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PhD FELLOWSHIP ASSOCIATE POSITION at at Aix-Marseille University

May 23rd, 2017 Posted by Latest calls No Comment yet

We are seeking for candidates for a PhD fellowship on the topic:  Decoding movement goals and muscle activation patterns from neural activity

This project will be co-directed by Bjorg Kilavik (Timone Neuroscience Institute) and Demian Battaglia (Institute for Systems Neuroscience) at Aix-Marseille University, awarded the prestigious status of “Excellence Initiative” (A*MIDEX) by the French Government and considering interdisciplinary studies as one of its main axes of growth.

The cerebral cortex is organized into multiple layers comprising largely distinct distributions of incoming and outgoing anatomical projections. It is not clear however which of these layers is the better target for Brain Machine Interface (BMI) applications aiming at driving screen cursors or robotic prostheses via the decoding of motor plans and commands from motor cortical activity.
In this project, we will start by determining the availability of information about movement goal vs. muscle activation patterns in different motor cortical layers, by doing offline decoding of existing and future higher-quality laminar data recorded in NHPs. In parallel, we will build an online BMI setup for further experiments, coupled with a NHP upper limb exoskeleton already on site. We will first use information theory approaches to systematically compare the amount of information relevant for different applications that can be potentially extracted from different laminar depths (superficial vs. deep) and/or types of signal (spike trains, local field potentials). Based on these offline analyses, we will then design optimized fast-to-compute features suitable for online decoding. These results will allow us to optimise the harvesting of signals and their use for motor BMI applications.

The englobing experimental research program is ongoing, and essential equipment is already in place. When the student arrives, data is already available for analyses, and recordings will immediately start in a newly trained animal. The two supervisors are highly complementary, with renowned expertise in experimental (Kilavik) and computational (Battaglia) approaches, and can therefore provide a solid support for the student to succeed in this highly demanding project.

Candidate profile: Candidates with a background in biology, neuroscience, physics or engineering are particularly encouraged to apply. The work will combine experimental and computational approaches, with adequate supervision from the highly complementary supervisors. This project provides an excellent opportunity to gain solid multidisciplinary training at the forefront of integrative neurosciences.

The scholarships are open to Master graduate students from top ranked non-French universities.
The application must include :
• a detailed curriculum
• a letter of motivation
• two recommandation letters (the referee should use the template “phd evaluation form” )
• the template “choice of research projects” (applicants must select and rank two of the proposed research projects)

Applications should be sent before May 21st, 2017 at midnight (French time).


May 23rd, 2017 Posted by Latest calls No Comment yet

The Pradhan Lab in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), seeks an outstanding Postdoctoral Research Associate to study the neurobiology of opioid receptors. This is a full-time, NIH funded position for a period of 2-3 years. The successful candidate will investigate the role of opioid receptors in chronic migraine and other pain disorders; and will use state of the art genomic and proteomic approaches, bioinformatics and animal behavioral models.
Applicants with expertise in pain or addiction biology, and a track record of publication are particularly encouraged to apply.
Candidates should have a recent PhD in biomedical sciences. Interested candidates should send an updated CV/resume and contact information for 3 references by July 15, 2017 to Amynah Pradhan; University of Illinois at Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
Amynah Pradhan PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry UIC
1601 W Taylor St.
Chicago IL 60612

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW at Washington University School of Medicine

April 15th, 2017 Posted by Latest calls No Comment yet

The Department of Anesthesiology and Washington University Pain Center seeks an Postdoctoral Research Fellow for a trained behavioral pharmacologist and biochemist/molecular biologist to study mechanisms underlying opioid dependence and to examine the interaction between pain and opioid misuse (see Fakira et al., 2014 Biological Psychiatry; Portugal et al., 2014 Journal of Neuroscience;  Hipolito et al., 2015 Journal of Neuroscience; Fakira et al., 2016 Neuropsychopharmacology). The laboratory integrates the study of the molecular and cellular changes induced by drugs of abuse using a combination of state-of-art behavioral, optogenetics, chemogenetics approaches in combination with electrophysiological analyses. For more details see lab web page (

Candidates must have a PhD in neuroscience, biochemistry, pharmacology or biomedical sciences. Experience with behavioral pharmacology expertise, opto/chemogenetics, molecular biology, biochemical techniques is required. The successful candidate should be able to work independently and be willing to collaborate with the groups of Dr Rob Gereau and Michael Bruchas at the Department of Anesthesiology. Interested candidates should also forward their CV and names of 3 references to: Jose A. Morón Concepción, PhD, Associate Professor, Depts of Anesthesiology & Neuroscience, Washington University School of Medicine, E-mail:

Postdoctoral Fellow Positions available to study Pain Neurobiology at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) School of Medicine

December 5th, 2016 Posted by Latest calls No Comment yet

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of pharmacology/toxicology for a full-time, 12-month position available at the University of Mississippi.

