.
The Molliver lab is seeking a candidate with a strong background in protein biochemistry and intracellular signaling for an R01-funded project examining G protein-coupled receptor signaling and the regulation of modular signaling complexes in the transition from acute to chronic pain. We use a range of technical approaches, including affinity chromatography, phospho-protein profiling, 2D DiGE, LC-MS/MS, functional imaging and behavioral assays in mouse transgenic models and human cells. Experience with proteomics experimental design and data analysis and/or mitochondrial dynamics is strongly desired; prior experience in the pain field is not required.
Christoph Straub, Ph.D.
The Straub lab is looking for a candidate with strong interest in understanding changes in neuronal signaling in chronic pain, and a proven record of productivity. We use electrophysiology, optical approaches, and behavior to study the role of the nucleus accumbens in the chronification of pain. Experience with slice electrophysiology is desired, but not absolutely required.
Interested candidates should send a CV, contact information for three references and a statement of research experience and interests to:
COBRE Program Coordinator
UNE COBRE for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function:
UNE Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences:
Applicants must hold a recent PhD degree in the life sciences and have a strong publication record. We are seeking highly motivated individuals with excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work independently and creatively.