The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, Department of BioMolecular Sciences is searching for an currently open. We seek candidates with expertise in cardiovascular biology, cancer biology, neuroscience/drugs of abuse, or infectious diseases. The candidates should demonstrate a distinguished and innovative research program (as evidenced by a significant publication record and the potential to secure extramural funding) and teaching experience. Applicants applying for the higher ranks should have a nationally-recognized research program with recurrent success in securing extramural funding and excellent teaching credentials.

The University of Mississippi is the flagship university for the State of Mississippi, and is a Carnegie R1 research university. The School of Pharmacy is on the main campus in Oxford, a community of approximately 19,000 residents that has been recognized nationally as one of America’s best places to live. The Chronicle of Higher Education has named The University of Mississippi as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For.” The Department of BioMolecular Sciences has 14 full-time faculty with research emphases in pharmacology, environmental toxicology, medicinal chemistry, and pharmacognosy. The faculty have affiliations with the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and collaborative opportunities in the National Center for Natural Products Research. The department has teaching responsibilities in the Pharm.D. (Doctor of Pharmacy) program as well as in the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Job Responsibilities: To carry out research, teaching and service within the Department of BioMolecular Sciences


A Ph.D. in Pharmacology, physiology, toxicology or a related field and postdoctoral research experience is required.

Applicants should provide a letter of application outlining their qualifications for the position and also submit: a curriculum vitae; a five-page or less statement of future research plans; a statement of teaching philosophy; a list of teaching experience, specialties, and competencies; and the names and contact information of four references. We strongly encourage applicants from all underrepresented groups. Applications must be submitted through The University of Mississippi’s online employment site at

For additional information please contact, Prof. Zia Shariat-Madar, Search Committee Chair,, 662-915-5150.

Do you want to make a real difference as a postdoc?

December 5th, 2016 Posted by Latest calls No Comment yet

We recently discovered that growth factor inhibition completely eliminates opioid tolerance. We also discovered an important reason why opioids are ineffective against neuropathic pain and demonstrated a mechanistic link between pain and tolerance. However, we still do not fully understand the mechanisms underlying these remarkable effects. There are many opportunities for creative, driven individuals to make seminal contributions early in their careers. We are attacking these problems using Drosophila and mouse genetics, signal transduction assays, proteomics, as well as advanced behavioral and neuroanatomical techniques. We interact with stimulating collaborators in a high caliber research environment at the world-renowned Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research. Important publications:

Babcock, DT, Shi, S, Shaw. M, Gutstein, HB and Galko, MJ: Hedgehog signaling regulates nociceptive sensitization, Current Biology, 27:1525, 2011

Wang, Y, Barker, KE, Shi, S, Diaz, MF, Mo, B, and Gutstein, HB: Blockade of morphine-induced PDGFR-b activation eliminates morphine analgesic tolerance, Nature Medicine, 18:385, 2012

Donica, CL, Cui, Y, Shi, S, and Gutstein, HB: PDGFR-b antagonism restores morphine analgesic efficacy against neuropathic pain, PLoS ONE 9(5): e97105. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0097105, 2014

Please send your CV, a summary of research experience along with the names and contact information for three references to:

Howard B. Gutstein, M.D.

Departments of Anesthesiology and Neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

A-1305 Scaife Hall, 3550 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15261  USA

Tel:      +1-412-647-2813


Postdoctoral Fellow Positions available to study Pain Neurobiology at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) School of Medicine

December 5th, 2016 Posted by Latest calls No Comment yet

The laboratory of Dr. Yu Shin Kim is seeking to fill two postdoc fellow positions to conduct research on basic, technically advanced and translational aspects of pain. The positions will be available immediately, and will be supported by new faculty startup funding at UTMBSOM. Research topics in the lab include:

  1. Identifying novel plasticity mechanism underlying the transition from acute to chronic pain
  2. Examining the mechanism of Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD)
  3. Determining the mechanism of ongoing pain and evoked pain
  4. Characterizing the contributions of central terminal hypersensitivity of DRG neurons to chronic pain
  5. Uncovering the mechanisms by which damages in skin nerve terminal contributes to chronic pain conditions

The lab will use following approaches to accomplish the goals, behavioral assessment of nociception in rodents, fluorescence, multiphoton microscopy, in vivo imaging tools, immunohistology, basic molecular biology and protein biochemistry, and/or electrophysiology.

Candidates must have completed the requirements for the PhD degree or equivalent (neuroscience or a related scientific discipline) by the time of beginning their fellowship.  They should also have a strong record of biomedical research accomplishment.  Experience and training in electrophysiology is preferred but not required. Prior experience in in vitro or in vivo time-lapse imaging will be appreciated.

In addition, the successful candidates for a position should display the following characteristics:

1) Strong motivation

2) Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team to carry out creative and advanced pain research

3) Strong record-keeping skills

4) Ability to rationally design, execute, and interpret experiments

5) Willingness to work with experimental rodents

Applicants interested in the position should send their curriculum vitae, along with contact information for three references, to Dr. Yu Shin Kim at or Be sure to include the subject line: Postdoc fellow Positions.

Call for a tenure-track position in PAIN PSYCHOLOGY.

November 5th, 2016 Posted by Latest calls No Comment yet

The Washington University Pain Center and the Department of Anesthesiology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis invite applications for a tenure-track position as part of the expansion of research in the Washington University Pain Center. Research into any behavioral, emotional or cognitive aspects of pain is appropriate, and applications from candidates conducting clinical and/or translational research are encouraged. The position is targeted at the Assistant Professor level, but applications from outstanding investigators at the Associate Professor or Professor level will also be considered. The successful candidate will be expected to direct an active extramurally funded research program, and hold a part-time pain psychology clinical position at the multidisciplinary pain management center. Teaching opportunities in graduate or medical education are readily available but requirements are minimal, permitting a strong focus on research. Startup funds are available. Review of applications will begin November 1. To apply, send curriculum vitae, a summary of past research activities, future research plans, and the names of three references to: Dr. Robert W. Gereau, Director, Washington University Pain Center, Department of Anesthesiology, Washington University School of Medicine, 660 S. Euclid Ave Campus Box 8054, St. Louis, MO 63110 or email to

Position available: Faculty position in Neuroscience – University of Colorado Boulder

September 26th, 2016 Posted by Latest calls No Comment yet

As part of a multi-year initiative to enhance existing strengths and interests in Neuroscience, the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience ( at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant professor position from candidates with active research programs that apply innovative and transformative neurotechnologies, to begin Fall 2017. The Department is recognized as one of the premier academic homes for the integration of psychology and neuroscience through our commitment to research, undergraduate education, and graduate training that all emphasize rigorous scientific methods, interdisciplinary collaboration, and a focus on the interplay between biology, brain, mind, and behavior.  This faculty position is aimed at strengthening a world-class core of behavioral and molecular neuroscientists focused on understanding the functioning of the nervous system in health and disease.  The successful candidate will develop a collaborative interdisciplinary research program in neuroscience with potential for extramural funding. They will contribute to the undergraduate and graduate education mission of the department, and to the administrative direction of the unit.  A Ph.D. in neuroscience, biology or related science field is required.

Applications are only accepted electronically at, posting #06716 and must include the following:

  1. Letter of application describing your qualifications for the position, explaining how your expertise synergizes with existing departmental and university strengths;
  2. Curriculum vitae;
  3. Statement of research interests;
  4. Three representative reprints/preprints (compiled into one document for attachment);
  5. Statement of teaching interests and experience;
  6. Names and contact information for at least three references. Referees will be sent information on how to submit their letters through CU Careers. You will receive an email when letters are requested and will be able to verify through CU Careers whether or not their letters have been submitted. Applicants who use a portfolio service such as Interfolio are to list the assigned, unique email address of the recommendation provider. That portfolio address will receive an automated email and will upload your reference.

If you have difficulty submitting information, contact Alicia Segal at: 303-492-7510. Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2016. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at

Postdoctoral position – Michigan, USA

June 12th, 2016 Posted by Latest calls No Comment yet
Our research focuses on behavioral and neural processes underlying fear learning and memory in healthy volunteers and patients with fear-based disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder. For more information about the specific projects and areas please visit our lab website:
The initial postdoctoral fellow appointment will be for 2 years, with potential to renew. Applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
Minimum qualifications include a highly motivated individual with a recently obtained (within the past 2 years) PhD in a relevant field (e.g., Neuroscience, Psychology, Biology), MD, or MD/PhD, or comparable degree. Strong evidence of technical experience in functional neuroimaging, including strong programming skills (Matlab, C++, Python, or equivalent programming language) is required. Experience designing and conducting Pavlovian fear conditioning studies and/or working with clinical populations of fear-based disorders (e.g., anxiety disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder) is highly desirable. Candidates are further required to have a strong record of research accomplishments and publications, including presentations of scientific results at national meetings and their publication in peer-reviewed journals, an ability to work in a team environment as well as excellent oral and written communication skills.
Duties will consist of, but are not limited to, designing, performing, and analyzing studies that investigate the role of the cannabinoid system in aversive learning and memory, aide, supervise, design, and execute experiments pertaining to the lab’s area of research (emotion and posttraumatic stress disorder). The candidate will participate in the writing of manuscripts and grants, presenting data at national and international meetings, and assist in the training of students. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to develop his/her own ideas within the scope of the lab.
Qualified candidates should submit their CV, the names of three references, and a cover letter summarizing current and future research interests by email to Dr. Rabinak at
This position is funded by a fellowship from the Office of the Vice President of Research at Wayne State University.
Christine A. Rabinak, PhD, Assistant Professor, Wayne State University, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Pharmacy Practice Pharmaceutical Sciences, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences, Translational Neuroscience Program, Detroit, MI 48201. Email:

Postdoctoral Position – USA

May 29th, 2016 Posted by Latest calls No Comment yet

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